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Old 12-05-2002, 08:43 AM
ctaylor738 ctaylor738 is offline
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I had the same situation.

I started out with a loud clatter, but no obviously loose rockers and one easy-to-compress ball stud. I did Herr Fuch's finger check and found four with problems. Replaced all ball studs and all worn pads. The clatter went away, and I ended up with several 'tickers.' Did the adjustment with the guage, replacing four 5.1's with 5.45's. Now I think the valves are quiet, but I have some chain noise.

IMHO, you really can't tell from bench testing whether you will get noise when the engine is running. If you have noise, and you cannot find a clear indication of the problem, then I would do all the ball studs, check the condition of the pads, and check the preload with the guage and adjust as needed.

In your case, I would try replacing the two you found collapsed, check all pads for wear, and do the preload check with the guage.
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