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Old 04-03-2001, 12:05 PM
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These engines (OM60x) are famous for lifter noise. Thankfully, my car has never had a problem, but I know of many who have. The bottom line is, the only thing I know of that helps is switching to synthetic oil. I know of more than a few individuals that claim immediate benefits in lifter noise reduction following a switch to synthetic. A few folks, as yourself, reasonably determined that the lifters needed to be replaced, only to have the problem return shortly thereafter.
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