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Old 09-19-2001, 07:32 PM
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Question Lifter noise

I've been here reading for quite a few months, the advice posted always seems genuine, helpfull and relevant...that said, here is my question.
I own a '95 E-320 wagon with 81,000 miles. I bought the car with 70,000 miles and have done oil changes every 2,000 miles since I purchased the car. The engine is in great shape and does not burn any oil. This morning when I started the car there was a loud valve clattering. The car ran for about 20 seconds before I shut it off. I checked the oil level and is was fine. Restarted the engine...same noise. Shut off again after about 20 sec. run time and went to get my stethescope to pin-point the noise.
When I was ready to listen, I re-started the engine and there was NO NOISE!? . Have any of you experienced this before? I am an ASE certified master mechanic, but this is my first mercedes.
Any help will be appreciated, and thanks again for all who give consideration.
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Old 09-19-2001, 09:37 PM
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I thought I had valve train clatter when I started my car, but now that the timing chain broke, I wonder if that was the source.
Michael LaFleur

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Old 09-19-2001, 09:44 PM
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Check the "engine shock" and the belt tensioner...
'86 300E
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Old 09-20-2001, 02:22 AM
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It may be the check valve. Check these out:

500E still Racka Racka's on cold start up????

500E cold start racka racka's return

It is unlikely the cause stated in the following posts but check it out too:

Mercedes 560 SEL Ticking Noise


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Old 09-20-2001, 10:03 PM
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Smile Valve noise

Thank you to every body who considered my dilemma. Each reply is welcome and appreciated. The threads that were posted proved to be of great interest, and quite informative. Again thanks to all who have reached out to give opinions. I shall let you know of future occurrences, and of my eventual remedy.
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