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Old 03-21-2015, 03:42 PM   #1
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Installed new S54.. ticky valves?

My S54 blew at 135.7k, installed a 32.4.k engine. It has been sitting for a while and had virtually no oil in it. It is a very clean engine. We installed it, let it run for 45 mins but the valves are still ticking like crazy. Will a valve adjustment fix this? (video below)

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Old 03-21-2015, 04:06 PM   #2
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Besides valves another thing I would be concerned with is oil pressure. If that's good then a valve adjustment should square it up to spec. Note any wear on the buckets and cam lobes. Basically anything you can feel with your finger nail isn't good. Let us know what happens.

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Old 03-21-2015, 04:32 PM   #3
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That happened to the M42 in my old 318is when the oil pan cracked and I had to run it for about 30 seconds before shutting it off (to get off of the highway). It quieted down some on its own- but not fully.

I put in some Kano Kreen with the oil, let it warm up and beat the piss out of it for about an hour and changed the oil again. It became quiet. I would definitely get the valves adjusted before doing that though.

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