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Old 06-04-2012, 10:04 PM
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The lifters are hydraulic so there's no adjustment your mechanic can make. All he can do is check the wear on the rocker arms and push rods and look for stuck lifters.
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Old 06-04-2012, 11:06 PM
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The lifters are hydraulic so there's no adjustment your mechanic can make. All he can do is check the wear on the rocker arms and push rods and look for stuck lifters.
Tappet adjustment is performed on a hydraulic FE (and MEL) by using under and over sized pushrods. These engines are also famous for bending pushrods and valve train parts being galled by lack of lubrication (dirt in oil blocking supply passages).
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Old 06-05-2012, 04:41 AM
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20W-50 engine oil is way too heavy except for certain European applications.

10W-30 or 10W-40 for summer usage. The use of a quality oil requires no additives other than ZDDP.
Off topic I know but 20W-50 is all I ever use in evrything I drive including the Thunderbird, have done so pretty much forever.

No issues with it that I've noticed.
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Old 06-05-2012, 07:12 AM
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Off topic I know but 20W-50 is all I ever use in evrything I drive including the Thunderbird, have done so pretty much forever.

No issues with it that I've noticed.
I am sorry. You guys are on the European standard (lubricating oil types). But the BIRD is not.

I need to observe the poster's domicile more closely.
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Old 06-05-2012, 07:18 AM
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We canīt get ZDDP in Europe
This is off topic but something just dawned on me.

With all of the American car enthusiasts in Europe, maybe you guys should try and form some type of club whereas you can import and sell certain items to others over the net.

The webmaster @ MEL ENGINE FORUM is domiciled in Germany. He had a few solutions but if enough of you came together maybe you could overcome your import restrictions.



Now watch. Some smart guy will take this and run and become a millionaire and I sit here dead broke...
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Old 06-05-2012, 12:50 PM
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Hey Guys,
No one ever mentioned timing I'm just wondering if she jumped time?
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No one ever mentioned timing I'm just wondering if she jumped time?
Or possibly a tank of bad fuel?
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Old 06-09-2012, 10:19 AM
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Bent push rod, as bent as this rod is, I can not believe that it was there when I bought the car. I dont think there is any oil thick enough to hide the noise. The noise showed up after I changed the oil, maybe it was allready bending and the few moments it took for the oil to get up there was all that it needed to go completly bad. If anyone knows if there is an oil that would hide this let me know. Thanks, Eric
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Bent push rod, as bent as this rod is, I can not believe that it was there when I bought the car. I dont think there is any oil thick enough to hide the noise. The noise showed up after I changed the oil, maybe it was allready bending and the few moments it took for the oil to get up there was all that it needed to go completly bad.

If anyone knows if there is an oil that would hide this let me know.

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This is a common failure on FE and MEL engines. The bent pushrod(s) need to be replaced. Note there are differing lengths released for service, STD., .030 US and .030 OS (for tappet adjustment).

Engine oil is designed to lubricate, cleanse and cool, not hide defective engine noise(s).

- http://www.ford-trucks.com/article/i...le_Secret.html
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Old 06-09-2012, 03:24 PM
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I wasnt looking to hide the noise.
I was wondering if the guy I got from had done something to it. I would not have bought if was makeing the noise it is now. I have it in the shop, Im going to replace the lifters while it is apart.


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This is a common failure on FE and MEL engines. The bent pushrod(s) need to be replaced. Note there are differing lengths released for service, STD., .030 US and .030 OS (for tappet adjustment).

Engine oil is designed to lubricate, cleanse and cool, not hide defective engine noise(s).

- http://www.ford-trucks.com/article/i...le_Secret.html
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