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Old 06-23-2007, 03:50 PM   #16
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Ok, so I removed the valve cover to change the gasket (annoying job, especially that one nut underneath the wipers which is impossible to access) and the old gasket was crap (as expected). Cleaned everything up and changed the spark plugs to new platinum ones and put everything back together. The ticking noise wasn't as pronounced but it was still there which was strange. So then I had the bright idea to check my oil level (I'm sure most of you here probably thought: "the guy must have already checked his oil so I won't even suggest it") and it turns out I was quite low on oil (strange cause I checked my oil level a month ago (less than 1000 kms) and it was fine. So I added some oil and some Lucas oil stabilizer (the engine has 268k on it) and the ticking noise went away.
I have no idea where all that oil went cause I'm not burning oil (I'd see the blue smoke) and I don't have an oil leak under the car...weird...anyway, I'll need to keep a close eye on the oil level to see what's going on.

So in the end, although changing the valve cover gasket and going back to platinum plugs helped, the real culprit was low oil.

Thanks for all your help guys!
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Old 06-24-2007, 02:33 AM   #17
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Burning oil is common with these engines. Probably more so with yours since you have 268k
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Old 07-02-2007, 02:33 PM   #18
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Cats eats blue smoke...

I have heard that your Cat. Converter can burn the blue smoke, so that you may only see blue smoke when the cat is cool on startup.

So, you may be burning some oil.
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Old 07-12-2007, 08:52 AM   #19
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you can search on google.. there is a company that makes the dye.. its a whole kit.. i will message you the info soon as I find it
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Old 07-12-2007, 09:29 AM   #20
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What about on the engine itself.. the rear crank seal maybe..
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Old 07-12-2007, 12:29 PM   #21
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i had a ticking noise too when i used bosch +4's, changed to bosch platinum's and ticking went away.
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Old 07-12-2007, 03:57 PM   #22
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It was from a lack of oil. So I dumped 3 litres of oil into the engine and the ticking noise went away. Well, it came back early this week. Since I was taking the car in for servicing, I asked Charlie to take a look at it. It was out of oil again. It's burning off one litre a week!!! Charlie says I should probably just get a new engine or add a litre of oil a week.
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Old 07-12-2007, 07:56 PM   #23
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yea its sometimes just cheaper and easier to swap out the engine instead of tryin to fix seals, rings ect.....
i have a 92 and just did a swap to an M50 vanos good swap decent power...not too expensive...
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Old 07-13-2007, 08:37 AM   #24
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Define not too expensive please
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Old 07-13-2007, 09:03 AM   #25
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Define not too expensive please
With Labour Under $2000-$1500. Depends how much you get the engine for.
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