a little off for some groups: 1989 Mazda 626 clacking from top of engine

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Hachiroku ハチロク, Apr 3, 2007.

  1. I'm crossing this to Honda and Toyota because there are some sharp
    individuals in these groups, and also in the Ford group since this is a
    common engine among Fords, IIRC.

    The problem: 1989 Mazda 626. Over the course of the winter, occasionally
    on cold days the engine would clack from just under the valve cover. Since
    I seem to recall seeing somewhere that this engine has hydraulic lifters
    of some sort, it just seemed that allowing the engine to warm and
    circulate oil would cause this to stop as the lifters (or whatever!)
    responded to the rise in oil pressure. It always worked, and when it
    didn't, I would check the oil, add 2/3 3/4 of a quart, and be done with it.

    Saturday the oil was down less than 1/4 from the Full on the dipstick.
    Since it's getting an oil change in about 500 miles, I let it go.

    This morning I had to make a trip about 30-35 miles one way. When I
    returned home I noticed the engine was making a louder noise than usual,
    and when I went to investigate it was the clacking noise from under the
    Valver Cover. I shut the car off and let it cool.

    Before I left the house later, I added 2/3 of a quart of Castrol Synthetic
    (the closest bottle of oil I had) and started it. I let it run for a
    while but the clacking continued. I added about 1/3 quart of Marvel
    Mystery and let it run till warm and the noise never went away. After
    parking the car for about 2.5 hours, when I started it up the clacking was
    still there. I drove home still clacking, but quieter.

    The partiulars: this is the 2.0L 12-vavle engine, OHC, new timing belt
    <3,000 miles ago, fuel injected. It's going to get parked in 1-3 weeks
    when I take my Supra out of winter storage. Any ideas about what it is or
    what I should look for? If I find the Haynes I will be able to answer more
    questions concerning the motor. It looks good and runs great, even with
    the clacking.
    Hachiroku ハチロク, Apr 3, 2007
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    Ray O Guest

    Collapsed lifter?
    Ray O, Apr 3, 2007
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    jim beam Guest

    well, it wouldn't clack if there wasn't something wrong! either the cam
    is damaged or a lifter is leaking badly. you need to open up and
    investigate. magic 8-ball says: "you will visit a junk yard next weekend".
    jim beam, Apr 3, 2007

  4. Um, that would be my guess, if I knew what it meant...for sure...I think...

    Hachiroku ハチロク, Apr 3, 2007

  5. From a 'forum':

    Possibly a sticky or collapsed lifter. A bent pushrod (or one that's a
    little short) also comes to mind as a possibility. A worn rocker or
    rocker fulcrum will also cause problems like this.

    If the motor is sitting there running like a watch other than the
    light ticking, I'd put some Rislone in it to help loosen up any
    deposits and drive it around a little....like slowly around the block.
    Then swap in some fresh oil (5W-30 Mobil 1 synthetic seems to clean up
    old deposits very well for me) and drive it briskly (don't beat the
    snot out of it at valve float but don't drive it like grandma does
    either) and drive it often as possible. Swap the oil out at short
    intervals (500-1000 miles) for a few thousand miles and see if that
    quiets things down. It'll either get better with time (a sticky lifter)
    or stay the same (or get worse) which could be a slightly collapsed
    lifter or bent pushrod.

    If it doesn't improve with good oil and drive time then it may have to
    come apart to be inspected. If it gets any worse that a light tapping
    and/or if the vaccum gauge starts dancing with the tick or if you start
    getting a characteristic 'fhtup' out of one end or the other them stop
    the motor and pull it down for inspection.


    This doesn't sound like fun. I use Marvel Mystery Oil all the time (since
    I got it) so I don't expect it's sludge. Don't tell me my $600 bargain
    just STB...
    Hachiroku ハチロク, Apr 3, 2007

  6. LOL! I looked around on the Web, and I guess the lifters collapsing are
    fairy common, and they're $11 each at AutoZone.

    Now, I just need to figure out how to replace them!

    And, it's a 2.2L, not 2.0. I think it was used in the Escort, also.
    Hachiroku ハチロク, Apr 3, 2007
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    E Meyer Guest

    I used to have a '90 Mazda B2200 pickup. There was an acknowledged problem
    with the engine in those that the oil ports to the valve hydraulics were too
    small. It started making the noise at startup at about 30k miles.
    Switching it to Mobil 1 5w-30 fixed the problem for the remaining 10 years
    that I owned it.

    IIRC thicker oils made the problem worse, and for some reason, that engine
    absolutely hated Castrol synthetic - mileage dropped and it would use a
    quart/1000 miles with Castrol, but never used a drop with any other brand of
    E Meyer, Apr 3, 2007

  8. I wonder if flushing and refilling with lighter weight oil will prevent me
    from having to rip out the Lash Adjusters...
    Hachiroku ハチロク, Apr 3, 2007

  9. Interesting:

    There is a Horrible ticking from under may valve cover. What is it? How can i fix it?

    This is your Hydraulic Lash Adjusters (HLAs) starving of oil. HLAs are essentially
    maintenance free and as soon as they start to tick they are supposed to be
    replaced. Unfortunately Mazda/Ford wants an arm and a leg for them. There
    is a way to squeeze some life out of them.

    1. Pour some ATX oil into your engine. DO NOT USE A LOT, 300ML WILL BE SUFFICIENT.
    Auto transmission oil/fluid is VERY high in detergents so it will remove
    most of the gunk from the HLAs and anything else that oil has contact
    with. Drive on this oil mixture for a day or two, no more. 2. During an
    oil change, get yourself some engine flush(readily available at any Auto
    parts retailer) follow instruction on the can/bottle 3. Put new oil in.

    If this procedure did not fix your HLA tick (not to be confused with injector tick which
    is normal) you ether will need to clean HLAs physically or replace them.

    This procedure is not recommended for engines which have some oil
    consumption, as this will clean out all the gunk in piston rings as well,
    and you might end up using more oil and smoke badly too


    I was approaching an oil change anyway. I wonder if adding more MMO might
    have a similar effect...
    Hachiroku ハチロク, Apr 3, 2007
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    jim beam Guest

    try it. i have no idea what that mystery oil stuff is, but there's a
    reason motor manufacturers say not to use additives like that...
    jim beam, Apr 4, 2007

  11. Never tried Marvel Mystery Oil?! I started using it in 1978 on a '78
    Corolla. Engine went about 65,000 miles...then a guy in a Mustang pulled
    right out in front of me!

    However, it's replacement went 6 years and 244,000 miles, and IT'S
    replacement went 20 years and 259,000 miles...and more if I ever fix the

    The 1.8 in the '80 Corolla and the 1.6 in the '85 Corolla GTS both hold 4
    quarts with filter. I put in 3.5 quarts of Castrol GTX 10W-30 or 40, and 1
    quart of MMO. No oil problems at all!

    It's a very light oil, red in color and smells a bit funky, but with
    returns like that I'm a believer! It's kind of like ATF. I add it to
    everything now...snowblowers, lawnmowers, etc. When I park my power
    equipment for the summer/winter, I spray a little into the spark plug hole
    to keep the cylinders and valves from rusting.
    Hachiroku ハチロク, Apr 4, 2007
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    jim beam Guest

    so what's in it? if you don't know, you're out of your mind using it.

    and a corolla engine will do 259,000 miles on walmart house brand oil,
    let alone gtx. ascribing longevity to something on which you have no
    testing, no controls and which is proven unnecessary is quite ridiculous.
    jim beam, Apr 4, 2007

  13. That's OK. It works for me! Last compression check I did, all the
    cylinders were between 120-125 PSI. Considering that's what they were in
    1991 when the car was six years old, I'd say that's pretty good.

    There are a lot of people who use MMO regularly, and most of them are
    driving high-mileage vehicles, Japanese or not. (One I know has an '88
    Chevy truck with 350,000 miles on it, and has never had to mess with the
    Hachiroku ハチロク, Apr 4, 2007

  14. Thanks to everyone who responded! Ray O wins the prize: It looks like a
    collapsed Hydraulic Lash Adjuster. These look pretty easy to remove and
    replace, but I have found a number of resources on the web as to how to
    clean them.

    Also, I will try the 'lazy man's' way suggested by another poster, ie
    adding ATF or Marvel Oil before the next oil change. It was due in 500
    more miles anyway, so I'll try 'flushing' it and see what happens. One
    method suggests simply sliding the rockers and pulling the HLAs out and
    cleaning them, another prescribes removing the rocker cams and arms and a
    thorough cleaning. Since the car is so clean, I will probably do this
    after I park it for the summer!

    Pray for me...(I can be a Gumby at times!)
    Hachiroku ハチロク, Apr 4, 2007
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    Remove This Guest

    LOL... Welcome to the club...
    Remove This, Apr 4, 2007
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    Ray O Guest

    If the lifters are easy to pull, let them soak overnight in solvent or
    kerosene and re-install.
    Ray O, Apr 4, 2007
  17. On Wed, 04 Apr 2007 17:46:52 +0000, Remove This wrote:

    Oh, My God!!!!

    So the Captain, he let it all out at once....

    Prone right down on the wheelhouse floor...oh, this brings us up to what's
    happenin' again, folks!

    The Titanic, she's sailing around in and out between the icebergs;
    The _______ people are having parties and trading wives, Cadillacs and
    The sail people are hoistin' up landlubbers and battenin' down hatches;
    The First Mate's hangin' over the rail havin' himself a little smoke and
    diggin' the icebergs;


    (that last line was my yearbook quote...!)
    Hachiroku ハチロク, Apr 4, 2007
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    jim beam Guest

    i'll ask again, do you know what's in it?

    now read this:

    in your case, excess solvent will /increase/ metal to metal contact. if
    you get decent mileage and compression, that's a testament to the
    quality of toyota motors and castrol oil, /not/ your massively
    over-priced xylene solvent.
    jim beam, Apr 5, 2007

  19. And here's one for you:

    Hachiroku ハチロク, Apr 5, 2007
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    jim beam Guest

    am i missing something? how does vintage poster art /not/ make your
    over-paying for wear-increasing solvents proof of gullibility?
    jim beam, Apr 5, 2007
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