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Old 12-07-2004, 10:01 PM
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I have a question for you guys, my car started to make this bussing noise kinda like when the Alternator is about to go out, but its not my Alternator, the noise is coming from under the valve cover, I checked for the Timing Chain guide and it doesnt have one, I have a 98 Altima GXE, I was just wondering if anybody has had this problem before, I did an Oil Change and it still hasnt gone away, I was reading through the Haynes manual and it says that part of a tune-up is to check and adjust the valve clearance if the valve train is making noise, my questioon to you guys is what kinda noise does the valve train make? By the way I have 137,000 miles on my Alty.
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sounds like your cam lobe to lifter clearances are sloppy. have a tech check it for you.
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Valve adjustment to loose will cause a clicky noise .... Yea, have a shop check it out ...
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Valve adjustment to loose will cause a clicky noise .... Yea, have a shop check it out ...
I knew I needed valves adjusted... just hit 60k miles and for some time now the engine made a noise which def seemed to be comming from under the valve cover.
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p.s. since we are on topic of valve adjustment where could I go to get it done and roughly what prices am I looking at here?
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My car is making the same ticking noise too ... also wondering about the cost of getting this fixed.

Would they adjust it if i took it into the dealership for a tune up??
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Old 12-09-2004, 07:57 PM
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Most likely a dealer would not .... I have done a couple here at the shop , to check it it is an Hour $75 .... But if any need adjusting its about $250 + shims , which are about $10 ea. ....
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Old 12-09-2004, 08:11 PM
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Thanks Shawn...one last question...would adjusting them be covered under warrenty??
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shawn you think I should just save up money for an engine rebuild/build?
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Not covered under warrantee unless it got noisy in 3 years or 36,000 miles , if its over the 60K , thats just maintenance ....


Rebuild ?? All Depends on what you want to do with it ..... If its running ok now , a little noise will not hurt anything , just kinda anoying and will affect power a little ....
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I plan on checking and probably adjusting (seen as it has 194k on it) the valve clearance. I have the tools and the know how to do it. I'm just wondering where would I go to get the shims? The dealership right? or is there someplace else I can get them?
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when i mean rebuild/build... I want to do up my engine like spring/summertime like what you did to your old 93.. I want to make my 2000 a beast! def gonna swap to manual, lightened flywheel, lightened pulley, CAI, hotshot header, custom exhaust, drop, lightweight rims, and then bring to a machinist with probably 5 grand of engine parts... then the AEM EMS and tuning. hopefully if everthing comes out I am looking at 230 whp
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I plan on checking and probably adjusting (seen as it has 194k on it) the valve clearance. I have the tools and the know how to do it. I'm just wondering where would I go to get the shims? The dealership right? or is there someplace else I can get them?

I have looked everywhere, Dealer only ....
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I have looked everywhere, Dealer only ....
Okay thats what I thought.
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