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Old 10-24-2009, 12:01 AM   #1
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spi valve adjustment

I had the usual valve drop on my 2000 focus 2.0 sohc. Had the blocked sleaved and new valve seats installed at the machine shop. Installed new rings, gaskes and motor mounts. Motor is running really well except for a slight valve tapping at lower RPMs. I'd like to do a valve adjustment, but the Haynes manual doesn't do a real good job explaining how to adjust, just how to check the clearance. It mentions hydraulic lifters? Is the 2.0 spi valves self adjusting? If not, how can I adjust the valves or is there another reason for the tapping?
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Old 10-24-2009, 06:27 AM   #2
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AFAIK there isn't a valve adjustment procedure because.....they aren't adjustable. But you had already guessed that.

A 'little' tapping is normal, these motors have always been said to have a noisy valve train. Mine has made a 'little' tapping ever since I've owned it (40k to 170k miles)
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Thank you Focusnewb, I won't worry about then. Hopefully I'll get another 100,000 miles out of her.
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Did you store the buckets in oil while you did the rebuild? If not, you got air in them hence the tapping noise. Try idling it at 2k for a little bit. They should bleed down and be good after that. If the tapping doesn't go away (not sure on the spi, but the duratec always has some slight noise) you need to buy new ones.
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