90 Dodge Daytona has a new noise

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Old 02-04-03, 04:17 AM
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90 Dodge Daytona has a new noise

90 Dodge Daytona V6 5 speed with 140k+ miles just started making a noise that one shop thinks is a lifter, from what they hear. The noise just started. Don't hear it all the time. Mainly when it's been driven vs just being started.

I guess a concern I have is my son drives kinda fast. Turns fast, accelerates fast. Wondering if his driving style will cause this problem to worsen and what might happen.

Any advise?
 
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Old 02-04-03, 05:58 AM
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If it's wasted, it's wasted. Not much you can do about it.

How's the oil pressure? Has the vehicle seen regular maintenance? What does it look like inside?
 
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Old 02-04-03, 06:31 AM
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What does it look like inside the hood or inside the car?
Both look fine. Car hasn't been too abused. It did sit for at least a year, but things aren't rusty under the hood. I know some maintenance was done by the former owner, like replacing the timing chain/belt (I'm a woman and don't know right words sometimes).
I think the oil pressure is good. Will have him check that. He did say the temp gauge stays low. Am going to have the thermostat replaced.
A lifter problem isn't so grave, is it? I drove a 68 Malibu with noisy lifters for several years.
I think I hear you saying his driving aggressively will not make the lifter problem worse?
 
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Old 02-04-03, 06:37 PM
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Drives kinda fast, hmmm... there is a moral here. You tend to appreciate the things you work for.
 
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Old 02-05-03, 04:31 AM
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Isn't the need for speed a hormonal thing is some guys? This son also races motocross (99 YZ125).
But, if you treat a bike OR car like a racing machine, topends, etc, have to be replaced a lot more frequent than a street car, right?
 
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Old 02-06-03, 06:50 PM
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I'll keep out of the preaching part, but I agree that if you take care of things, they will treat you well and last a very long time .

You need to tell us more about what was done to the vehicle. How does it look under the valve cover? Sludge? Carbon? Clean? Dry/no oil?

That might tell you what/where the valvetrain noise is.
 
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Old 02-07-03, 04:10 AM
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point me to a link on removing the valve cover. Son and his mechanic friend might be knowledgable about this, but just in case.
 
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Old 02-07-03, 05:04 AM
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Autolibrary.org below. Failing that, an Alldata.com subscription or a Chrysler service manual.
 
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