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Old 07-24-07, 06:26 AM
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I'm looking at this Chevy Metro as a possible first car for myself. Here is the ad:

http://watertown.craigslist.org/car/379143641.html

What are "lifters in the engine"? And would that be a major/expensive repair?
 
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The owner seems to be honest about the condition of the car. As the ad says, it will need work.
Beyond the cracked windshield, dents, rust, burn hole in seat, it probably needs brakes and tires.

Noisy lifters may be as minor as a few good oil changes to free them up, or may require major engine surgery.

How much of an auto D.I.Y.er are you, and do you want to spend most of your time under the hood or driving the car.
 
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Old 07-24-07, 09:35 AM
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I've done a lot of work with lawn tractors, never cars though. How far into the engine would I have to go to fix the noisy lifters?
 
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Old 07-24-07, 10:21 AM
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If it's a minor lifter noise, you probably don't even need to mess with the engine.

Lifters usually require the removal of the camshaft, rods, valves.

It's probably not something you want to attempt by yourself. With help from a mechanic friend, you could probably have it done in a afternoon.
 
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