Chevy Vortec Lifter & Valve Tap How To Repair It




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pamoffa: Bad sludge like that is usually caused by coolant getting into the oil, if the truck has been losing coolant then I guess we found where its going. frams are a good filter it filtered until it choked.

The Mechanic: same lifter is used in a power stroke diesel

dwjw1: I agree with you that this is a good method for cleaning up a problem engine. It works.

Thanks for that - I used it on another 5.3 L Vortec (not mine) that had been changed regularly, but apparently with too low grade of oil. After 250K miles, it was so full that changing to Mobil 1 started breaking things up inside and it plugged the oil pressure sending unit. I used this technique to clean it and then installed a good grade of oil. Even Mobil 1 is marginal for these engines. They need a grade higher.

But the problem here is not the filter, that filter was not bad as you try to make out - the output side was clean. Most of the oil was bypassing because the filter was plugged from being in there for too long. I don't use Fram either, but that was not a failing filter your video showed.

Another thing, the chunks of carbon buildup come from bad spots on the head gasket where a little oil is burnt and builds up as a chunk, then breaks off and circulates. It plugged up that filter. The multi-grade oil also has nothing to do with it - any oil would do the same to some degree. The engine oil was just not changed often enough, and was compounded by a head gasket leak that created hot spots to carbonize the oil.

I had experience with chunks of carbon in a 1997 Dodge V8 conversion van. My oil was changed regularly and after I realized why the chunks were forming, I fixed it. (In my case, the oil chunks were plugging up the oil intake screen causing low oil pressure.) The fix was stop leak in the antifreeze. I used a heavy duty sealant for cracked heads and fixed it. That was the only thing I changed - same oil, same length of time between changes - no more problem.

In your truck, the previous owner might have inadvertently fixed the problem by using stop leak, but never cleaned up the after the problem by changing oil, so all that gunk remained - it's hard to tell.

jorge ulloa: can i do it whit syntetic oil and which oil do i try

Jamie Johnson: hi wen i rest my foot on the gass paddle and it hits 3000 rpm hit makes a quit nocking noise is the any way of fixing it

Erik Pearson: im going to be doing this on a 2006 chevy 5.3 this weekend. Well replacing the valve seals, and doing the oil at the same time. i'm praying it doesn't goo out like this. I"ll cry.

Bamanfl: I've had two GMC Sierras with the 5.3 and for some reason they have both had that ticking noise in them. I will try that 5 Quarts of Oil and 1 Quart Mystery oil and see how that works in my 2012 Sierra. Funny thing is, my 2005 Silverado has 185k and has never ticked or been in the shop before.

Nick Jackson: So my 2007 Chevy Suburban 5.3L Vortec only when it starts up cold. It only last for about a couple minutes or driving barely a quarter mile then it stops, but it ticks a little bit. Sometimes more than other days and some days not at all. Would that be the same problem? And if so, how would I correct it?

HeadFlowInc: That's from years and years of not changing the oil, only adding to the crankcase to fill. I've seen this several times, what's amazing is how long the engines run like that! If you tear down the engine there will be hard flaking damage on the cam bearings more so than the lower bearings.

yonny1954: Man how can you blame that poor filter??!!! There is not a filter on earth that could handle that

Richard Valentine: Wouldn't the 2 dis-similar "oils" in and of themselves create a clumping reaction? I've read that before in print. Should be easy to replicate or verify that claim by the same ratio of new materials stirred together into a glass container.. (just to rule that reaction out). May only happen once heated.

Juan Bustos: Take the oil pan off I bet there's still a lot of sludge in there

Yanel Cordova Resendiz: hey i have a 07 tahoe i just got it and its ticking a lot and when i step on it the sound gets a bit louder i believe its the lifters but if i do the oil change do you recommend to use thicker oil? i have the oil right now and everything i have the same one you're using 5w-30 same brand but not sure if i should just go with the thicker one and for the trans fluid do you just let it sit there turned on for a few minutes before changing the oil?

Daniel Vazquez: Can I do this with ANY car..? Including turbo..?
Really wondering about it.

RedWhiteAndBlueVideo: You say 5 qts. My vortec 5.3 takes 6qts. Maybe that's the problem, it's been ran a quart low.

Thelegitrager: So can I drive my truck with the transmission fluid in it until my next oil change or do I need to change it out as soon as possible?

Torie Williford: my 2004 yukon xl is ticking and i change oil all the time any suggestions.

Sherry Detla: Hey..will tell you if you put stop smoke. Or any other thick oil treatment..if your burning oil..that thick stuff is the product!! ...Normal oil until I put that stuff in..yup..and it globed out as per you video.....!

All2skitzd: Fram filters suck but it doesnt matter on a case like that because most of that isn't going to be picked up by the oil pump anyways. I would of liked to see the oil pressure on that turd. You was definitely smart to just that other oil through it first. Did you end up keeping the truck?

Jake “LeverActionJake” Zunio: There is nothing wrong with a Fram filter. They are designed to bypass the dirty oil if the filter becomes completely clogged... this feature is a logical innovation foreseen as it is better to recirculate dirty oil then to have the engine starve of oil completely.  A filter Is only designed to be used between designated oil changes. The real culprit is the lack of preventative maintenance the previous owner had failed to provide for the vehicle.

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