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This is a discussion on Stuck Lifter within the Internal Engine forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; My Camaro started making an awful valve train ticking and i thought i had bent a valve or something cause ...

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    My Camaro started making an awful valve train ticking and i thought i had bent a valve or something cause the rockers where within specs. So i got the head off and i figured i would change the lifters while i had them off and i guess one of my liffters had spun or something and that it wasnt a valve.
    Any ideas on how to get it out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeyLs1 View Post
    My Camaro started making an awful valve train ticking and i thought i had bent a valve or something cause the rockers where within specs. So i got the head off and i figured i would change the lifters while i had them off and i guess one of my liffters had spun or something and that it wasnt a valve.
    Any ideas on how to get it out?
    try a magnet or pliers. MAKE SURE YOU GET NEW LIFTER TRAYS BEFORE YOU PUT YOUR LIFTERS IN SO THEY DON'T SPIN AGAIN!!!! I would also pull the cam just to make sure you didn't gouge the lobe!

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    We tried pliers and a magnet but it still wont come out. We think its pin is keeping it from coming out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeyLs1 View Post
    We tried pliers and a magnet but it still wont come out. We think its pin is keeping it from coming out.
    hmm...well you don't wanna gouge out that lifter bore, so don't muscle it too much... you could pull the pan (Pain in the ass to do with motor in car), pull the cam, and let it fall out the bottom hoping it doesn't get stuck on the crank or rods...

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    That's what I was thinking too... Let it fall down through. The lifter bore might be shot, but lets hope not... If you hang the motor by the shock towers, you can drop the K-member down enough to pull the oil pan. It will hang from the front shocks. 6 bolts, and pop off the steering linkage to the rack, which is one 10mm bolt I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bills98ta View Post
    That's what I was thinking too... Let it fall down through. The lifter bore might be shot, but lets hope not... If you hang the motor by the shock towers, you can drop the K-member down enough to pull the oil pan. It will hang from the front shocks. 6 bolts, and pop off the steering linkage to the rack, which is one 10mm bolt I think.
    Can you elaborate on that alittle more for me? Trying to picture it but I cant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hi-Po View Post
    Can you elaborate on that alittle more for me? Trying to picture it but I cant.
    They have a motor support that does this, but I put blocks of wood on the shock towers, then a steel square pipe across on top of the wood. ( like a HD strut tower brace ) pull the motor mount bolts. Jack up the motor some with a floor jack. Chain it up to the brace to hang it when you lower the jack. Then you can lower the K-member !!!
    I knew I should have taken pics !!! LOL !!!

    If I don't have it, I make it !!! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by bills98ta View Post
    They have a motor support that does this, but I put blocks of wood on the shock towers, then a steel square pipe across on top of the wood. ( like a HD strut tower brace ) pull the motor mount bolts. Jack up the motor some with a floor jack. Chain it up to the brace to hang it when you lower the jack. Then you can lower the K-member !!!
    I knew I should have taken pics !!! LOL !!!

    If I don't have it, I make it !!! LOL
    I knew it took something jigger rigged! AM I the only one who takes pictures of everything I do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hi-Po View Post
    I knew it took something jigger rigged! AM I the only one who takes pictures of everything I do?
    I've got pics of my first oil change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Crash View Post
    I've got pics of my first oil change.
    Did you get pictures of when you forgot to install the drain plug before pouring your Royal Purple in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hi-Po View Post
    Did you get pictures of when you forgot to install the drain plug before pouring your Royal Purple in?
    i wish i would have "forgot". instead i actually ran my car with it in there. prob would have been better to run it dry.........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Crash View Post
    i wish i would have "forgot". instead i actually ran my car with it in there. prob would have been better to run it dry.........
    Good point.

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    I got the lifter out and it was destroyed, And my cam isn't that good either where can i get it refinished.

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    your going to have to find a machine shop in your area that can do it. since you have it out it might not be a bad time to do a cam swap. hmmmmmmm..........

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    Yeah its already an aftermarket cam. But is there anyplace i could ship it too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeyLs1 View Post
    Yeah its already an aftermarket cam. But is there anyplace i could ship it too.
    Where did you get it / what cam is it?? im sure that comp cams would be able to do it if you got it from them or as long as its their cam.

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    How much does a re grind usually cost?

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    I would think it depends on how bad it is. If its too bad, then there is no way of repairing it probably. Nice, great condition used cams go for 250-300 often.

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    a new cam wouldnt be much more than that

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeyLs1 View Post
    I got the lifter out and it was destroyed, And my cam isn't that good either where can i get it refinished.
    Damn sucks dude...I would just get a regrind and swap lifters and trays if all else is good unless you can find a machine shop to repair it

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