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Old 06-10-2013, 08:21 PM   #1
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lifter tick repair advice

Earlier today i posted about a ticking noise i was hearing in the engine area. The more research iv done the more i think its a "lifter tick" that many with a L99 have had. i believe iv also read that there was a GM bulletin issued about this.
So i have a few questions on what i should do.

1) If it is a lifter issue does my local chevy dealership HAVE to fix the noisy lifters? or is there room for them to wiggle out of it as its not a recall.

2) If they do have to change the lifters from what iv read this is a serious work load that will have to be taken. Is this the true? will they have to really get into the "guts' of the engine?

3) I sometime down the road (hopefully in the next year) am going to put some serious work into the car most likely with a Turbo set up from IPS. Since im pretty set on modding the car should i take this time to get a new Cam? and will the work to replace everything be covered since they will be getting in there anyways? Obviously id have to buy the new cam and everything.

4) If all the above are true or close to so what cam should i go with. iv read about the LS3 conversion thing and then iv read about the VVT-3 cam by texas speed i believe. What is the difference and is there much of a power difference because from what i see there is about a 500$ plus difference.

Im new to cars and unfortunately dont have anyone to go to but you guys here on C5 so i need all the advice and help i can get.

Thanks guy
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Old 06-11-2013, 08:21 AM   #2
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no1 has any say to this at all?
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Old 06-11-2013, 08:36 AM   #3
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Earlier today i posted about a ticking noise i was hearing in the engine area. The more research iv done the more i think its a "lifter tick" that many with a L99 have had. i believe iv also read that there was a GM bulletin issued about this.
So i have a few questions on what i should do.

1) If it is a lifter issue does my local chevy dealership HAVE to fix the noisy lifters? or is there room for them to wiggle out of it as its not a recall.
Since there is a TSB out, most likely they won't give you any grief, unless you have modded the car. Then they might try to wiggle out depending on how mod friendly they are, but most likely, you'll be OK.

2) If they do have to change the lifters from what iv read this is a serious work load that will have to be taken. Is this the true? will they have to really get into the "guts' of the engine?
The heads will have to come off to replace the lifter.

3) I sometime down the road (hopefully in the next year) am going to put some serious work into the car most likely with a Turbo set up from IPS. Since im pretty set on modding the car should i take this time to get a new Cam? and will the work to replace everything be covered since they will be getting in there anyways? Obviously id have to buy the new cam and everything.
I would talk to your builder and discuss your desires with him and come up with a plan. No right or wrong answer IMO.

4) If all the above are true or close to so what cam should i go with. iv read about the LS3 conversion thing and then iv read about the VVT-3 cam by texas speed i believe. What is the difference and is there much of a power difference because from what i see there is about a 500$ plus difference.
If you do an LS3 conversion, the heads will come off again to replace the lifters. There is a bit of labor and parts replacement involved in an LS3 conversion. Again, discuss this with your builder. No right or wrong answer. You have a bigger selection of cams available if you do an LS3 conversion, so there can be a huge power difference.

Im new to cars and unfortunately dont have anyone to go to but you guys here on C5 so i need all the advice and help i can get.

Thanks guy
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Old 06-11-2013, 09:10 AM   #4
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Earlier today i posted about a ticking noise i was hearing in the engine area. The more research iv done the more i think its a "lifter tick" that many with a L99 have had. i believe iv also read that there was a GM bulletin issued about this.
So i have a few questions on what i should do.

1) If it is a lifter issue does my local chevy dealership HAVE to fix the noisy lifters? or is there room for them to wiggle out of it as its not a recall.

2) If they do have to change the lifters from what iv read this is a serious work load that will have to be taken. Is this the true? will they have to really get into the "guts' of the engine?

3) I sometime down the road (hopefully in the next year) am going to put some serious work into the car most likely with a Turbo set up from IPS. Since im pretty set on modding the car should i take this time to get a new Cam? and will the work to replace everything be covered since they will be getting in there anyways? Obviously id have to buy the new cam and everything.

4) If all the above are true or close to so what cam should i go with. iv read about the LS3 conversion thing and then iv read about the VVT-3 cam by texas speed i believe. What is the difference and is there much of a power difference because from what i see there is about a 500$ plus difference.

Im new to cars and unfortunately dont have anyone to go to but you guys here on C5 so i need all the advice and help i can get.

Thanks guy
Just be aware these engines do have ticks that are not related to the lifters. So unless it's pretty loud, it's not likely the lifters.
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Old 06-11-2013, 09:18 AM   #5
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Just be aware these engines do have ticks that are not related to the lifters. So unless it's pretty loud, it's not likely the lifters.
its really loud. when i first pulled up a dealer looked at it and actually said it sounds like a lifter issue. but we will find out tomorrow morning hopefully. im just impatient
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Old 06-11-2013, 10:33 AM   #6
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That sucks. The lifters are a pain in the ass.

Do your best to get them to replace ALL of the lifters and not just the one that is making noise. If 1 lifter is going bad, it could be a sign that more are on their way out too. Make sure they check everything over really well. They might have to replace your cam if it has any damage to the lobes from the lifters. The lifter bores could be damaged. I would just hate to see you 1 year later with a bigger problem, or the same problem again on a different lifter because they tend to half ass fix things.
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Old 06-11-2013, 10:55 AM   #7
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That sucks. The lifters are a pain in the ass.

Do your best to get them to replace ALL of the lifters and not just the one that is making noise. If 1 lifter is going bad, it could be a sign that more are on their way out too. Make sure they check everything over really well. They might have to replace your cam if it has any damage to the lobes from the lifters. The lifter bores could be damaged. I would just hate to see you 1 year later with a bigger problem, or the same problem again on a different lifter because they tend to half ass fix things.
thanks ill deff make sure to have them check everything. I agree though it would really be bad if down the road i have the same problem. ill be able to post more tomorrow hopefully when i find out what they say. (actually hoping this leads to a excuse to put a bigger cam into her)
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Old 06-11-2013, 12:37 PM   #8
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thanks ill deff make sure to have them check everything. I agree though it would really be bad if down the road i have the same problem. ill be able to post more tomorrow hopefully when i find out what they say. (actually hoping this leads to a excuse to put a bigger cam into her)
Just putting this out there, but most likely they will only put the stock cam and lifters in. If you want a bigger cam you'll probably have to do this again at a speed shop and pay for it. I can't imagine a dealership putting a big cam in as warranty work .
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Old 06-11-2013, 12:42 PM   #9
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Just putting this out there, but most likely they will only put the stock cam and lifters in. If you want a bigger cam you'll probably have to do this again at a speed shop and pay for it. I can't imagine a dealership putting a big cam in as warranty work .
well i know they wont cover it all but how nice would that be lol. But im sure they will cover the majority of the work on it if i provide the parts. at least thats what im hoping for. i mean i dont see why not if they will have it all open anyways.
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Very very highly doubt it, but give it a shot. See what they say. The answer is always NO if you don't try.
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