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Old 11-29-2002, 01:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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How do i know if my car needs valve adjustment?

the manual said.. needs valve adjustment when it is noisy..

how noisy is considered "noisy" and needs adjustment?

how do i hear valve tapping? hear outside of the car?

Since I will have 30K miles maintenance.. and i am thinking to skip it to save money... I will just do the main individual items.. which are valve adjustment, oil change, tire rotation and MT fluid change. I am thinking if i can skip valve adjustment....
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Re: How do i know if my car needs valve adjustment?

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the manual said.. needs valve adjustment when it is noisy..

how noisy is considered "noisy" and needs adjustment?

how do i hear valve tapping? hear outside of the car?

Since I will have 30K miles maintenance.. and i am thinking to skip it to save money... I will just do the main individual items.. which are valve adjustment, oil change, tire rotation and MT fluid change. I am thinking if i can skip valve adjustment....
Paul? You need sleep. You just said that you would do the valve adjustment, but skip the valve adjustment.

I wouldn't skip the valve adjustment either. Do it yourself for free.
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Old 11-29-2002, 01:34 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Paul? You need sleep. You just said that you would do the valve adjustment, but skip the valve adjustment.

I wouldn't skip the valve adjustment either. Do it yourself for free.
yeah.. if i can skip it.. then i will skip... but i am not sure how noisy is noisy.. lol

as for doing it by myself.. i can't. i don't want to screw up this car anymore.
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yeah.. if i can skip it.. then i will skip... but i am not sure how noisy is noisy.. lol

as for doing it by myself.. i can't. i don't want to screw up this car anymore.
Ludecrs noticed the valve tapping in mine when she and Mr Ludecrs were driving beside me (I sure as heck didn't notice). Honda dealerships charge around $100 or so to have it done...skip the 30K service, replace the necessary fluids on your own, and have the valves adjusted.
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Now that I actually know how to do, it's easy enough.
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i think its time for me to do it. do you guys know where i can get that too for the valve adjustment
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Old 11-29-2002, 12:56 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I think you just get the tool from a Honda dealership. Maybe you could find one used on e-bay, though. Give it a whirl.

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i think its time for me to do it. do you guys know where i can get that too for the valve adjustment
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thanks. how many miles did you guys have when you adjusted the valves
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thanks. how many miles did you guys have when you adjusted the valves
Last time I did it it was around 120K.
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Ludecrs noticed the valve tapping in mine when she and Mr Ludecrs were driving beside me (I sure as heck didn't notice). Honda dealerships charge around $100 or so to have it done...skip the 30K service, replace the necessary fluids on your own, and have the valves adjusted.
I think we were in front of you j/k

It's hard to tell when it's getting louder because it's a gradual process. We are at 36K miles and haven't noticed anything louder than stock, so we opted not to have it done yet. I'll re-evaluate next spring.

Paul, maybe find a used 5th gen w/ low miles at a dealer and start it up next to yours to compare.
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forgive the newbie question...but what exactly do i listen for? i'm not sure what it would sound like
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forgive the newbie question...but what exactly do i listen for? i'm not sure what it would sound like
that is exactly what i want to ask also... what does it sound like?
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just really loud tapping/ticking...just like if you turn on your car on a really cold day (cold start) ....
correct me if im wrong.
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If your valve clearance is off spec by just a bit, the noise is audible only when the engine is cold. You won't be able to tell when the engine is warmed up. The noise is like what it says literally... it is "tapping" type of sound. Personal opinion 30k is a good timing to have it checked and adjusted if necessary. Ask the mechanic by how much they are off and you can figure when the next adjustment would be.
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I bought me car @ 31000 miles so the guy didn’t do the 30000 mile maintenance. I think I need mine adjusted, I can hear a tapping when the car is warmed-up. I will probably do it over my Christmas break after I get some tools and a torque wrench.
Got a few questions about it.
1. How hard is it on a scale from I-10?
2. What should I look out for so I don’t screw up my car?
3. How long will it take and will I need a second person to help me?
4. Will you notice a difference performance wise after you do the adjustment?
5. After the adjustments should I take it easy on the car for awhile?

Sorry for all the questions.
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special tools needed for a do-it-yourself valve job.
Honda part # 07MAA-PR70110 tappet adjuster
Honda part # 07MAA-PR70120 tappet locknut wrench
you do need to get both parts as they make up one tool.
It will cost you about 65-70 dollars for the tools but it is cheaper than paying Honda and you know it will be done with care.Just take your time and you will get it.
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so it is the ticking that i hear in my car... heh, like rocks are hitting it when you drive down the road right???
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if the car is ticking really lound even after its warmed up...then it probably

A.) low on oil
B.) Adjustment
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like its not LOUD. i cant hear it with windows up. with windows down i can.

for the oil ive always wondered how much is it when its on the 1st dot, and how much is it when its on the second dot? thanks.
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