Mazda Miata MX-5 Problem Report

Mazda Miata MX-5 Ticking Noise From Engine Due to Sticking Valve Lash Adjusters

(34 reports)

A loud ticking noise (hydraulic valve lifter noise) may be heard from the top of the engine, particularly when the engine is still cold. The noise may occur more frequently on higher mileage vehicles; Hydraulic valve lash adjusters may need to be replaced to correct this issue. Following the maintenance schedule for oil changes will also help prevent a recurrence of the noise.

rebuilt motor and still has ticking -
did regualr oil changes and everything stick clicking like a sob -
just started hearing this .will try some valve cleaner as I already change oil and filter every 5000. Only occurs at first acceleration usually -
Lifter noise started after a Mazda specialist mechanic replaced my cars timing belt. He claims the lifter noise is 'normal'. Won't go back to him again. No solution yet. -
Loud ticking when the car is cold. -
Loud engine noise lifters sounds like and lower rpms funny noise when you barely accelerate and let off the gas.like a tensioner making noise.what to do it serms like it is getting louder that is about the only time you here it any suggestions -
Car sits a lot, not driven regularly, valves lifters are noisy. Used to quiet after driven a couple of miles, now they don't. Added some oil conditioner (Lucas) but so far, no difference, hope lifters don't have to be replaced! -
just had my engine replaced, old engine never tapped but the used one my mechanice 'just' put in is tapping when i start the car, he says 'it's normal' and won't hurt anything. i wonder....it's why i came 'here' looking for answers. -
lifters clatter alot -
same problem loud tapping noise from time to time then it will go away dont know lol -
all the time except when i change the oil and than after 1000 miles or so it starts again -
I get a knocking/ticking on start up, it goes away after driving for a few miles. also it tend to choke a little upon deceleration and at idle. -
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