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Mazda Miata MX-5 Ticking Noise From Valve Lash Adjusters Due to Infrequent Oil Changes

Mazda Miata MX-5 Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004

Engines Affected: 1.6L 4 Cylinder, 1.8L 4 Cylinder

Average Mileage: 111,480 mi (20,000 mi - 185,000 mi)


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.

  • Visitor, , 1.6L 4 Cylinder, 65,000 mi

    did regualr oil changes and everything stick clicking like a sob

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  • RocketDad, , 1.8L 4 Cylinder, 68,000 mi

    just started hearing this .will try some valve cleaner as I already change oil and filter every 5000. Only occurs at first acceleration usually

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  • Visitor, , 1.6L 4 Cylinder

    rebuilt motor and still has ticking

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  • Visitor, , 1.8L 4 Cylinder, 90,125 mi

    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.

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  • Visitor, , 1.8L 4 Cylinder, 28,000 mi

    Loud engine noise lifters sounds like and lower rpms funny noise when you barely accelerate and let off the 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

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  • Visitor, , 1.8L 4 Cylinder, 140,000 mi

    Loud ticking when the car is cold.

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  • donniealways, , 1.8L 4 Cylinder, 101,600 mi

    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's why i came 'here' looking for answers.

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  • Visitor, , 1.8L 4 Cylinder, 185,000 mi

    lifters clatter alot

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  • marcn39, , 1.6L 4 Cylinder

    same problem loud tapping noise from time to time then it will go away dont know lol

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  • Visitor, , 1.6L 4 Cylinder, 120,000 mi

    all the time except when i change the oil and than after 1000 miles or so it starts again

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