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

 
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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: 109,636 mi (20,000 mi - 185,000 mi)

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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.

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