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Mazda MPV Ticking Noise From Valve Lash Adjusters Due to Infrequent Oil Changes

Mazda MPV Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2003

Engine Affected: 3.0L V6

Average Mileage: 120,484 mi (58,000 mi - 160,000 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.

  • , , 3.0L V6, 156,000 mi

    I have owned this 1996 MPV almost a year. I had the valve ticking noise for the first few minutes the engine was running cold, and then it would go away. I changed the oil and it started doing it worse after about 500 miles on the fresh oil change. I noticed the engine was using oil, so I added a bottle of stop leak seal conditioner. The valve ticking persisted. I soon added a large 8 cylinder size bottle of Restore and there is no more ticking at all.

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  • , , 3.0L V6, 130,000 mi

    ticking noise from lifters,it is annoying.havent fixed it yet

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  •  Rookie

    how & where do u purchase the valve lash adjusters?? please help!!!!!

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  • , , 159,356 mi

    Have the same problem. Haven't tried solution yet.

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  • , , 3.0L V6, 90,000 mi

    load noise.....sounds like valves are bent...

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  • , , 3.0L V6, 133,000 mi

    ticking noise

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