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'96 GW has been sitting for 2 years - I've been methodically bringing it back to life. It finally started idling this afternoon but is running rough. I'm getting a very audible ticking sound from the #1 cylinder (or close to it) and the engine seems to be missing. It runs up - but haven't had it over 2500rpm until this problem gets solved.



Help me out guys - any ideas?

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No real experience with the 6-cyls, but you might check to see if the plug wire/cap isn't isn't shorting to ground for #1 cylinder.

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Might be an idea to pop off that valve cover & confirm that all valves are opening & closing all the way. you might have a sticky one there. Could also be a noisy lifter.

Check your valve adjustment.

If ya cant fix it with a hammer, it's prolly lectrical
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If it's been sitting that long it's possible that one or more of the HVA (hydraulic valve adjuster) has bleed down and needs to be pumped back up. This requires a special tool that you use to bleed the air out of the HVA. There is also a shimming process that is required but if you haven't removed the heads to replace the gaskets you probably won't have to reshim.

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you didn't say how long you let it run it may clear up on it's own if you let it run a while or that maybe the reason it's been sitting. did you change the oil before you started it up after it sat for that long?

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The sound is definitely a mechanical sound. I changed the oil before the initial startup - ran it for 30 minutes - changed the oil again (it was BLACK) last night and the carbs finally lined out and was able to idle - which is when I heard the noise. I let it run for about 45 minutes last night and it still didn't line out.

Do I have to pull the head to pump up the HVA or just the cover? I'll pull the cover tonight - let me know if there is anything I can do with just the cover pulled.
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Okay - I've attached a picture of what I think rayworx is talking about. Is there a way to do this without any special tools?



I'm thinking fishing line, spray bottles, sea foamcure-all - the kind of special tools this forum is famous for!
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You wont have to pull the head.

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Pulled the right cover off last night and inspected #1 and #3 adjusters - they looked fine and were within spec as far as the book showed. Still have the tap/tick sound but not so sure its valve train related. I pulled the plug wires and verified it wasn't arcing - sounds more like an exhaust leak on top of the main casing toward the front. Is there anything in that area that would sound like that? Once it gets above 1200rpm its hard to hear
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Hold a feather or cigarette around that area & look for signs of air movement caused by an exhaust leak.

If ya cant fix it with a hammer, it's prolly lectrical
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