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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 11-30-2009, 11:49 PM Thread Starter
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Tapping sound

Okay, ive got a tapping sound in my 3.0... it started after I did seafoam about 1500 miles ago. When id did it i did seafoam, ran it for a day, changed oil, changed plugs, and put zmax in the engine. Ive had people tell me it could be loose rockers and some people told me it could be spark jumping between spark plug wires.

Any ideas or advise on what it could be? thanks guys!

oh and it comes and goes in different temperatures it seems like.


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Re: Tapping sound

well to eliminate plug wires wait until night and look under the hood to see if its jumping sparks between the plug wires. and as for rockers i have heard of the 3.0 comin loose before but do you think you might be low on oil. when your low on oil and you rev it the top end will start to float and dry up a lil

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Re: Tapping sound

ill check the spark tonight... its not low... just filled it up and it hasnt burned any, just checked it... full of motorcraft synthetic... im wondering if its the tranny now cuz you can hear it from the side and after i put in some high mileage transmission treatment 2 days ago it stopped... but now its come back. if its the rockers, ill just probably save up for some performance rockers to put in while to top end is tore off.


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Re: Tapping sound

It could be hydraulic lifter on its way out. The seafaom probably broke a piece of crud loose and it is clogging up the valve on the lifter, so it is starving for oil and allowing the clearance between the rocker and push rod te increase, causing the the tap.

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you think running more seafoam of something through it may help break the crap up if it is that? I could rape the engine with the 2 bottles of seafoam Ive got laying around! lol


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Re: Tapping sound

How did you put the sea foam in and how many miles????

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I did it at about 64000 miles. Put a little in the gas tank, a little in the crankcase, and then let the engine suck up the rest through the vacuum hose... then I ran the truck till white smoke was gode, drove it the next day, and then after that one day of 40 miles I changed oil, oil filter, and plugs.


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Yea it seems kind of early to be making noise that was why i tried everything i could to fix it and it was the gas all along i did sea foam too on my last tank of that crappy gas... I got almost 64000 too on my truck.. I switched from motorcraft plugs because the 3.0 ford found out made a pinging noise with them so there correction to the problem is recommended by ford to use autolite 103's and i did that the pingign stopped and then it came back when i switched gas so i had the pinging problem twice and corrected it twice to that was my expierence.. The fact is it should not be making a lot of noise at 60000 at least you would think it wouldn't be....

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yeah... im just wondering if the seafoam did something to loosen stuff and then clog it again... im at a loss...


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It could of i would try the other stuff first and then see what happens....

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