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Lifters won't build back up after changing the oil in my 1996 M/C

Posted by cek1127 (My Page) on
Sun, May 20, 07 at 1:41

I changed the oil, put in new spark plugs and wires. The car sat for 3 or 4 days without the oil in it and when I cranked it, the lifters would not build back up. So I checked the oil pressure and it has 60 pounds of pressure. I bought the car new. It has 115,000 miles and has no problems other than it needed plugs and wires. Why did the lifters lose there prime and what should I do next? HELP.

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RE: Lifters won't build back up after changing the oil in my 1996

Why did you leave the engine dry for 3 days ? BIG mistake.
Every nook, krany, and oriface drained. If your lifters will not pump up there is no oil pressure in the lifter gallary. The lifters will pump up eventually but you have
just taken 50,000 miles off your lifters and cam assembly
by running them dry. did you prime the filter before starting the engine ? One very expensive lesson learned.
Good luck.

RE: Lifters won't build back up after changing the oil in my 1996

I just re read your post. i'll bet my last beer on a sunday
you forgot your engine had no oil in it and fired it up.
when the lifters would not quiet down you realized you forgot to put oil in the engine. Then you did an oil pressure test after you filled it to make sure you didn't damage the crank, right ? i could be wrong.

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