Well boys, here's an update. Remember this though;
- This car has 215,417 miles on it, it's PAID for and it still looks GREAT.
Don't forget that.
That rocker arm clickety clack has been driving me mad for over 100,000 miles and it was getting LOUDER. Well, I had to take care of it so I went over to Amazon on line and bought the rocker arms for both sides and gaskets for the intake plenum and valve covers. About $550 for the whole shootin' match. I finally carved out some time to do it this past weekend and I figured several hours to do the job. I started at 10 AM. Got the plenum off and the drivers side valve cover off by Noon. OK, some sweating and cursing involved but no big deal. Rocker arms come complete. Just unbolt the old assembly and bolt on the new one. That simple. Went to replace the valve cover gasket and realized I'd ordered the WRONG one. 1998-2006 valve cover gasket is NOT the same as the 2007-2010. Silly me. Why I didn't catch that I don't know. Anyway, I had to search around and found a set so after two hours, $42 more and a new set of plugs (I had to do that while I had the thing apart), I got back on the job.
On the passenger side, everything came apart as expected, but then, my luck ran out. See pic. Can lobe on that side is pretty badly gauld from rocker arm free play. So I sat for a while sipping iced tea and nibbling on marshmallow Peeps (Sugar high). What to do? In a perfect world I'd halt the job, order a new set of cams and replace them. More money and more time. In MY world, Rule #1
applies and I've got to have this thing running before tommorow.
So, I installed the NEW rocker arm on the BAD cam and said a Hail Mary knowing this is not a good thing to do. I got everything buttoned up by 10 PM, crossed my fingers and fired her up. She fired right up! She clicked for a split second and settled down to run and quiet as you please. In fact, now she runs so quiet I can hear the "whirrrr" from the alternator. Road test the next day and she runs like a champ. No clicks, nothing.
For how long? Again, refer to Rule #1
. If I make 300K miles, I'll call it good. Oh, during my road test my 11 year old son did me the honor of tagging my car by throwing up in the back seat. Rule #1
Note: When replacing the "Millenium Falcon" intake plenum, tip it back a bit and insert the EGR pipe BEFORE bolting it back onto the intake. Your life will be much easier if you do it that way.