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Old 05-19-2002, 11:27 AM
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What is the quick and simple way to adjust valve.
Is it better to adjust valves when the engine is cold or warm? When the engine is warm I get a popping sound out of the right side header. I put a 292 Comp cam in the engine is winter and I also checked for valve spring binding and there isn't any. Any ideas???

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More Info needed! Engine? Valve train? Hydraulic, Solid,Roller?
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You might want to get a set of the clips that go on your rockers to keep the oil from splashing out. That way, you can remove the rocker covers and run the engine to locate any noisy rockers
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If its a small block chevy, warm it up, loosen the valve till it clacks, slowly tightnen it until its quiet, give it another 1/2 turn...you're done. Give us a better description of "popping", I have a SBC that I described as "popping" but was told that it was "blubbering". I am told that SBCs don't breathe as well on the right side and will sometimes give a little pop in the right exhaust. I was told that putting in an equalizing pipe in the exhaust will help. Good Luck
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Just another Ideal, make sure your wires are not arcing somewhere around headers or possibly a crack spark plug, I know sometimes its hard to get a wrench on some spark plugs around headers.you can check for arcing after dark.then proceed as hotrodf100 said,If you dont have rocker clips to keep the oil from splashing out,take a old valve cover and make 3 cuts on the top and then bend the lid up towards the header side this will keep that oil from flying out all over(for hydraulic lifters)This would get in the way of solid lifter adjustment{wrenchturner}good luck
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ALWAYS adjust valves at operating temp. Cold valve adjustment settings are only designed to alow the engine to run safely until it reaches operational temps. Different cylinders run slightly different temps due to exhast scavenging,intake manifold ports and cooling passages (front cyls usually are 10-20 deg cooler). for best results adjust valves after a good run.
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