Originally Posted by Tom_Sawyer_Man
In my opinion if you have lifter noise (and you are sure it is), mileage is over 100,000, and you are going to rip off the top of the engine and remove the lifters. why would you not just replace them. Really 10 bucks each is a small price to prevent possibility of re-occurrence.
Because there are 12 of them, so that'* $120 plus shipping. That'* a tough pill to swallow when you consider you're already replacing the LIM gaskets by going down that far ($30), and the pushrods as well ($20). If you can inspect them and verify they're all in good condition, there should be no need to replace them.
As for the lack of tools and experience, I did the job with a $20 cheap set of tools and a haynes manual the first time. Took me about 4 hours. Now I can pull the LIM and put it back in an hour or less. Its not a very big job. It doesn't require a lot of experience, just overcoming the fear of what you don't know. Just keep track of which bolts go where (egg carton, ziploc bags) if you're really concerned with it.
If you lived nearby, I'd help you do it. I'm in the southwest Chicago suburbs. Its not a very big deal at all. If you want, I can post the steps on here.
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