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Old 02-27-2012, 07:54 AM   #1
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Default Loud valves k20a3

Recently purchased a 2002 RSX with higher miles but the price was right. It has around 160,000 thousand miles on it. The engine runs fine just that valves were a little noisy, after adjusting them twice I notice no difference in sound. Could it be that they are that worn that even with adjustment they are still loud?
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when you did the adjustment how off were they?
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Trying putting a thicker oil like 10w40
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Trying putting a thicker oil like 10w40
lol wtf that's too thick
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I dont know how much they were off because i undid the jam nut before checking them
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Pull the valve cover again and inspect the cam lobes, check for cam galling. I'm betting the intake cam lobes are pitted out. Also make sure you are running 5w-30 and not 5w-20 oil.
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Pull the valve cover again and inspect the cam lobes, check for cam galling. I'm betting the intake cam lobes are pitted out. Also make sure you are running 5w-30 and not 5w-20 oil.
Why 5w30? the oil cap says 5w20
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Honda changed the oil weight requirements on all the newer K-series engines from 5w-20 to 5w-30. 5w-20 is mostly for fuel economy purposes, it does little to actually help protect engine parts. People who have ran 5w-30 have had less issues with the cam galling problem because it's a little bit thicker oil.
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Honda changed the oil weight requirements on all the newer K-series engines from 5w-20 to 5w-30. 5w-20 is mostly for fuel economy purposes, it does little to actually help protect engine parts. People who have ran 5w-30 have had less issues with the cam galling problem because it's a little bit thicker oil.

i have the same problem with my ep3 my valves are really loud , so im getting one of my honda techs to do the adjustment for me and see if it changes..also i will be running 5w30 once i get an oil change
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Great info guys thanks
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