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Engine was making weird noise and hardly any power and sounded like it was missing,  so I took off valve cover and noticed that one (intake) of the Rocker Arm guide came off. So I put it back and now there's too much play with the valve adjust.  So here are the questions?




1). Is this a head job that needs to be done?


2). If valve is bent, where is the best place to get valves and what else should be replaced?


3). Has this happened to you guys before and what is the likely cause?


Thank you,



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If the valve is bent, which I doubt.. it would be stuck open. When the rocker arm falls off the valve stays closed.


I've heard if the valves are not adjusted correctly, they can pop off. Is the valve adjustment too loose now? Does the head have brass valve seats?

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Did this vehicle sit for a long period of time?

I had a rocker arm keep popping off on #4 cylinder, it happened a few times, in my opinion it was because the vehicle sat so long that the gas got stale, once I put new gas in the tank it quit doing it, it happened when I was turning it over to start it.

You may have had the lash pad fall out and that is why it is so loose, look around for the lash pad in the area it fell out.

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just put rockerarm back on if the lash pad didnt fall off then adjustd it a bit tighter.  I do mine .006in .008 exh




so as I loose a clynder I ck the plug wire by getting shocked.and remove it from plug and see if the car runs the same or worse to get the cylinder thats bad. 

then I pop the valve cover. This has happen about 3 times to me. 



But you can take it to a garage and Im sure theyll say you need a rebuilt head 1200$

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Car does not sit for long periods.  It's my DD.  Can't adjust, the space between rocker, cam lobe and valve is too wide.  Tried to go either way with adjustment nut and could not adjust.  The spring is much lower than the other valve springs. Yes, it has hardened valve seats. Definitely I will look for the lash pad.

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most times the lash pad is near the spring if it didnt work its way to the back or the front and drop in the oil pan.


most times the valve lash tightens over time and valve seat wears to the point one can not adjust anymore and new seats are needed or swap out another head. Datzenmike has a halfass fix for this by thinning down the hex nut to get a few more threads in to lower the Ball to lower the rocker to get the feeler gauge in there.

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