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    I have an '03 GK I4 5-speed with 50,100 miles on it.

    Recently, I've noticed a ticking noise coming from the engine --- from what I can discern, immediately under the valve cover. Its frequency is engine-speed dependent. The noise does not disappear when clutch is disengaged (by pressing clutch pedal; this likely eliminates clutch release bearing as the cause).

    I know Hyundai prescribes a valve adjustment at 60k if I am not mistaken. I've already performed a timing belt service on my GK.

    How loud and pronounced can the valves be if the prescribed valve adjustment has not occurred?

    I guess I'm just trying to determine what exactly is making the noise and the probability that it is the valves before I get my hands dirty.
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    Oil- Do you have enough?

    Oil Filter- Are you using Hyundai brand?

    Hyundai Engines have automatic valve adjustments. You don't need to adjust the valves.

    If these don't work, most likely your Lash adjusters are FUBAR.

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    not the injectors? i found mine to be quite noisy toward the end of my 1st xd's life
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    beta1's have Hydrolic valvetrain which DOESNT need adjustment

    however

    beta2's have MECHANICAL lifters which can be and do need to be adjusted. infact i need a valve job done on mine aswell its something i was gonna try to get done over the summer

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    I'm at 130k and I have the ticking you're talking about. Its fairly annoying I think. Reece (arunsenior) also has the noise and is at high mileage. I plan to do a VCA but in order to do that I have to find time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by optimoprime View Post
    beta1's have Hydrolic valvetrain which DOESNT need adjustment

    however

    beta2's have MECHANICAL lifters which can be and do need to be adjusted. infact i need a valve job done on mine aswell its something i was gonna try to get done over the summer
    thank you...


    we use shims....and solid lifters (by nature they are noisy)

    if the ticking goes away after 15mins its considered normal operation...dont worry you will know when you need it....its rediculousy loud!


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    Quote Originally Posted by optimoprime View Post
    beta1's have Hydrolic valvetrain which DOESNT need adjustment

    however

    beta2's have MECHANICAL lifters which can be and do need to be adjusted. infact i need a valve job done on mine aswell its something i was gonna try to get done over the summer

    I stand corrected.

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    What is an 2003 GT Beta 1 or 2 thanks. BOB

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    For Elantra (Tib have different years):

    Beta 1 = 1996-00 (I put the 1.8l in the Beta 1)

    Beta 2 = 01 & up
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    Thanks I will have to keep an ear out then. BOB

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    Mine has 58k and valve ticking. Very annoying, but not enough of a problem for me to spend any money on it right now.

    I assumed all new cars used hydraulic lifters. It's good to know they're not; at least I won't have that thought in the back of my head now... "maybe my hydraulic lifters are bad".

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    ^ha! yeah, that's your mechanical lifters that need adjusments!
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    Quote Originally Posted by h8isgr8 View Post
    Mine has 58k and valve ticking. Very annoying, but not enough of a problem for me to spend any money on it right now.

    I assumed all new cars used hydraulic lifters. It's good to know they're not; at least I won't have that thought in the back of my head now... "maybe my hydraulic lifters are bad".
    Not really, I know most, a lot of toyotas require valve adjustment. Not too sure about the new motors (the new 3.5l and such), but I do know the older ones required that.
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    Default Re: Valve adjustment

    The only valves I have ever adjusted were on a '86 Mazda 626. I don't remeber it being too difficult. Is it as simple as removing the valve cover to access the lifters with this engine?

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    I would like to know what exactly your going to adjust on the valve. thats a prty big project figuring that the valves are in the head. if you take the valve cover of off you will see the cams, lifters and springs, the valves themselves are in the head. so what is there really to adjust.

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    there is a special tool that makes it effortless...the pain is finding the right size shim.

    you have to use feeler gauges and check your clearences....


    lets also remember that solid lifters are noisy period...some tick is going to be there no matter what...again if i reduces itself after fifteen minutes of idling or by simply driving...its not necessary to put new shims in....and there is a TSB for a ticking in the motor due to aftermarket oil filters. that too may be the problem.


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    I've noticed in mine that the injectors are more noisy than the lifters. Listen to both to figure out which it is. Even if they are noisy, nothing will break, you'll just loose very little power from the engine since the valve won't be opening to the maximum allowable spec.

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    Which special tool derek?
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    Quote Originally Posted by superglsdude View Post
    I would like to know what exactly your going to adjust on the valve. thats a prty big project figuring that the valves are in the head. if you take the valve cover of off you will see the cams, lifters and springs, the valves themselves are in the head. so what is there really to adjust.
    I meant valve clearance. On the 626 there were adjustment screws on the rockers. All I had to do was loosen the adjuster screw, set the cylinder at TDC, insert the proper feeler guage, and then re-tighten the screw.

    I have no cue how it is setup for this engine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by superglsdude View Post
    I would like to know what exactly your going to adjust on the valve. thats a prty big project figuring that the valves are in the head. if you take the valve cover of off you will see the cams, lifters and springs, the valves themselves are in the head. so what is there really to adjust.
    Oh good lord.

    You don't adjust anything on the valve. It's just a figure of speech.

    You're adjusting the valve indirectly by replacing the shim located between the tappet and the cam lobe.

    Quote Originally Posted by only1db View Post
    there is a special tool that makes it effortless...the pain is finding the right size shim.

    you have to use feeler gauges and check your clearences....


    lets also remember that solid lifters are noisy period...some tick is going to be there no matter what...again if i reduces itself after fifteen minutes of idling or by simply driving...its not necessary to put new shims in....and there is a TSB for a ticking in the motor due to aftermarket oil filters. that too may be the problem.
    I only use the OEM Hyundai filter.

    I'm well acquainted with my Tib which has allowed my ears to become very sensitive to atypical noises.

    There's also a strange, faint whine emanating from the engine bay too.

    Something's up...hopefully I can find it before any permanent damage occurs.
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