Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: Boilermaker Country USA
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Is It Piston Slap or Valve Lash?
Had my wife's 97 Outback (2.5L) at the Dealer a couple of days ago. The car has 47K on it. Everytime you start it up, you get a little tick, tick, tick, until the engine warms up and then the tick, tick, tick, goes away. The engine does not consume any oil. I read a while back this was caused by piston slap. However, the new service manager assured me it was Valve Lash and it would not harm nor cause any problems to the engine. I don't know how you would get either piston slap or valve lash to begin with. Am I being BS'ed by the dealership or is this something a should pursue? Don't flame me, my other vehicle is a CJ8 gang. I look forward to your input, I don't know where to go on this one. Thanks, DuaneD
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