1985 Buick Other

Engine Mechanical problem
1985 Other Buick Models 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 70,000 miles

My 88 year old father in law has a 1985 buick. The tappets are very noisy. Not worth fixing. Is it safe for him to drive it. Comes to our home in NJ from NY. Will it break down shortly. Want him to buy a new car.
thx. Don
DF Morris
May 7, 2010.

Hi DF Morris. Welcome to the forum. There are a lot of other things that can sound like noisy lifters. Loose timing belts and chains can rattle against shields and guides for example. If all of the lifters are noisy, it suggests a low oil pressure problem. That could be serious when it leads to other internal damage, particularly of the crankshaft and connecting rod bearings.

Don't overlook the simple stuff. If the oil level is low, you will hear the lifters. The same thing can happen if the oil is over-filled. Rotating parts will whip up air into the oil which will compress inside the lifters preventing them from doing their job.


May 7, 2010.
When was his last oil change? Lifters(tappets) get loud if they are not properly lubricated. Oil pressure low, or oil level low.
Worn out(high mileage).

May 7, 2010.