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post #16 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-27-2009, 09:03 PM
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Originally Posted by conedriver View Post
You didn't say what year your Spider was.
...except for the thread title stating it's an '88 Spider.

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post #17 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-28-2009, 04:31 AM
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Ooops....I was so interested in writing a reply, I didn't read the thread title (I also have trouble reading instructions).

Alfoni, good for you to be concerned about the noise, and for not being afraid to do some wrenching on your Alfa. Be sure to use the resources of the BB, and you will probably get your issue resolved.

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...except for the thread title stating it's an '88 Spider.

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Re-read my first post...
Worn cams WILL cause the "tick" even on correct lash settings.! Particularly identifyable as you have seemingly only one problem lobe & follower.
This is bounce of the cam follower as a result of the worn seating and lift area of the lobes.

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post #19 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-30-2009, 07:49 AM
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Hi Afanoni,

Not sure if this is any help, but I recently replaced the mechanical fuel pump on my giulia super and the new pump makes quite a noticeable ticking sound. Of course this may not apply to your car if you have an electric fuel pump (not sure what spec your car is). My thought is if you have had it checked and everyone thinks it is ok then just drive it and learn to live with it or turn up the music loud.

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post #20 of 22 (permalink) Old 02-18-2010, 12:35 PM
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You may have solved this problem already, but my '89 Spider has a tick like what you describe, I have done all the same things as you with checking and rechecking valve clearance, replacing exhaust gaskets and all. What I discovered is that one of my tappets over the valve shim does not fit the hole it goes into, I bought a new tappet and put it on and it only makes it worse. From what I understand is if the engine gets too hot, it can distort the tappet hole in the head and cause the tappet to stick a little and you get the ticking noise. On mine, when the engine is cold and I first start it up, the engine is quiet, but as it warms up the ticking gets intermittent until the engine is fully warm, then the ticking is very regular.

I figured this out by pulling the tappets out to check the shim sizes, seven of the tappets came right out with my little magnet, but the tappet on the exhaust valve on #3 would not come out with just the magnet. Like I said, I replaced the tappet and it got worse, so I am guessing short of pulling the head off and taking it apart and having that hole machined, there is really nothing to do but let it make noise, so far it has been several thousand miles and the sounds has not gotten any worse.

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so did the lady fix her chariot?
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post #22 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-26-2014, 10:45 AM
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Did she ever figure out what was causing the noise that was driving her crazy?
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