Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: located "almost" at the geographic center of Arizona +/- a few miles
I to have a lot of valve adjustments and valve jobs under my proverbial belt. Never have I seen cam followers that bad ever. That is just poor maintenance both in terms of oil and valve adjustments. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" syndrome.
If one of the cam followers rocks in the hole, the head may be beyond limits unless you can find a source for oversize.
Pull the head and send it out to a reputable rebuilder and see if the head can be saved.
Obviously get a replacement set of cams, springs, and followers.
Part of what we are seeing here is what has happened since the oils have been reformulated and some metals taken out of the oil (ZDDP to be specific). The metals in oil helps prevent cam/cam follower wear, but it is supposedly a contributor to pollution. Using synthetic helps as the long molecule chains don't break down so easily, preventing wear patterns. The other option is to add cam lube that has a high ZDDP additive but some say that it is not good for the catalytic.
Keep us in the loop as to the outcome of this.
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Last edited by velocedoc; 07-30-2019 at 08:55 AM.