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Omaste 11-16-2012 11:19 AM

Marbles in a coffee can?
About once a week when I start the Ram, it sounds like there's a couple marbles rolling around in a metal coffee can. It only lasts for a couple of minutes, and then it's quite the rest of the day. I have heard lifters, and tappets do this before, but this sounds different. Any idea what this might be? Ram is a 2003 4.7 STL with about 106,000 miles on it. Thanks.

Maddevill 11-16-2012 01:23 PM

Is it engine speed dependent or just random rattling?

snrusnak 11-16-2012 01:35 PM

It's likely the lash adjusters(similar to lifters). It's fairly common. Mine does it, has forever and I have 70k miles. Normally does it at first start up of the day for about a minute or so.

Omaste 11-17-2012 01:32 PM

snrusnak. That's what mine does. Thanks for the info.

RamTech 11-17-2012 02:53 PM

Sounds like the lash adjusters are bleeding down aftere a couple hours of sitting. I would have them replaced if it were mine.

snrusnak 11-18-2012 09:57 AM

ramtech, I've seen many people post about this, and it seems pretty common. I never thought of it as an issue until your post. Is it an issue? Do the cams have to be removed to replace them?

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