as some of you may know awhile back i bought a 1984 325e after driving it home (a total of 12 miles) i started getting a really loud metal to metal sound coming from the head,,i was sure that the cam belt had slipped a few teeth and that one of my valves was tapping a piston,,so i put the car away for a month not starting it again as to not do any more harm.well last weekend i finally got it to my garage and tore into it,,replaced the belt(old one looked fine) tensioner,,water pump threw all back together and hand turned the motor,,every thing felt perfect so i started her up!!! and to my angry surprise the sound was still there,knowing my timing was right i poped the valve cover of to find the #9 lifter actually BROKEN at the tip. so this whole time that tiking was the broken chunk of lifter being thrown against the valve cover.has any one ever seen such a thing??,im thinking that since all the lifters seem to be out of adjustment (lots af lifter tick) that maybe this one was so outa whack that the tapping finally got to it and it snapped??
any input would be great,, james
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