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Brayden Dewie

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Hey guys, I have a Series 2 VE L98, and since about 85 000km it has had what sounds like a slight lazy tapping on the drivers bank. After talking to some half intelligent people at the time, I was pretty confident the issue was with a valve stem seal, but I didn’t have the money to investigate it and so i kept driving.

I’ve finished my education now and have a bit of coin, but my engine problem has degraded to a loss of power, Excessive burning of oil (1L per 1000km) and I’m thinking I’ve hit a serious internal snag. The car has now done 130xxx km i now have the funds to solve this permanently.

SO, wise internet people! Please suggest what you would do, do I: 1- Take my L98 in the car to a decent performance mechanic, and spend realistically $2500 or more on labour to investigate the issue, or 2- Chase down a used L98 from a wrecker, install all my auxiliary gear onto it and drop it in.

Or is there a 3rd option? Thanks in advance!!
 

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Also, just to put it out there I’m at the point where I’m thinking it’s a bent push rod. But hey I’m no brilliant mechanic.
 

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Has the engine already been replaced?
Series 2 came fitted with L77's.
 

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Hey guys, I have a Series 2 VE L98, and since about 85 000km it has had what sounds like a slight lazy tapping on the drivers bank. After talking to some half intelligent people at the time, I was pretty confident the issue was with a valve stem seal, but I didn’t have the money to investigate it and so i kept driving.

I’ve finished my education now and have a bit of coin, but my engine problem has degraded to a loss of power, Excessive burning of oil (1L per 1000km) and I’m thinking I’ve hit a serious internal snag. The car has now done 130xxx km i now have the funds to solve this permanently.

SO, wise internet people! Please suggest what you would do, do I: 1- Take my L98 in the car to a decent performance mechanic, and spend realistically $2500 or more on labour to investigate the issue, or 2- Chase down a used L98 from a wrecker, install all my auxiliary gear onto it and drop it in.

Or is there a 3rd option? Thanks in advance!!
as above should ba L77 engine, id think it sound like a lifter has gone being afm I would start here and work out damage.
 

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Chuck a skid and see if the power comes back ? . . . . .

But seriously, I'd start disassembling at home to see what valvetrain issues you can see. Then yank the engine if it's poked, or rebuild in place if possible.
 

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When my lifter let go it was knocking more than tapping and ended up gouging out cam so ended up motor out stripped down and cleaned everything up (quote a few shavings but the design of the sump worked and they didn't end up through the pickup
 

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Get your one fixed. At least you will have your problems solved. You could buy a new to you motor and then find out it's worse than what you already have. It might well be covered under warranty but would still be a hassle. If your motor was completely rooted then that would be a different story.
 

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If it’s valve train damage then good excuse to throw a decent cam in there with new lifters,valve springs,pushrods etc
 
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