Rendezvous 2006-2007

Valve Lash (Clearance) Adjustment


3.4L & 3.5L Engines

Because the rocker arm fasteners are secured and tightened, valve lash is not adjustable. If a valve train problem is suspected, check that the rocker arm pedestals bolts are tightened to specification. During initial installation the bolts are coated with thread locking compound. If they are sufficiently loosened to cause valvetrain noise, they should be removed and thoroughly cleaned. Apply thread locking compound to the rocker arm pedestal bolts. Tighten the bolts to 24 ft. lbs. (32 Nm).

When valve lash falls out of specification (valve tap is heard) and tightening the bolts does not solve the problem, replace the rocker arm, pushrod and hydraulic lifter on the offending cylinder.

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Fig. Valve rocker arm and related components-3.4L and 3.5L Engines

3.6L Engine

See the procedure under Camshaft and Lifters.