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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-30-2005 Thread Starter
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Exclamation How long can you get by with a bad lifter?

i have an 88 mustang GT 5.0 302 efi. I was just wondering on how long i would be able to drive my car, with a damaged lifter, without screwing up all the other internals in my car???? If i had the choice to replace my lifters, is it a hard fix???

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I wouldnt drive at all with a bad lifter. That can cause serious damage and will turn a $100 cost for lifters into $400+ in other damages.

You just need to pull the upper and lower intake. You need to buy upper to lower intake gaskets and lower intake to head gaskets. Use felpro #1250 for intake to head gaskets.

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I agree don't drive your car with a bad lifter because it can
mess something else up.You should get new lifters installed
asap.Other things can possibly be damaged also.Since you
are in their get a new cam to boot.
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And while your changing the cam....Grab a set of heads also...Then you will have a fast combo....

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If possible, don't drive it. Go to autozone and buy the manual. Just follow the directions and you should have no problems. One tool you have to have is a magnetic probe. Its a lifesaver when changing the lifters.

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I agree with the magnet situation. We sell them at Sears. We have one that can lift 10 pounds, and then we have the little kiddie version that breaks real easy, but is nice and skinny for little/light things.

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