Originally Posted by Westchesterrick
Good to hear that this is apparently not abnormal. I mentioned that it has been many years since I performed work on my cars. Last time I worked on a car, there were no such things as fuel injectors.
A few years ago, I was cleaning out my workshop with my sons and came across my old feeler gauges, dwell meter and timing light. I showed them to my sons and they had no idea what these antiques were for. My guess is that today's young "mechanics" might not have any idea what points or distributors were.
When I look under the hood of my car today, I can't identify anything other than the oil fill cap and the washer reservior.
LOL. When I was at GIAC getting my tune I was talking to one of their young employees about the past and asked him if he knew what points were or for that matter a distributor. He had no idea!!!
I too come from a time when you could pretty much maintain good engine performance through properly maintaining your points, distributor cap, spark plugs ect.... Now with the advent of computer controlled engines, fly-by wire accelerators, electro-mechanical steering about the only thing a DIY type can really do is change the oil and in some cases, if not to difficult, the spark plugs. So, I can understand how you could mistake the noise you were hearing as valve noise. Now you should probably take the time to bring yourself upto speed on the modern engine, lol.