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Valves question - please help the maintenance newbie 91 Kawasaki Zephyr 750 discussion forum:
Valves question - please help the maintenance newbie

Valves question - please help the maintenance newbie 
Xinix said 2010-11-14 02:30:27 
Two weeks ago, I started my own project and I\´m totally new at this, so I need some help. I heard a clunk sound every time I started the bike and it would go away once the engine warmed up. Talking to some neighbours, they said it could be the valves. I also noticed a leak and thought the cylinder head gasket was cracked. So, with the manual in my hand and some new tools I took on the task of taking the engine apart. Now, here\´s the weird thing. I checked the valves and the clearance was fine, so I took them off to get to the gasket. Unfortunately, the new gasket didn\´t come in on time, so I had to wait a week. During this time, the valves were just sitting in my shed. Once I got the gasket, I started putting everything back together. Before putting the cover back on the valves, I thought I would check the valves again and ... there was no clearance anymore, nihil, nada, zero, nothing. They were all slammed close to the cams ... I talked to the neighbourhood mechanic and he thinks it\´s because they sat in my shed without pressure from the top, that the \ 
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