The tappet assembly consists of tappet, roller and hydraulic unit. The tappet and roller, under compression force from valve spring, follow the surface of the revolving cam. The linear motion produced is transmitted to the valve stem by the hydraulic unit, push rod and rocker arm. The hydraulic unit contains a piston or plunger and cylinder plus a ball check valve which allow the unit to pump itself full of engine oil to take up all play in the entire valve train.

Wherthydraulic units are functioning properly the assembly operates with no tappet clearance. The units automatically compensate for heat expansion to maintain a no-clearance condition.

It is normal for tappets to click when engine is started after standing for some time. Hydraulic units have a definite "leak down" rate which permits the oil inthe hydraulic unit cylinder to escape. This is necessary to allow units to compensate for various expansion conditions of parts and still maintain no-clearance operation. Hydraulic units are functioning properly if they become quiet after a few minutes of engine operation.


If engine cylinder head is not disassembled, remove push rod cover spring cap retainer. Lift push rod covers and retract push rod adjusting screw until push rod maybe lifted out of ball sockets.

Turn out tappet guide screws (1). Lift out hydraulic units (2). Loosen tappet guides by tapping gently with rawhide or soft metal hammer. Insert thumb and forefinger into push rod opening in tappet guide and press tops of tappets against side of guides.

Remove tappet and guide assembly. Be careful to avoid dropping a tappet through guide mounting hole and into gearcase. Slip push rod cover cork washers (3) out of top of tappet guide (4). Pull tappet and roller (5) out bottom of tappet guide and remove tappet guide gasket (6).

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