Well you're pretty close. The lifter on one of the valves for cyl 5 - not positive which one - must be flattened? malfunctioning? ... it's not working. haha
SOOOOOO..... the head get's to come off. I'll state the obvious first - I checked the torque on the rocker to make sure it didn't work loose. Unfortunately, that is not the case. And since this issue became progressively worse, I'd say there's not a quick fix.
Not sure when I'm going to tackle this project as I didn't really foresee removing the head after 6 months of owning it...with only 86K on the clock.
Either way, I hope to take pictures and document my work so someone else can benefit from my experience.
Anyone have any ideas why this would happen? To answer your question kentman, i did not notice any knocking or ticking before this started to happen. I was cruising down the interstate around 70-75 with two passengers, not towing, when it started to SLIGHTLY miss. Within about 20 minutes, it went from a slight miss to a full on rough running engine. And since then, my test drives have made the lifter tick go from nil to horribly obvious.
Chime in with any comments or tips! It'd be great to do this soon. The only reason I may wait a bit is I just bought a new house with a 2.5 car garage (that will be air conditioned!). I close on it in a month. So if I can wait a month or so, I'll have that to work in. If I decide to do it now, it'll be in the yard and direct sunlight
. I am also fortunate enough to have my girlfriend's 00 Wrangler to drive around until I get this fixed so at least I don't have to walk to work!
As always, thanks for the help and suggestions so far!