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Any Merc' Techs' out there please?

I've got a 1997 108D Vito, 47000 miles, (mine from new), oil changes never gone more than 5000, mostly done at 3000 ish, all molly coddled & driven nicely etc, & the top end has gone all rattley. Briefley, engine drives sweet when cold, & then starts rattling when warmed up, persevere & it starts popping back thro' the inlet manifold. However, to make life interesting, if I let it idle until warm, even until the fan cuts in, - no noise. only rattles when driven (ie. revved).
Lifters have been done, on the offchance, & made no change.
My question is, Does anybody know if the engines have any sort of valve/device to maintain / regulate / supply, the oil feed to the head for the lifters? & If so where have they hidden it?

Get as Techie as you like I was up to a short while ago a Self Employed Diesel mechanic, (got fed up with all the electrickery involved nowadays). Bought a Merc' cos' I didnt want it to go wrong ! Ha Ha.

Many thanks for any replies, & when I get the time (the joys of being employed alas), to get it sorted, i'l post the outcome just in case anyone else needs it.
 

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i have a similar problem but after a while with white/blue smoke at 2-3000 revs only when being driven and with vibration. check the exhaust for unburnt fuel. my problem turned out to be the injectors needing all four replacing. good luck

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Hi Peeved_dieselman,did You Cure Your Vito Rattle I Have Replaced Lifters And Cam Chain Tensioner With No Joy,it Still Rattles.can You Help Cheers Sean
 
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