lifter direction 3.8

Does it matter which direction the oil hole goes on the side of the lifter, up or down?

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Had no intention to respond, because I don't have the answer, but I feel your pain, sitting there with a torn-down engine, and pondering how to proceed. So I am chiming in with at least something to help you elicit a response from those in the know:
Guess you mean pushrods, as the hydraulic tappets (usually referred to as 'lifters') have a very clear orientation: one side rides the camshaft; the other engages the pushrod. Having said that, in the only 3.8L that I own (the older, longitudinally mounted version), these are perfectly symmetrical, and I can't recall any hole on their side. So I suggest you provide the type and model year of the vehicle. And perhaps a link to a location where you would post a photograph of the part in question. Always good strategy, by the way...

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the lifter has roller on the cam side but there is an oil hole that can face either cam or exhaust side. Maybe it doesnt matter. 98 windstar.
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"jetson007" wrote

My Haynes and the on-line Autozone don't specify a direction, so it shouldn't matter. However, they both say to put the lifters back in the same bore they came out of, unless you're replacing the cam or lifters with new, then it doesn't matter.
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