1. Starting your new engine
Initial start up and running in procedures are critical to the long term running of your newly built engine. This process is best carried out on a chassis dynamometer to achieve the best results where all auxiliary items can be monitored and checked.
2. Running in a new cam shaft
With the changes to the modern engine oils it is now more important than ever to use the correct camshaft lubricants and additives to assist in the running in process. Lifter rotation, valve spring application and lifter radius are among the things that need to be checked and are discussed in the information below.
3. Piston ring assembly
It is critical that Piston rings are assembled the correct way to ensure correct cylinder sealing and oil control. Different ring manufacturers use various designs in rings and attention should be paid to any spec. sheets provided with your rings. Below is an example of a Hastings piston ring information.
4. Torque to yield bolts (Why do we need to fit new bolts)
Torque to yield bolts or angle torque/stretch bolts are commonly found in many of today’s modern engines. Below is some good information about why they are used and why it is so important to replace these bolts.
5. Failure diagnosis- Abnormal combustion/Localised hot spots
Replacement of head gaskets can be time wasted, if the cause of engine failure has not been identified. The information below gives us a better understanding of what to look for in trying to identify the cause.