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Engine Repair - some words of advice, engine troubleshooting and more

Many repair procedures can extend the life and ensure proper operation of an engine. Looking for advice, engine troubleshooting solutions, techniques and procedures necessary for repairing various engines, parts, assemblies and/or rebuilds. You do not have to look very far for questions (and answers) to come up when repairing, replacing, upgrading, overhauling or enhancing (turbo-charging) an engine. There are many self-declared specialists and trained professional automotive mechanics,  which offer advice and/or share experiences on engine repair.

Formalized, licensed training certifications in automotive repair, machining and other specialty car and engine care and maintenance is also available. Engine repairs are hands on and first and foremost a word of caution. If you feel that you are not adequately qualified or skilled to handle engine repairs, installation and tinkering DO NOT! This will direly affect the performance and safety of the vehicle! Engine repair is not for the fool-hardy and to be done at random.

For the ultimate in engine care, preventative maintenance is always prudent. Checking your engine regularly at various intervals, performing routine tasks like checking oil, changing oil, changing filters, checking valves (if they are adjustable), cleaning and degreasing the engine,  are all important steps to follow to avoid repair down the road and/or even costly replacement.

Steam cleaning engines are also a good idea (Ensure that you always cover the distributor and/or ignition coils, along with all engine electronics when washing or cleaning the engine.)

Maintaining the correct oil level in your vehicle is always important, irrespective of repair or maintenance or both, with frequent oil checks prudent and just good car care, changing the oil and fluids when necessary (every 7500 miles or so). Watch the skin contact with used engine oils, it can cause cancer with prolonged exposure.  Avoid sludge and contaminants from building up and getting into your engine.

Troubleshooting engine mechanical problems and hands-on engine repair itself is not a laughing matter, to be sure. It takes care, knowledge, patience and perseverance, and  oh yes, the correct quality parts and tools to do the job properly and effectively.

As a simple example, engine repair for external oil leaks, could be attributed to a cylinder head cover that could be broken or seated wrong, oil filter cap leaking or missing, oil filter gasket broken,  oil pan or seals broken, restricted PCV valve, oil pan that’s drain plug is loose or has stripped threads or rear camshaft plug loose or improperly seated. Replacement parts and procedures will apply as a solution to the above situation. Sealant, caps, oil filters, gaskets, oil pan seal flange, cracks, channels and grooves inspected and checked, valves,  camshaft plug, but to name a few.

From small engine rebuilds to major overhauls and performance or customizing or tinkering, knowing for example what is involved and needed for honing the cylinder bore, repairing the valve guides, proper oil seal replacement and washing techniques needed to ensure a functional, working engine all need consideration. SAFETY FIRST! Securing engines, parts and ensuring overall workshop, driveway or garage safety is paramount. Having a quality inspection done after you worked on your car, may save a life and avoids injury or damage to your vehicle.

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