Performing rebuilds and other machine services on ATVs, personal watercraft (PWC) and snowmobile engines may provide your shop with a little added boost during a down period without having to retool your entire shop. However, to make the most of the opportunity, you should know what type of market you can serve best – ATV,
Engine Builders: The AERA Technical Committee offers the following information that may help installers diagnose and repair repeated heater core leakage/failure on 1984-2003 Ford vehicles. This problem has been reported to occur shortly after engine work has been performed. Leaks may be caused by a chemical reaction called electrolysis. Electrolysis involves an ion exchange between
The AERA Technical Committee warns that engine damage may result if some of the special markings found on 1994-2002 Chrysler 8.0L VIN E & W, V10 engines are not taken into consideration. Information identifying undersize crankshaft journals, oversize cylinder bores, oversize valve lifters and oversize valve stems is stamped on the engine in various locations.
When Jay Steel was introduced to the assembled throng at last spring’s AERA International Expo 2003 as the winner of Engine Builder’s 2003 “Machine Shop of the Year” award, he was intimately involved with the down and dirty business of rebuilding and restoring all manner of antique engines. His shop’s lineage descends directly from the
“He who breaks a thing to find out what it is, has left the path of wisdom.” – Gandalf, Fellowship of the Rings. This is certainly not the case with piston ring technology, although Gandalf from the Lord of The Rings never directed his comments towards engine builders or piston ring manufacturers. Piston ring manufacturers
Head gasket selection for Toro Groundmaster and Roadmaster units with 1982-’99 Peugeot XUD9 diesel engines
Engine Builders: The AERA Technical Committee offers the following information for head gasket selection for Toro Groundmaster and Roadmaster units with 1982-’99 Peugeot XUD9 diesel engines. This information should be considered any time the head gasket is replaced. Four different head gasket thickness options are currently available and provide a variety of gasket thickness options
We’ve had complaints of overheating on some late model GM truck engines; any clue why this is happening?
If you rebuild model year 2003 GM 4.8L, 5.3L or 6.0L VIN V, T and U truck engines, your customers may be unaware of new GM coolant fill procedures. The following is good information to duplicate and include with a rebuilt engine. Following this procedure will ensure that the engine coolant system has been filled
In the 2003 Engine Builder Machine Shop Market Profile (Engine Builder, June 2003), shop owners said cleaning/disassembly were their most time consuming parts of the rebuild process. Survey respondents said that 13.8 percent of an average rebuild is spent in this area, down 2 percent from the previous year. In the same survey, 80 percent
Engine Builders: The AERA Technical Committee offers the following information on a revised cylinder head installation procedure for 1997-2002 GM 5.7L VIN G engines, Figure 1. This revised procedure should be used any time the cylinder heads are being installed and supersedes information found in earlierpublished service manuals. Previously published technical bulletin TB 1624 should
Some service manual information regarding camshaft timing for 1997-2003 Ford 4.0L VIN E engines is erroneous. Ford published the correct information in a service bulletin dated May 2001 as part of a cam chain guide campaign. Subsequent year manuals should have the updated information depending on their source. Basically, the left and right side camshafts
Cylinder liner adjustment and compression ring gasket thickness for Detroit Diesel Corporation (DDC) 71 Series diesel engines
Engine Builders: The following information regards cylinder liner adjustment and compression ring gasket thickness for Detroit Diesel Corporation (DDC) 71 Series diesel engines. This information should be considered any time liners are replaced. AERA previously published TB 206 concerning compression ring gaskets. This supplements that information. The correct position of the liner top flange is
A. Coolant loss on 1992-1997 4.3L GM VIN R & W engines has been, at times, difficult to detect. The cause of the coolant loss has been traced to cracks that may develop in the lifter valley area of the block and allow coolant to pass into the valley of the block. This loss of