How To Rebuild Your Car’s Engine

If you are in  need of a new engine for your car, and want to do it yourself, here’s a list of essential requirements. You will have to be fully prepared before you remove the first screw, and hopefully, this guide should help:

List Of Disassembly Tools

Before taking the engine apart, get the following tools ready:

a. Hand tools (basic set)

b. A selection of boxed end wrenches

c. A ratchet and socket set

d. Screwdriver set

e. Gasket scraper

These tools are sufficient to take the engine apart.

List Of Reassembly Tools

Apart from the tools listed above, you’ll also need:

a. Torque wrench

b. Plastiguage

c. Either a cam-bearing installing tool or if the installation tool is not cam-bearing, then you have to ask a machine shop to install the cam bearings

d. Ridge reamer

e. Ring groove cleaner

f. Ring compressor

g. Cylinder hone

h. Spring compressor (for cylinder work)

Other Tools or Equipment You May Need

Depending on your level of expertise and the level of complexity you can tackle, you also may require the following equipment:

  1. Measuring equipment, which will really help in case to decide to rebuild more engines – examples: outside micrometers, inside micrometers, digital calipers, dial, vernier, dial bore gauge (which can inform you about the precise size).
  2. You will also need a snap gauge to figure out exact installed height, bore diameter, etc. These tools will help you create an exacting engine blueprint.
  3. A high quality engine stand. It acts as a support and makes engine disassembly and reassembly easier. It also will help you keep your engine clean while reassembling it.
  4. If you plan to rebuild more engines, then you need a high quality engine hoist too.

Tool selection Guide

Tool selection is not as easy as walking into a store and picking tools off the shelf. That could burn a hole in your pocket. It requires careful financial planning, and here’re some questions you should answer:

  1. How much do the tools cost?
  2. What is the budget?
  3. Can a used tool work as well, or do you have to buy a new tool?

The best tool manufacturers in the market are SK, Starrett, MAC, Snap-On, Cornwell and Craftsman. Most tools come equipped with a lifetime warranty.

In my opinion, you should buy the basic and essential tools and consider renting the following:

  • Dial caliper
  • Ring compressor
  • Torque wrench
  • Dial bore gauge
  • Dial indicator, with magnetic stand
  • Degree wheel, which you will need when you get to the camshaft installation stage.

You should buy the tools after assessing the current rebuilding application and future use. If you want to build just one engine, then you should purchase cheaper brands (like Craftsman). You should also evaluate the conditions – if the tool will be used in a harsh environment, then you need a high quality tool (from Snap-On or MAC or Cornwell).

If you don’t want to invest money in tools, then go ahead and borrow them from friends (and don’t forget to clean and return them). Some companies like AutoZone lend tools without charging any fees – they do take a deposit though. You can also approach local tool stores who rent out tools.

This is what you need to organize before starting work on recalibrating your engine.

Dean Saliba

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