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02wrxrice 10-24-2012 02:03 PM

Last checks before turning over new motor
Hey guys just getting down to the last few days before i start up the new engine, long story short i had a rod knock so i bought a new short block and rebuilt it myself over the past 3 months. This is only the second engine ive rebuilt by myself and im nervous to start it up and have anything go wrong so i am asking for everyones experiences and wisdom as to what NEEDS to be checked or done before the first start up.

Any input would be greatly appreciated. thank you.

psinuse 10-24-2012 04:18 PM

Well let's see...not being an azz, but is there oil in it?...I say this because I have seen a few people forget that...

02wrxrice 10-25-2012 07:27 AM

lol no not yet but when i set it in the car and get it all hooked up i will fill it right up. i know i have to disable the fuel and crank it for a little. anything else?

psinuse 10-25-2012 11:25 AM

SO the motor isn't in the car yet? You have a ways to go then. As long as you checked your clearances and all your bolts are torqued correctly you should be okay. Did you label all of your wires? Did you check the valve lash and make sure they are set correctly? Timing belt marks line up?

02wrxrice 10-25-2012 01:59 PM

the motor is fully assembled and ready to go in the car as soon as i put the clutch and flywheel on. everything is torqued and i am double checking the torque on most of the engine just to be sure, as for clearences i had the heads all checked out but i didnt check anything else, what else would i check? all the wires, hoses, and vacuum lines are labled. i did set the timing up correctly but i didnt check the valve lash, how would i go about doing so?

psinuse 10-25-2012 02:28 PM

Well did you completely take the heads apart?

02wrxrice 10-25-2012 02:37 PM

i didn't but the shop that inspected them did, he did tell me that he removed all the buckets and put them back how they were so they have not changed from the spots they were in when it was taken apart. i just did some research on checking the valve lash and since i have the service manual and a feeler guage i will take the valve covers off and check them real quick just to make sure. anything else? since you obviously know a lot more then i do haha.

psinuse 10-25-2012 05:48 PM

That would be the biggest thing. Other than that it sounds like you're headed in the right direction.

02wrxrice 10-26-2012 07:28 AM

alright thank you very much, i just hate having a diy learning curve haha. ill be sure to post my whole rebuild when its all done so you guys can see

psinuse 10-26-2012 08:24 AM

As long as you followed the factory service manual you should be okay and it sounds like you did well marking where all the lines and wires go. That was my big mistake, the only thing that saved me were pictures i took of the engine bay as we were pull my car apart....

02wrxrice 10-26-2012 11:37 AM

ya i did that too just in case haha. but thank you for the help psinuse, i appreciate it. im hoping to have the engine in and have it towed to the tuning shop next week.

psinuse 10-26-2012 03:27 PM

Some people act as though engine building is a black art or magic, but truth be told it's not really that bad as long as you take your time and use the right tool.

pzr2874 10-27-2012 10:46 AM

Better rep this man.

Nice responses Keith. I hope I get that in the near future on MSF... !Notfunny!

BLAZE2099 10-27-2012 12:10 PM

Pfffft- to Paul about mazdaslowforums.. Hahaha

psinuse 10-27-2012 01:12 PM

[quote=pzr2874;287293]Better rep this man.

Nice responses Keith. I hope I get that in the near future on MSF... !Notfunny![/quote]

I can't leave you any rep...says I have to spread the love before giving you more....:p

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