BEFORE YOU INSTALL YOUR REMANUFACTURED ENGINE
ENGINE INSTALL & BREAK IN CHECKLIST
Before you install your rebuilt remanufactured engine, you need to inspect, clean and/or replace all parts connected to the engine assembly, this includes all Electrical items, Radiator, Hoses, and Filters. Ignoring this step can lead to Engine Failure.
It is the responsibility of the installing mechanic/technician/DIY, not the engine rebuilder.
Items to inspect for condition and proper operation Before Install:
• Engine and Transmission Mounts and Bolts
• Radiator- it may need to be flushed. It should be.
• Oil cooler line- may have debris, clean it out.
• A/C Compressor, Power Steering Pump, plus all attaching lines and seals
• Inspect Intake Manifold for warping or cracks. Make sure you thoroughly clean it. Lots of debris gets stuck in the nooks and crannies and can fall into your engine and ruin something. We’ve seen it happen, give it a good clean.
• All Vacuum lines and Tee connections
Items that should be replaced at installation:
Radiator and Heater Hoses and clamps
Spark plugs and wires
Distributor cap and Rotor
Oil, Air, and Fuel filters
Items needed at installation:
OIL- this is the life blood of the engine, don’t forget to put it in!
Remaining gaskets and silicone
Remanufactured Rebuilt Engine Break in Suggestions:
We know you’re excited to get your new engine, but take some time to go over these recommendations before you put your pedal to the metal. New engines need a break in period.
Break your engine in for at least 20 minutes at varying speeds and RPM’s. This allows the cam and lifter break in for flat tappet cams. It is also necessary for proper ring sealing and break in of all moving components.
** Check for any fluid leaks.
** Check the gauges- water temperature and oil pressure.
** Check your idle and timing.
If your fluid check is good, no leaks, your ready for the drive test.
Diagnosis of the correct cause of original engine failure and steps to rectify or fix the problem before installing the remanufactured engine is Highly Recommended. For example, if your radiator was leaking and it caused your car to overheat and damage the engine, then putting in a new radiator is important, if not required.
Visually check for any fluid leaks and address immediately.
Listen for any unusual sounds, knocking, tapping, etc.
Change the Oil and Filter at 500 miles, 1000 miles, then every 3000 miles.
With a new rebuild, fine pieces of metal and debris can collect in the oil, to avoid any issues Change the oil.
Check your fluid levels at least once a week for the first few months, correct as needed.
If you have excessive fluid loss, repair immediately.
AERA- Engine Builders Association has a great Installation Procedures and Instructions to assist you with your new rebuild.
You can see the PDF of AERA Procedures at this link.