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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Mar 26th, 03, 05:04 PM Thread Starter
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I am planning on staring an engine I bought that has about 20k miles on it this weekend. I replaced the heads & replace the cam & lifters.

I lubed up the cam and lifters 3 months ago but did nothing to pre-lube the pistons. Other than priming the oil pump, is there something further I should do to lubricate this assembled engine?

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old Mar 26th, 03, 05:55 PM
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Definitely. You should spin the oil pump (with the distributer removed) to get the oil to circulate through the engine and up to the heads. You can buy or rent a tool that fits in your drill and connects with the oil pump drive shaft. Or if you have an old distributer laying around that's junk, pull the shaft out of it and remove the cam gear. Stick it in your drill and spin the oil pump that way. You want to run it for a couple minutes and make sure you see oil spirting out of each pushrod/rocker. Once you see that, you're all set.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old Mar 26th, 03, 06:33 PM
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Add a bottle of GM's Engine Oil Supplement (EOS) to your oil to assist with camshaft run in. Definately pre-lube the engine again as described above. You may also want to use a breaker bar to turn the rotating assembly a few times to ensure that oil has coated everything.


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