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Starting your new Engine!

The first few moments of first time engine start up are the most critical. Taking these simple steps will help make this a rewarding experience.

  1. Attach an oil pump-priming tool to the oil pump shaft. The use of a 1/2" electric drill is required.
  2. Rotating the shaft with the priming tool will build oil pressure within the engine. Turn the engine over by hand 1/4 revolution at a time by placing a socket on the damper bolt. Continue to turn the priming tool during this procedure. Verify the oil pressure reading with a gauge. With the valve covers removed, you should be able to observe oil circulating through the valve train components.
  3. Bring the engine’s #1 cylinder to TDC of the compression stroke. While installing the distributor into the engine, make sure the rotor is positioned according to the #1 spark plug wire terminal. The distributor will turn slightly while engaging the oil pump shaft. Verify that the rotor is still positioned correctly after the distributor is fully seated. If not, reposition the rotor accordingly and reinstall the distributor.
  4. Verify the firing order is correct while installing the spark plug wires. You can now connect the battery cables.
  5. Work with a friend to verify that everything is ready before attempting to start the engine. This will also provide for a great margin of safety.
  6. Make sure you have oil pressure once the engine starts. It is important to maintain an engine RPM between 1800 and 2200 for the first 15 to 20 minutes. This step ensures proper cam and lifter break in. Allowing the engine to idle at the initial start up could cause damage to the camshaft components.
  7. Change the oil and filter to remove any contaminants that may be present.
  8. Make sure all fasteners are tight and all fluid connections are dry.
  9. Changing the oil after the first few hundred miles will help ensure all remaining contaminants created during the break in procedure are removed. This will help your engine provide you with top performance.
  10. Please contact us if you need a qualified service technician to complete your engine installation.