Valve clearance check near-disaster

Discussion in 'Technical Q&A' started by 4Webers, Sep 18, 2014.

  1. 4Webers

    4Webers Formula Junior

    Nov 12, 2003
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    #1 4Webers, Sep 18, 2014
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    Ok, disaster is overly dramatic, but it was nearly an 'oh sh**'! While checking my valve clearances, the nut holding my feeler gauges together worked its way off and the nut and tiny washer went flying. Very Luckily, they hit the firewall and fell to the ground, but could have easily gone flying into the guts of the engine. I'm sure the pros and experienced diy'ers already know to do this, but be sure to put locktite on those suckers.
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  3. Brewman

    Brewman Formula Junior

    Apr 3, 2012
    NC Mountains @ Boone
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    Another option (what I do) is to remove the feelers I need from the cluster. Eliminates fighting with the whole cluster and the risk of dropping something into the engine.

  4. yelcab

    yelcab F1 World Champ

    Nov 29, 2001
    San Carlos, CA
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    Mitchell Le
    You can't Loctite that. It is meant to be a little loose so you can fold the leaves and spread them out like a fan.
  5. Dave rocks

    Dave rocks F1 World Champ

    Nov 23, 2012
    Orchard Park, NY
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    Dave Lelonek
    You can locktite it, as long as you don't tighten the nut so the leaves and still move.
  6. smg2

    smg2 F1 World Champ

    Apr 1, 2004
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    what he said...

    I have to goto sizes looped with a small zip-tie, so it's like a key ring for the gauges. keeps them handy and no small hardware projectiles.
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  8. pnicholasen

    pnicholasen Formula 3

    Jan 14, 2011
    South of Philly
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    Paul Nicholasen
    Seems prudent when the valve covers are off and all those nooks and crannies exposed, so stuff some rags in those holes, cause there's always something trying to slip down there. Same thing when the spark plugs are out. You don't want one of the many valve cover nuts or washers disappearing down into a cylinder.
  9. 4Webers

    4Webers Formula Junior

    Nov 12, 2003
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    I had the holes stuffed, but with something that tiny you never know...

    Good ideas all - I like the idea of separating the most-used sizes from the rest of them.

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