How Do You Keep Track of Where Bolts Go During a Rebuild?
Alright guys, this week I just want to share a short and simple tip with you on how to stay more organized during an engine build.
When it comes to major engine maintenance or repairs, usually the engine covers have to come off or the crankcases must be split. The covers and cases are almost always retained using different length bolts. The repercussions of installing the bolts in the wrong order upon reassembly can be very damaging. This is especially true if you install a bolt that is too short for its location and only a couple of threads engage, ultimately stripping the threads when you tighten the bolt.
So what’s an easy way to keep track of cover or case bolts that are arranged in a pattern of different lengths?
My favorite way to organize these bolts is to take a thin piece of cardboard (think cereal box thickness) and then slit the approximate bolt pattern into the cardboard so that the bolts cannot get mixed up. A picture is worth a thousand words so check out the one below. You need not be an artist to apply this tip, simply slit the pattern, add a couple reference points and you’re done!
Do you have any organizational tips you’d like to share? Leave a comment below because I'd love to hear about them!
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