How to Adjust Valve on a Small Block Chevy
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Valve seal Replacement
Leaking valve seals cause your engine to smoke when you first start it up, and then it usually runs the rest of the day with no smoke. Usually replacing the valve seals will fix the problem. Here's how to do it. Of course other engines may vary to some degree but the basics are the same.
2 Minute Valve Spring Removal How To.
I'm in the process of rebuilding a Perkins 4 cylinder 236 cubic inch engne (4-236). I had a 4-248 engine originally but it had a hole in the block so I bought a 4-236. This is the head from the 4-248. The heads are the same so I'm rebuilding both. This is just a quick how to remove the valve springs with a hammer and deep socket. The head will require some cleaning of rusty passages since the Exhaust pipe wasn't blocked from rain and snow. Its a simple procedure and can be done inhouse. Most times you would put a rag in the cumbustion chamber to keep the valves from going down with smack of the hammer but these valves are rust stuck so I didn't use a rag this time. When you put the valves back in you would definitely use the rag method for the valves. Most older engines can be done this way. Chev, Dodge or my favorite Ford can be done this way. I'm not sure about the newer engines but it might be worth a try. This is just my experience with valve spring removal and you can expect similar results with similar head setups. You could also do this method with the head still on the engine as long as you pressurize the cylinder. That would be another howto video that is probably already posted on Youtube. I'll be posting a video of inhouse valve spring installation when I'm ready to put this head back together.
Investigating Chevy 305 burning oil at idle
[[UPDATE: after wasting money on valve stem seals without fully investigating what the issue definitely was, i finally took off the right side valve cover which has NEVER been taken off..i found the the rear oil drain hole (theres 2, 1 in the front 1 in the back of the head) was plugged with fiber which is from the 10 year old air filter i had been using..so basically the ENTIRE valve cover was filling with oil force feeding oil into the cylinders. Goes to show, routine maintenance is not a joke..i figured an air filter is an air filter, but i guess not lol.After 10 minutes of idling the Exhaust will start making blue smoke and it looks kinda like "Uncle Buck" lol. It VERY rarely smokes when i drive, only when i take off.