Refurbishing Your Engine’s Oil Pump

Vehicles, no matter what model, all need motor oil. Internal combustion engines make use of motor oil to grease its moving elements. Aside from this function, the motor oil helps in cleaning the engine and preventing metal deterioration. It also takes heat away from various engine parts.

With the many substantial uses of the motor oil, it is important that it reaches various parts of the engine. An automotive part that carries out this function is the oil pump. Propelled by the engine, the oil pump is your vehicle’s means of moving the oil to the different engine components. However, like the other parts of your vehicle, the oil pump will wear out sooner or later. So, what should you do when your car’s oil pump finally bids farewell? Do you have to change it right away? Do you have to buy a new one?

While most people will opt to get a new oil pump when repairing the engine, re-enforcing an old oil pump can be a great alternative. The idea of renovating your oil pump may sound like a difficult task, but in point of fact, the procedure is rather simple. Plus, all you need are an even surface to work on, a collection of feeler gauges, and sandpaper.

1. Restoring Clearance

First, it is important to reinstate the pump gear end clearances into the appropriate specs. You can do this by simply polishing the body of the oil pump with a sand paper. Make sure to do it on a flat surface.

2. Setting up a New Pressure-Relief Spring

Relief springs are small automotive elements that deserve proper attention. Before mounting a new pressure-relief spring on your oil pump, seek advice from shops that specialize on this automotive part. Various engine models need different types of relief springs. So to avoid getting the wrong spring for your engine, it’s recommendable that you consult an expert first. Afterwards, examine whether the oil pump housing has defects, which can be caused either by constant use or by a filthy oil system. If the damage of the housing is too big, then it’s time for you to get a new one to reconstruct the oil pump.

Pressure-reliefe valve

3. Determining the Clearance

The next step is to institute the gear end clearance of your oil pump. Turn the housing of the pump upside down and merely slot the gears in it. Diagonally position a straightedge on the surface of the pump housing. In order to establish the clearance, slip in the feeler gauge in the middle of the straightedge and the gear. Rub the housing gasket with sandpaper if there is an excess clearance.

4. Putting Them Altogether

Once you have instituted the clearances of your oil pump, you’re probably keyed up to put the other components together. Before this, make sure that every component is thoroughly free from dirt particles. Blow dry them with dense air if at all possible. Pull together the oil pump with the new relief spring. Use oil to grease the relief valve, and then establish the gears on their ducts. Remember to use petroleum jelly to totally pack the gears and prepare the pump.

With these easy-to-follow steps, you can successfully regain your oil pump without spending too much. Easy, isn’t it?

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