Tips for installing an engine


When installing a new or reconditioned engine, follow these steps to ensure the longest possible service from you truck engine:

  • Check that the radiator is clean and does not leak.
  • Check the intercooler and make sure it is clean and does not leak.
  • Fit a new water pump.
  • Fit a new thermostat.
  • Check the injectors.
  • Inspect all the engine hoses and replace those that look worn or near the end of their operational life.
  • Replace all the relevant filters. This includes the air, coolant, fuel, oil and water trap filters.
  • Fill all the fluids to the correct levels and adjust fluid levels as required.
  • Fill the engine with the correct oil that is in line with the manufacturer’s specifications.
  • Fill the radiator with the correct specification anti-freeze liquid with the necessary 50% mixture.
  • Replace the V-belts.
  • Check the condition of the viscous fan.
  • Make sure that all the engine mounts are in a good, working condition.
  • Before connecting the fuel line, crank the engine to ensure that there is oil pressure.
  • Start the engine only after all the parts have been correctly fitted and mounted.
  • Bring the engine up to a working temperature and then check all the fluid levels as an indicator of possible leaks. At this stage, also listen out for any funny noises in the engine.
  • Check the engine for water and oil leaks.
  • Take the vehicle on a short test drive and check again for fluid levels and possible leaks.

After installing your engine, make sure not to over-stress it for the next 10 000km.

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