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How can I tell the condition of my engine by looking inside?

 

We all need to start somewhere and looking inside your engine is definitely the best and most reliable place to start.

Take a good look inside even if only through the oil filler hole.
Oh, and you will need a torch, a Penlight is best.
A good look inside the rocker covers through the oil hole will help you to determine the internal condition (and the minimum parts you will need for a successful job).

If your are unsure, it will fall into one of the following categories.

  • Silver Alloy surfaces? In this condition it should be like a new engine.
  • Light brown tarnished? Probably very low mileage and well cared for.
  • Darker brown tarnish? Perhaps high mileage but still well cared for.
  • Black? Getting poor, a full rebuild/replacement should be considered.
  • Black Coated & becoming dense? Very poor condition, A rebuild is normally required
  • Black and very sludgy? Dead on its feet.
     
    You can be sure this method is a reliable way to determine what you have, and to help you decide what you should do.

    NOTE: Please be wary of engines that have been partly rebuilt where the above information may be confused.

 

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