As a car enthusiast, you’ve no doubt come across the term ‘engine reconditioning’ in ads, on websites or on other blogs – we’ll forgive you for checking out other blogs – but do you know what engine reconditioning actually involves?
The definition of engine reconditioning varies depending on whom you are speaking with, as there are no strict, government-regulated guidelines for what can be classified as a reconditioned engine.
At Noordeman Diesel, we are proud members of the Engine Reconditioners Association of Australia (ERA) and we adhere to a number of processes to ensure your reconditioned engine performs as you expect. We are also one of the two quality endorsed engine reconditioners in Perth.
Car owners have their engines reconditioned when they are damaged to the point of failure, or become excessively worn, with the expectation that the reconditioned engine will perform ‘like new’.
As a basis, engine reconditioning generally involves disassembling the engine, with each part of the engine cleaned and checked. From here, the technician performing the reconditioning will make note of the parts that need to be re-machined, replaced or repaired.
To rebuild your engine, each of these parts is carefully reassembled and tested to ensure they perform at optimal capacity, leaving you with a reconditioned engine that will hopefully see you through for years to come.
Benefits of Engine Reconditioning in Perth
When a reputable company performs engine reconditioning, the major benefits you may experience are better performance, better efficiency and a longer lifespan, as well as a significantly lower cost than buying a brand new engine for your car.
So when it comes to engine reconditioning in Perth, what should you be looking for to ensure you’re getting the best bang for your buck?
1. Have the Wearable Components Been Checked or Replaced?
If you’re paying the money to have your engine reconditioned, you want to know that all those wearable components have had a good once over and that they are working as they should, or if any parts that are faulty, worn or inefficient, they are replaced.
Some common wearable components include gaskets, valve train parts, timing belts, bearing pistons and oil pumps.
If these components are replaced, they should be an exact match to the previous components in your engine – ensure these new parts meet the specifications of your older parts.
What happens when the parts don’t match, we hear you ask? Parts that don’t match the specifications of your previous components may result in your engine seizing up or failing.
2. Machined Parts
Your engine as a whole is a well-crafted machine; with a number of high quality, engineered moving parts that work in unison to keep you moving. Some of the more significant parts of your engine are the smaller machines, such as the valve seats, crankshaft and connecting rods.
When an engine is reconditioned, it is paramount to make sure these machined parts still meet the high quality, engineered standards you would expect from a brand new engine.
3. Price & Compatibility
When it comes to price and compatibility of your reconditioned engine, old sayings like “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is” and “you get what you pay for” spring to mind.
While a rebuilt, reconditioned engine is certainly a much more cost-friendly choice than buying a brand spanking new engine, it is vital to do your research to make sure that too-good-to-be-true price is legitimate.
This is also where compatibility ties in – with a reconditioned engine, all components need to be compatible to ensure the engine operates properly. One wrong, incompatible part may result in the engine system failing, costing you more money in the end.
Why Choose Noordeman Diesel for Engine Reconditioning in Perth
If you’re on the hunt for a diesel engine specialist to carry out your engine reconditioning in Perth, there’s one name you can trust: Noordeman Diesel.
With a fully equipped workshop based in Welshpool, WA, we are your one-stop-shop for engine reconditioning, servicing, rebuilding, engine machining, complete new engines, and genuine spare parts
Contact Noordeman Diesel today to find out how engine reconditioning could have your engine performing like new in next to no time.
1HZ SAFE BOOST RECOMMENDATIONS
Something Shane and the boys get asked a lot is (how much boost can I run in my 1 Hz land cruiser) unfortunately all cars and 4wds are different but as an average below is some guidelines to follow.
Hzj75/80 1hz as they don’t run a compensator on the pump 7-10 psi.
Hzj75/80 1hz if boost compensated 10-15 psi.
Hzj75/80 1hz intercooled and compensated 15-20 psi.
Hzj79/105 early models don’t have a compensator so 7-10 psi..
Hzj79/105 late has an altitude compensator which can be modified to be a boost compensator 10-15 psi.
Hzj79/105 intercooled and boost compensated 15-20 psi.
Always run egt gauges.
We regularly see egts of 550 with non-intercooled and non-ceramic coated pistons, yet with ceramic coating and intercoolers we tend to see temps of around 400 degrees under load.
As always there are exceptions to the rule and there are plenty of customers we have supplied kits to running in excess of 25psi, however no matter what boost you choose to run we recommend having the engines dyno tuned so as to make sure the engine doesn’t lean out or over fuel and damage the engine.
Getting your crankshaft inspected or ground in Perth can be a difficult thing to do. Why should you or your the customer wait, when you want to know yesterday well that’s why we are here.
We have 2 crankshaft grinding Machines at Noordeman Diesel which allows us to do twice as many cranks and also allows us to do nearly everything from a single cylinder engine upto mutli cylinder engines upto 2.6meters long and we have 3 experienced crank grinders who know how to use these machines.
All crankshafts need to be crack tested. Some experienced crankshaft grinders like us also own a lectro magna flux crack tester. No just a white paint can with black ink.
Basically the lectro magna flux crack tester magnetises the crankshaft and then special fluid is poured over the crankshaft. If a crack is present it will attract the crack testing fluid particle and under a special light the crack is identified under a fluorescent light.
Some cracks can be ground out, some will make the crankshaft UN serviceable. Some are also ok to leave… if you are unsure just bring your crankshaft in and we can crack test your crankshaft and let you know if it needs a grind or a polish.
We can repair the nose of the crankshaft if its damaged, metal spray an oil seal area just check out our Facebook page.
If it’s out of your sports car, high performance crank, old vintage collection, your land cruiser, large earthmoving piece of gear a crankshaft is a crankshaft.
So lets get cranked and bring it in before you throw a rod with frustration.
Why is there water under my car?
I was talking to my roommate one night when she asked me why her car leaks water. This isn’t an uncommon question that I am asked so my response was what Colour is the water?
She was surprised to hear my response as water doesn’t have any Colour, but the water inside the engine referred to as coolant (anti-freeze) does consist of Colour. Don’t be alarmed if you see water under it could be present for one of two reasons; one to be taken more seriously.
1st reason: if the fluid is clear you have no need to worry as this is more than likely condensation caused by your air conditioner condenser. This is commonly caused by the use of an air con or even just the outside temperature on a hot day or humid day.
2nd Reason: If the fluid on the ground under your car does consist of Colour you may have a coolant or oil leak it is highly recommended you take your car to a mechanic immediately. These leaks are commonly caused by a crack, split or corrosion of the radiator or cooling system.
Below is a list of possible leaks and the colours they would be:
- Clear fluid is condensation
- Green is coolant
- Blue is coolant
- red is coolant – commonly used in Toyotas
- yellow is coolant
- orange is coolant
- black or dark brown is dirty is engine oil
- translucent yellow honey Colour is clean/new engine
- rust color – indication of dirty or untreated water in a radiator
- reddish, yellowish stain is an indication of a fuel leak on a petrol engine
- yellow orange puddle is an indication of a diesel leak
- brown, black or grey oil puddle under manual vehicle is either a gearbox or differential leaks
- red translucent oil puddle is a power steering, or an automatic transmission leak
- translucent yellow / green, blue to black leak could be brake fluid – check straight away under the bonnet
If it is a coolant leak it is best to check your coolant levels regularly to ensure you are still running “water“ in your engine, running your car/engine without coolant can lead to overheating causing the engine head or block to crack or split or worse seizing of the entire engine causing catastrophic damage.
Manufactures of engines (Ford, Toyota, Nissan, Holden etc.) have different Colour coolants.
Always Remember: Never mix different coolant colours, always use the same Colour additive.
If you think you have a coolant leak this is something we can help you with!
written By Nikki Russell
We get a lot of phone calls about Toyota Prado and Hilux 1KD engines, these are Common Rail injector engines. They have a couple common issues that can cause significant engine damage if left unattended including blowing smoke or a knocking rattling sound that can lead to blowing up your engine.
The most common fault is Diesel knock which basically sounds like there is a a little man with hammer hitting your engine block with a hammer some say or a rattling sound under the bonnet . The knocking /rattling sound gets worse on acceleration.
This is usually caused by the spindle in the centre of the injector seizing which causes over fueling in the cylinder and when an injector starts to dump fuel in the ECU will start to try and take fuel out and lean out the engine causing a knocking sound.
A lot of companies use the electronic diagnosis of injectors to isolate which of the injectors are faulty and while this will give you a good idea it’s not necessarily 100% right.
The idea being that the fuel system can adjust the required amount of fuel the ECU thinks the engine needs to even out the idle speed and have a nice smooth idle. Most of the variance from this idle is usually caused by faulty injectors, but there are other things like cylinder compression being low, blocked intake manifolds from egr deposits (which affect the rear 2 cylinders) , engine timing being out, bad/dirty tank of fuel and lastly the suction control valves and fuel pumps.
The picture above with melted piston on the left was running with a faulty injector squirting and dripping excess fuel in the cylinder melting the piston, the cylinder beside it shows no wear at all in comparison.
We recommend servicing or replacing the injectors every 100,000km to be in the safe side as it’s cheaper to get your injectors serviced than overhauling your engine. Not that I would complain about rebuilding your engine with our ceramic coated pistons and supped up fuel system with hydro dipping on your externals bit.
Another issue is simply worn out injectors due to the high pressure whether it is from a diesel chip or erosion itself, usually evident is large amounts of black smoke and a drop off in power, the gradual decline usually means the owner doesn’t even notice over time. This can happen anywhere from 80-100000km depending on grades of diesel fuel used and lack of fuel servicing. To get more out of your Hilux or Prado Noordeman Diesel loves remapping of an ECU over the use of the chips that are common on today’s market as they increase fuel rail pressure to a dangerous level to get the more power but at the expense of the parts themselves and the engine lifespan.
Next is a cracked 1KD piston which would have benefitted from our ceramic coating we do this to all of our pistons and valves to handle a lot more heat.
Last up we have injector failure (standard wear and tear or erosion), this is where the clearances in the injectors or the cylinder bore wear, the amount of fuel leaked into the cylinder is higher producing a less effective amount of fuel into the cylinder meaning more fuel comes out the leak off, rather than being put into the cylinder, which means the amount of fuel that the ECU thinks its injecting into the cylinder will be highly increased.
More evidence of how it can be just the one cylinder gone however if you look at the tip of the top one it to was already on its last legs.
You have any question or strange sounds coming from under your bonnet or require your vehicle serviced by a “Diesel engine specialist” just gives us a call, and one of the great guys we employ we will help solve your servicing performance issues.
EGR stands for “Exhaust Gas Recirculation”. Put simply, it recycles your exhaust gases back into your engine in order to reduce the amount of gases and pollution put into the atmosphere by your car it’s an emission control things
Some people say you should blank off of your EGR valve with a plate. Other advise against it.
If you clean the EGR valve every 20, 000 km you will be helping the environment and won’t be breaking the law and your vehicle will have a better chance of running a lot better than it most probly is or be like the day you picked the your vehicle up from the car yard
A lot of the new Diesel engine vehicles and are now beginning to use Add blu which you might have started to see at your local service stations. Ad Blue converts harmful NOx from your diesel vehicle exhaust into harmless nitrogen and steam, therefore considerably reducing the emissions of nitrogen oxides
Some diesel engines need AdBlue to help them meet tough Euro 6 emission control that regulate the level of harmful emissions can come out of a car’s exhaust.
AdBlue isn’t mixed with the diesel fuel. Instead, it works with the exhaust gasses after they come out of the engine. It is injected into the exhaust gases and burnt at very high temperatures to break down harmful nitrogen oxides
If you accidentally pour AdBlue into the fuel tank, don’t start the car. The fuel tank will need to be drained.
I digress back to the EGR
The EGR system is a necessary evil (to your engine petrol or Diesel) to reduce pollution emissions. As such, whilst it is good for the environment, it can be bad for your engine.
the main purpose of keeping the EGR clean and working is to deal with
- Performance gains (including better fuel consumption, smoother boost/power delivery).
- Quieter running engine.
- Clean, fresh air intake.
- No limp mode or fault codes.