• 1:10

    Setting tappets can be a faff, but the rule of nine on a 4-cylinder engine can make the whole task that much simpler. For more helpful tips from Skill Shack, check out our Basic Engine Maintenance course.

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  • performing-a-compression-test

    Ensure the engine is hot, the throttle open and the choke off and coil disconnected. Then this highly informative test can be carried out. For more helpful tips and techniques, be sure to check out our Basic Engine Maintenance for Classic Cars course.

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  • engine-decoke

    Stopping and starting again when using a torque wrench helps ensure a more accurate torque setting. For more information on how to decoke an engine, visit our course How To Remove, Revive And Decoke Your Engine.

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  • vacuum-advance

    The vacuum advance is key to the good running of the engine. If the pipe or diaphragm are leaking, the engine will run poorly.

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  • Basic Engine Maintenance - Priming the System

    An often overlooked part of an oil change is to spin the engine gently on the starter with the coil disconnected, allowing fresh oil to circulate and ensure no damage through lack of lubrication is done on start-up. For more engine maintenance tips, visit our course Basic Engine Maintenance For Classic Cars.

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  • 16:51

    Next in the process, we’ll turn on the MGB to have a look, a listen and a feel at how the engine is running. Danny and Clive teach you how to complete a warm engine check, which requires you to pay particular attention to the sounds, the smells and the vibrations emanating from the car. Learn to diagnose any abnormalities in timing and efficiency while the car is still in the garage.

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  • 13:41

    In the second half of our cold engine check, Danny and Clive disengage the spark plug leads to take a closer look at the quality and cleanliness of the spark plugs. They also inspect the brake and clutch fluid reservoirs, oil and coolant. Before cracking on to the warm engine inspection, be sure to walk through each of the components Danny and Clive cover, looking for damage and other abnormalities.

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  • 21:21

    In our first class, Danny and Clive dig into the engine bay to inspect a number of components prior to starting the engine. Cold engine checks are recommended for taking a closer look at hoses and other smaller parts of the engine that easily show damage and wear by shining a light. Before moving on to the next class, make sure you’ve inspected each of the components seen in this video.

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  • 24:27

    In the final step of the engine decoking process, you’ll learn to reassemble the head, replace a new gasket, and remount the cleaned and decoked components onto the engine block. Ed walks you step by step through the finishing methods needed to put the cylinder head back together and make sure everything is properly affixed and operational.

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