Engine Oiling

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Oiling
Oiling

Oiling in a vehicle is one of the most important processes that occur inside the engine. Oil is used in the engine to lubricate moving parts and cool parts that may get very warm due to the excessive friction created by some of the components in the engine. Preventing excessive heat and lubricating all the components in the engine will reduce wear and will increase the life span on these parts. To move oil around in the engine efficiently, a large system of pumps, pans, lines, and filters are used. Properly controlling the oil flow in the engine will ensure that there is a constant flow of oil to all of the necessary components that require it.

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An oil breather tank is placed on an engine breather which is usually located on the valve covers. The purpose of using a tank on an engine breather is to catch any oil that may escape out of the valve cover when running the engine hard. Keeping this oil from leaking out will ensure that the oil level in the engine stays at a proper amount. Continue Reading -->

Oil Breather Tanks
Oil Breather Tanks


Engine Oil Control Fittings & Restrictors

Oil control fittings and restrictors are used to guide and limit the amount of oil that is being moved around to certain places in an engine. Having the ability to control the flow of oil in the engine better will ensure that the engine is producing maximum power and experiencing the least amount of friction and wear. These fittings and restrictors come in a variety of different sizes to ensure a proper fit on any engines system. The internal diameter is also available in many different sizes which can be chosen depending on the desired oil flow and the components in which the oil in flowing to. When buying new restrictors and fittings, a new set of oil feed lines may be needed to accommodate the new diameter if it has changed. Continue Reading -->

 Engine Oil Control Fittings & Restrictors
Engine Oil Control Fittings & Restrictors


Engine Oil Filters

Oil filters are used in a vehicle to remove contaminants from the engines oil before it is cycled back into the engine. This ability to clean the oil allows it to be used longer in the engine without the need to replace it as often. Oil filters are usually located on the side of the engine block which makes it easy to access in case when the filter needs to be changed. Without an oil filter, particles would be able to flow freely in the engine which can cause damage to the engine and the components in it. Continue Reading -->

Engine Oil Filters
Engine Oil Filters


Engine Oil Pans

An oil pan is a detachable bowl shaped pan that is made out of thin steel and bolted to the bottom of the crankcase. The oil pan holds the oil pump which is responsible for keeping maximum circulation of oil though the engine. When an engine is at rest, the oil pan will gather all the oil as it flows down from the sides of the crankcase. Continue Reading -->

Engine Oil Pans
Engine Oil Pans


Engine Oil Pump

The oil pump is the device in an engine that is responsible for circulating oil through the engine so that all the components stayed lubed and cooled down. Any parts in the engine that get too hot or are experiencing excessive amounts of friction will have their life spans greatly reduced. This pressurized oil may also be used as a hydraulic fluid to power small actuators. There are many different types of oil pumps which include gear pumps, trochoid pumps, vane pumps, and plunger pumps. To avoid the need for priming, these pumps are mounted submerged or around the oil level in the sump. Oil is sucked up from the oil pan and through the pickup tube were it is pressurized before being sent into the engine. Since most of the oil is stored at the bottom part of the engine in the oil pan when the engine is off, the filter will house a small amount of oil that is used to lube and cool the top parts of the engine at start-up. Continue Reading -->

Engine Oil Pump
Engine Oil Pump


Engine Oil Pump Pickup

The oil pump pickup is a tube that extends from the bottom of the oil pan to the oil pump. One end of the oil pickup tube bolts to the oil pump or engine block while the other end holds the strainer. The strainer has a mesh screen that can strain large particles from the oil before they pass into the inlet side of the oil pump. It is important that these large particles are stopped because they can cause damage to the inside of the pump when they pass through. Continue Reading -->

Engine Oil Pump Pickup
Engine Oil Pump Pickup


Engine Oil Pump Primers & Drives

Oil pump primers are extremely important when starting an engine for the first time or when starting an engine that has been sitting for a long period of time. Since the first few moments that an engine runs will determine the wear patterns of the components in the engine, it is essential that it is started will an adequate supply of oil that will counter any large amounts of wear. Vehicles that have sat for a long time should be primed as well because the pressure of the oil has likely decreased. Continue Reading -->

Engine Oil Pump Primers & Drives
Engine Oil Pump Primers & Drives

Engine Oil Pump Systems/Kits/Parts

Oil pumps and all of the parts that help it run efficiently can be bought separately or all in one big kit. These kits can be complete with every component used on an oil pump system, or just a few of the main pieces such as the pump itself with some fittings or other commonly used and switched out parts. Continue Reading -->

Engine Oil Pump Systems/Kits/Parts
Engine Oil Pump Systems/Kits/Parts


Engine Pre-Oiler Systems & Accumulators

Pre-oiler systems and accumulators are used in vehicles to help prevent wear from occurring during start-up. Since over 80 percent of engine wear occurs during start-up, getting a device to help prevent this wear is a good idea. This product is needed because most of the oil which lubricates parts such as the camshaft, crankshaft, connecting rod, bearing, and other components will come off and drain back down to the oil pan. When the engine is started, those parts have little protection against wear until the oil is pumped in. Continue Reading -->

Engine Pre-Oiler Systems & Accumulators
Engine Pre-Oiler Systems & Accumulators

Engine Windage Trays, Baffles & Scrapers

A windage tray is most commonly seen as a stamped piece of sheet metal that is mounted in between the crankshaft and the oil pan. On slow revving engines, there is little to no benefit of using one. High rpm vehicles that use a windage tray will actually gain up to a few horsepower. When the crankshaft is rotating at extremely high speeds, a horizontal vortex of swirling air is generated. The oil in the engine that was pumped up high and residual from the crank assembly is draining back to the oil pan gets caught in this vortex and is spinning too. It is estimated that anywhere from 1 to 3 quarts of oil can be caught up in this vortex. The weight of this oil will create a small load on the crankshaft which will rob a little of its horsepower. The job of a windage tray is to act like a scraper and remove the oil from the vortex which will allow it to drain back to the oil pan. The windage tray does not actually touch the crankshaft, but it is close enough to skim the oil off. Continue Reading -->

Engine Windage Trays, Baffles & Scrapers
Engine Windage Trays, Baffles & Scrapers


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