VALVE SPRING INSTALLATION: Tech Tip

Valve Spring Installation

[1] Installed height must be correct for each spring.

[2] Valve springs seat on heaver shims, thinner shims go against the head.

[3] With valve at full lift, inner and outer spring coils should have 0.012-inch clearance between each coil. The clearance between the retainer and guide should be at least 0.060-inch.

 

NOTE:

 Tension on all valve springs should measure within 10 pounds for use in a high-performance engine. Every spring must be tested, even brand new ones. When stacking shims. Always stack thin shims below thick ones to avoid crushing the thin shims. In general, you can figure that springs which have run for more than six months in a passenger car will not be usable for an engine which is to be turned to maximum Specification RPM. High-strength steel retainers are recommended whenever the engine is to be driven at high RPM over an extended period of time such as in sports racing or dual-purpose cars.

  If aluminum retainers are used they should be inspected and replaced periodically. Also watch for a metallic look in your oil when changing it, Aluminum from the retainers will flake off and show up in your oil.

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