Pictures of how I cleaned the sand out of the cylinder head stud holes and oil passages and engine case on my 89-09 Suzuki GS500 motorcycle.
But first, lets pay some bills:
- Put bike on center stand. Removed seat, gas tank, and carbs.
- Removed Cylinder Head and Cylinder Block.
There are the pistons, ready for a good cleaning.
And there is a close up of sand. Sand in the engine block. What the hell.
Here are the block stud holes Why would they design the stud holes in the block to be open to the air so that when you ride, sand gets thrown up by the front tire onto the block, and falls into the holes around the studs and fills up with sand, so when you take the block off, sand falls into the crank case and into the oil channels. What the hell. What the hell!
- Removed the pistons.
I stuffed paper towels all around the piston connecting rods and put tape all over the place to try to keep the sand out of the engine case.
Blue painters tape did not stick well, but this little screwdriver did a decent job getting into the hole around the stud to get the sand out. If I left the sand in there, I would not be able to get the cylinder block and base gasket to seat properly.
There are also these little oil channels, strategically positioned to catch sand while going quietly unnoticed by the home mechanic. A Q tip fits in there nicely and will stop the sand from falling directly onto the crankshaft gears. Again, what the hell.
OK. After all that, some sand fell into the engine case. Sand on the crank, sand on the rods, sand freakin sand. I used this syringe to spray oil all over the place and wash the sand down into the oil pan. Sand in the oil pan is better than sand on the connecting rod bearings. F! F F F!!!
- F. I have to do the oil pan gasket anyway.
- Next I sold out to make 02¢
so I can fulfill my lifelong dream of owning a 1986 944 with blown head gaskets.
But no minivans!
- Then I finished my beer.
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