Engine Installation and Start Up

Maintaining the health of your heavy-duty engine is a job that requires regular attention. Here at Jaytrac, we often talk about problems to look out for, and tips for maintaining your engine. As specialists in quality replacement parts for Caterpillar, Komatsu, Volvo, Cummins machines, engines and more, we are here to replace your engine parts when they are worn or damaged.

If your engine has been recently repaired, it’s important to ensure that damage doesn’t occur during the initial start-up process. We have compiled this handy guide of factors to consider during your engine installation and start-up process.

Why is correct installation and start-up important?

After investing time into repairing or replacing your engine, the last thing you want is to incur additional costs in the future from poor installations in the present. Your engine consists of both mechanical and electrical components: these need to be monitored prior to engine installation to avoid possible sources of trouble.

Things to consider before starting

There are several crucial factors to consider before starting up the new or repaired engine.

  • Ensure that oil levels are correct and filled with correct oil grades. Pre-lube the engine if possible to prime oil pressure.
  • Make sure that all parts which may contain residual oil, such as the charge air cooler and oil filter housings are clean and free from contaminated oil from before repair.
  • Make sure all fuel systems are clean and no contaminants are still present which could cause fresh damage.
  • Ensure all radiator cores are clear of debris build-up and that air can flow freely to cool the engine.

Check your engine systems

Find below some crucial parts of your engine systems to either check, clean or replace. These are some of the key parts.

  • Check for leaks in your oil system
  • Check for leaks and free flow around your cooling agent system
  • Ensure that no foreign bodies have entered the exhaust system which can cause damage to catalytic converters, turbos etc.
  • Check your fuel filter

Consider your electric components

Alongside the mechanics of your engine, its electrical components also require inspection. You should check the following areas:

  • Engine control unit
  • Engine electronics with components
  • Ensure all electrical components and warning systems are operational to give early warning of any potential issues.

Final things to consider

As the final step of your engine inspection process, you should ideally incorporate a test run to check all systems are running correctly.  Immediately after initial start-up, ensure that your oil pressure is reading normal and shut down the engine if this is not the case.

If you have any questions or queries about your heavy-duty engine parts, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team today.