Acura Coupes and Sedans 1986-1993 Repair Guide

Repairing Damaged Threads

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Several methods of repairing damaged threads are available. Heli-Coil® (shown here), Keenserts® and Microdot® are among the most widely used. All involved basically the same principle - drilling out stripped threads, tapping the hole and installing a pre-wound insert - making welding, plugging and oversize fasteners unnecessary.

Two types of thread repair inserts are usually supplied: a standard type for most Inch Coarse, Inch Fine, Metric Coarse and Metric Fine thread sizes and a spark plug type to fit most spark plug port sizes. Consult the individual manufacturer's catalog to determine exact applications. Typical thread repair kits will contain a selection of prewound threaded inserts, a tap (corresponding to the outside diameter threads of the insert) and an installation tool. Spark plug inserts usually differ because they require a tap equipped with pilot threads and a combined reamer/tap section. Most manufacturers also supply blister-packed thread repair inserts separately in addition to a master kit containing a variety of taps and inserts plus installation tools.



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Fig. Fig. 1: Damaged bolt holes can be repaired with thread repair inserts



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Fig. Fig. 2: Standard thread repair insert (left) and a spark plug repair insert (right)



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Fig. Fig. 3: Drill out the damaged threads with the specified drill bit. Drill completely through the hole to or to the bottom of a blind hole



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Fig. Fig. 4: With the tap supplied in the thread repair kit, tap the hole to receive the insert. Keep the tap well oiled and back it out often to clear the threads



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Fig. Fig. 5: Screw the thread insert onto the installation tool and until the tang engages the slot. Screw the insert into the tapped hole until it is just below the top. After installation break off the tang



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Fig. Fig. 6: Standard torque specifications and fastener markings

Before effecting a repair to a threaded hole, remove any snapped, broken or damaged bolts or studs. Penetrating oil can be used to free frozen threads; the offending item can be removed with locking pliers or with a screw or stud extractor. After the hole is clear, the thread can be repaired, as follows:

CHECKING ENGINE COMPRESSION



A noticeable lack of engine power, excessive oil consumption and/or poor fuel mileage measured over an extended period are all indicators of internal engine wear. Worn piston rings, scored or worn cylinder bores, blown head gaskets, sticking or burnt valves and worn valve seats are all possible culprits here. A check of each cylinder's compression will help you locate the problems.

As mentioned in the "Tools and Equipment" section of Routine Maintenance , a screw-in type compression gauge is more accurate than the type you simply hold against the spark plug hole, although it takes slightly longer to use. It's worth it to obtain a more accurate reading. Follow the procedures below.

All Engines
  1. Warm the engine to normal operating temperatures.
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  3. Remove all spark plugs.
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  5. Disconnect the high tension lead from the ignition coil.
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  7. On carbureted vehicles, fully open the throttle either by operating the carburetor throttle linkage by hand or by having an assistant "floor" the accelerator pedal. On the fuel injected vehicles, disconnect the cold start valve and all injector connections.
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  9. Screw the compression gauge into the No. 1 spark plug hole until the fitting is snug.
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Be careful not to cross thread the plug hole. On aluminum cylinder heads use extra care, as the threads in these heads are easily ruined.

  1. Ask an assistant to depress the accelerator pedal fully on both carbureted and fuel injected vehicles. Then, while you read the compression gauge, ask the assistant to crank the engine two or three times in short bursts using the ignition switch.
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  3. Read the compression gauge at the end of each series of cranks and record the highest of these readings. Repeat this procedure for each of the engine's cylinders. Compare the highest reading of each cylinder to the compression pressure specifications in the "Tune-Up Specifications" chart in Engine Electrical . The specs in this chart are maximum values.
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A cylinder's compression pressure is usually acceptable if it is not less than 80% of maximum. The difference between each cylinder should be no more than 12-14 pounds.

  1. If a cylinder is unusually low, pour a tablespoon of clean engine oil into the cylinder through the spark plug hole and repeat the compression test. If the compression comes up after adding the oil, it appears that the cylinder's piston rings or bore are damaged or worn. If the pressure remains low, the valves may not be seating properly (a valve job is needed) or the head gasket may be blown near that cylinder. If compression in any two adjacent cylinders is low and if the addition of oil doesn't help the compression, there is leakage past the head gasket. Oil and coolant water in the combustion chamber can result from this problem. There may be evidence of water droplets on the engine dipstick when a head gasket has blown.
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