Honda Accord/Civic/Prelude 1973-1983 Repair Guide

Precautions

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Aluminum has become extremely popular for use in engines, due to its low weight. Observe the following precautions when handling aluminum parts:



Never hot tank aluminum parts (the caustic hot-tank solution will eat the aluminum).
 
Remove all aluminum parts (identification tag, etc.) from engine pats prior to hot-tanking.
 
Always coat threads lightly with engine oil or anti-seize compounds before installation, to prevent seizure.
 
Never over-torque bolts or spark plugs, especially in aluminum threads.
 

Stripped threads in any component can be repaired using any of several commercial repair kits (Heli-Coil®, Microdot®, Keenserts®, etc.).

When assembling the engine, any parts that will be in frictional contact must be prelubed to provide lubrication at initial start-up. Any product specifically formulated for this purpose can be used but engine oil is not recommended as a prelube.

When semi-permanent (locked, but removable) installation of bolts or nuts is desired, threads should be cleaned and coated with Loctite® or other similar, commercial non-hardening sealant.

 
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