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    Rod Bearing

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    Perform a cylinder leakage test or compression test to determine the cause of high oil consumption.

    As each piston is fitted to the rod, double-check the bearing clearances.

    • Rod bearing clearance can be check by installing the rod bearings into the connecting rods and torquing the cap bolts to specifications.
    • Measure the inside diameter of the bearing and the outside diameter of its crankshaft journal.
    • Compute the difference between these readings, and divide it by two to obtain the oil clearance.
    • An alternative to the above method is to use a plastigage.

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