13 06 2009

The MER Heat Shield Aids Engine Efficiency

The MER Heat Shield Aids Engine Efficiency







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Down the left hand side of  MER’s Home Page you will find seventeen buttons, most of which are self explanatory. Near the bottom of the list though, there are new buttons that we’ll introduce today:
TRANSMISSION DRIVE PLATES-Push this button if you are replacing your transmision and need a new drive plate. Then, once the page comes up, click on the brochure to read the ultimate drive plate resource. Just select the one you need and call MER to order. Notice the extra info on how to tell which SAE size flywheel housing you have!
USED AND SURPLUS EQUIPMENT-This is the page to find those peculiar items that only the most serious commercial fishermen will need. Have something to consign? Tranny, engine, extra propeller shaft, or even a generator set? Let us know, we’ll add it to the next brochure.
INSTRUMENT PANELS-Our Service Manager, Herb Knight, thought of this one and asked for a listing of all the standard and custom panels we handle. Just click on the brochure to see our listing. Do you know of a panel we should offer? Call Gary or Norm at 800-777-0714 and ask for a quote.
SERVICE CHECKLIST-Our Service Advisor, Stevie Schmidt designed this form to help our customers prepare for each season and enjoy maximum equipment up-time. Click on the list to print yours.
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Calibrating The Engine Oil Dipstick

3 06 2009

Engine Installation angle affects the dipstick oil level reading.

When engines (and transmissions) are installed at an angle, the oil pan’s oil-level changes, front-to-back. If operated at extreme angles without re-marking the dipstick, the engine can fail, due to lubricating oil starvation.

This is because, without re-marking the oil level will appear way too high. If the excess oil is then drained down to the full mark, the engine will be running low on oil! High speed engines change all of the oil in the pan every 10-15 seconds. If you’re running with less oil than needed, the oil gets a severe workout and will not last the full oil-change interval. What’s more, running a low oil level may actually starve the engine for lube oil.

Each manufacturer knows how much an engine can be angled before the oil level gets too close to the rear oil seal. If the oil level gets above the oil seal, the seal will fails. Engine makers publish their maximum installation angle guidelines, and these specifications vary widely between engine models. It is to your advantage to verify the installation angle of your engine, and proper marking of the dipstick.

However, after the engine is installed,the next step is to re-mark the dipstick. To do this, always review the engine makers directions for re-marking the dipstick!
Remarking 2 Blog
Then, based on the manufacturer’s recommendations, continue by warming up the engine to be sure all internal passages and the filter, are full of oil. Next, drain the oil from the engine, leaving the oil filter un-disturbed. Now, refill with the factory specified amount of oil, minus the amount in the oil lines and filter. MER Service Manager, Herb Knight stresses the importance of taking into account the volume of oil the filter and oil lines hold, especially if using a remote oil filter. Subtract this amount from the amount of oil poured back into the engine.

Make note of exactly where the new “Full” mark must be, and for composite dipsticks like the one shown here, file a shallow ring all the way around the stick, to make the new mark. For steel dipsticks however, lightly file the new “Full” level mark across both sides of the stick, above the old mark.

Remarking 3 BlogFor all dipsticks, finding the new “Add” mark is obtained by measuring the distance between the original “Full” and “Add” marks.Finally, make the new “Add” mark the same distance below the new “Full” mark.

MER sells John Deere Oil and Filters, as well as a complete line of filters for all engines.