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Whoops! I Forgot to lube the Cam Lobes!
Posted by: MoxyRamone ()
Date: April 11, 2019 05:47PM

Hope you all get a laugh out of this. Hopefully I'm not totally screwed either.

When I put the case halves together, I thoroughly lubed the crank and cam bearings with assembly lube. I didn't think to coat the cam lobes with assembly lube. Now I am basically assembled and the lobes are still dry. I have yet to install the lifters and pushrod tubes, so I still have access to the lobes.

What should I do? I think I can get a small brush with assembly lube on it to the lobes, but I would have to turn the engine a thousand times to paint lube on. I could also get a long necked oil can in there.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Whoops! I Forgot to lube the Cam Lobes!
Posted by: Pacerace ()
Date: April 11, 2019 06:02PM

When I purchased my used bottom end it did not have lifters in it. So I decided since I was putting in new lifters I would go ahead and put cam lube on them, and used a small brush to do it. I applied lube through every bore, rotated 1/4 turn, applied lube, and repeat until I did a full turn. Old cam/new lifters may be less of chance if failure than a brand new cam/lifters? Not sure, but I didn't wipe out a cam lobe in the engine.

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Re: Whoops! I Forgot to lube the Cam Lobes!
Posted by: TIBCO ()
Date: April 11, 2019 06:11PM

I think a lot depends on whether or not it's a new cam or a used one. If new, you should definitely try and get some lube in there. If it's used, I would think that if you rotated the engine a few times while running your drill to pre-lube the entire engine, you would probably be all right.

Wait until you hear from a few more before you decide for sure.

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Re: Whoops! I Forgot to lube the Cam Lobes!
Posted by: MoxyRamone ()
Date: April 11, 2019 08:32PM

These are used lifters and a used cam.

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Re: Whoops! I Forgot to lube the Cam Lobes!
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: April 11, 2019 08:37PM

Lifters back in same holes?

If not.. pull lifters and with log brush paint lobes

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Re: Whoops! I Forgot to lube the Cam Lobes!
Posted by: vairmech ()
Date: April 12, 2019 03:46AM

All you need is some type of Moly lube on the lifter foot. fill the oil and make sure that it is FULL, maybe even a little over full, after pre-lubing and the cam will be in oil.

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Re: Whoops! I Forgot to lube the Cam Lobes!
Posted by: jjohnsonjo ()
Date: April 12, 2019 05:13AM

Over fill the oil, you can have the cam running in oil without the crank touching it.

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Re: Whoops! I Forgot to lube the Cam Lobes!
Posted by: MoxyRamone ()
Date: April 12, 2019 05:30PM

vairmech Wrote:
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> All you need is some type of Moly lube on the
> lifter foot. fill the oil and make sure that it is
> FULL, maybe even a little over full, after
> pre-lubing and the cam will be in oil.


I think that sounds like a winning plan. Both the cam and the lifters are used and all of the lifters were kept in order upon removal.

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