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Another oil pump question
Posted by: mattlockwood ()
Date: October 29, 2020 06:26PM

What keeps the pump gears from resting on the oil pump cover after installation?

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Re: Another oil pump question
Posted by: wittsend ()
Date: October 29, 2020 06:42PM

Nothing. But it is the "oil pump" and thus the gears are well lubricated.

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Re: Another oil pump question
Posted by: RobertC ()
Date: October 29, 2020 07:08PM

Nothing. An engine with a 100,000 miles will probably have a slight wear pattern on the cover.

Most people “sand” the cover flat and reuse it.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/29/2020 07:08PM by RobertC.

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Re: Another oil pump question
Posted by: JimBrandberg ()
Date: October 29, 2020 09:05PM

Too thin of a gasket for no clearance wouldn't be good.

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Re: Another oil pump question
Posted by: 63turbo ()
Date: October 29, 2020 09:36PM

Its the hydrodynamic film that lifts the gears off of the bottom... the movement of the gears wedges the oil between the gear and the pump cover, just like it does between the gears and the aluminum case, and of course, between the gears themselves. The reason theres so much visible wear on these surfaces relative to the rest of the engine is because it is the only part of the oiling system that is exposed to all the junk in the oil before it goes to the filter... kinda like pumping lapping compund.

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Re: Another oil pump question
Posted by: 66vairman ()
Date: October 30, 2020 09:51AM

Before "sanding" the cover to remove any wear do a plastigauge!!

Someone posted once the milled surface perpendicular to the guide and drive shafts is NOT always exactly perpendicular. I found this to be true. On engines with minor wear on one side of the oil pump gear cover plate the wear actually made the both gears have the same distance to the plate.

I discovered this when I did a plastigauge to check the gasket. One gear was too tight and the other was too loose. I turned the plate 180 degrees (wear pattern moved to other gear) and BOTH gears then had the SAME plastigauge tolerance.

Note the wear was very minor, not what you'd find with excess wear caused by a lack of oil changes!

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Re: Another oil pump question
Posted by: mattlockwood ()
Date: October 30, 2020 02:31PM

Thanks everyone.

Was just curious as I had the gasket kit from Clark’s and as it turns out, the thickest gasket is the only one within specs.

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Re: Another oil pump question
Posted by: wittsend ()
Date: October 31, 2020 10:37AM

So, were you really asking what keep the gears from BINDING (not "resting") on the cover? I was assuming the clearance was already properly set and you wanted to know what kept gravity from causing the gears to touch the cover.

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Re: Another oil pump question
Posted by: mattlockwood ()
Date: October 31, 2020 03:22PM

Nope- question was “what keeps them from resting on the cover”

Question occurred to me while changing the gasket

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