Safety With Engine Blocks
Keep these 10 safety precautions in mind when working with engines, cylinder blocks, pistons, and crankshafts.
1. Many corners on the engine block may be sharp
from being machined. Be careful not to cut your
hands when handling the block. Use gloves when
lifting or moving heavy engine parts.
2. Always wear OSHA-approved safety glasses when
working on the internal parts of the engine,
especially during deglazing. Parts of the deglazer
may break off and fly into your eyes.
3. Make sure all tools are clean and free of grease.
Under high torque applications, a tool can become
very slippery and slip off the bolt or nut.
4. Always use the correct tools for the job being done.
5. When removing or installing a crankshaft, be careful
not to pinch you fingers as the crankshaft is very
6. When lifting a cylinder block, be sure to use the
correct engine hoist.
7. When rebuilding an engine, always clean all parts
before inspection. Parts that are dirty may easily
slip from your hands and be dropped when being
8. Many bolts and nuts require precise torque
readings. Always use a torque wrench to tighten
bolts and nuts correctly.
9. When working on the engine, always support the
engine in an engine stand so that the block can be
turned in the correct position to work on it.
10. When oil is spilled on the shop floor, always clean
it up immediately to eliminate slipping and falling.
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