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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 09-21-06, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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Lifter bore scored Mustang 2.3

In the course of replacing a burned exhaust valve I found the lifters were quite stuck in thier bores. In fact one was so stuck that I had to use my dremel to grind a "square" in the lifter bore so that I could turn it with a 1/2 socket drive. I managed to twist out the lifter but did not notice that the lifter cracked and the loose piece scored the bore for about 1/8" above the oil hole. When I fit in a new lifter I can insert a .003" feeler in between lifter and bore wall.

I am wondering if it would be OK to use some Loc Tite to fill this small gap so as not to lose oil pressure in lifter. It is certain that the Loc Tite will preven the lifter from floating or rotating but mine were in tight as a drum so it would seem not to be a problem.

I have spent quite a lot getting a roller cam set to replace the old totally worn slider set and I just want to get the car back together without spending a whole lot more money.

Any advice/experience would be appreciated.


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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 09-21-06, 06:22 PM
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Re: Lifter bore scored Mustang 2.3

Won't hurt to try it. I mean, the 2.3L is pretty easy and cheap to replace parts and if you get it together and your fix did not work, the replace the head. If it does work, then pat yourself on the back.

I would try something like JB Weld or a good liquid steel before using Loctite though.
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