Can anyone describe how much oil I should see coming from the internal oil line, while cranking the engine? I'm currently replacing my timing gear and I'm suspicious that I might have a restricted oil line because the timing gear area is very dry. With the timing cover off, I had my daughter stand on the starter switch for about 10 seconds but very little oil comes out of the oil line. Actually, no oil comes out until well after letting off the starter switch. I've never tried this experiment before so I don't know what's normal here.
I do know the oil line is not totally blocked. I blew it out and air does go through the oil line. I also ran bailing wire and a coax cable over 20 inches up the tube. My concern is that I might have a rivet, or something else, restricting the oil at the top. I'm very interested to hear if someone has seen how much oil normally comes from the oil line at startup. Thanks in advance for your help!!!
I don't think there would be much just cranking the motor over by hand, if any. The oil needs to be slung by the flywheel and hit the top of the hogs head before it run into the funnel.
When I had the cam cover off my engine, I was able to run a plastic line completely up the internal oil line without removing the cam gear.
As I remember the plastic line I used was string trimmer monofilament and I THINK it was .080 in.
It took some foolin' around to thread the line past the cam gear and into the oil line, but doable.
Once in the oil line you can estimate easily when you've pushed enough line in to completely clear the tube. As I remember I withdrew and pushed the line through about 6 times or so. rotating it a little each time.
Felt pretty confident at the time that the line was totally clear.
PS Gotta agree with Mark, your not gonna see much if any oil flow at handcranking speeds!
And to add to what Mark and Bud said, at hand-cranking speed, I would assume a cold engine, and cold oil in the crankcase, and that doesn't help either!
cut the tubing insert clear plastic from hardware
store then you see oil flow. thats what i did.
I appreciate the help! In summary, I shouldn't be overly concerned that I only have a few drops of oil coming out of the oil line after cranking the engine for 5 to 10 seconds. Since I was able to run a cable up the oil line, I'm confident that it's not totally blocked. I think I'll go ahead and install an outside oil line to protect the front rod...just in case. Thanks!!!