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Old 06-28-2011, 08:31 PM   #1
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Default Do new lifters need to soak in oil for awhile?

I think i have read it somewhere to soad new lifters in oil prior to installation. Is that true or recommended?
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I've read the same thing. Let em soak
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Helps get the air out of them by soaking plus lubricating them for installation.
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only soaking them wont do much. submerse them in oil and do you best to "pump" them up with your fingers and get some air out to kinda prime them.
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I would and did mine for piece of mind.

Just buy a jug of like super tech oil from wally world, its cheap and will be fine for the lifters and the cam install lube.
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It's thought that soaking them overnight will help to fill and prime them and lessen the chances of them collapsing.

I recommend to do it and also make sure you tighten your rockers down in the correct order to further lessen the chances of collapse.
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I always soaked my lifters?! Idk if its protocal but it doesn't hurt. Peace of mind IMO
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Ok rookie Jk Bro....

Do it, it lubricates the bearings and internals so that when u first initially start the engine its not running dry but when you torque down the rockers it will squeeze the oil out of the plunger but the bearings and internals will still be lubbed up and ready to rock... I would suggest using something thick and sticky like 15-40
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I always do it.
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only soaking them wont do much. submerse them in oil and do you best to "pump" them up with your fingers and get some air out to kinda prime them.
That's what I was taught to do about 20 years ago and still do. They may be roller lifters now instead of the old flat tappet ones then but they are still hydraulic (unless your going VERY extreme). Air and hydraulics don't work together.
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