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Toyota And Subaru Valve Spring Recall

Australian Subaru and Toyota dealerships have sent out a recall on valve springs in Toyota 86 and Subaru Impreza, XV, Forester and BRZ. This effects 5,407 Toyota 86 vehicles produced from April 2012 to July 2013.

The Subaru recalls affect over 24,000 cars including Impreza models from year 2012-2013, as well as XV and Forester vehicles fitted with a 2.0-litre engine (manufactured January 16, 2012, to May 14, 2013). The issue also affects BRZ vehicles – manufactured from start of production to May 14, 2013.

High stress and sub standard material quality appears to be the likely cause, and may lead to fracture or breakage of the spring and cause power lose to your car and cause further damage. Southside Cylinder Heads advise taking your vehicle back to the dealership for a warranty repair to rectify problem.

For more information for Toyota owners click here

For more information for Subaru owners click here

WEAT 3.0L Cylinder Heads

Now In Stock Ford/Mazda WEAT 2.5 & 3.0 DOHC
Cylinder Head Kits

Choose from two options:

Cylinder head kit assembled with valves & springs, includes VRS gasket set, graded head gasket & head bolt set
$1790.00 trade (includes g.s.t. on exchange basis)

Cylinder head kit fully assembled including camshafts & rockers, VRS gasket, graded head gasket and head bolt set
$1990.00 trade (includes g.s.t. on exchange basis)

Southside Cylinder heads prefers to supply only quality components and all kits have O.E valve springs, rockers and camshafts, as well as the best gaskets available AA Permaseal

Engine Temperature Alarm

 

Engine Temperature Alarms  –  For Piece Of Mind

 

We are seeing an increasing call for aftermarket engine temperature monitors and alarms, this is because of two reasons.

1. More vehicles are being released that don’t have a traditional temperature gauge on the dashboard.  Manufacturers are replacing temperature gauges with warning lights on the dashboard if the engine gets too hot.  Often by the time the light is triggered, or indeed seen by the driver, the damage is already done and you could be up for expensive head gasket replacements or engine repairs.

2.  Cheap piece of mind.  Everyone is busy these days with a million things on your mind as you drive from place to place, meaning sometimes small warning lights on the dashboard go unnoticed.   The TM1 unit not only gives you a real time display of engine temperature, it also sounds an alarm when the engine temperature starts to climb to unsafe levels,

 

((( Audible))) Engine Temperature Alarm

Real time engine temperature monitoring

Suitable for  all Cars, Trucks, Boats, Bikes, Tractors & Machinery

Now also records the highest engine temperature reached

 Accurately displays engine temperature and alarms with a Warning light, Loud buzzer & Display messages if engine is overheating

The TM1 is ideal for alarming Engines, Gear boxes, Transmissions, Transfer boxes, Pumps, in fact any thing that operates between 1 to 125 degrees Celsius.

Takes temperature readings from the metal rather than the water, so if you run out of water you still get an accurate temperature reading

 

 

The unit has a neutral white LCD screen with an automatic back light so it blends into both old and new dash boards. It displays big numbers that are easy to read in either bright sunshine or at night. All functions and alarms are accompanied by individual display messages, including advanced messages such as ‘Sensor Not Connected’ should the sensor cable be cut.

The sensor fits like a washer under any convenient bolt on the engine that is near the heat source, here it rapidly detects the slightest changes in engine temperature.  The device is monitoring metal temperature rather than water temperature.  The warning alarm sensitivity can be set to suit your individual engine and needs.

The alarm is set by either observing the engines highest normal running temperature, or interrogating the Highest Temperature Reached function. Then the alarm is set to a higher temperature by using the push button on the front . Typically the alarm is set to between 5 and 10 degrees above the engines normal running temperature, this usually equates to the warning buzzer sounding at just one or two needle widths above the normal mark on most car temperature gauges.

Because you’re not breaking into the cooling system, the TM1 is the quickest, easiest and safest system on the market.   Setting the unit correctly is critical to the performance of the unit.  Contact Southside Cylinder Heads about fitting a unit in your vehicle today, it could just save you thousands.

 

Friction Discs

Friction Discs or Diamond Washers – A New Era

 

Component downsizing and cost saving during manufacture has pushed vehicle manufactures to look for other ways of carrying out what used to be a simple undertaking. One example is moving away from keyways on high load components such as camshafts, crankshafts and injector pumps.

The main fastening bolts need to be firmly attached so that they can absorb the applied torque without slipping, and the manufacture will always specify a torque setting on these bolts, which can be as high as 240nm or higher on some applications (plus a degree setting if the bolt is TTY).   With the keyways gone, the bolt itself is not always enough to transfer the load and prevent slipping.   Usually if we want to transfer greater torque, we need larger and therefore heavier and costlier components.

 

However using a friction disc or washer in between the components locks them together firmly and allows for the transmission of four times the amount of torque. These friction discs or washers are coated on both sides with a nickel matrix. The nickel is embedded with a fixed amount of diamond particles that have a specified size. If the disc is mounted between two engine parts, the hard diamond particles are pressed into the mating surfaces and locks them together. To ensure the washer works reliably it is important to replace it whenever the connected components are removed or their positions disturbed.

 

Not all engines require friction disks so be sure to check with the manufacturer.  We have many customers re-fit cylinder heads and balancers, only to have the crank or cam pulley slip and bend valves or cause other internal damage.  If your unsure give Southside Cylinder Heads a call, were happy to help in any way

 

Warning – because these washers and shims are located behind pulleys or sprockets they can easily fall when the larger component is removed.  They could end up in the sump or jammed into an awkward spot without being noticed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

End Of Year Savings

April 2016 25%

If your in the market for an exchange cylinder head then now is the time to act.  Engine Reconditioning Australia is clearing out our exchange cylinder heads before end of financial year arrives.  Everything from Corolla’s and Magna’s from the 80’s up to current models like Holden Viva, Holden LS heads and Ford Focus.  Everything we have that is in stock is on sale, excluding new heads.  Southside Cylinder Heads strives to provide unbeatable service and competitive pricing on all cylinder heads, engines and machining. Give us a call to make an inquiry.

Holden Cruze 1.8 Petrol Camshaft & VVT Problems

Our home grown Holden Cruze has had several different engine options since its inception in 2002.  The most popular has been the 1.8 petrol (Z18XER/F18D4), which first came out in the JG Cruze in 2009. There are two common problems we would like to discuss to help make your diagnosis and repairs easier.

Oil Flow Tubes

Firstly, a few of our customers have had problems with oil feed to the variable valve timing units after having head work or timing belt repairs carried out.  There is a small plastic tube that is being left out during re-assembly that is crucial for oil direction and flow to the variable units.  Without the tube in place, oil is not being fed to the variable unit, which triggers an engine light as well as loss of power through the rev range.  Theses tubes are located inside the camshafts at the front, right behind where your camshaft gears bolt on.  There is one for each camshaft.  Make sure these are in place before refitting the cam gears because the engine will not operate correctly without them.

Oil Coolers

Second issue is a high number of vehicles ending up with oil in the cooling system. These engines (Z18XER and F18D4) run oil coolers which are renowned for failing.  If you have oil mixing with water, check your oil cooler before racing to remove the cylinder head as this is most likely your problem.  Southside Cylinder Heads can pressure test your oil cooler for you.   The coolers are located next to the oil filter and forms part of the oil filter housing assembly.  Currently replacement coolers are only available OEM.  Southside Cylinder Heads, Brisbane’s best choice!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rotary tools and Subaru Summer Specials

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Southside Cylinder Heads is a family owned and operated engine reconditioning workshop established in 1977 specializing in aluminum cylinder head repairs.  We have since grown our business to encompass full engine rebuilding and reconditioning.  Oil leaks on subaru cylinder heads are very common the EJ25 motor, includes Impreza, Outback, Forester.  Secure your free rotary tool kit by just spending $500 with us in any one transaction. While stocks last.

Jump in and take advantage of this great offer by giving us a call now on 07 3343 5899, or visit us at 10/547 Kessels Road Macgregor.

Brisbane’s Best Value Cylinder Heads.
Our services include cylinder head repairs, full engine reconditioning, alloy welding, manifold repairs, ultrasonic cleaning, and pressure testing

 

Volkswagen Turbo Diesel Camshaft Issues!!

Models Affected:

 – Volkswagen Transporter T5 2004 – 2010 2.5 TD
 – Volkswagen Transporter T5 TDI 2004 – 2010 2.5 TD

Volkswagen Transporter 5 cylinder turbo diesels are having issues with the valve train.  Hydraulic lifters, camshafts and camshaft bearings are wearing out prematurely resulting in excessive noise from the engine.  The exact cause of he failure is still yet to be pinpointed but poor lubrication to the top end is likely to be playing a major part.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As shown in these pictures the damage can be quite severe and left unchecked will continue to damage surrounding components and engine failure will be inevitable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If caught early you can rectify the issue by simply replacing the camshaft, all hydraulic lifters and camshaft bearings.  However if the damage has extended to the valves then the cylinder head will need to be removed for repairs also.  Southside Cylinder Heads have SST timing kit required carry out these kind of repairs on your Volkswagen.  Give us a call anytime and we can look after you 🙂

See our online store for replacement camshaft kits

 

 

 

BMW Head Bolt Thread Problems

2003_bmw_3-series_sedan_330i_fq_oem_1_300There is a run of 6 cylinder BMW engines causing mechanics and owners all sorts of grief when it comes to repairing cylinder heads and replacing head gaskets.

The 6 cylinder BMW engines affected include the M50, M52 and M54 that come out in various models from the early 1990’s through to about 2007.  3,5 and 7 series vehicles as well as the  Z3, Z4, X3 and X5 are all at risk.

Now the problem is simple….the aluminium blocks are stripping the head bolt threads when you try to torque down the cylinder head after gasket replacement, even if the engine hasn’t been overheated.  bmw-engineYour options are to source a second hand motor of unknown condition and take your chances with it, or have the threads repaired.

Southside Cylinder Heads and Engine Reconditioning Australia have a thread repair kit available to do the job.  This kit is suitable for both flush threads and recessed threads.  Its available as a rental with security deposit and you can fit them yourself, or we can come to you and supply and fit the thread inserts on site and in car.   $POA

                                     Please contact us for pricing phone 07 3343 5899

Thread Repair Kit BMW

Thread Repair Kit BMW

 

Engine’s built to a standard, not a price!

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Our Engine reconditioning service focuses on quality, check out the flyer above to read about our principles.  Engine Reconditioning Australia, Southside Cylinder Heads uses the best quality parts for every rebuild, and our fully qualified technicians rebuild your engine from start to finish.

Southside Cylinder Heads, Engine Reconditioning Australia is a family owned and operated engine reconditioning workshop established in 1977 specializing in aluminum cylinder head repairs.  

To enquire about any of our services give us a call now on 07 3343 5899, or visit us at 10/547 Kessels Rd Macgregor.  

Brisbane, Queensland and Australia’s trade recognised for engines built to a standard, not a price!