Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Winfield, IL, USA
Paint Flakes In The Cylinder?
After shelling out thousands of dollars over the years for dealer servicing. I decided to do the 60,000 mile service - and some other mods - on my 2000 LT. Installed SpeedBleeders, Jiffy Tite quick disconnects, changed brake fluid, clutch fluid, tranny oil, FD oil, air filter, gas filter, rear brake pads, installed a new EBC rear rotor and whatever else - all for the first time. Haven't ridden in two weeks but this is fun.
Until I checked the valves. Six exhaust valves are out of spec (too loose) and one intake valve is too tight. Not what I was hoping for. All I really wanted to do was pop in new spark plugs and go for a ride.
I was following Kirk Johnson's youtube videos for most of what I did up till now, so followed his video on adjusting valves. Before removing the cams and sprockets, etc., he suggests setting the cylinder #1 to 90 degrees before top dead center by inserting a dowel rod into the first cylinder, marking the high point and low point of the piston's travel as you rotate the engine, then setting the piston to the halfway point of its travel.
He didn't suggest using a dowel rod that was painted green. That was my idea because it was the only one I had on hand.
Long story short: when I pulled the dowel out of the spark plug port, I noticed an area on it about an inch long missing its green paint. I have no idea if that paint was missing before I inserted the rod into the cylinder. No way to tell from looking at it if the missing paint happened ten minutes, ten months or ten years ago.
Couple of questions:
1. Will a bit of dried latex paint flakes be a problem if just left to burn up and vaporize in the cylinder? Not the best choice, I'm sure, but I'm not even sure if the paint's in there!
2. Is there any way (short of tearing the engine apart) to visually inspect inside the cylinder?
3. Any suggestions on how to remove the paint flakes, if that's what needs to be done?
4. Since I have to proceed with removing cam shaft and buckets, etc., are there a few extra steps I can go through to remove the paint flakes?
I've searched the forum for as many relevant topics as I could think of and haven't found any like this. Maybe I can lay claim to having invented a new user error???
P.S. Kirk's K1200LT DIY youtube videos are really great. They've saved me a ton of money and made this process as smooth as it could be.
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