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Is valve adjustment a scam???

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billford wrote:
May 18th, 2017 7:12 pm
In a modern ohc hydraulic engine, what are you going to adjust ?
Immaterial and not the topic.
I think the OP got his questions sufficiently answered.
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Reason: edited out inappropriate comments "Your pretentiousness in dragging this out to prove your manhood does not become you. Suck it up and move on."
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Pete_Coach wrote:
May 18th, 2017 7:24 pm
Immaterial and not the topic.
I think the OP got his questions sufficiently answered.
Your pretentiousness in dragging this out to prove your manhood does not become you. Suck it up and move on.
It is topic.
What are you going to adjust on a modern ohc hydraulic engine to adjust the valves?

Not trying to "dragging this out to prove your manhood" as you state.
This is all new to me, very interested. Just trying to learn...
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billford wrote:
May 18th, 2017 7:58 pm
Looks good, didn't know HD had these. Will pick one up myself. Thanks.
Yes. Blue point is shorter and doesnt have 0.05...... home Depot one is like the china ones and are longer. Will show pic tonight
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Husky on left and blue point on right. Big length difference..........
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Husky on bottom and what I has used before to do my own and brothers car. I think this set is under 10 dollars. Don't really remember....... Length looks the same but husky doesnt say mm to 3 decimal places.......
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Husky on bottom and blue point in middle. The bends in the husky set is very questionable........
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Double check the husky with a digital caliper to see if there is any difference.
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billford wrote:
May 18th, 2017 11:08 pm
Double check the husky with a digital caliper to see if there is any difference.
i have micrometer and digital caliper and they look good based on what i measured for like 5 blades
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qaz393 wrote:
May 18th, 2017 10:36 pm
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Husky on left and blue point on right. Big length difference..........



Husky on bottom and what I has used before to do my own and brothers car. I think this set is under 10 dollars. Don't really remember....... Length looks the same but husky doesnt say mm to 3 decimal places.......

Husky on bottom and blue point in middle. The bends in the husky set is very questionable........
Feeler guages to 3 decimal places is really not a problem, especially for valve clearance adjustments. The bend is also really not an issue. I used straight ones for decades and never had a problem.
The 10 dollar set will be just fine for what you need them for.
Giad to hear you are going to do this DIY. Let us know how you made out. BTW, what car do you have and why are you doing this?
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qaz393 wrote:
May 18th, 2017 10:14 am
Is valve adjustment a scam??? What happens if you do not do it and its too tight or loose? I heard you can get valves burned up?

Is it??? Most honda needs it as well as BMW S50/S52 engines........
It has the reputation of a scam because some shops don't actually adjust nor inspect anything. They start your engine and listen to the valves. If the valves are not ticking they just charge you for a full adjustment without doing anything....
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May 19th, 2017 8:07 am
Feeler guages to 3 decimal places is really not a problem, especially for valve clearance adjustments. The bend is also really not an issue. I used straight ones for decades and never had a problem.
The 10 dollar set will be just fine for what you need them for.
Giad to hear you are going to do this DIY. Let us know how you made out. BTW, what car do you have and why are you doing this?
had a accord v6. simple to diy. 2004 and 2007
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It has the reputation of a scam because some shops don't actually adjust nor inspect anything. They start your engine and listen to the valves. If the valves are not ticking they just charge you for a full adjustment without doing anything....
truth. that is a shady shop..........
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I'm not sure.

I used to do the valves on my 2-cylinder 500cc and 4-cylinder 650 bikes myself as they were easy, and then when I got a V4 engine it was far too complicated - so I would only bring it in if I started to hear clicking/rattling in that area.

For cars, from all my vehicles I believe they have been hydraulically-adjusted so no adjustments needed.
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newt_101 wrote:
May 19th, 2017 10:06 am
I'm not sure.

I used to do the valves on my 2-cylinder 500cc and 4-cylinder 650 bikes myself as they were easy, and then when I got a V4 engine it was far too complicated - so I would only bring it in if I started to hear clicking/rattling in that area.

For cars, from all my vehicles I believe they have been hydraulically-adjusted so no adjustments needed.
im guess all your cars are not a honda LOL
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3 of my bikes were, and 4 of my cars were.

I currently have a '15 Accord Sport for the winter.
I don't remember seeing valve adjustments in the manual though...
Is it for the V6 or an older model?

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