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Testing an Engine outside the car

Discussion in 'Engine Building' started by rcaca0, Jun 13, 2013.

  1. rcaca0

    rcaca0 New Member

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    Hello,

    Sort of dumb question. I was wondering if there is a way I can test an engine outside the car?

    I am planning on installing a K20A engine in my 2002 Honda Civic. Before I install it, I would like to rebuild the engine. I want to rebuild it so I can add a few things and to learn more about engine building. I would like to know if there is a way to test this engine prior to me installing it in my car. I have been told that I just need to check the compression but that will not tell me if there is a sensor that is bad. Anybody has any ideas?

    Thanks,
    R
     
  2. Briansol

    Briansol Admins Admin VIP

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    unless you have an engine dyno, its not going to work.

    you'd need radiator and fluids, ecus, and sensors, etc etc.
     
  3. SlushboxTeggy

    SlushboxTeggy It's only stupid if it doesn't work VIP

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    Yup. It's not a carbureted V8 that can be started on the ground with a little gas and a battery. That would be nice though.
     
  4. GSRCRXsi

    GSRCRXsi Super Moderator Moderator VIP

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    i think the most important thing is to bolt that fucker down. no way in hell am i starting an engine on the ground lol
     
  5. rcaca0

    rcaca0 New Member

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    So what would you suggest that I do to test the engine (as much as possible) before I install it?

    Thanks again,
    R
     
  6. civicious

    civicious FüK-VTEC VIP

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    Put it together properly. That's your best bet.
     
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