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Rob 930 Rob 930 is offline
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I see discussion about using a dial indicator to "calibrate" your technique with a feeler gauge. Why not just dispense with the feeler gauge and go with the dial indicator? I suppose there's a small expense associated with getting a dial indicator, but if you're doing any sort of engine work, they're either necessary (for valve timing) or handy for a variety of uses, and they make a good investment. You can get usable instruments with the correct resolution for less than $10 from places like Enco, and reasonably good ones for $30. You can make a holder, or perhaps buy a Z block (for cam timing) if you don't have one for about $30. And I'm easily able to use a dial indicator for adjusting valves in the car, no matter how much smog, AC stuff, or turbo hardware is attached. Well, "easily" might be a stretch, but just as easily as with a feeler gauge. It strikes me that a feeler gauge is such an inaccurate way to do this, and it's not any faster than using a dial. Why compromise?
Old 03-29-2005, 11:44 AM
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