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Old 03-05-2006, 12:54 PM
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Oil Pumps

Ok, you all know I'm building a new 350. I'm just about to install the new oil pump in the block and have a question for the veteran engine builders out there, do I pack the inside of the oil pump with vasoline like I have read in the magazines or not?


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No....But prime the pump before startup.
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What would happen if you did pack it with vasoline?
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Nothing, it's just not common practice anymore. Priming the oiling system is now the accepted practice.
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What would happen if you did pack it with vasoline?
I would be worried about clogging something up..............
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The old vasoline trick was used mostly on engines that had remote pumps and were hard to prime. Such as the old Buicks, with pump in front cover and terrible oiling systems.

A Chevy pump is submerged in oil.
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Old 03-06-2006, 06:53 PM
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Although it is an old way to prime the pump, ANY grease will serve to get rid of the air in the pump and draw oil sooner and even if you prime the oil system getting rid of the air in the pump will make the process of getting oil to the bearings easier.
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i've seen them do both on the car shows on t.v. many times.the worst that could happen is you change oil after fire up which most people do anyway.
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On old-style filters it wasn't much of an issue, but today's modern filters it can clog it pretty quickly. The bottom line is, if you prime the pump before startup there is absolutely no need for grease in the pump. None. Just prime the pump for a while and then start it. No need for grease at all.
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