Engine Restoration Services - Cracked Engine Block Repair

By: Promar Engine  09-12-2011
Keywords: Polishing, crankshaft


Promar uses a crankshaft micro-polisher with a rigid polishing system. The QPAC Q190-38-3 has a solid abrasive tape that wraps around the journal and is backed up with a shoe. This shoe applies equal pressure all the way around the journal while it is being polished.

Traditional polishing techniques use a manually operated belt sander that can alter the geometry of the journal, slightly creating some taper or out-of-roundness. If the surface finish on the crankshaft journal is not right or the geometry is slightly off, the bearings will suffer the consequences when the crankshaft is put into service. While polishing in one direction and then automatically polishing in the opposite direction, the QPAC system leaves a better finish and eliminates microscopic peaks that can cause premature bearing failure. The finishing process always ends in the same direction as the engine rotation.

For thrust surfaces, a separate polishing arm is used. Polishing the thrust surface on the crank is important to minimize the risk of thrust failure on vehicles that have electronic torque converters.

With many of today's engines requiring extremely smooth journal finishes (as low as 6 Ra or less) because of tighter bearing clearances and the use of thinner viscosity 5W-30 motor oils, there is little margin for error. In one pass the QPAC takes the finish down to 6 Ra or less and provides a superior finish to any polishing systems out there today.

Keywords: crankshaft, Polishing