How to fix low compression in a Toyota engine

Fix low compression on a Toyota engine

At CEM, one of the most common problems we get asked about is stuck rings, and how to fix low compression on an engine. So when we saw this old 1997 Toyota Corolla on its way to the wreckers, we though this could be an easy save! This Toyota Corolla has 207,000 kms on the clock, and had received absolutely NO servicing for the last 4 years. The first step was to establish a baseline by way of a compression [...]

kill diesel growth with FTC Decarbonizer

Kill diesel growth with FTC Decarbonizer

Don’t allow fungi, bacteria and moulds to grow in your diesel fuel and cause serious engine damage! The safe, fast and easy way to kill diesel growth is with FTC Decarbonizer added to the fuel. FTC Decarbonizer is extremely effective in killing both the live organisms, and the highly resistant spores. It then dehydrates the slimy mass. As a result little, or no fuel filter clogging occurs after treatment. This is a big plus, when compared to most conventional biocides! How [...]

How to fix flooded vehicles and machinery

How to fix flooded vehicles and machinery

Been caught in the recent floods and need to know how to fix flooded vehicles and machinery? By following our step-by-step instructions on how to fix flooded vehicles and machinery, you can save engines, transmissions and other components from flood water damage! The key to recovering engines, transmission, diffs and other components from water damage is to coat the metal surfaces with a hydrophobic (water repelling), anti-corrosive coating as soon as possible! Cost Effective Maintenance have the right products and advice to [...]

Toyotal Hilux uses CRD Fuel Enhancer

Don’t replace your common rail injectors …

Before you give the go ahead for a new set of common rail injectors your first response should always be to restore full cleanliness and fortify injector lubrication. This will determine which injectors, if any, really need replacing. Using CRD Fuel Enhancer allows you to do this. Have you just been told to replace your common rail injectors ? Well, in over 80% of cases they don’t need to be replaced! Injectors can certainly malfunction, but that does not mean they [...]

avoding engine blowby

Engine Blowby problems, most don’t need a rebuild!

Engine Blowby problems or Cylinder “Blow-by” (excessive crankcase pressure) is a common and worrying problem encountered by most truckies at some stage in their career. Concern is certainly justified, as it typically means an expensive engine rebuild is necessary, and this is usually recommended by mechanics and dealers. But, according to Brisbane based Cost Effective Maintenance, wear is not the most common cause of  blowby. Piston ring deposits, sufficient to cause fouling in the ring groove, and/or cylinder glaze account [...]

overheating problems

Nissan Patrol & Landcruiser Overheating Problems

Time and time again, we are contacted by customers who have overheating problems with their diesel engines that they cannot rectify. Many have spent $3000 to $4000 on big core radiators, new water pumps, thermostats, fan hubs, chemical cleaning and more, yet have not fixed the problem. The typical pattern is that their engines run hot under load (eg towing a trailer, going up a range, higher cruising speeds), rather than idling in traffic. As soon as they back off the [...]

emission control diesel engine maintenance

Maintain emission control equipment the CEM way, for longer, trouble-free engine life!

We continually hear of modern low emission, heavy duty truck engines having to be rebuilt at only 600,000km or less, and many stories of long periods out of service. One of the biggest issues in maintaining reliability is keeping the emission control equipment working properly. Normally, this just means keeping everything clean and working freely. However, that’s easier said than done. Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) valves can load up with soot, as can turbos, diesel particulate filters (DPF), Ad Blue injectors [...]

Cost savings boost coal production

According to the laws of physics, power is the rate of performing work. When applied to a diesel powered coal mining fleet, an increase in power results in an increase in production. Of course, a production drive is a little more complicated, but never-the-less, more power is one method of increasing production, and it just happens by itself. In the background! With no additional effort! A well-established means of increasing power (without compromising equipment warranties, durability and service life) is [...]

Cost Reductions in Driveline Maintenance

The key to this is minimizing operational stresses within gearboxes, differentials, planetaries, etc, since the less stress and loadings placed on each individual part within components, the longer everything lasts. Heavy duty gearbox, transfer case, 2 diffs and 4 portal gear housings mean big frictional losses for this Unimog 4×4 truck. In this article, lubrication enhancements will be discussed. Stress reduction will require a lowering of the coefficient of friction between moving parts (gears, bearings, thrust washers, etc). That means that [...]

How to keep older equipment in service for much longer…with better reliability!

Clean up & keep all systems clean. Maintain full lubrication. Protect against corrosion. Reduce component stress. The less stress and loadings placed on each individual part within engines, transmissions, etc, the longer everything lasts. Admittedly, while that’s easier said than done, it’s actually not hard at all! Let’s look at the practical aspects of exactly what needs to be done in specific detail… Clean up & keep all systems clean. First up, of course, good housekeeping principles are always essential. External [...]