Here is a story we ran in the Cockshutt Quarterly last year. I have tried this stuff and it does work. If any of you would like to try it and then respond back in this forum with your opinion I would like to hear it. If any one has other questions or needs more information email me and I will do my best to help.
A new tool for dealing with internal engine rust
When we start to work with any old engine, the first question always seems to be “does it turn over?” And the longer that engine has sat it storage or parked under a tree, the more likely the answer will be “No”.
I have dealt with many rusty engines over the years and like every other mechanic or restoration specialist faced with the same problem, I have my bag of tricks. The popular tricks include penetrating fluids like WD40 and diesel fuel.
But, now I have a new tool. It’s called ENGINE RELEASE. It is a fluid that can penetrate rust on the cylinder wall, at the points where the rings and piston wall contact the cylinder wall. If you can get the spark plug out, the fluid can be injected in with the attached tube so that there is fluid all around the top ring land area of the piston.
After one or two days, and a few more ounces of the fluid, most engines will turn over. The instructions claim that it is possible to treat a seized engine, then as soon as it is free to turn, the engine can be started. As the engine runs it will purge out the rust and chemical, leaving you with a usable engine.
When I was first approached to try Engine Release I was sceptical, as I usually am with mystery cures. But I tried it and it did work for me.
To test it I recruited a experienced diesel mechanic friend. We located a 242 Ford tractor diesel engine that had one seized piston. This engine had been stripped down for repairs years ago and the owner couldn’t get one piston to free up, even trying every trick he knew about. So, the bare block, with the one piston and rod still inside, was set outside on a pallet, left to sit for over six years, covered with only an old tarp.
The fluid was injected in, around the cylinder walls, and then we waited till next day. Behold, with only one treatment the rod and piston now could be driven out with a wood block and hammer.
The interesting observation was how the fluid had seeped past the piston and now coated the lower part of the block. The fluid just moves along, working its way through the rust. I perceive that is how it works past the rings and piston wall. The two pictures I’m using below show the fluid being added at the top, then later how it spread down into the crankcase.
The Engine Release comes as one kit per cylinder. Each kit has one can of fluid and a short plastic tube to swirl the fluid around from the spark plug hole (or diesel injector hole)
I don’t doubt that an engine will start right away and it’s worth the try in order to save dismantling. Starting the engine right away, with the release fluid in and around the rings, would appear to be the right time to get the rings free in their piston ring groves.
I got my kits from www.enginerelease.com. The cost is $19.95 a kit plus $4.95 S&H, delivery is by mail usually 10- 14 days. You can follow the instructions located at www.seizedengine.com. I recommend reading both web sites. Read all the instructions before ordering, to ensure you know what you are going to be doing.
Since some readers may not have internet access, order from Serge Harrison and Associates, Ltd., 700 Avenue Meloche, Dorval, Quebec, Canada H9P 2Y4
Tech support: 514-386-7507 but no phone orders. The website has 50 pages of instructions and information.