Need help on engine maintainance

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by jasbourre, Nov 10, 2005.

  1. jasbourre

    jasbourre Member

    I was wondering if someone has a how-to on engine maintainance.

    I have a few engine's that work good, and a few the lights go on and thats it, and some that make a lot of noise.

    All of my engine are DC and HO.

    Thanks, Andy:cry:
  2. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Kalmbach has put out a few good books (one steam, one diesel) over the past few years on maintaining your engines in good shape. You can also find a number of articles in the back issues of MR if you look (try the index of magazines at

  3. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    You should also be able to do a search right here and find lots of tips on engine repair and maintenance. Sounds like yours are in need of a bit of cleaning and lubrication.
  4. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    have you cleaned the track ?
  5. glenn railey

    glenn railey Member

    Between Jim and EZ that should cure your problems.

    Glenn from Locust Grove
  6. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    You also need to find out who manufactured your various engines. Each manufacturer puts their engines together differently, especially steam engines.
    even with diesels, the bodys just clip on in some cases, in some cases screws through the bottom of the chassis hold the body, and in other cases, the body slips over the chassis then the coupler pocket is slid into place, and finally a screw mounting the coupler holds everything together. Usually you will have to remove the body to get to gear boxes for cleaning and lubing.
  7. jasbourre

    jasbourre Member

    Yes the track is clean, I made a test track on my work bench (It's clean also). All of my engines or diesels. I understand I have to use a plastic friendly oil, remove the old oil, and add a little bit of oil, have I missed something. I will try with an engine that I have sitting on the shelf first.

    Thanks all.
  8. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    The fact that some engines have lights that go on but don't move says you have power to the engine. If the motor is straining but won't turn, you probably have a mechanical problem and cleaning would be the first step. If you're hearing noises, the same may be true with those engines. If it were me, I'd take off the shell and try to run the engine and see what the motor does, you may be able to turn it with your finges and see if it will free up. The old oil has probably gotten hard and sticky and needs to be cleaned out and a sparing bit of new oil added. An inspection of the gears should also determine if you have a stripped gear or gears not making contact.

    Are we talking steam or diesel engines?
  9. yellowlynn

    yellowlynn Member


    What gauge are we talking about? I had an N loco that wouldn't move. After disassembly, I found 1 (one) grain of ballast in the gears. Removed that and smooth as can be. Strange, 1 grain of sand.


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