# How To Measure Valve Spring Height?

## What is installed height on valve springs?

The installed height of the valve spring is the distance between the valve pocket (or cup, or shims) and the outer edge of the spring retainer (which is the height of the valve spring ) when the valve is closed. To check installed height, follow the following procedure: Install the valve in the guide.

## How do I choose valve springs?

Selecting a Spring Use only the valve springs that will give the correct spring pressure with the valve both on the seat and at maximum lift. The outside diameter of the recommended valve spring may require that the spring pocket of the head be machined to a bigger size.

## How do you measure valve spring pressure?

If we have a camshaft providing a total valve lift of. 500 then we can calculate the pressure by multiplying the lift by the spring rate and adding that number to the installed pressure to determine the open pressure. It works out as follows;. 500 x 300 = 150.

## What happens when valve spring tension is too high?

If the spring pressures are too high, the added friction will result in: More heat, Faster valvetrain wear, Potential failure of other valvetrain parts (i.e. rocker arms, pushrods, etc.), and.

## Are stiffer valve springs better?

Higher spring rates mean greater force on the camshaft and consequently more resistance to rotation. The flip side to this argument is that stiffer valve springs control the valves better at high speed and provide better prevention of bouncing valves, which can create more power.

## Can valve springs be too stiff?

If the spring is too stiff, friction-related horsepower loss and accelerated valve train wear will result. This can destroy valve seats, break heads off of valves, shatter retainers, bend pushrods, and cause piston-to- valve interference, resulting in bent valves and damaged pistons.

## Can you have too much valve spring pressure?

Yes, too much spring pressure will damage parts. As you have seen first hand. Too much seat pressure will collapse lifters and cause valves to float as well.

## What causes valve spring failure?

What Can Cause Valve Springs To Fail. To maintain correct valve operation at normal engine speeds; all of the valve springs must exert a certain amount of spring pressure. Consequently, too low or week valve spring pressure; may cause valves to not completely seal or float under higher (RPM).

## Do heavier valve springs add horsepower?

We have done A-B-A engine dyno tests, and you do not lose HP with heavier springs. However, too light (seat pressure) can be VERY bad for the valve train, especially the roller lifters themselves.

## What would happen if valve spring tension does not meet specification?

If a spring fails to meet the pressure specification you want, the spring should be replaced. Valve springs should also be replaced if they are out-of-square. Place the springs against a 90-degree square to see if the coils have deformed.

## What is valve spring rate?

Spring rate is the force required to compress a spring a specific distance. It is expressed in pounds per inch (lbs./in.). Many people refer to spring rate as “stiffness”. A “stiff” spring will have a higher spring rate.

## How are valve seats measured?

Re: how do i measure valve seat for valve head diameter? Measure the seat diameter. If it bigger then the valve then the seat may just be near the edge of the seat and the top angle is in the head casting. Some of the 440 Source heads are the same way.

## How do you measure a ball valve?

The nominal diameter is indicated on the body of the valve in inches or by “DN” followed by the value is mm unit of measure, which corresponds to the size expressed in the inches, e.g.: DN20 is equivalent to ¾ inch NPT or BSP connection. The effective diameter indicates the actual port diameter in the ball.