Honda Fit manuals

Honda Fit: Piston Installation

If the Crankshaft is Already Installed

  1. Set the crankshaft to bottom dead center (BDC) for each cylinder as its piston is installed.

  1. Remove the connecting rod caps, and check that the connecting rod bearing is securely in place.

  1. Apply new engine oil to the piston, inside of the ring compressor, and the cylinder bore, then attach the ring compressor to the piston/connecting rod assembly.

  1. Position the piston/connecting rod assembly with the arrow (A) facing the cam chain side of the engine block.

  1. Position the piston/connecting rod assembly in the cylinder, and tap it in using the wooden handle of a hammer (A).
    Maintain downward force on the ring compressor (B) to prevent the rings from expanding before entering the cylinder bore.

  1. Stop after the ring compressor pops free, and check the connecting rod-to-connecting rod journal alignment before pushing the piston into place.

  2. Check the connecting rod bearing clearance with a plastigage.

  3. Inspect the connecting rod bolts.

  4. Apply new engine oil to the bolt threads and flanges, then install the connecting rod caps with connecting rod bearings. Torque the bolts to 9.8 NВ·m (1.0 kgfВ·m, 7 lbfВ·ft).

  1. Tighten the connecting rod bolts an additional 90 В°.

    NOTE: Remove the connecting rod bolt if you tightened it beyond the specified angle, and go back to step 8   of the procedure. Do not loosen it back to the specified angle.


If the Crankshaft is Not Installed

  1. Remove the connecting rod caps, and check that the connecting rod bearing is securely in place.

  1. Apply new engine oil to the piston, inside of the ring compressor, and the cylinder bore, then attach the ring compressor to the piston/connecting rod assembly.

  1. Position the piston/connecting rod assembly with the arrow (A) facing the cam chain side of the engine block.

  1. Position the piston/connecting rod assembly in the cylinder, and tap it in using the wooden handle of a hammer (A).
    Maintain downward force on the ring compressor (B) to prevent the rings from expanding before entering the cylinder bore.

  1. Position all pistons at top dead center (TDC).

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