What are the Common Camshaft Problems?

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Common Camshaft Problems:

The camshaft is a solid steel component, it isn’t susceptible to wear or breakage. In most engines, other parts will wear out before the camshaft. Still, some common camshaft problems may arise.


Worn Cam Lobes (also called “wiped out” or “flogged”);

This refers to cam lobes that are worn down. Worn cam lobes won’t open the valves the maximum amount as intended, resulting in poor engine performance and cylinder misfiring. If this affects the HPFP, insufficient fuel pressure will result in higher emissions and random misfiring.


Worn Lifters:

They don’t confer with an exclusive camshaft problem but may be driven by the camshaft. A worn lifter won’t lift the valve the maximum amount as intended, if at all, and is often heard as a clattering or tapping within the valve cover.


Broken Camshaft:

It refers to the catastrophic failure of the camshaft. This might be a producing defect or be caused by the camshaft seizing. In pushrod engines, a broken camshaft could significantly damage connecting rods, engine block, pistons, or the crankshaft. In interference engines, a broken camshaft could damage the cylinder head, valves, or pistons.

All three of those problems are caused by the absence of proper engine maintenance. Prevent camshaft issues by getting regular engine oil changes with quality oil, adhering to manufacturer recommendations regarding car care interval, oil type, and oil viscosity, and avoiding engine overheating.

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