HHP Spotlight: How to Rebuild a Perkins Diesel Engine

Perkins has a long history of producing high-performance engines for agricultural, marine, industrial, and construction applications, among others. They helped to change the diesel engine from a slow-moving engine, to a faster, high-performance engineall to help you get the job done!

Are you needing to rebuild your Perkins diesel engine? Not sure where to start? We can help!

We have the rebuild kits you need to make you engine rebuild a success. Rob, one of our experts, takes us through the contents of the Perkins 4.236 overhaul kit. This could be what you need to rebuild your Perkins engine!

Watch our video to hear Rob dive into the details:



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What Applications Does This Perkins Rebuild Kit Fit On?

Do you have a Perkins engine, but aren't sure if this kit is the one for you? The application you're running might clue you in to whether or not this kit can work for you! This popular, 4-cylinder engine by Perkins is used in many applications, including:

  • Allis Chalmers
  • Bobcat
  • Caterpillar
  • Clark Equipment
  • Hyster
  • Lincoln Electric
  • Sullair Companies

So, if you have an engine by one of these companies, there's chance that you have this Perkins diesel engine.


What's In This Perkins Diesel Engine Rebuild Kit?


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If you're needing to rebuild your Perkins engine, this kit has everything you need to get the job done! It's going to include your 4 cylinder kits, your pistons, your rings, wrist pins, retainers, liners, and liner seals. You'll also get a top and bottom gasket set, which is everything you need to reseal that complete engine from top to bottom (this also means your front crankshaft seal and rear crankshaft seal).

It's also going to come with a complete bearing kityour main bearings, your rod bearings, and your thrust washers. You're also going to get your connecting rod bushings and your complete valve train kit. This rebuild kit will also include camshaft bushings and connecting rod nuts and bolts. 


Your Perkins Diesel Engine Serial Number

If you're looking to rebuild your Perkins engine, odds are you're going to need to find your engine serial number. Most Perkins diesel engines are separated into two categories: pre-1978 engines and post-1978 engines (including engines currently in production).

For the pre-1978 engines, the engine serial number had a maximum of 13 digits, which included codes for its cubic inch capacity, its manufacturing country, the OEM, the serial number, and then a letter for any special features.

The current format begins with two letters for the engine family, five numbers for build number or engine order reference, a letter for the country of manufacture, you engine number, and a final number indicating the year the engine was manufactured. 

If you're looking for you ESN, you should be keeping an eye out for a tag on your engine block. That is where your ESN is located. This tag is not always consistently placed amongst the applications, though, so it could be in a variety of places. Check out our post dedicated to Perkins ESNs for more information on your specific application. 


Not the kit for you? Take a look at another of our Perkins rebuild kits.

So, what's the answer to how to rebuild a Perkins engine? If you're running this particular engine, it might be a Perkins 4.236 overhaul kit.


If you have more questions about Perkins diesel engine replacement parts, talk to our ASE Certified Technicians who can help! Call us at 844-304-7688, or request a quote online!


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