Author Topic: Solder to check squish  (Read 528 times)

Offline jcs003

Solder to check squish
« on: February 09, 2018, 06:34:11 AM »
can someone direct me to the proper solder to check cylinder head squish?

Thank you,


Offline Burns363R

Re: Solder to check squish
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2018, 09:16:44 AM »
I literally posted a complete guide to check squish with solder. Posted it and re read your post............You need the type of solder.  My bad.  I always just used a lead based solder so that it is soft.  Somthing above .060" probably.  My squish was often .040-.050"
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Offline wilkin250r

Re: Solder to check squish
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2018, 01:26:08 PM »
It's possible to do with a little piece of clay also (Like Play-Doh), it's just more difficult to measure because the clay can deform while removing or measuring.

Just about any normal solder will work, you can find it at almost any hardware store.  As Burns posted, just make sure you find something thick enough to actually measure with, if your squish is at 0.050", and your solder is 0.030", you're not going to measure anything.  But you also don't want TOO thick.  It's possible to buy solder 0.100" and thicker, and that's going to be a bitch to squish down.

If you can't find something thick enough in the electrical section of the hardware store, try the plumbing section, they often have thicker solder there.

Offline broken1

Re: Solder to check squish
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2018, 01:01:10 AM »
Here's everything you need to know about checking squish in great detail:,710.0.html
« Last Edit: February 16, 2018, 01:04:20 AM by broken1 »
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