Andy Posted February 19, 2007 Share Posted February 19, 2007 after months of putting it off i finally ripped the heap apart today to try & find why i get loads of smoke & sod all power as well as very poor starting. Ive suspected the rings for a while as i was running 60-70% SVO for ages without knowing it gummed the rings up. There has been several threads on here suggesting the engine must come out to remove the strenghener plate at the bottom of the block which also put me off trying. well it is possible to remove the plate without getting behind the flywheel. take the sump off, then the oil pump - two bolts you can see the holes on the pic of the pump sat in the sump. then the three bolts on the OSF corner of the engine & the three across the back of the plate. lastly the four bottom bellhousing bolts, as you remove the last of these keep hold of the plate as it'll fall. now i know i have one broken oil control ring - it fell in two as the piston came up so im going to replace all the rings. having checked one bigend i can just see a bit of the backing material so i'd better do the bigends too. anything else worth doing without further stripdown or real expense? ie is it worth stripping the oil pump? i never had any oil pressure problems so believe its fine. should i re-use the bigend nuts? i assume these are thread locked? do the pistons etc look ok to you lot? i cant see any problems. there was a ring of brittle soot like stuff at the top of the bores & over the rings, i assume this was the chipfat as it seemed different to the normal coke in an engine. lastly i cant get the pistons right out, the conrods dont seem to fit up the bores - is that normal? its not a great problem they are high enough to do the rings anyway. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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