[Vwdiesel] Excessive blow by

gary gbangs at cfl.rr.com
Wed Dec 8 11:40:46 EST 2004

A few years ago I bought a set of Total Seal rings for my (former)
Quantum TD project. At the time the whole ring set was $180. 

Now I understand you can buy just the 2nd ring set for much less.

As an aside: They are difficult to install. That is, keep in place when
installing the piston assy back into the block. Then again my ring
compressor is not the best either.

I never did see that engine run. Sold it and the car separately.

Honing is a BIG issue when installing Total Seal, or any rings on a VW
diesel. You gotta get it right.

1980 P/U NA-IDI
1997 Passat TDI

On Wed, 2004-12-08 at 08:53 -0600, Pam & Doug Boes wrote:
> If you are looking at changing rings, you may want to take a look at 
> some Total-Seal rings. These rings are engineered to fit the same 
> grooves as conventional rings but they have overlapping pieces that 
> eliminate the "ring gap" at the ends of the ring. They are more 
> expensive but they significantly reduce blow by.
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