[Vwdiesel] ring seating...
shea at gtsdesign.com
Wed Oct 29 16:00:41 EST 2003
Yo, long time. My TD is almost rebuilt. Bottom end is done (new
pistons, wow! Oversize OEM turbo pistons can be had for less than $100,
believe it or not... of course I found out after shelling out >$200 for
mine). Just finished making a tool to compress the valves, fun.
But about those rings. I re-ringed the '82 diesel rabbit at 226700
around this time last year, maybe a little later. Went a whole winter
spewing smoke with every start unless I used the block heater (the glow
plugs are fine). Well, around 232000, six thou after the re-ring, one
day it just felt peppier than usual... started differently in the
morning... I thought "ah, I'm just imagining it" until the first 30
degree (F) night... it started up cleanly, no smoke, no stumbling. Wow.
I had read posts about how long it took for rings to seat, but didn't
really know what people were talking about. Now I do!
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