Post on May 22, 2020 by ultimateauadmin
Audi designs are known for cabin comfort and technology intricacy that blends into excellent engine performance. Unfortunately, this also means Audi lends itself to expensive fixes if they’re not properly maintained. Regular maintenance is required for Audi models to truly live up to their potential. Otherwise, you might incur one of the most expensive fixes: replacement of your piston rings.
Bad piston rings can mean trouble for your engine, and replacing them can also be a major hassle. However, piston rings are integral to the functioning of your vehicle, and if they wear out or break, it is essential to get them replaced as quickly as possible.
The reason replacing piston rings is an issue is because of what’s required to get to them: a complete disassembly of the engine, which is a complex and expensive process. This procedure also comes with the risk of your engine not being rebuilt entirely back to its original settings. This is why it is essential you choose a reputable, certified mechanic for the job.
Signs of Bad Piston Rings
Oil leaks and excessive oil consumption are common with bad piston rings. If you notice that your car seems to be consuming oil much more quickly than it should, without having large puddles beneath your car every morning, you may be leaking oil from your piston rings into the internal combustion chamber.
As a result of the oil seeping into your internal combustion chamber, you may notice gray and/or white exhaust smoke spewing from the tailpipe. The smoke is from the oil burning in the chamber through the combustion process.
Due to the oil leak, you will have less oil circulating through your vehicle’s lubrication system. If the oil is leaking primarily into the combustion system and not leaving noticable signs of oil loss, your engine may overheat. This can cause permanent damage to the engine regardless of the cause. If you notice your engine is running hot, have it seen by a certified mechanic as soon as possible.
Poor acceleration due to damaged pistons is the result of diminished power in your engine. If you notice that your car exhibits a delayed acceleration after stepping on the pedal, especially if you are then unable to get your car up to highway speeds, it is likely you have damaged pistons. Not being able to properly accelerate is the worst and ultimate sign of bad piston rings. You will have to tow your car to a trusted mechanic for a diagnosis and repair.
Diagnosing Bad Piston Rings
A compression test is required to test for faulty piston rings. This involves pulling a spark plug from your vehicle’s engine, attaching a compression gauge in its place, and then starting the engine. You can buy a compression gauge to run the test, but the better option is to take your car to a mechanic for a proper diagnosis. Replacing piston rings is a difficult task to complete and could result in catastrophe for DIYers who fail to put their engine back together properly.
Can I Prevent Bad Piston Rings?
While it is possible to mitigate damaging factors before they occur, once the piston rings go bad, there’s no other recourse than to replace them. However, there are a few things you can do to put off the potentially inevitable:
- Use only the recommended oil grade in your engine.
- Change your oil and filters on time and regularly/as needed.
- Have your vehicle inspected by a mechanic as soon as you suspect engine trouble.
Ultimate European Repair for Bad Piston Rings
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