What kind of ring compressor are you using?
They are a PITA and easy to break, but I have never broken one. But I always use the OEM/VW plastic tool.
I used one of the harbor freight ones that you crank down on. I think what happened is the ring popped out and I didn't notice and tapped on the compressor tool to seat it a bit better and it broke off the corner of the ring.
I agree with huichox4 that you should check your tool AND cylinder bore for any scrapes or imperfections. Sometimes when you break a ring it can catch the bore, better safe than sorry, even though your probably ok.
The ELSA Repair Manual had a warning/side note for installing pistons. Before using, the plastic OEM installer, you should thoroughly coat the inside with clean engine oil. Then you should run your piston(s) through the installer a couple times to ensure that it is a smooth installation. This should be done with the rings installed on the piston as they are what is scraping the plastic to fit perfectly. And we all know you wouldn't want that plastic stuck in between the rings!
I use Harbor Freight tools quite often and without problems, but I'm not so sure I would want to use them for installing pistons... Then again, you got five in. Kudos!
yeah we checked for damage. I used it before when I replaced the broken piston so technically I have successfully gotten 6 in.
I would have used the OEM tool if I had one. Pete actually has a really nice ARP one he uses for 1.8T's.
I must say, I am shocked to find someone else with the same obsession to detail as myself. Literally worrying about the form and function of everything under the hood. The only thing is you take way better pictures than I do, they make your parts look so dramatic. I point and click with the wife's camera. Your going to make me want to start the next stage of my car...
Just don't start tucking wires or smoothing your engine bay, leave that for the birds. And this has got potential to be a very respectable car.
I do however have my own taste for actually seeing the components in a clean and presentable fashion, such as your motor mounts. I like to see the hoses and wires but in nice covers/connections/fittings and even a color theme. Nothing wild, just classy understated uniformity that you only see with a deeper look.
I like to take it further and upgrade with OEM materials or parts. Just as if VW themselves were designing it. I even try to use all OEM fasteners, they may not all come from the same model but they are VW.
I wouldn't mind concealing a catch-can or its lines. Im out of space...
I might use some hockey pucks to replace the VF bushings or get custom machined pieces. plus the addition of a front mount ... this will be a little later though
Last edited by DarkSideGTI; 03-17-2011 at 03:39 PM.
i'd like to ride in a mkIV with solid mounts like that before committing the $$$.
but i've considered a lot of other materials to replace that awful red urethane.
I would never run a solid mount in anything other than a track car. But that's just me. And a hockey puck, for realz? Haha
my car is obscenely low and can be driven very, very fast should the inclination arise. it's not nice to stereotype.
I am willing to take my car as close to a race car as I can and keep it street legal until I have the means to trailer (which I dont see in the near future )