The Good and the Very Bad!!!

linkshouse

Full Member
I think It's direct injection.

None of those sound too nice!
Well, I’m learning more than I ever thought I’d want to know about diesel engines!

I looked up direct/indirect combustion on t’Internet and have just been out and had a look at the old cylinder head and it is indirect combustion. I can’t see an method of fixing the combustion chambers so assume they must be a press fit.
 

RV2MAX

Full Member
If its indirect then it shouldnt be as sharp as it appears to be on the clip . direct always is a bit clattery .
 

snapster

Full Member
Did you hone the bores as suggested to get rid of any ridges at the top of the bores. I rebuilt a Jag engine a few years ago, put in new pistons and rings, started it up and got a similar clattering noise. Turned out all the top rings had shattered because they hit the ridge at the top of the bores, and immediately broke.
I had to strip it down and get the bores honed, new top rings and it ran sweet as a, well, Jaguar.
You can also get stepped piston rings if the bores aren’t too bad and you don’t hone them.
 

linkshouse

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Did you hone the bores as suggested to get rid of any ridges at the top of the bores. I rebuilt a Jag engine a few years ago, put in new pistons and rings, started it up and got a similar clattering noise. Turned out all the top rings had shattered because they hit the ridge at the top of the bores, and immediately broke.
I had to strip it down and get the bores honed, new top rings and it ran sweet as a, well, Jaguar.
You can also get stepped piston rings if the bores aren’t too bad and you don’t hone them.
I must confess not, as we’d already fitted the pistons by then. But the head wasn’t on yet so I did feel the bores and could not feel any wear/ridge. The engine has only done just shy of 67k miles.
 

Pedalman

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The Good News

I think I mentioned a while back that I'd installed an inverter in our van to run our microwave and toaster and was in the process of installing a solar panel to keep the leisure batteries topped up.

We've just been off on our first trip since then and given the setup a proper test and it performed well using the microwave in the evening, watching telly all evening, plus diesel heater, then toaster in the morning. Ran like this for three days with no problems. And, it was pretty dull wet weather.

Happy days!

The Bad News

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On our way home cruising up the A9 with Forrest running like a good'n there was a very expensive sounding bang, clatter, clatter, clatter from the engine and we coasted to a halt. Turning the engine over there is no compression. I rather suspect that the cam belt has gone.

The recovery home was a bit of a pantomime that I'll not go into here but at least Forrest is at a local garage now (well given where we live, relatively local). I dread to think what the repairs will cost.

But the inverter/solar panel setup works great :rolleyes:
The Good News

I think I mentioned a while back that I'd installed an inverter in our van to run our microwave and toaster and was in the process of installing a solar panel to keep the leisure batteries topped up.

We've just been off on our first trip since then and given the setup a proper test and it performed well using the microwave in the evening, watching telly all evening, plus diesel heater, then toaster in the morning. Ran like this for three days with no problems. And, it was pretty dull wet weather.

Happy days!

The Bad News

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On our way home cruising up the A9 with Forrest running like a good'n there was a very expensive sounding bang, clatter, clatter, clatter from the engine and we coasted to a halt. Turning the engine over there is no compression. I rather suspect that the cam belt has gone.

The recovery home was a bit of a pantomime that I'll not go into here but at least Forrest is at a local garage now (well given where we live, relatively local). I dread to think what the repairs will cost.

But the inverter/solar panel setup works great :rolleyes:
I have to send a big thank you to you because after reading your bad news I checked on my timing belt and I discovered it has to be changed every 80,000 miles or 4 years .........I had forgotten about the 4 years bit as my van has only done 60,000 since it was last replaced ..........in 2010 !!!!!!!!!! Aaaarghh !!!! I had to Change my boxer shorts.
I have been very luck but if I hadn't read your post I probably wouldn't have thought about checking, new timing belt, fuel pump belt kit fitted and water pump.
 

linkshouse

Full Member
I have to send a big thank you to you because after reading your bad news I checked on my timing belt and I discovered it has to be changed every 80,000 miles or 4 years .........I had forgotten about the 4 years bit as my van has only done 60,000 since it was last replaced ..........in 2010 !!!!!!!!!! Aaaarghh !!!! I had to Change my boxer shorts.
I have been very luck but if I hadn't read your post I probably wouldn't have thought about checking, new timing belt, fuel pump belt kit fitted and water pump.
Just make sure you use a reputable garage to change the belt unless of course you're doing it yourself.
 
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