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801 piston skirts disintegrated

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Glen Allen

03-15-2003 16:01:49

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I torn into my 801 ford diesel, to have the engine balancer rebuilt.I found that there was a scrambled mess in the oil pan. The piston skirts looked as if they had a hammer taken to them. I called older service techician and ask him what could have cause this problem,he said it probably
was caused by using ether during its life. Just wanted to know if anyone has heard of this happening?

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Ron in PA

03-15-2003 17:59:44

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 Re: 801 piston skirts disintegrated in reply to Glen Allen, 03-15-2003 16:01:49  
The absolute worse thing to do with a diesel is to use ether.

1) it Causes runaway diesel syndrome which is a momentary over reving (too many rpms)

2) it is extremely volitale explosion.

3) it burns the valve seats and the diesel becomes accustomed and dependent on the ether to start.

...just a bad bad bad thing to do to a diesel.

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Ron in PA

03-15-2003 18:08:02

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 Re: Re: 801 piston skirts disintegrated in reply to Ron in PA, 03-15-2003 17:59:44  
The skirt issue I know nothing about.

Did it break at the wrist pin or below the wrist pin flange?

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03-15-2003 17:52:35

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 Re: 801 piston skirts disintegrated in reply to Glen Allen, 03-15-2003 16:01:49  
Using either didn't do it. Being an 801 did it. They are notorious for breaking pistons. Especially the skirts off the pistons.

When I worked in the dealership back in the sixties about half the engines I took down had broken piston skirts.

Install new pistons!


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03-16-2003 10:34:33

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 Re: Re: 801 piston skirts disintegrated in reply to ZANE, 03-15-2003 17:52:35  
Zane, is this true for any 801, not just diesels, and also older 800's? Thanks

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