Two quick questions... one for PI swap guys

Steve777

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1. My '96 GT burns some oil ...it's most noticeable when I'm idling for a few minutes then pull away or rev it - there's a cloud of blue smoke. But when I'm driving it is not noticeable. Question is - does this sound more like valve seals or piston rings?

2. Also, if I have to replace the valve seals, I'll do the PI headswap. Just wondered for those who have done it - how much did the exhaust note change? Was it a distinct difference or just slightly different? I'd imagine it would sound a little better after the swap.

Thanks.
 
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sounds like valve springs to me...not sure on the exhaust note.
 

96gt226410

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scarface said:
sounds like valve springs to me...not sure on the exhaust note.

Springs? Or did you mean seals? :D.... And I agree with scarface - Valve Seals. I'm doing a PI Swap and I just bought new ones from Advanced. They were $25 after tax and worth every penny. Ford wanted more than double that even with employee discount.
 

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If you scroll down to a thread called "And the PI Swap Begins" you'll see the picture of the new valve seals I just put in.
 
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96gt226410 said:
scarface said:
sounds like valve springs to me...not sure on the exhaust note.

Springs? Or did you mean seals? :D.... And I agree with scarface - Valve Seals. I'm doing a PI Swap and I just bought new ones from Advanced. They were $25 after tax and worth every penny. Ford wanted more than double that even with employee discount.
haha...yeah seals.. Im a retard. ;)
 

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1.Piston rings have gone to hell.
2.After your swap it makes your car slightly louder and deeper.
If I were you I would rebuild what you have or buy a new shortblock
then do the PI headswap if that's what you are doing.
How many miles do you have on your car?
 

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Well I figured some people would say the rings and some would say the seals ...guess I'll just have to check it out.
 

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Steve777 said:
Well I figured some people would say the rings and some would say the seals ...guess I'll just have to check it out.
Really you will not know for sure until you rip your engine apart
to see what is causing your engine to burn so much oil.
If your piston rings bit the dust then any car will consume alot of oil
and will also burn oil like you said and you will see blue colored smoke
come out of your exhaust.Rebuild your engine or buy a brand new shortblock
because your current engine is showing signs of wear.
 

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valve seals most likely...but like scarface said..do a compression check just ot make sure your rings are in good shape
 

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scarface said:
compression check will tell you if it is rings.
True Scarface you can do a compression check and it will tell
alot of different things about a engine.
You will have a take the engine apart to know the extent of
the damage done to the piston rings if that is the case.
 

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