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Piston top groove

I know it's been discussed before, but I've forgotten. What exactly is the top groove for on an M20 piston? Ron

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Re: Piston top groove

I read it's a 'heat dam' to limit the transmission of combustion heat to the top ring...Ian

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Re: Piston top groove

Thanks Ian:+1: Ron

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Re: Piston top groove

I have heard some used this groove to put in an extra oil ring. Slightly widened.

Re: Piston top groove

Yes Michael. I've also heard of a top ring being fitted. But I just couldn't remember what it was really for.....The heat barrier makes sense.
Definitely only 3 rings shown in the parts lists.

Ron

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Re: Piston top groove

Yes, I thought it was used as a heat barrier, taking the heat from the top compression ring. How was that gasket for the tilly Ron? I hope it was all good and you don't have any more problems.

Regards TTJohn

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Re: Piston top groove

Yes John your gasket is fitted. But held up with the water pump which was refurbed????? and leaked badly before the engine was even started. I stripped it myself to find that nothing has been touched. The firm wont admit anything but have refunded my £120 in full and hoping to collect it from John Walker at Netley on Friday who has hopefully done a proper job. Ron
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Re: Piston top groove

Looks good on there mate, What size is the mechanical seal in the water pump, I still have one or two from my days as a catering engineer, I think they are 19mm 22mm O D ceramic, shaft size was about 1/2" I think.

Regards John

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Re: Piston top groove

You are probably right with those dimensions John! But I didn't measure anything when I stripped it, so relying on John Walker and his engineer. Cheers Ron

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