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Determine the Cause of Piston Failure
Determine the Cause of Piston Failure based on
Inspection and Engine Use
|Among the possible reasons for engine problems is
piston failure. It’s important to understand all of the issues
surrounding piston failure should one encounter an engine problem that
involves a failed piston.
Finding the reason for engine problems is
essential in order to prevent future breakdowns. According to Bill
Mirth, North American heavy-duty sales manager with the FP Diesel brand
of Federal-Mogul Corp., if a piston is found to be at fault, it is
critical to find out what caused the piston to fail.
“It’s important to understand that very few pistons actually fail,”
says Mirth. “In truth, they are damaged by a faulty operating
environment. These conditions commonly include lack of lubrication,
abnormal combustion, the presence of debris within the engine, clearance
issues that lead to physical contact between the piston and another part
and operational issues such as over-reving (sic) or overloading the
engine or improper shutdown.”
The life of a piston is directly related to its environment. “As a
result, virtually all situations resulting in damage to a piston can be
traced to an issue unrelated to the construction and quality of the
piston itself,” says Mirth. “In other words, the worst thing a
technician can do is simply assume the piston was at fault and ignore
the actual cause of the damage. In that case, he’s just throwing parts
at the problem, which invariably leads to additional issues.”
Jay Wagner, heavy-duty brand manager with Clevite Engine Parts, cites
fueling problems as another cause of piston failure. “If the engine
injection system is delivering the wrong amount of fuel, at the wrong
time or for the wrong duration and with a poor spray pattern, this can
result in excessive heat, erosion or a washing of the cylinder walls
with fuel,” explains Wagner.
In order to prevent heat build-up that can lead to piston damage, it
is important the correct level of lubrication reaches the piston at the
skirt and piston pin. Wagner advises technicians to examine piston
oilers. “Many of these are very delicate in relationship to other parts
of the engine and are bumped easily, resulting in either a broken or
improperly directed oiler,” he says.
Contamination wreaks havoc on pistons, too. Water contamination
causes erosion and fuel and lubricant dilution. “Contamination can be
water, fuel, particulates from the air intake or foreign objects,” says
Wagner. “Particulates can wear the ring lands, resulting in increased
oil consumption. Foreign matter can be anything including nuts, bolts,
valve train or turbocharger parts, and much of the time foreign matter
in the combustion chamber is the result of another component failing.”
Scuffing and scoring are the results of contaminants entering the air
intake or lubrication system, eventually leading to piston seizure. If a
technician suspects an abnormal level of scuffing is taking place, he
should begin inspecting the following: engine coolant temperature;
engine oil temperature, level and grade; oil pump; cylinder liner
surface finish; piston ring pack design; cylinder pressures and
temperatures; piston and ring clearance in the cylinder; incorrect
combustion; injector overspray and fuel sulfur content. According to
Wagner, a malfunctioning cooling system can sometimes be blamed for
piston failure as well.
It is helpful to know the conditions under which the affected vehicle
has been operated. “It’s important to know the specific conditions under
which the parts were damaged,” says Mirth. “The technician can ask his
customer some questions that will help in the overall process of
diagnosing the failure and then repairing it.”
“The driver has to be aware of changes in the operation of the
engine,” says Wagner. “This can include fluctuations in oil pressure,
higher than normal operating temperatures, unusual noises and any change
in fuel and oil consumption. After speaking with his customer about the
problems the vehicle was experiencing, the technician then needs to
ensure that proper repair procedures are addressed.”
Pistons should be inspected for cracks in the bowl due to heat
stress, cracks on the surface area of the wrist pin bore and wear in the
piston ring grooves.
“A detonation-related issue will be fairly obvious because of the
damage to the head of the piston,” says Mirth. “For example, the results
of lubricant starvation will be evident on the walls of the cylinder or
liner as well as on the piston skirt.
“A shattered piston crown may be an indication of a clearance issue,
meaning the piston may have made contact with a valve. A fracture around
the piston pin bore might indicate that the pin was installed
improperly, which then caused it to seize.”
Piston failure usually leaves a vehicle unable to be driven. If the
failure is caught and addressed early, repair can often be limited to
simply replacing the piston and sleeve. However, catching the problem
early is difficult.
“There always is a great deal of debris deposited in the engine so a
complete flushing is required in any case,” says Wagner. “There are many
things on an engine that can operate marginally, but pistons are not one
of them. From the time the driver or technician realizes there is a
problem until the vehicle no longer can be driven can be measured in
According to Mirth, repeated engine failure can often be attributed
to improper installation of parts or use of the wrong replacement parts.
If visual differences can be seen between the old part and the new part,
the supplier should be consulted to be sure it’s correct.
The installation requirements in the engine manufacturer’s service
manual should be followed closely to ensure maximum component
performance and durability.
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pistons and other wear-sensitive engine components, keeping engines
running at top performance for extended drain intervals.
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