Common Causes and Symptoms of Piston Ring Failures

Since its first launch in 1893, the diesel engine has been multifunctional in manufacturing, agriculture, and transportation. It is an internal combustion engine that compresses ignition to convert the chemical energy in diesel fuel into mechanical energy. Pistons are present in a diesel engine to help compress a mixture of air and expand gases to prevent burning and preserve airtightness in the chamber.

Furthermore, pistons are made of aluminum, cast iron alloys, and metal rings that surround them. These piston rings are critical for keeping the engine properly working and managing oil flow through the cylinder walls. In the system, the piston ring gap determines the inherent pressure. The more significant this gap, the higher the force generated when the piston swells. If some piston rings are compromised, it can cause a high temperature and intrusive ignition inside your engine.

Because diesel engines are for heavy-duty works, sustaining their quality is essential for achieving convenient and optimal diesel power performance. Prison rings to aid in pushing your engine to its maximum potential. However, if piston rings experience intense pressure, they will fail and can cause damage to other parts of your system. Truck owners need to figure out the reasons and symptoms of prison ring failures to provide feasible solutions. 

Symptoms of Piston Ring Failure

Excessive exhaust smoke is the most common indicator of deteriorating piston rings. You will know if the oil leaks into the combustion chamber if you notice that the exhaust color turns dark grey or black, unleashing a burning odor. Excessive oil consumption is another symptom of a defective piston ring. Worn piston rings cause oil to leak into the combustion chamber, reducing the amount of oil in the engine. If you see your truck’s oil level dropping before the recommended three or five-thousand-mile interval, your truck may have additional problems. Indeed, high consumption of oil can lead to the rings’ malfunctioning.

Similarly, faulty piston rings cause loss of compression. This occurs because the power created in the combustion chambers is lost through the gap between the piston rings. If not immediately addressed, it can lead to additional damage to the engine. Loss of power, hard start-ups, and lowered performance are other symptoms that you should look for. If you experience these on your engine, you should replace the piston rings as soon as possible.

To give you more information about the matter, here is an infographic from Pure Diesel Power.