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#27: 02-09-2010, 12:37 PM
 
 timmafod
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Originally Posted by GTTuner View Post
You better pull those pistons and check them. Were you burning any oil?
Pulling the pistons to check would be smart. I tend to not be smart however.

I only had the car for 4k miles, right where I usually change my oil (I use royal purple, wix filters, and commute ~55 miles one way to work). I was at least a 1/2 quart low...when putting the oil in I was half way up the dip stick, at disassembly I wasn't on the stick at all, but there was a "decent" amount of oil in it. I never noticed any smoke at all ever out the tail pipe. The intake tract on the other hand was coated, there seemed to be puddles of oil everywhere inside there. I'll be installing two catch cans (one in crankcase PCV line, one in valvecover vent line) when it goes back in.

I see there's clever ports for removing the wrist pins. How do you make sure the small end of the connecting rod aligns with the wrist pin hole in the piston when you reassemble?

Oh, when it's out I'll also reinforce the oil pump pick up, I hear these crack.