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1994 Mercury Tracer Question: Why would oil be forcing out of eng after head rebuild?

 

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widawg2, Denver, CO, August 26, 2013, 08:27
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My mechanic days it is due to blowby but this is excessive. I see evidence of oil pushed out of dipstick. Over one qt oil in 180 miles. Before valve seats dropped engine only had small oil leak (one qt in 3000 miles). Could a oil passageway be blocked? I have the 1.9 liter eng.

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    Greg's Orange Auto (13991 Answers) , Orange, CA - (714) 361-9386
    globalhelper August 26, 2013, 13:06
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    NEW HAEDS ON OLD SHORT BLOCK CAN CAUSE THIS. THE LOWER END IS TIRED AND YOU JUST PUT NEW HEADS ON IT WHICH CAUSES THE BLOWBY OUT DIPSTICK. CK TO MAKE SURE THE PCV SYSTEM IS WORKING CORRECTLY AND HAS GOOD VACCUMN

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    August 26, 2013, 18:19
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    The VALVE SEAT dropped???? Did the pistons get damaged AT ALL?? If so, then no wonder it has blowby! While i agree a fresh top end will increase compression and thus a slight increase in blowby, but it should NOT push oil out of the dip stick tube! Have a leak down, and/or a compression test performed,that will tell the story!!!
    WOW.

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    widawg2, August 26, 2013, 19:13
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    Thank you for reply. 2 cylinders dropped valve seats. Machine shop says they've seen this before. The pistons had just superficial scratches and no damage to cylinders. In fact cylinders were smooth with no lip indicating good wear. My mechanic showed me this before we took head to machine shop. Pistons appear tight as well. Most of damage was to head. Car is back at mech so I will suggest compression and leak down tests. Also will make sure vacuum/pvc system ok.

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    pushrod, August 26, 2013, 19:19
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    Ok, but if there was ANY damage to the pistons ring lands, (the edges) well just saying. Now i am not doubting the mechanic, just making suggestions!! I sure can't argue with someone that can SEE the engine. Dont mean any disrespect at all.

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    widawg2, August 28, 2013, 19:42
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    This gets stranger still. Mech saying oil is not only being forced out the dipstick, but also out the pcv. Claims I need to do full short block now for an additional $1700. Compression seems ok as motor runs great. The mach shop that did the head told mech they could not find a core for the head and had to weld on metal to my head then cut back down to stock specs. Any chance a oil padsage or vent hole was covered up in this process?

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    pushrod, August 28, 2013, 20:25
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    Compression SEEMS ok ? This engine , in MY opinion, should have been replaced to start with! I think the ring groves that the piston rings ride in are compressed (damaged) which binds the rings letting compression rush by. But then i can't see it so my thoughts are moot. If you ever do figure this out, i'd like to kmow, thanks.

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