Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by pepsibc1, Sep 24, 2006.

  1. pepsibc1

    pepsibc1 Guest

    Can compression, keep car from starting? if so how to raise it enough to
    get it started.
    pepsibc1, Sep 24, 2006
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    Mike Marlow Guest

    Why are you asking this question? What makes you think it won't start
    because of a compression problem?
    Mike Marlow, Sep 25, 2006
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  3. Actually compression can keep a car from starting. Had a problem with my
    '53 Merc flathead with the high compression heads. It was a case of
    lowering, not increasing the compression to get it to crank.

    In the case of a worn engine, sometimes a shot of oil in the cylinder would
    boost compression enough to start it, but it would belch smoke and foul the
    plugs and start a new set of problems.
    Edwin Pawlowski, Sep 25, 2006
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    Mike Marlow Guest

    Yes but in the case of too much compression the engine will usually labor to
    even turn over.
    It has to be very - very low compression for the engine not to start though.
    I simply wondered why the OP was going down this path. He provided no other
    information in this thread. Though... he did provide more in another thread
    that indicated he has no spark. That's not a cause to look at compression.
    Mike Marlow, Sep 25, 2006
  5. If he gets the compression high enough, he can run it as a diesel
    Edwin Pawlowski, Sep 25, 2006
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    Mike Marlow Guest

    Correctemundo. I'm thinking a squirt of gorilla glue down the cylinders to
    fill up all the compression leaks and a nice 4 cylinder from a '71 Pinto
    mounted in place of the starter motor, as a pony motor. Maybe a couple of
    loops of steel banding wrapped around the heads too - just to keep them in
    place with that new compression ratio...
    Mike Marlow, Sep 25, 2006
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