Originally Posted by cr480r
Recently had a cam lobe failure on a flat tappet. I tore the engine down to setup my new valve train, and I disassembled the short block to clean the components and replace the bearings and pump. My engine had under 1000 miles, and now i have a couple people telling me i cannot reuse my rings since i removed them from the bores.. They claim the rings have hardened with use and may crack.. They are total seal TS1'S and I really dont want to replace them with such little use. They had under 5% leakage(cold), Its very close to christmas, and i just spent a bunch on a HYD roller setup. What do you guys think?
Do you have the pistons marked with the rings still installed. They need to go back in tje same cylinder and normally you dont put them back in. But at low miles ppl have done it. It may not seal up and smoke if you do not replace them. But if you do and it does not smok after a few miles then your fine. Just taking a chance at needing to replace them early.
What type of rings are they?