Having recently rebuilt a 2.0l again with crank reground and new shells etc , I was running the car in gently in the first ten minutes checking things when I started to hear a metallic top end sound. It came and went but was worrying. Gave the car a small revs up and suddenly an almighty crash and bang on the lift off and it died!!!
I have spoken to a specialist since he said that I had just described exactly what happened to him after a rebuild. I take a bit of humble from this but this is what happens to a previous history usually unknown to the owner and a bit like the shell damage from a cambelt change, possibly happened at the same time but not evident.
One of the pistons split at the gudgeon pin bush and consequently split the piston all in the space of 5 secs , well ultimately anyway.
The upshot is its difficult to detect on the rebuild but also destroyed the bore of that engine and mashed my new shells barely 15 mns. of running!
Its difficult to to take on board when you have spent so ong on the rebuild and its ready to go.
Needless to say the damaged engine is out know and I have started to strip it down and find another block all since Wed night.:cry
Sorry 2.0l TS WHAT ELSE!
Heads up ? Well this car was bought in good faith but no knowledge or previous history advised, incedently very badly rebuilt as well, evidence of scrapper ,(nothing against spare parts source but no mention of history by seller)crank replaced a while ago with W reg in white written on the end of balance weights.