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post #16 of Old 09-05-2011
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one can check for a bent con rod using a test with a piece of solder bent at a right angle to see whether the solder compresses evenly when each piston is (manually) raised, details of how to do this test are in the service manual..(not the owners manual..) if the piston travel (and smash pattern on the solder pieces for each cylinder) is different between the 3 cylinders, that suggests a bent con rod as dabnis points out. if it's a bent con rod that would be important to know from a $$$ standpoint.
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