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    Default 205: Possible cracked piston. What's the best way to go about it?

    Gday, my 205 has what sounds to be a cracked piston. If this is the case, what is the best way to go about resolving the problem?

    Peugeot want approximately $2500 for the pistons, liners and head gasket. Add to this the labour of 3 weekends and it becomes and expensive task.

    What would be the cheapest way to get my girl back on the road?

    Would I be able to buy the "engine kit" at a cheaper price elsewhere?
    Failing that, would I be best to find another 205 motor that has been rebuilt? Where could I expect to find one (Anyone selling one)?

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    Cracked a piston??

    What makes u think u've cracked a piston man?? Cos that's kinda serious...

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    The oil level suddenly dropped (bad seal or something along those lines). We topped it up and it ran fine for a few days, now the engine sounds like a tractor while you get a free full-body massage from the seats.
    Unless you can think of anything else that could be creating those symptoms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luca
    Cracked a piston??

    What makes u think u've cracked a piston man?? Cos that's kinda serious...
    Luca is right. How can they tell it's cracked before pulling it apart? There are many options, a lot of them better than above. When it's apart and on the bench, make a decision then.

    AutoParis did have piston/liner kits for $800, if you had to go that route.

    I can get you forged pistons and rings for about $700.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterT
    Luca is right. How can they tell it's cracked before pulling it apart? There are many options, a lot of them better than above. When it's apart and on the bench, make a decision then.

    AutoParis did have piston/liner kits for $800, if you had to go that route.

    I can get you forged pistons and rings for about $700.
    Yes, try Auto Paris, EAI, Caravelle etc.
    I remember checking the price of a VRS gasket set for a PRV V6 from a Volvo dealer - $800!!!
    I got the same thing from Garry Randall for less than $100.

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    Mate , don't jump to conclusions til it's pulled apart.
    But for bits try European Auto Imports ([email protected] hopefully this still works) in Clarice road box Hill. 9899 6683 and they will deliver. My Peugeot Spare parts guy (friend) used to get me bits from there instead of using his.

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    First point to note; there ain't no way in the World (short of using a Peugeot dealer) that you will be charged two & a half grand for a set of pistins & liners.
    Second as pointed out by Peter T who the hell came up with the diagnosis; an FJ Holden specialist?
    Ask yourself; when was the last time you heard of a V8 Supercar cracking a piston? These days as rare as rockin' Horse 'it.
    My bet is you've over revved it and either broken a valve spring and/or blown a head gasket or bent a valve.
    Geezes mayte; these engines are almost bomb proof in the bottom end....change your mechanic and save a heap of money, worry & trouble.

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    Rargh, anyone know where I could get a compression tester?

    On another note, for those in Victoria, Booran holden in Dandenong are opening up a "Booran Peugeot" dealership. Should be nice having a showroom nearby

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ-Studd
    Rargh, anyone know where I could get a compression tester?

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    Supercheap, Repco, Pep's etc.

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