Originally Posted by Quixotic
Sailorchic, I checked the breather and found no clogs. Do I check the condition of the rings by testing the compression
in each cylinder?
Yes exactly, though the poor girl test is to start the engine
and pull each decompression lever and see if one cylinder is different from the rest. The intent is to see if all cylinders sound the same with each decompression lever pull. That is there's no real difference. No difference is good. A weak cylinder won't cause much of a change in engine
If the rings are bad on one cylinder if you remove the oil
fill cap with the engine running you should see lots of grey smoke out of of the oil
fill hole. That with 1 cylinder being weak and oil leaking from odd locations, it's a pretty good sign that there's a ring issue with one cylinder or more. Don't ask me how I know. Been there done that