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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Please refresh my memory, when

Please refresh my memory, when did the factory
update the valve guides on the 355's? (Year or
S/N?) Thanks.
 
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it was in mid to Late 98...don

it was in mid to Late 98...don't remember the exact vin cutoff!

some early cars seem to be more forgiving than others...but a Cylinder Leakage Test normally tells the story about VG condition.
 
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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
HI
JRV
WHATS INVAULVED IN CY


HI
JRV
WHATS INVAULVED IN CYLINDER LEAK DOWN TEST,
IS THERE SOME KIND OF THICK LIQUID THEY POUR ON
TOP OF PISTON HEAD,THROUGH THE PLUG HOLES
WHATS THE AVERAGE COST FOR THIS PROCEDURE $$
I AM LOOKING AT A 1995
THANKS
MARK KAHN
(954) 551-8168
[email protected]
FT.LAUDERDALE FLORIDA
 
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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
A leak-down test is performed

A leak-down test is performed by pumping compressed gas (like nitrogen) through a regulator and through an expansion valve down a hose into the cylinder through the spark plug boss. You can buy these things as a kit, just be sure to find on with a fitting for the Ferrari spark Plug thread.

Bring engine up to temperature, then disassemble the spark plug ccovers, remove spark plug wires, remove spark plugs. Position the cylinder under test at TDC on the power cycle (both valves closed).

There is a guage reading line pressure and a guage reading cylinder pressure. If you can get the line pressure guage to read 100 PSI then the leak down number is read directly off the second guage.

After taking the leak down reading, you can then listen to where the leak might be occuring to isolate intake valve/seat, exhaust valve/seat, rings/upper cylinder :: using a mechanics stethescope.

Cost:: Figure 2 hours labor.
 
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Discussion Starter · #5 ·
Mitch is correct in procedure.

Mitch is correct in procedure. What is so important about this test is that it shows the sealing condition of Valves, Valve Guides, Head Gaskits and Piston Rings all in one test. Leakage above 10% is considered to show the presence of a developing problem and above 15% is considered poor...what these numbers represent is that percentage of combustion pressure is escaping on each stroke. Good numbers are in the 1%-9% range.
 
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