When your Freelander engine is no longer idling sweetly, has a loss of power or just won’t start, there is a possibility you are losing compression. But what causes this?
The compression in your Freelander engine is what makes it go. You need a tight seal within the cylinder walls, pistons and rings, valves and seals in order to harness the energy and redirect it into the right places to have your Freelander running smoothly. So a loss of compression on your vehicle means there is a leak within this system, namely:
- Cylinder liners – one or more of these may have a crack. If this is the case then you may see vapour being burned off from the oil as water may leak through into the engine oil.
- Piston rings – these may be worn. If your Freelander has smoke coming from the exhaust, it could very well be a problem with your piston rings.
- Valves or valve seats – these may not be sitting properly due to carbon accumulation or may be worn or damaged. This issue tends to cause problems in starting and idling your Freelander.
- Head gasket – this may have failed. If the head gasket fails between two adjacent cylinders then you Freelander will lose compression.
A compression test on your engine can identify which cylinders have lost compression. But whichever cylinder it is I’m afraid a loss of compression on your Freelander means that engine work is required.
But don’t panic, we can help!