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Removing piston rings

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What the easiest/cheapest/best/safest way to remove a piston ring from the 944 engine? The rings will be replaced, so 'ring-destruction' is allowed as long as 'piston-destruction' is kept to a minimum
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Uhmmm is this a trick question?

You can get a piston ring removal tool for cheap anywhere and everywhere.....

Or if you are good with an acetylene torch you could cut them out.
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Wow. I mean just. . . wow.

I suppose you COULD find a way to involve a sledgehammer, if you were so inclined.
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Ok, the torch it is. You see, my problem is this: when i went to the general car hardware store around the corner, the guy advised me not to use a general removal tool because of the material of the pistons.

I thougt (and still think) he is just talking out of his ass, but it seems a lot of people get scared when they hear the p-word. As soon as i drop the words 944, turbo, porsche or even better a combination of any of the above, it seems everything all of sudden isn't good enough and therefore has to be triple the price. I had this with repair work on my body, simple maintenance and now again when i make a request for a simple tool at my local hardware store.

I think i'll just go in tomorrow again and then say it's for my suzuki or something, maybe i can get one that way
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OK, then, if the rings are not damaged and the piston is not damaged, you can actually remove the rings with your fingernails. Find the gap, open it up and the ring wil either expand large enough to slip out of the ring land, or it will break into a couple of pieces, and you can pull them right out.

Make sure that you follow the factory manual on aligning the new rings when installing. Also, you *should* use a ring expansion tool (generic) to expand the rings for installation.

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No, i'll just pop in my the shop again and buy me the necessary stuff for the ring business. I also need a ring compressing tool so i can safely slide the pistons in the cylinders again.
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