Actually compression can keep a car from starting. Had a problem with my
'53 Merc flathead with the high compression heads. It was a case of
lowering, not increasing the compression to get it to crank.
In the case of a worn engine, sometimes a shot of oil in the cylinder would
boost compression enough to start it, but it would belch smoke and foul the
plugs and start a new set of problems.
Yes but in the case of too much compression the engine will usually labor to
even turn over.
It has to be very - very low compression for the engine not to start though.
I simply wondered why the OP was going down this path. He provided no other
information in this thread. Though... he did provide more in another thread
that indicated he has no spark. That's not a cause to look at compression.
Correctemundo. I'm thinking a squirt of gorilla glue down the cylinders to
fill up all the compression leaks and a nice 4 cylinder from a '71 Pinto
mounted in place of the starter motor, as a pony motor. Maybe a couple of
loops of steel banding wrapped around the heads too - just to keep them in
place with that new compression ratio...
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