Honda Accord: Piston Ring Replacement - Engine Block - Engine Mechanical - Honda Accord MK8 2008-2012 Service ManualHonda Accord: Piston Ring Replacement

1. Remove the piston from the engine block (see page 7-14).

2. Using a ring expander (A), remove the old piston rings (B).

3. Clean all ring grooves thoroughly with a squared-off


3. Clean all ring grooves thoroughly with a squared-off broken ring or ring groove cleaner with a blade to fit the piston grooves.

The top and 2nd ring grooves are 1.2 mm (0.05 in) wide. The oil ring groove is 2.0 mm (0.08 in) wide.

File down a blade if necessary.

Do not use a wire brush to clean the ring grooves, or cut the ring grooves deeper with the cleaning tools.

NOTE: If the piston is to be separated from the connecting rod, do not install the new rings yet.

4. Using a piston that has its rings removed, push a new ring (A) into the cylinder bore 15-”20 mm (0.6-”0.8 in) from the bottom.

5. Measure the piston ring end-gap (B) with a feeler


5. Measure the piston ring end-gap (B) with a feeler gauge: - If the gap is too small, check to see if you have the proper rings for your engine.

- If the gap is too large, recheck the cylinder bore diameter against the wear limits (see page 7-17).

If the bore is beyond the service limit, the engine block must be re bo red.

Piston Ring End-Gap

Top Ring: Standard (New): 0.20-0.35 mm (0.008- 0.014 in)

Service Limit: 0.60 mm (0.024 in)

Second Ring:

Standard (New): 0.50-0.65 mm (0.020-0.026 in)

Service Limit: 0.70 mm (0.028 in)

Oil Ring:

Standard (New): 0.20-0.70 mm (0.008-0.028 in)

Service Limit: 0.75 mm (0.030 in)

6. Install the top ring and the second ring as shown. The top ring (A) has a 1R mark, and the second ring (B) has a 2RN mark. The manufacturing marks (C) must face upward.


Piston Ring Dimensions


Piston Ring Dimensions

Top Ring (Standard):


Top Ring (Standard):

A: 2.7 mm (0.11 in)

B: 1.2 mm (0.05 in)

Second Ring (Standard):

A: 3.4 mm (0.13 in

B: 1.2 mm (0.05 in)

7. After installing a new set of rings, measure the ring-to-groove clearances:

Top l i ng Clearance

Standard (New): 0.060-”0.085 mm

(0.0024-0.0033 in)

Service Limit: Р’В§.13 mm (0.005 In)

Second Ring Clearance

Standard (New): 0.040-”0.065 mm

(0.0016-0.0026 in)

Service Limit: 0.13 mm (0.005 in)

8. Rotate the rings in their grooves to make sure they do


8. Rotate the rings in their grooves to make sure they do not bind.

9. Position the ring end gaps as shown.

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