|Oil control ring problem? Seat Ibiza - seadog|
|I have a 1997 SEAT Ibiza 1.0 CLS that last year suffered a failure to the water pump at about 50,000 miles( the plastic impeller sheared - is this a common problem with this SEAT/VW engine?) The resulting overheating required repairs to the cylinder head etc. costing £1000. The engine seems to run OK now but tends to foul the plugs, in particular the one opposite the cam belt, and oil consumption is heavy - about 1-2 pints per thousand miles. There are no obvious oil leaks and a mechanic says that it is likely to be the oil control rings. Renewing the rings is hardly cost effective but it has been suggested that there is an oil additive that might help. Does anyone here have any experience of this type of product please? Or any other suggestions. Alternatively should we just live with it periodically cleaning the plugs and keep adding the oil, or is it likely to get much worse?|
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