Possible bad rings?
Hi. I know that this is a Thunderbird forum, and I have a TBird. But my daily driver (a 2.3l Tempo) is acting funny. I don't want a specific answer, just a general answer to my problem.
About 3 weeks ago, my engine started making a "ticking" sound right where the head meats the engine block. When you open the valve cover with the engine running, there is a rush of air. Like a turbo spooling up 7lbs of boost, coming out of the valve cover. The spark plugs are and orange/brick color and have a "sandy" (a very rough cover) coating over them. Also, the sparks are badly covered in oil from the bolt up (not the threads down). There is also a loss of compression, and a lack of power. There is no smoke at all, what so ever. Not even start up.
What could cause this? I think it might be a bent valve, bad valve seals, or bad piston rings. Piston rings mainly. But the lack of smoke throws me off?