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How do you know if a piston ring has gone on a Ford Puma?

Bought a Ford Puma in a garage, paid a deposit, but the next day they phoned to say a piston ring has gone and I can't have it. The said they shone a torch in and could see where it had gone. Is this right?
I suspect somebody came along and offered them more cash for the car, as it was such a good price.
Can you tell if a piston ring has gone, by listening to the engine or driving the car? If so, I'll go and see it and call their bluff.
Advice much appreciated, thanks!

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You cannot see a broken piston ring without taking the engine apart. If there is a broken piston ring you may or may not hear or see any evidence of it. If the piston itself is broken you will hear, see and maybe smell it with burning oil.

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    you need to have a compression test done on all cylinders, you cannot look into the cylinder and see a ring, you cannot tell if you are looking at a piece of pistn ring by the oil plug, maybe some shavings. tell them you want a compression test done on the engine to determine if you are lossing compression and burning access oil because you have a bad ring.

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Inspecting the piston rings requires that the engine be removed from the vehicle and disassembled. I don't know if this was done, but if it was, it sure was done quickly. Hope this helps and good luck.

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    you do not have to remove the engine, have a compression test done on all cylinders.

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Sometimes in the oil drain screw the factory fits a small magnet to fishing the small metal pieces from the engine oil.perhaps they saw there apiece of a broken ring when they changed the engine oil.

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