Pistons must be handled with care to avoid damage and knocking out-of-round or
alignment. When installing a piston in the crankcase, do not allow skirt of piston to strike
crankcase or connecting rod. Failure to follow this caution may result in damage to
If parts are being reused, be sure that pistons, connecting rods, and connecting rod
bearing caps are installed in the same cylinders from which they were removed, and in the
5. Push connecting rod (Figure 11, Item 1) into sleeve (Figure 11, Item 2) and use piston ring compressor to
compress rings so that piston (Figure 11, Item 3) will fit into sleeve (Figure 11, Item 2).
Figure 11. Piston Installation.