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Another reason is valve cracks. If the valve has even minute cracks that can allow the mixture to escape even a little, that will cause compression loss. Negligible compression loss does not matter much, but even 10% loss will create a huge difference in the performance output, especially in bikes with higher power outputs. The only solution here is to get the valve changed.
Valve seats is another major issue to take care of. It allows for the valves to sit in it properly and hence seals off the engine block. If the seat is damaged in any ways, the sealing of the combustion chamber will not be proper and that will cause issues with the compression loss which could even results in inefficient combustion or even the combustion to take place outside the chamber leading to fire hazard and damage to the rider as well that could turn fatal. Piston rings make sure the two ends with the combustion on top and engine oil at the bottom do not intermix. But when the rings are gone and an area is opened up, then the air fuel mixture mixes with the engine oil and hence that causes loss of engine oil and also the compression. So always make sure to get your piston rings properly checked out. READ ALSO: What Is The Purpose Of Piston Rings Used In Engines?
Decompressor is one very important unit for motorcycles. We have covered the working of decompressors before. But the same thing that aids in the proper running of the bike can also ruin it if it goes broke. A decompressor allows reducing the compression for a very small time in case the bike has any issues with the running or during start up. But the same decompressor can even keep the engine decompressed when not needed if it malfunctions and hence cause loss of compression in the engine.
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So remember, when you feel that the performance of the bike has reduced a bit and yet nothing seems wrong with anything else, it is always a good idea to check out one of the above mentioned things as it could be due to loss of engine compression. So make sure the compression is always proper and do not try to re-bore the engine or change the piston head to increase or decrease the compression levels at any time. Stock is always the best and hence it is always best to keep it that way.
By: Pratik Patole