This seal carrier was improperly installed upside down, with a steel punch that deformed it and it kept the breaker from working.
It really matters what you know
Cleaning up this kind of piston touch requires a lot of experience. A new breaker has about .003 to .004 clearance, junk is about .007 to .008 depending on brand. If you take .001 off each side of the piston and cylinder that is a total of .004 if it was on the large side that would be .008 and you now have a boat anchor.
How much deformation can be fixed on the bottom of the piston? How do you fix it?
Pistons take a beating and some hold up better than others. Bad bushings and broken Tool nipples caused all of this.
Is this worth fixing?
These rust pits can be fixed with a resurface of the piston.
With experiance on tens of thousands of breakers, we know what is fixable and what is not. The picture to the right, what do you do with it?

What about wear on the bracket?

Do you know the tool bushings are the most important parts on the breaker to keep good, and why?
The diagram at left shows good bushing keeping the tool in line with the piston, when the bushings are bad
piston hits just a small part of the tool and all the hitting force of the piston is transferred through this edge. The piston cups and eventually breaks.
the tool is at an angle and the
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