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Valve guide seals
In message <9703251922.AA39216@fluhr.austin.ibm.com> firstname.lastname@example.org (Fluhr) writes:
> My 2226cc I5 blows a nice puff of blue smoke when starting up in the morning.
> As I understand it, this is due to leaking valve guide oil seals.
Nurdge. On a non-turbo - most probable cause. On a turbo, the turbo oil
seal. But I agree - on a Coupe GT it's probably valve guide seals.
> Are these easily replaced with the head still in the engine?
Yup. Piece of noddy for a properly equipped workshop - do it while the
> As I have yet to do my timing belt/valve cover gasket job, I was wondering
> if it is worth the effort to pull the cam and lifters and replace the
> seals at the same time. If so, what special tools are required?
> My father mentioned using the air compressor to keep the valves from falling
> into the combustion chamber. Is this feasible?
Not only feasible, but the Audi recommended and best way to do it.
> Is there any detriment to just leaving it as-is or benefit from changing
> the seals? (aside from the knowledge that my engine leaks <sniffle> or
Nah, not really. The effect is mainly cosmetic.
Committee Member, UK Audi [ur-]quattro Owners Club