[Vwdiesel] updates on dead TDIs
sshourds at flash.net
Sun May 23 20:33:46 EDT 2004
Well, I just got in from working on the 2000 TDI. Not good. Not good
at all. I pulled the valve cover, pointed both #1 lobes up and no
timing mark was to be seen on the flywheel. Really hard to find TDC by
youself, btw. In addition, I found little pieces of one of the lifters
floating around. All pounded flat and broken. Needless to say, the
camshaft isn't in the best shape either. I am curious, however, that
none of the other lifters or lobes seem damaged. So, at this point, I'm
sort of starting to worry about what a new head costs. I really can't
afford that right now. I spent all my spare money on this car with the
idea of not having to spend money on parts for the old one. I haven't
pulled the head so I don't know exactly what happened. Maybe I got
super lucky and it just ate one valve and lifter and the cam and I can
jus replace those. Not real likely, eh?
My mind is also turning to the shop that changed my timing belt. The
timing belt was looser than I'd normally feel comfortable with and I am
finding loose bolts among the things that would have been removed when
replacing the timing belt. I haven't found the marks on the tensioner
that show when it's tight yet, but I think it's not going to be in the
I'm trying to figure out how to approach this with the shop. Mainly,
I'm going to really need my ducks in a row. I will need to
incontestably demonstrate that the timing destroyed the head and not
that the head self-destructed and jumped time in the process. The bit
about only one lifter being destroyed is somewhat detrimental to this
line of argument.
I swear, that will be the last time I take anything to get fixed
anywhere other than my driveway.
At this point, I'm gathering opinions and will stew on them until
Tuesday afternoon when I'll go in.
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