[Vwdiesel] Cam lobe wear?

Shawn Wright swright at zuiko.sls.bc.ca
Mon Apr 18 10:17:53 EDT 2005

Good thing I numbered them coming out! The followers are shiny with a few swirls, 
but no roughness, so I think I'll the lot as is. Should I try to flush old oil out of the 
lifters (hydraulic) & fill with new oil, or just leave them? They have been stored upside 
down in a plastic container for 8-10 months. Thanks

On 17 Apr 2005 at 23:01, James Hansen <jhsg at sasktel.net> wrote:

> It isn't perfect, but doesn't have extreme wear. I would hesitate to polish or
> anything, the lobes are wear matched to the corresponding followers, and you
> just put it all back the way it came off... that is #1 exhaust follower to #1
> exhaust lobe etc etc.  The shot of the lobe end on is too pointy to be worn
> much.  When they are really worn, the shiny spot is much bigger.  Are the
> followers scuffed or are they smooth and shiny?  that's usually how I make the
> call if the cam is iffy.  If the follower is rough, pitch the lot and start
> over.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: vwdiesel-bounces at vwfans.com [mailto:vwdiesel-bounces at vwfans.com]On
> Behalf Of Shawn Wright
> Sent: Sunday, April 17, 2005 10:24 AM
> To: vwdiesel at vwfans.com; diesel-Vanagon at yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [Vwdiesel] Cam lobe wear?
> I hadn't taken a good look at my TD cam since I took it apart last year, and now
> I see it seems to have a fair bit of wear on the lobes. The pointed parts are
> smooth an shiny, but the rest of the lobes show some scuffing - how much is
> acceptable? Is there anything I can do to polish this myself, or should I look
> for a used cam, or have it polished?
> I've posted some pics here, any advice appreciated...
> http://members.shaw.ca/vwdiesels/TD_Conversion/page3/page3.html
Shawn Wright
'85 Jetta D 
'88 Westy 2.1L, soon to be 1.6TD 5 speed
 (see progress at http://members.shaw.ca/vwdiesels)
'82 Diesel Westy

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