[Vwdiesel] Cam lobe wear?

82 Diesel Westy dieselwesty at yahoo.com
Mon Apr 18 10:52:05 EDT 2005

I am wondering the same thing as Shawn.  I have had my
lifters out for over a year, nothing left in them for
sure.  No way to get oil in them?

I have 2 new lifters that I got to replace the 2
cracked ones and I am getting ready to put the head
back together.  I was told to compress them down by my
local head re-builder, before I put the cam back on.

Do you just put them in a big vise with wood on either
side and compress, figuring a way to push on the
inside of the bootom of the lifter?

I notice the 2 new lifters I got, the bottom of the
lifter is farther out so they seem to be expanded
compared to my other 6 that have been run.

Any help is good help
thanks, Bryan

--- Shawn Wright <swright at zuiko.sls.bc.ca> wrote:
> 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...
> > 
> >
> > 
> Shawn Wright
> http://zuiko.sls.bc.ca/~swright
> '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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