[Vwdiesel] One notch to three

gary gbangs at cfl.rr.com
Mon Apr 25 07:26:35 EDT 2005

On all of the VW diesels I've ever managed to replace the head gasket
(that would be four, 3 NA and 1 TD) I've always replaced with the
thickest gasket.

Why? I've always had to pre-purchase my parts because I had to get my
car on the road in quickest order. I never could afford the time to tear
down, measure , go out and buy the 'right' gasket.

Even then, I've never noticed a change in power or economy, or starting.
But they have all been in SoCal. 

I measure and calculated the difference in CR before. With a three notch
gasket, going from one to three notches only resulted in barely a 1 CR
difference, 1/2 CR per notch. Not significant in my book. 


On Mon, 2005-04-25 at 01:32 -0400, LBaird119 at aol.com wrote:
>   For those of you who have gone with a thicker head gasket... 
> What results did you get?  Any noticeable differences in starting, 
> power, economy???
>   I might be getting the Jetta back together tomorrow, finally!  Pulled the 
> head yesterday and found a broken cam.  :-(  I'd already found the broken 
> timing belt.  Looks like something, SOMEHOW got in behind the timing 
> cover and caused the belt to be the first to break.  There's a couple dings 
> in the flange of the tensioner that WERE'NT there when I put it together.  
> Today I found all four exhaust valves bent and possibly one intake.  Still 
> had the old valves from Dad's old head so some new seals and it's ready 
> to go back together.  Stil had one good cam that wasn't on a complete 
> head.  :-)
>   Anyway, this is the first one I've had that didn't call for the thickest 
> gasket to start with and from some rough calculations I made on the 
> 1.5, compression should drop roughly from 23:1 to 21:1 from thinnest 
> to thickest gasket.  It's a step before I consider dropping the Rabbit 
> all the way to 19:1
>      Loren
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