[Vwdiesel] Head gasket

Sandy Cameron scameron at compmore.net
Wed Feb 9 21:41:31 EST 2005

Well Goldie is back on the road, and sounds nice. I put in a 2 notch where
the original was a 1 notch, and there are slight differences. The starter
spins the engine like a top, and although it starts as quickly as ever, it
doesn't like the knob pushed in until it has warmed up a bit. Before, I
could almost push it in as soon as it started.

Carefull examination of the head, block , and old gasket suggest it's been
"seeping" for some time. This goes along with the pressurised reservoir
2 Years ago, I reduced the spring tension on the pressure cap to relieve at
a lower pressure, and it has  been blowing off a little from time to time
for years.
The original gasket was nowhere near the quality of the replacement, and I
think it was the one used at the reman shop when it was rebuilt.

The pistons were nice and snug, and the inside was clean (veggie oil?)

No problem lifting the head with the manifolds and turbo in place. I should
have guided the oil return into its fitting before bolting the head down. I
had to fight with it a bit.

Now to do the timing belt again, it's overdue, and I have to change the
thermostat again... I drilled a little weeper hole in it, and now the engine
will not warm up to normal.

Now for some local driving tomorrow to find out what I forgot to tighten up.


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