[Vwdiesel] YIKES! Is this head useable?
erikjlane at yahoo.com
Sat Feb 26 15:40:06 EST 2005
I see those cracks ALL the time when I have a VW diesel
head off. When they get too deep they can get into the
cooling jacket, but until then they don't seem to really
cause any troubles. And they're always in the same place -
that narrow part between the valves in each cylinder.
I had a head rebuilt by some good guys here in Portland,
and they repaired the cracks by drilling them out and
welding, but even with how deep they were then they hadn't
gone too far. They were pretty bad looking from the
So as long as they aren't too deep I'd just use it. If it
looks like it is really starting to open up and get bad
then it might be time to have it repaired.
--- jon <jon at kenneke.com> wrote:
> If my memory serves me correctly, exhaust cracks are ok.
> But, I'm not sure
> about intake cracks. That doesn't seem right to me.
> > Is it really bad, bad but not that bad, or okay that
> > there are cracks between each of the exhaust and
> > intake valves?
> > For some reason, I seem to recall reading that this is
> > fairly normal.
> > Before I took the head off, the engine was running
> > just fine, had plenty of power etc.
> > Thanks,
> > David
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