[Vwdiesel] Any way to peek into the engine cylinders?

82 Diesel Westy dieselwesty at yahoo.com
Mon Nov 13 09:30:13 EST 2006

David, just got done putting my head from 1.6TD back
together last night after new valve guides had been
installed last week.  New cam, lifters, valves, can't
wait to fire her up.

Anyway, the hole from the pre-chamber is very small,
if you had a small and expensive camera, you could
take the injector and glow plug out and get it down in
the cyl. but it would also have to have a light source
as well.  Maybe you could get a local college to
spring for the needed equipment as one of the grad
students projects or something.


--- David Cook <vwdieselbunny at yahoo.com> wrote:

> After the discussions of the use of veg oil mixed
> with
> diesel fuel earlier this week, I started getting
> curious.
> A couple links were posted showing the possibility
> of
> all sorts of damage happening when the veg oil is
> simply mixed with diesel fuel.  
> One of the sites discusses some symptoms, such as
> more
> smoking, stinky exhaust (smelling like burnt oil
> rather than the nice smell often associated with
> using
> veg oil), the crankcase filling up with oil from
> unburned veg oil making its way in, etc.
> While I recognize valid points, I tend to be a
> little
> skeptical of those sites because they are all trying
> to sell me a kit of some sort.
> My percieved evidence in my own use is that overall
> smoke is very similar (though maybe a little more at
> startup if the engine has cooled) could be a little
> less once engine is warmed.  Exhaust smells,
> frankly,
> very nice-makes me hungry sometimes and I've not
> seen
> any signs of the crankcase filling with veg oil.
> Long story short, I was wondering if there is any
> way
> to peek inside the engine to see if there are all
> kinds of deposits forming or if it is staying pretty
> clean.  I thought of pulling an injector, but don't
> think that would work because it is injected into
> the
> prechamber, right?  What about a glow plug?
> I'm not yet curious enough to waste a perfectly good
> and not too old head gasket.
> Is there something I haven't thought of?
> Thanks,
> David
> David Cook
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Bryan Belman, Pt Pleasant, NJ
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