[Vwdiesel] Manifold Nuts

Val Christian val at mongo.mongobird.com
Fri Oct 26 21:13:18 PDT 2007

I use 8 line nuts.  Harder metal.  Stainless is gummy.

I live near Rochester and Buffalo NY, and am the salt capital of
the world.  Manifold nuts and studs are good for about 10 years, if
you can hose the engine off periodically in the winter.

Also, tap on a slightly undersided socket, if needed to get nuts off.

Impact and heat are your friends.


> Smarter, better looking guys (and gals?);
> I've started pulling the head on my Vanagon diesel to replace a head gasket
> leak around cylinder #2.  I last had the head off about 3-4 yrs ago for a
> similar thing, at which time I replaced the head and all the manifold studs
> and used new stainless nuts with lots of anti-sneeze.  I consider that a
> short time ago, and in that short time, a great many of the manifold nuts
> have already degenerated to the point that there's not much of them left for
> the socket to grab.  Many crumble and round off.
> Anyone have any suggestions for a different type / material of nut to use
> when I reassemble so that the next time I or some other unlucky dude pulls
> the manifold off, the nuts are still intact?  If you offer something exotic,
> also where to find / get it?
> Thanks in advance,
> Chris
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