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#91 ONLINE   beko1987

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Posted Today, 07:12 AM

I turned the xantias engine by the camshaft pulley bolt, with an extension off the socket so my breaker bar cleared the wing. Wasn't too bad once I learned how to do it, with help from here!

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Posted Today, 09:29 AM

People overhype head gasket changing, it's not too bad, provided you do it by the book, with gasket sealant and the like.

There says a man who hasnt done one on a modern car , Hdi , Tdi PD etc


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#93 OFFLINE   dollywobbler

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Posted Today, 09:40 AM

Ideally you would have turned the engine to TDC before dismantling so you had timing reference points lined up.

Its not a big deal, but just be careful putting it back together that you dont get the timing 180 degrees out.

 

Actually, I did mark the camshaft, as I marked the belt position before taking the head off. I've not removed the belt yet, because I didn't want to lose that point of reference just yet. Anyway, job now on hold until I can find someone to do the skimming.


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Posted Today, 10:07 AM

Don't use any sealant on the head gasket.

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#95 OFFLINE   richardthestag

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Posted Today, 11:31 AM

why ^^^ :/

 

I use "stag wellseal" where I can

 

Get a straight edge on that head, if it does need a skim it will needs valves out anyway. 

 

Crank engine to tdc, set the cam up for tdc also before reassembly, makes life a shit load easier and stops valves bending on pistons.

 

check each combustion chamber on the head for valve seat goodness with a bit of fuel / thinners etc. wind the cam over to get the cylinder you are checking on tdc, saves removing cam and rocker gear (what a weird setup that is :D

 

Looks like it will need a couple of cans of jizer and a jolly good backflush on the cooling system

 

what a mess


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Posted Today, 03:43 PM

I think I may have to take a chance on this one. Factoring in time, travel and expense, doing anything at all with the head is starting to push costs into a place I don't like very much. This car has already cost me £500, plus a gasket set and, if I'm sensible, a timing belt kit. Oh, and I must remember a thermostat.

 

By my eye, which isn't necessarily a good one, it seems pretty straight. I think I'd rather run the risk given I at least know it is a pretty easy job if it does all go tits up, and at least I know all the nuts will come undone...

 

Perfectionists look away now...


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#97 ONLINE   beko1987

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Posted Today, 03:51 PM

WCPGW! You going to dishwasher tablet it clean before you fit a new stat?


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Posted Today, 04:27 PM

I've certainly seen that work before...


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