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    Exciting Times

    No excuse now, time to get my hands dirty....car parts.jpg

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    Hope you have auto data I have it ,it doesn't look too bad to do I kind of fancy doing it but don't have a garage.
    do you have the engine out or the gearbox .

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    I'm just going to take the gearbox off. I don't have a garage either as such, my cars parked in the multi storey car park at the apartments where I live. I'm going to have to start the work early Saturday morning and get it finished before Mondaay morning and the apartment management team find out and I get booted out.

    I don't have Auto Data, I just had a look on their website and it's very expensive for a years subscription.

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    Quote Originally Posted by autolatry View Post
    I'm just going to take the gearbox off. I don't have a garage either as such, my cars parked in the multi storey car park at the apartments where I live. I'm going to have to start the work early Saturday morning and get it finished before Mondaay morning and the apartment management team find out and I get booted out.

    I don't have Auto Data, I just had a look on their website and it's very expensive for a years subscription.
    what is your engine code I will check to see if its listed mine is a bmj

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    It's BDB

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    Do you have head bolts as I believe they are stretch bolts /single use and have to be tightened in sequence torqued then angle tightened and so on just didn't see bolts in your photo of goodies , I wonder what the shopping centre would say if I used its multi storey as a garage I could get loads done all year round for a few pounds parking.

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    Best thing is there a few plug sockets scattered around as well, couple of extension leads and I get free electric :-)

    Yeah I got the head bolts, there in the victor reinz box. Stupid money for some bolts though paid £80 and they were best price I could find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by autolatry View Post
    No excuse now, time to get my hands dirty....car parts.jpg
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    made reasonable progress today.
    is it OK to use carb cleaner on position sensors etc, cant believe how much sh t has built upphoto111.jpgphoto11.jpgphoto1.jpgphoto1111.jpg

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    Think so they are just Hall effect so it should be fine that's more black than my exhaust did use flush before you stripped it how is your progress. The tensioner that looks like a bolt I think should be oil filled by working it in and out submerged to help instant tension also I would turn it over a few times without starting read that some place.

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    I'd love to attempt something like this, but have zero experience, so probably wont do that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wuta3 View Post
    I'd love to attempt something like this, but have zero experience, so probably wont do that.

    You could practice on my car it's like a part time job sometimes

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    Quote Originally Posted by wuta3 View Post
    I'd love to attempt something like this, but have zero experience, so probably wont do that.
    You should definitely give it a go could be fun. Make sure you take some pics though :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesO View Post
    You should definitely give it a go could be fun. Make sure you take some pics though :-)
    LOL you just want to see me start a post titled "so, I killed my engine"
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    Quote Originally Posted by wuta3 View Post
    LOL you just want to see me start a post titled "so, I killed my engine"
    ... then myself.

    That load of parts wouldn't fill me with excitement, I'd be ****ting myself lol

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    Bit of an improvement.......

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    the result of the long life oil service i assume.

    Not much I can do now until i get the cylinder head off for skimming and pressure testing next saturday and cant get it back till the saturday after due to work commitments.

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    Did you have coolant issues is that your reason for all your work

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    Yeah. Low compression in cylinders 2 and 3, blowing smoke, mayo on oil cap, lumpy idle' wouldn't hold 2000 rpm, diarrhea in my water reservoir.

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    Quote Originally Posted by autolatry View Post
    Yeah. Low compression in cylinders 2 and 3, blowing smoke, mayo on oil cap, lumpy idle' wouldn't hold 2000 rpm, diarrhea in my water reservoir.
    Not good hopefully you get it cured hopefully your oxygen sensors are not affected by the coolant entering the cylinders everything is a nightmare on the 3.2s I need to do my transfer box seal not looking forward to it fun and games.

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    I'm concerned about the cat, they don't like water passing through. May be an excuse for a milltek though.. But I mustn't get a head of myself.

    I have a lot of oil and crap around my transfer box :-/
    im planning on taking it off still attached to the gearbox as I've heard it's easier to reinstall as one unit. (and I haven't bought the 'special' vag tool to disconnect the two anyway)

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    I stripped a cylinder head bolt at the weekend. My life is now over.

    It seems it is recomended that you hammer the spline tool in as dirt / grit sits within the head of the bolt and you think the spline tool has seated itself but it hasnt. Just inexperience on my behalf I suppose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by autolatry View Post
    I stripped a cylinder head bolt at the weekend. My life is now over.

    It seems it is recomended that you hammer the spline tool in as dirt / grit sits within the head of the bolt and you think the spline tool has seated itself but it hasnt. Just inexperience on my behalf I suppose.
    But lost do you mean you stripped a bolt or you stripped the block threads ?

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    Stripped the head of the bolt. It's now just round.
    My options are -
    1. Drill the head off the bolt and try lift the head off it and then try get the bolt out of the block.
    2. Get the car in the garage, accept im a failure and let the professionals finish it.

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    Google irwin rounded bolt remover they have got me out of trouble also you could try and tighten a drill/lathe chuck onto it and loosen it slowly or as a very last resort file flats or use easy outs but they will both create swarf and bits of metal that could cause problems, I take it you are still removing the head ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by autolatry View Post
    Stripped the head of the bolt. It's now just round.
    2. Get the car in the garage, accept im a failure and let the professionals finish it.
    #2 is never an option. Dry your eyes and sort it out.
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    Stud extracter or try nock it round with a punch?

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    The problem is its a spline bolt sobolt.jpg its the inside thats rounded.

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    [tQUOTE=autolatry;1902635]The problem is its a spline bolt sobolt.jpg its the inside thats rounded.[/QUOTE
    that sockets will grip the outer diameter or can you hammer the spline bit into the bolt the sockets can also be hammered on when you turn them they cut into head of the bolt but you have to be gentle with the cylinder head though take a bolt with you if you are buying the set as their is 2 sets of various sizes.
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    Back in business. Got the bolt off. I hammered a bigger bit in. Thanks for the tip Chillout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by autolatry View Post
    Back in business. Got the bolt off. I hammered a bigger bit in. Thanks for the tip Chillout.
    No hassle wish I could give you a hand well interested I have looked into chain replacement on the 3.2 for the past year as I thought I would have to do it keep us posted hopefully all goes smooth now just check your timing again and again and manually rotate its a nervous time as you don't want 24 bent valves.

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    now then. Think I have discovered the reason for the low compressin on cylinders 2 and 3.......

    Heads now getting rebuilt. be ready for wednesday.
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    At least it was an original bolt that rounded ,and you didn't have to fork out more cash , how long did it take to remove the gearbox as I think I am going to do the transfer box seal and release bearing might do the clutch and flywheel if am flush.

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    Gear box is still in. I'm going to wait to see what the score is with those valves before I do anything else.
    The guys at the cylinder head engineers didn't seem to think they were bent but we won't know till they have dismantled it on Monday.
    Head gasket wasn't the problem it would seem.

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    Can't see your valves being bent as you would see the damage on the pistons was your car running before

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    Yeah it was running but misfiring.
    The engineer said it may of been a foreign object flying around but then said maybe not.
    The valves don't look bent.
    Im was a bit disheartened this morning when I took it off and saw the valves but at least I know now why the car was running like poo.
    it should run like new once it's all back together.

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    How's your head

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    Just got it back this morning. if nowt else its looks a lot better than before. il keep it as an ornament if this all goes tits.
    invoice says....
    pressure tested
    surface mill
    reface valves
    reface seats
    dismantle, degrease and assemble
    payen valve stem seal set

    cost £262. not sure if thats good or bad or reasonable. but as long as it all works now then il be happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by autolatry View Post
    Just got it back this morning. if nowt else its looks a lot better than before. il keep it as an ornament if this all goes tits.
    invoice says....
    pressure tested
    surface mill
    reface valves
    reface seats
    dismantle, degrease and assemble
    payen valve stem seal set

    cost £262. not sure if thats good or bad or reasonable. but as long as it all works now then il be happy.

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    at least it's a good starting point keep us posted on your progress

 

 
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