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Turbo wont line up with manifold

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by turnstyle, Dec 29, 2012.

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    Started doing a head gasket change today.

    Got everything off (audi engineers want shooting for that engine mount) and cleaned the old gasket off.....
    And the thick rings of k-seal on each cylinder (thank you previous owner!)
    While head was off I changed the exhaust manifold gasket - some bolts at cylinder 4 end were only finger tight so it must have been blowing.
    Anyway i changed gasket, tightened it all up and put the head back on..... and now the turbo wont line up with exhaust manifold (the 3 bolts)

    Its pitch black now but loosening off the turbo brackets should let me line it up again right?
    At first i was ****ting bricks thinking i had bolted the head down wrong but i havent

    sorry for long winded question, im just scratching my head thinking about how to sort it tomorrow
    Already had a ball ache of a time pushing that cam belt tensioner back it for when it goes on - cam belt was only done 2k ago so im not changing it
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    silly question but have you got all the bolts still slack? as sometimes when you tighten them up the others wont go in?
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    On the head? - yea they are all fully tightened.... minus the rocker cover which is being painted.
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    no meant the mani-fold bolts?
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    oh right. yes fully tightened while head was off to save myself some effort

    Ive had a glance about with a torch about 10 mins ago. I think slackening off the turbo and using some gentle pressure should allow me to line things up - i just wanted to see if there was any other method others had used.

    Would have been an ideal time to fit a nice shiney new manifold and downpipe really from relentless thinking about it
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    sorted it. just needed to lever it all into position with a large bar. what can i say.... its been a long day haha!!!
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