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Cheesecake

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1.8 8v head gasket replace
« on: Apr 21, 17, 23:28 »
OK, just managed to get the $200 jetta tidied up enough to insure and drive. Went for a spin to see what's what. Pulled good, sounded good, temp gauge good, clutch good, power good enough.

Then poop

Pulled up to some lights after running her around for 30 mins. And she dropped to 3, oil pressure light on, oily steamy cloud out the exhaust, water has been ejected all over the bay and white crap under the oil filler cap. All signs of a goosed head gasket?

I had a feeling it was possibly on its way out, I also have no idea on what condition the engine was in either, I'm neither pissed off or surprised...just insured it today though!!

So other than a gasket and a new timing belt whilst I'm at it, what's the suggested other stuff I need? Do I need to change headbolts, any other major things? I'll do the other manifold gaskets too.

I'd love to drop a fancy cam in there and spend time squeezing a few horses out of her....but I have no money for that and I need to have this running in a week.

Thanks for any knowledge bombs in advance!!

Autohau5

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Re: 1.8 8v head gasket replace
« Reply #1 on: Apr 22, 17, 00:37 »
Yes get new head bolts, timing belt tensioner, water pump, valve cover gasket. Have the head decked and block checked for straightness.

Honestly, I'd swap the engine for something else. ABA, AEG, 1.8T, 16v, etc.
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Cheesecake

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Re: 1.8 8v head gasket replace
« Reply #2 on: Apr 22, 17, 09:23 »
Honestly, I'd swap the engine for something else. ABA, AEG, 1.8T, 16v, etc.

Yeah a swap is in the pipeline, however this needs to take me on a rather large roady in a week...the budget I have is enough for a head gasket etc.

I've heard that getting the intake and exhaust off is a pain in the elbow....is it easier to lift the head out with it all attached...with help?!

Qogu

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Re: 1.8 8v head gasket replace
« Reply #3 on: Apr 22, 17, 09:29 »
If it's your first time this may be needed. There are  diys on vortex as well.


Cheesecake

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Re: 1.8 8v head gasket replace
« Reply #4 on: Apr 22, 17, 09:37 »
If it's your first time this may be needed. There are  diys on vortex as well.


Sweet, thanks. First time on an rv. Not my first head gasket swap though....nor last!!

Autohau5

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Re: 1.8 8v head gasket replace
« Reply #5 on: Apr 22, 17, 17:43 »
Yeah a swap is in the pipeline, however this needs to take me on a rather large roady in a week...the budget I have is enough for a head gasket etc.

I've heard that getting the intake and exhaust off is a pain in the elbow....is it easier to lift the head out with it all attached...with help?!

Intake comes off easy enough, but you can leave it attached. Disconnect the exhaust at the downpipe connection and remove the head. it's pretty light.
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Cheesecake

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Re: 1.8 8v head gasket replace
« Reply #6 on: Apr 23, 17, 15:55 »
Thanks for all the info so far guys. Just picked up all the parts I think I need so the fun begins this evening after work!

Is there a diy way to check that the head isn't warped.... I havent got the time to take it anywhere to be checked or skimmed. Is it a massive problem? All i can think of using is a flat level and hoping its not warped!! I haven't had it overheat ever, but who knows about its past....360000 on the clock!!

Autohau5

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Re: 1.8 8v head gasket replace
« Reply #7 on: Apr 23, 17, 18:04 »
Get a proper straight edge, and measure across the head diagonally, and across each combustion chamber with feeler gauges. Bentley lists the max allowable variance.
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Cheesecake

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Re: 1.8 8v head gasket replace
« Reply #8 on: Apr 23, 17, 19:02 »
Get a proper straight edge, and measure across the head diagonally, and across each combustion chamber with feeler gauges. Bentley lists the max allowable variance.

Thanks very much. Will get that done