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Old 03-17-2009, 08:54 PM   #1
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here's my day at work today. i actually have to do this all too often to audi and vw cars. this guy didn't change his oil for 7k, a lifter got starved and trashed the cam shaft lobe, luckily it was just 1 of 4 cams. . these engines have 5 valves per cylinder 30 valves in all. and they get bent if anything moves slightly once the belt is off.

manual said to remove the cylinder head, but i said screw that.





these are actually kinda fun to work on. its kinda nice when the whole front end is off, makes everything pretty easy.

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What? This is why I stick with american or japanese. Those germans can build a car but damn trying to repair is a differant story. I heard a horror story about trying to change a fog light bulb on a VW bug, and I got my butt handed to me trying to change the cartridge oil filter on a mini.

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Old 03-17-2009, 09:09 PM   #3
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oh yeah, vw bug lights are retarded. i work on enough german stuff, i hate mercedes and bmw. i don't mind vw and audi. the mercedes and bmw do a good job at keeping their info secretive. no one wants to touch these cars, and very few shops will do what i'm doing on that car, they'll pass it up and so no thanks. i don't mind it, and its a $3,000 ticket right now, and will most likely be more cuz the car needs other work.
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Nice. I remember everytime I changed tires on a VW or Audi it had atleast one bent wheel.
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Old 03-17-2009, 09:16 PM   #5
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Old 03-17-2009, 10:28 PM   #6
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we had a audi A4 i think it was 6 cly wagon come in guy wanted a oil leak checked out the dork i worked for mister master mechanic messed up and broke the part located pass side behind the head so he had to take timin chain and cams loose to fix it . well he never did one and he bought that car .. he turned it over and bent a valve... glad i just did the air cooled VWs for his shop


i looked at a VW today ...... restoring one for a guy in my shop right now took son fishing instead..... brakes tomorrow
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Old 03-18-2009, 07:20 AM   #7
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It took me an hour to change the headlight bulb in the wifey's BMW last week. There is actually a removable panel inside the fender well lining to get to the back side of the headlights. Only problem is that it's so small it's hard to get your hand in there, and once you do, you can't see what you are doing.

Oh well, $8.95 for the bulb.... the stealership wanted $140 to change the bulb.
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Old 03-18-2009, 07:25 AM   #8
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dont act like you actually get stuff done when your at work =p
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Old 03-18-2009, 07:32 AM   #9
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Love working on duel over head cam motors so much fun to re-time the car with that many cam shafts!
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dave my timing belt was loose on the honda and it jumped timing and destroyed the head!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...






jk buddy, i had a vw jetta for a little while, it was a mark 4, 03. had the 2.slow in it but its all good, thing sucked to change a water pump! you gotta undo the motor mounts and jack the engine up! there amazing cars and i think alot of thought goes behind them, but they are over engineered. at the risk of being hated on and sounding like an ignorant teen i will say that this honda prelude i bought is the best engineered car i've ever had the pleasure of workin on. after 16 years all the electronics work and the car runs great, shifts amazingly smooth ( better than my dads 08 stang) and is just an amazing car.
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Old 03-18-2009, 07:49 PM   #12
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^i really believe the japs made some good stuff, especially back then, they really tried to make an impression. they still make better stuff, its sad really. and we wonder why american manufacturers are in such worse shape.
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you know why a honda revs to the moon and runs well past 200k?
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I think Toyota made some very easy motors to work on...

But Dave, ever change the started on a Toyota 4.0L V8?
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you know why a honda revs to the moon and runs well past 200k?


tight clearances! very well engineered, close clearances help these motors stay intact when they rev past 9k! and also is the reason they go well beyond 200k
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Aww, crap too late that was meant for the changing the starter
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I think Toyota made some very easy motors to work on...

But Dave, ever change the started on a Toyota 4.0L V8?
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cadillace has been doing that since the northstar came out. couldn't come up with a better place i guess.
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wow that is a bad idea, can't believe that toyota did that!
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Isnt that like the distributor on the ls1 engines I think it was? I know there was something seemingly simple to change that was a pain on the V8's that were in the buick roadmasters.
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cadillace has been doing that since the northstar came out. couldn't come up with a better place i guess.
Yeah, I know. A friend of mine thought it would be cool to buy a '93 Lexus LS400 one day and the starter went out. After 7hrs into it by himself, he called me and it took another 4 to get it all done. THAT was a fun night.
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my favorite is cadillac northstar head gaskets. you basically can't replace them. you get a new block. the threads in the aluminum motor come out with the headbolts. then they tried to make something called "timesert" it was like a helicoil. they want you to drill and tap a few thousandths of an inch away from water jackets. so those don't work either. needs a head gasket, gets a block, and i've had to do it. love american cars.
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anyone ever work on a lawnmower engine?



a buddy of mine tore one down, lady said it was knockin realy bad, so he took the
"head" off and said the piston would just move round in a circle, lots of play in it!!!!!
but lots of carbon build up, clean the carbon, take the motor to a lawnmower engine builder specialist, guys says its fine, sure enough puts it all back together and it runs like it was new!
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small engines are so darn simple. i used to not wanna touch them. easy breasy right there.
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small engines are so darn simple. i used to not wanna touch them. easy breasy right there.
Agreed. Fuel, spark, compression. Thats as easy as it gets there. What you are doing on that audi is dam near open heart surgery. Nice work man.
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Agreed. Fuel, spark, compression. Thats as easy as it gets there. What you are doing on that audi is dam near open heart surgery. Nice work man.
If thats open heart surgery, whats it mean when I change the rear in my jeep?
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That would be a colonoscopy.
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If thats open heart surgery, whats it mean when I change the rear in my jeep?
you are now a proctologist

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