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Re: [T3] Cylinder Head

Yes, your loss of power can be directly tied to the loose head. Your valves
will not stay adjusted properly either when this happens. When your cylinder
head comes loose, you usually have a problem with the studs coming loose in
the case. This can be cured with threaded inserts called case savers, but it
generally requires full engine disassembly. It's OK to try to torque theyFain, it may or may not work, but heads don't usually come loose
without the above problem.

The engine rebuild is sound advice with this problem. However, if you are on
a budget, you may be able to tear it all apart, install case savers at the
machine shop, and put it all back together again with new seals and be on
your way. Lot of work for not getting a new engine though.

Nathan Jacobsen
'62 NB
'69 SB M/T
ICQ #38633286

> Volks,
>     A week ago, I brought my car to a local Volkswagen shop to have a
> mechanic to take a look at my engine. The mechanic observed the motor and
> shared this a bad news to me. He told me that the left side of the engine
> separated from the head and the cylinder. I would say a bit fine line is
> separated that caused "air leak". I asked him if this could be repaired.
> suggested rebuilding the engine. I also did asked him if I could tighten
> bolts on the head to the cylinder and he advised me not to do that
> the cylinder would not set properly. Another local experienced Volkswagen
> engine rebuilter encouraged me to torque the cylinder head. I am at lost.
> would like to hear your advises if I should go ahead torque the nuts. I
> 1973 Squareback w/ automatic tranny with dual carbs.
>     I noticed that my car's performance is not the same, as before, I was
> able to speed at 80 MPH easily without flooring the gas pedal in the past.
> Right now, my car would only reach up to 70's MPH while the gas pedal is
> slammed on the floor. Even through my setting for the car is correct. I
> already adjusted the valve, pointer, balanced the dual carbs, and timed
> I wonder the leak in the cylinder head cause this poor performance?
> Thanks,
> -Jason
>  '73 Bright Orange Squareback
>  '66 Westfalia
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