March 16, 2012 at 1:37 pm #234050charlieParticipant
Do all old VW,s drip oil? Mine sure does and I cant get it to stop. I have been told that they all do, is that right? If so how much?March 16, 2012 at 1:46 pm #249788Paul MossbergKeymaster
Let’s say A LOT of them do! But a properly built and maintained VW engine will not.Two primary things to look at:Oil pan screen cover. I bet ninety percent of owners over tighten the nuts holding the screen cover on. And it is imperative to replace the copper washers and paper gaskets (one above, one below the screen) each time you remove and clean the screen.Valve covers. The original stock valve covers are the best. Some woudl say they are the ONLY alternative. Again, replace the gaskets every time you adjust the valves (which is every 3,000 miles). And use original equipmetn style, CORK gaskets. Clean teh valve covers and the heads where eh gaskets make contact. Then clean them again. Maybe third time! (Get the message?) Apply a light coat of grease to the gaskets to hold them into the covers when you – CAREFULLY – replace the covers.Bolt on valave covers are notorious for leaking. Don’t know why. But they do! Intuitively, it would seem the bolts would hold tighter. But that theory it fails in the real world.
Former Owner of a 1981 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
2005 Intermeccanica Roadster
If you own a TDr and are not in the Registry, please go to https://tdreplica.com/forums/topic/mg-td-replica-registry/ and register (you need to copy and paste the link)March 16, 2012 at 4:38 pm #249789charlieParticipant
Thanks Paul I try that.CharlieMarch 26, 2012 at 10:21 am #249790Hugh CoffeyParticipant
PMossberg is right. VW’s don’t leak oil unless there is a problem. Another place is the push rod tubes. The spring loaded are notorious for leaking, use original VW parts. Another place to check is around the oil pump. If somebody replaced it and pulled it using a screwdriver to pry it out, they probably damaged the sealing surface on the block. If so the you have to pull the pump and gently sand any ridge out and replace the gaskets and reinstall. Good luck.March 26, 2012 at 10:33 am #249791RoyalParticipant
I just rebuilt my engine and am proud to say that there are NO leaks or drips (now). So, it’s possible. Yes.March 26, 2012 at 10:38 am #249792RoyalParticipant
PS I meant to add that I used new original style push rod tubes with new end seals. I had read here and on the Samba about the problems with the aftermarket spring loaded types which “seemed” like a good idea. Go with original equipment.March 26, 2012 at 11:49 am #249793edward ericsonParticipant
Good on ya, Roy!
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