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Quality tools... would have been good to have...

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feeling a bit of déjà vu... don’t know why...
Reminds of when I broke the Polydrive bit rebuilding my wife's engine.
Torqueing the heads bolts down, a corner of the bit snapped off and fell into the engine.
Had to take the engine back apart to fish out the broken off piece. (n)
 

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Here's the bit.

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This was the stage of assembly I was at.
Head to remove one of heads and oil pan.
So that meant, another new head gasket, set of head bolts and clean off all the oil pan sealant and then re-assemble.
That was a frustrating day to say the least.

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Ok, my day wasn’t all that bad then... yikes
 
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Here's the bit.

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This was the stage of assembly I was at.
Head to remove one of heads and oil pan.
So that meant, another new head gasket, set of head bolts and clean off all the oil pan sealant and then re-assemble.
That was a frustrating day to say the least.

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I...must...do... an engine...like this... Jesus..you guys are Passat gods
 

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Besides a few minor issues I had that engine rebuild was actually pretty fun. Wasn't anything special, straight up stock.
5 years on, it performs awesome.
 

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It is rubber, but the colour threw me off as well! I thought it would be black, but no... fleshy pink... hmmm ok
"thought it would be BLACK" whatta think,VW is just drilling holes in hockey pucks and sending them to North America as dampers........seriously though, totally respect your organizational skills and methodology remembering the 7 Ps my mentors taught me: Prior Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance
 

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"thought it would be BLACK" whatta think,VW is just drilling holes in hockey pucks and sending them to North America as dampers........seriously though, totally respect your organizational skills and methodology remembering the 7 Ps my mentors taught me: Prior Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance
Then you deal with crappy tools where; Piss poor performance prevents any bloody chance to get your shit done. See? It even messes up alliterative escapades to get a point across... oh well. I’m picking up a new one when I drive my son to work...

Hey, it’s Turkey Weekend up here in igloo land! And... my wife is an amazing chef! Her food is to die for.. or in our case; to lose a knuckle over, when tools unexpectedly break on you...
 
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Hmm, now I wish had my Gates belt to compare. I either gave that belt away to someone here or I tossed it. I do have a brand new in the box Continental belt laying around somewhere though.
 

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I would be willing to bet that the OEM belt was a Conti belt. VW and Continental are hallmarks of Lower Saxony.
Short story: Hannover has a huge convention center, which I was at a few years ago for a trade show. A German acquaintance was our driver and tour guide, and knowing that I'm partial to Audis, rented us an A6 turbo-diesel wagon. That thing wasn't slow either. He got it up to 245 km/hr (152 MPH), which actually began to make me nervous.
 

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Ok... gonna open the garage and try a cold start... If feel an earthquake and you see a mushroom cloud outside of your window to the North, with many pieces of car raining down - then that was me
 

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no start... lol I forgot to reconnect the battery...
 
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You have hand-cranked the engine over with plugs out to verify everything still lines up?
I never try anything, I just do it...
Wanna try me?

That's actually a line from White Zombie's Thunder Kiss '65 song
 

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Oh yeah, I gave it the two revs and everything in the instructions!

it’s running very smooth and not noisy at all. Quieter than the old belt. Now, I scrubbed each pulley with throttle cleaner to make sure there was no residue of anything (for timing and serpentine belts).

It must have been the thermostat that was busted; now the car runs between 96C-98C, instead of the previous level of 63. Those oxygen and purge codes are gone now

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and pretty smooth running
 
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The old one doesn’t look old at all.


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There were ‘fractures’ seen on closer inspection and it was stretched, it seemed as it hardly took any effort on the tensioner
 

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I’ll have to order a serpentine belt and tensioner; the tensioner pulley is headed towards the grave, and the belt isn’t much better
 

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I’ll have to order a serpentine belt and tensioner; the tensioner pulley is headed towards the grave, and the belt isn’t much better
You didn't get those items along with timing belt stuff? :oops:
That's usually standard practice.
 
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