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Replacing Valve Cover Gasket
While changing the spark plugs I found a small leak on top of a spark plug. Bummer!

What else should I do while I'm in there.
I have a stock 2001.5 variant 1.8T with 90K.
Timing belt and tensioner were done at 80K.
Ran Auto-RX through my engine at 80K as well.

List so far from searches....

Valve Cover Gasket Replacement

Replace 1.8t AWM cam chain tensioner - I caught the mention for the intake cam seal in this thread. I will use the tip for the "6 hands"!
I am still contemplating this one though. I have had no noise/problems with this at the moment.

I plan to scrub the parts that can be scrubbed. I noticed the items in the valve cover gasket thread of what not to touch.

Any other thoughts or ideas?
Thanks in advance for any feedback!
-MNflycaster

BTW
I am a novice at this stuff.
This will be my first time taking off a valve cover.
Oil changes/plugs/Filters/Brakes/Hoses/Lights/Interior mods/detailing is about my speed.


Brief Thanks to you folks in this forum!
PW has been great so far. I have learned alot from ya'll. My wife even gets into the small mods on our wagon. We have so far done the following...
PhatBox - cut off the fake heat sinks
Alientech™ AlienWindow
NB sunglass holder
Mikado garage door opener
Blue mirrors
euro light switch
wood shifter/ashtray
stainless sills
mud flaps - dirt road etc...
Various light mods inside
replaced various exterior/interior parts for new
vag-com -tranny mod-my wife's favorite! (all cars get low mpg with her;) )
 

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here's the original writeup:
http://ca-va.org/tech/camtensioner/index4.html

you can see if you need to do the intake cam seal by feeling/looking at the back/right side of the head. there is a half moon cut out, that is where it leaks from. no leaks? dont worry about it...

my only suggestions when you remove the valve cover are:
-buy a can O air, or have compressed air handy. CLEAN the outside of the engine well before beginning.
-buy a magnetic pickup tool. you'll thank me.
 

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Thanks modifiedA4!
Got air and the mag pickup - how'd ya know I'm all thumbs!;)
I hate having a part fall down on the belly pan and having to fish around for it!

I like the original write up with Old German font.

What's your thought on doing the cam if I haven't had any probs? Or is this something that should be considered a "get 'er done" maintenance thing?


here's the original writeup:
http://ca-va.org/tech/camtensioner/index4.html

you can see if you need to do the intake cam seal by feeling/looking at the back/right side of the head. there is a half moon cut out, that is where it leaks from. no leaks? dont worry about it...

my only suggestions when you remove the valve cover are:
-buy a can O air, or have compressed air handy. CLEAN the outside of the engine well before beginning.
-buy a magnetic pickup tool. you'll thank me.
 

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Thanks modifiedA4!
Got air and the mag pickup - how'd ya know I'm all thumbs!;)
I hate having a part fall down on the belly pan and having to fish around for it!

I like the original write up with Old German font.

What's your thought on doing the cam if I haven't had any probs? Or is this something that should be considered a "get 'er done" maintenance thing?
here's a tip for dropped items on the belly pan. i usually give a few smacks with an open hand and the part typically bounces out. easy, quick...effective :)

i changed the tensioner while i was in there because i have nearly 100K miles on the motor. If I had less miles, like 50 or 60K i would leave it.
 

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I'll do it then! I'm up there at 90K.
Just looked through your web site. I'm in awe...:bowdown:
Clean ride and clean engine!
Lot's of work in those articles.
Gonna try the fog light buff. Got me inspired!:thumbup:
 
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