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2000 TDI Camshaft break in process

Discussion in 'VW Mk4 Jetta, Golf, New Beetle, Passat TDI forum' started by 72ford4x4, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. 72ford4x4

    72ford4x4 New Member

    Feb 21, 2012
    VW JETTA TDI 2000
    Hello fellow TDI owners!

    I am installing a new camshaft and lifters and was wondering about start up and break in for the cam and lifters on my 2000 TDI ALH Jetta. Any sugeestions?
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  2. chittychittybangbang

    chittychittybangbang Administrator

    May 23, 2007
    2006 Jetta TDI
    Some suggest gibbs break in oil but I just drizzled w/enigne oil and kept it at around 2000 rpm for 10 minutes to keep pressure up.
  3. Mavrick

    Mavrick Member

    Feb 15, 2012
    1999.5 VW Jetta TDI
    No break in required. Take it easy for 20-30 minutes idling, reving to 2000 and driving until the oil is warm and the lifters are all pumped up. Valvetrain may be noisy (ticking) for the first 5-10 minutes, that is normal.

    Be sure to crank the engine over by hand several times over a 10-20 minute period before you run it because if the lifters are pumped up (full of oil) before you install them, this could result in tighter clearances and possibly valve/lifter damage right away!

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