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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

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    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

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    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

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    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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