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  Quote orangeokie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: New W8 Owner
    Posted: 13-Jan-2019 at 01:31
Interesting. I took care of my cam adjusters by replacing both of them. Zero trouble since then. Keep us updated on your flushing technique and the Motul.
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  Quote Michel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07-Jan-2019 at 16:18
Concerning the cams ajusters, mine started again to click like a damage motor (very scary). Maybe due to the cold weather. I didn't hear this clicking since 50KKm ago. I only use MOTUL full synthetic (507 spec) since at least 5 years. The recommended OEM by VW Castrol degrade fastly under high temp and leave crap in engine heads and solenoid cams. 5 Years ago, I taught my engine was damage and I read a post from a fellow that recovered his W8 Engine with Gunk Engine flush. I put two bottles of Gunk and let engine running for 15-20 minutes at Idle with some intermittent rev and guess what, the cams solenoids came back alive again!
Dumped the oil (it was black like crap) and refill engine oil with another two bottles of Gunk engine flush and let run again on Idle for another 15-20 minutes with some intermittent Rev. Dumped back the oil that turned mid brown. Since then, I only use Motul. Changed a valve cover gasket last year and there was very little oil carbon deposit. Now, I think I will have to perform another engine flush. If it doesn't perform well, I will then have to try the solenoid 'shock therapy'...
W8-2003-270kKm, Moonrock Grey, Tiptronic, still Running well. Second W8-2002- 200KKm that need an engine...   
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  Quote Uberhare Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03-Jan-2019 at 00:34
Update. Repaired 1 bastard coolant hose that resides just above the sub-frame. You can get it through the wheel well if you can the tire off (just barely!)

I'm upto 5 W8s total now:
04 Wagon Blue (driving)
03 Wagon Blue (could be fixed)
02 Sedan Silver (parts)
03 Wagon Silver (hit front left/parts)
02 Sedan Black (parts) 380K !

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  Quote Uberhare Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02-Oct-2018 at 01:35
Winter is just around the corner, time to get this one out again! It was hardly driven over the summer. Phaeton W12 kept me busy.
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  Quote Uberhare Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25-Apr-2018 at 03:49
Originally posted by orangeokie

Great story. Cam Adjusters still OK?


Not going to answer that question in fear they might be listening.
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  Quote orangeokie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25-Apr-2018 at 01:51
Great story. Cam Adjusters still OK?
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  Quote Uberhare Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24-Apr-2018 at 01:42
Jinxed it. Last week I was thinking how wonderful this car has been!   My son took it to work Saturday and prompty brought it back with a plume of smoke in trail.    It looked like something catastrophic let go inside! Turns out one of the injectors stuck wide open. Good thing I have a parts engine laying around. They were seriously stuck in the head.   Almost didn't think it was going to come out in 1 piece!   Running like a champ again.
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  Quote Uberhare Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05-Feb-2018 at 03:40
So far the problem has not come back. It cleared itself the next time I started it, so I reset the codes. I imagine it will come back eventually.
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  Quote GS535i Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05-Feb-2018 at 00:15
The 'shock therapy' is a good deal, and frequently works ----- until you find one of the 4 solenoids that is obviously stuck - no 'click'.

At that point, it is not much more work to pull the valve cover and remove the offending solenoid for a cleaning & flush of the bore.

Did this once w. success, described herehttp://www.w8forum.dk/forum_posts.asp?TID=5457&KW=&title=camshaft-adjuster--p0021-fix-success

Edited by GS535i - 05-Feb-2018 at 00:18
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  Quote JayTheSnork Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30-Jan-2018 at 04:48
which cam adjuster is the impossible one to get unless you pull the engine?


Edited by JayTheSnork - 30-Jan-2018 at 04:48
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