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Old 01-23-2011, 02:06 AM
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Default Head Gasket Replacement

This beetle is my girlfriends car. However recently, I've began to notice certain problems with it. Its 2000 2.0L with 110000km.

1. It produces no heat and the windshield doesn't defrost because of it(big problem here considering the temperature we can experience).

2. The oil is milky and is higher than the recommend level on the dipstick. I'm sure when i last changed the oil I only put in the proper amount.

3. The coolant level is lower than expected, the side coolant flange is leaking however this would not account for the amount of coolant missing. And coolant is not leaking onto the ground.

4. During idle you can hear the valves or lifters clicking, I suppose because the coolant has displaced the oil and the valves are only being lubricated by dirty coolant.

5. During idle and reving the engine up to 1500RPM the low oil pressure light comes on, again likely because the oil pickup is sucking only coolant.

I'm assuming that this is a head/head gasket problem. I've order a gasket set/bolt set, along with a new side coolant flange and timing belt kit with pump.

The car since the oil pressure light came on hasn't been driven. However it will be to driven to the garage when the parts arrive, But I plan on draining the oil, and replacing it with cheap oil and filling the coolant up so it can make it the 10km to the garage.

I'm just wondering and looking for confirmation that it is likely a head/head gasket problem.

Also I'm looking for the torque specs and tightening sequence for the head bolts. And a guide online would be great too, I did a search but couldn't find anything.

In return I'll promise pictures when the time comes

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Old 01-23-2011, 01:07 PM
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Torque sequence....

10...4...2...6...8 drivers side of head


front of car

Step 1 30 ftlbs
Step 2 additional 90 degrees
Step 3 additional 90 degrees
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Old 01-23-2011, 03:08 PM
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Doing the head gasket on a 2.0 is a piece of cake; if you are a DIY type you could save yourself some monies if you did it your self. Here is my head gasket thread; it might be helpful.
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Old 01-23-2011, 03:32 PM
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had to do my head gasket. wasnt so bad

you do need a special tool for the head bolts.

i order mines from ebay. cant remember the seller but get the one that give you both types. the old and new style.

I got a my headbolts from autozone to for $9.
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Old 01-23-2011, 04:21 PM
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I'm pretty DIY, i've done a gasket on my pontiac grand prix. I just donn't have a garage so I had to beg too borrow one

And my girlfriend father has a complete set of the unique tools fortunately.
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