Is there anyone near Kernersville that can give a fellow Opel brother some help ? :banghead:
Please let Opel Jim know
Thanks a billion
Please let Opel Jim know
Thanks a billion
From the way Steve talked, (Opel owner) they did try to turn it over like that in an effort to get oil to the lifters. I Pmed Opeljim to get me some specs on the engine as to what was put in on the rebuild and the year of the engine. I suspect it all goes back to the Oil pump after the distributor was pulled when they took the head off the first time. I think it's in the pressure relief valve in the pump cover or in the timing cover. It is hard to diagnose it over the phone and the owner doesn't know that much about an Opel engine, neither does the "Repair shop" I'll know more when I hear from Opeljim and see the engine. I almost spit out my Ginger Ale when I heard Steve tell me 24 quarts of oil, and made him repeat that part twice. He lives about 45 min from me so that won't be a problem getting to the car. I told him to get another head gasket set from OGTS and we would go from there.Holy Mackerel! I hope they don't try to turn the engine over with that much oil in it. Hydraulic lock would be BAD...:banghead:
Now I concur with you 100% JarrellSteve came by to see me today and I showed him a few different engines and types of oil pumps. Flat cover and the other with the pressure relief valve in the cover, and showed him how to check them out. He said the ticking had occured after he had driven 450 miles, and to me that sounds like valve adjustment. Then he said there was no oil getting to the back part of the head, so I showed him in the service manual how the oil was circulated, and a head that I had off an engine and how oil got to it. The "Mechanic" has now backed off on the thought that lifters are the problem.
Steve said Gueher had gone by and had offered, maybe even let them borrow a service manual, and they acted like they knew it all. He said they also figured out they didn't need new head bolts either. That was the point I asked about a service manual and heard the above.
I asked him if they even knew the torque sequence and lbs per inch for the torque, and he said they just started wrenching away. I also showed him the torque sequence in the service manual. He left with a little better idea of what to look/ask about, but he really needs to get the car out of that shop and at least to one in Greensboro that works on imports and can "read" a Service Manual. I can go and take a look maybe next week, but the way the "Repair shop" sounds, I don't think I will be met with a very warm, fuzzy reception. What a mess.:banghead:
I also told him again to join up here and all the questions he had about the car were here on the board. That's the best I can do now from a distance. I'd give it a shot, but I'll be planting in a about a month and need to service equipment.
I'll keep everyone informed on the "Repair Shop Saga" and I'm sure Gueher will too.
"Exactly what I told him too." WJYI called Chris to find out how many head bolts were damaged and he told me none I assured him it is ok to retorque this bolts so he said OK not to sent them.
"That's why I showed him a hyd lifter, the head, and the different oilpumps as well as the FSM and the lube chart. It's pumped up not "lifted"." WJYYes Chris told me he wanted new lifters because they were not "drawing up any oil ". I am still not sure if they were damaged on the 450 mile drive, and if they really need to be replaced as they were NEW when we sent the engine there. 450 miles later they need to be replaced?
"Exactly again, that's why I have thought all along it was a simple valve adjustment." WJYWhat still puzzles me is that if Steve drove the car that far and there was no oil getting to the head then why didn't the cam bearings tear up, why didn't the cam seize, why didn't the timing chain break ???
"No problem, just have to fix the "mechanics" mistakes.:banghead:"I know you are super busy so again thank you for your help and support
"Exactly what I told him too." WJY
"Exactly again, that's why I have thought all along it was a simple valve adjustment." WJY
Both my machinist John at NAPA in Fallbrook, mechanics Jim Petzold, Joe Alsuiex Tom Papadokis and I all agreed that all that was needed was a valve adjustment. I even told Chris what and how to do the adjustment.
BUT that was not done properly and the car was given to Steven in "driveable" condition. So now who knows how badly it was damaged.
I am sure many if not all of the seals will need to be replaced.
Sending a head gasket set to Steve.
Still not sure if the lifters got damaged?:banghead: