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Tools you will need:
Flat Head Screwdriver
2 Crescent Wrenches
.006 Feeler Guages
Last week when one of our employees
was off-roading in the desert, he and his friends had pulled into camp for the
night. After unloading and settling down, he noticed that a puddle had quickly
developed under his friend's car. A closer inspection revealed that the number
three push rod tubes had been damaged most likely from a rock that had been
kicked up into them.
After the car had cooled down a bit,
they cleaned the tubed off with some carb cleaner. When a visitor slithered up
they decided to call it a night. The next morning the valve cover bale was
popped off and the valve cover was removed. The rocker assembly nuts were
unthreaded, and the rocker assembly was pulled off the head.
The push rods were removed from the
tubes. So they wouldn't be damaged when a pry bar was used to remove the
leaking tubes from the engine. The case and head were cleaned up in preparation
for the quick change adjustable tubes. A bit of oil from the valve cover was
used to lube the seals on the new tubes and then the tubes were slid into place
on the engine and the cylinder head. The lock nuts for the tubes were threaded
down to lock the tube in place and two crescent wrenches were used to lock the
jamb nuts together.
The push rods were slid back into
place into the tubes and the rocker assembly was installed back onto the studs
after aligning all the push rods. The valves were adjusted on both cylinders to
make sure they were in spec after removing the rockers. The valve cover was set
back in place and the bale was pushed back on.
Lastly, they checked the oil to make
sure the engine wasn't running low from the leak and the fix was complete so
they could enjoy the rest of their trip. This is exactly what quick change, two
piece or adjustable push rods as some call them, are for. They are intended as
a quick fix for a damaged tube in a temporary capacity. We never recommend
using two piece push rod tubes as a permanent fix for an oil leak. Adjustable
push rod tubes just offer another place for the oil to leak from.
However, in the right place, at the
right time, the tubes can mean the difference between cutting a trip short or
finishing off a weekend in the dirt. Thanks for watching, stop by JBugs.com for
all your off road parts and your vintage Volkswagen parts and accessories.