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  1. Head Gasket Change with Engine in?

    Engine & Gearbox
    Yo dudes, Does anybody know if you can change the head gasket with the engine still in? If so, how hard is it? Currently have the van stripped down this far. What else needs to be taken out for access? Also anything to be aware of when changing the timing belts? Can it be done without...
  2. buying van with gasket replaced

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    Hi, I'm looking at t5 camper thats 10yrs old, 130k miles for a possible purchase. I'm no expert on engines but interested in some opinions. The private seller is upfront about the work its had done on it:- its had its head gasket replaced. Its also had its head skimmed, new valves, valve...
  3. oil in radiator 1995 t4 petrol

    Engine & Gearbox
    i had oil in my radiator , so i took the head off and checked the headgasket but doent look like it was coming from the gasket, there might be a crack in the head , is there any where else on a 2.5 petrol T4 1995 transporter where the oil could get into the coolent.
  4. T5 2.0 BiTdi Coolant loss problems

    Engine & Gearbox
    I have had a mystery coolant loss on my van since I bought it a few weeks ago, it is under warranty and I have been using my regular garage to try and diagnose it. I drove to Cornwall (200 miles away) and after the drive once the van had cooled down it struggled to start again and hydrolocked a...
  5. Intermittent exhaust smell in cab

    Engine & Gearbox
    Hi all, My beloved T5 2.5l T32 (2009) has just been dropped off at the garage to investigate intermittent exhaust smell coming into the cab. This really only happens if I'm sitting in traffic and seems to be ok on the road. Weirdly it doesn't seem to happen all the time. I queried the issue at...
  6. What engine could I fit in My 1998 T4 special ?

    Engine & Gearbox
    Hi, I have owned my T4 for a few months and unfortunately my head gasket has recently gone. Its due to be stripped down next week at the garage and they say it will cost approximately £6-700 to repair, and that doesn't include finding and fixing the reason it broke in the first place. I have...
  7. using more oil than before???

    Engine & Gearbox
    hey,about a year ago had head gasket fixed by vw,all fine, then in jan this year had new turbo fitted by turbo specialists and van runs great but it seems to use oil now, never did before?? No visible leaks,no smoke, plenty of power but my question is this, could some breather pipe be blocked or...
  8. Head gasket / coolant loss...

    Engine & Gearbox
    T5 1.9 84 120k I think I have been unlucky and picked a problem van as already changed starter, engine mounts, drive shaft, anti roll bar links, front wrap around coolant pipe after just 7 months of ownership. My latest issue is it is loosing coolant on long journeys and under load, while temp...
  9. T4 1.9d block corrosion head gasket fail. Solutions??

    Engine & Gearbox
    After the pressure in my header tank got worse and worse and the van started to overheat to the point of boiling like a kettle, I finally gave up and took the head off. The gasket was not obviously knackered, although it seemed pretty dirty and generally crappy, so I got the head skimmed and...
  10. exhaust gasses in coolant after head gasket change

    Engine & Gearbox
    A big hello, I'm new to the forum. I have a 2.4d T4 that was overheating. Doing some googling I came to the conclusion that it was either the cooling system or a head gasket / cylinder head problem. To diagnose which I got myself a block check kit which uses a liquid to detect exhaust gasses...
  11. shelby5921

    Welcome to The VW T4 Forums
    Yes A newbie in need of assistance/advice.I’m running a t28 06 plate and recently had my temperature waring symbol come up on the dash.So I went to my local vw outlet and got myself some lovely new coolant.When I went to top up the reserve bottle I notice what was in the was quite thick black...
  12. T4 engine failure - need help!

    Engine & Gearbox
    Hi All I was on the M4 last week on a surf trip to Wales when I felt a slight loss of drive, looked in the mirror and noticed white smoke out the back and white smoke from the engine bay. The van was recovered back home where I checked it over. It dumped all its water, so I topped it up and saw...
  13. Water loss

    General Technical
    Hi there. I have recently had a new head gasket fitted in my T4, the cylinder was skimmed and the cam belt refitted. Prior to that I had new pipes put in as there were some splits and we replaced the thermostat and the housing (for the sensors). For some reason the water in the cylinder tank...
  14. K-seal coolant leak repair..any good?

    Engine & Gearbox
    Anyone have any experience with that k-seal coolant leak repair stuff? Im loosing a small amount of water on my 2.0 petrol t4 either through my heater matrix and/or head gasket as there is a bit of white smoke puffing out the exhaust :( Anyone recommend using it? Just seems a little "too good...
  15. The Purple Rat Project

    The Workshop
    First of all, this is a retrospective build thread, and now it’s a case of WTF had I bought! But prompted by some recent success I have had to put together a build thread. For some people who know me they will be thinking :mw I wanted to do this after significant progress as there wouldn't have...
  16. Garage in south wales

    Engine & Gearbox
    Hi Guys, Can anyone recommend a good garage in the south Wales area to get a head gasket done. Just had a test done and it looks like its on its way:( My Van is a 06 T5 1.9 Thanks is advance J
  17. Umm Milky

    Engine & Gearbox
    Hi all, I have taken my T4 Caravelle back to the garage that I got it from. After only 100 miles I find that I am getting a lot of smoke from the back for about 15 min after starting her. Also one of my mates has found some White Milky 'gunk' (Oil Mayonnaise!) on the oil cap. OH NO! I was...
  18. Coolant disappearing. Water Pump, Head Gasket or Cylinder Head?

    Engine & Gearbox
    1.9 2006 T5 125,000 miles. Hi All I've read through the other coolant issues and mine sounds very familiar. I'm here for confirmation of symptoms really and wondering if what the AA dude did has caused further damage. When I had an MOT and service the garage noticed the Intercooler was...
  19. HELP: I think i've blown my head gasket!

    Engine & Gearbox
    My 1.9td R reg SWB T4 died on the motorway on sat night, after the low level coolant light came on there was a sudden loss of power and had to pull over quickly! When i lifted the bonnet there was a lot of steam/smoke and hissing noises the coolant bottle was empty so quickly filled it, where...
  20. Head Gasket

    Engine & Gearbox
    Just been told that the head gasket on our 1997 (P) 1.9TD T4 needs to be replaced and will cost about £550. My questions are a) Does the following sound like a head gasket problem. The symptoms are that the van is using about 1ltr of water on a good run, but this seems to be due to high...
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