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2004 beetle changed head gasket. put back together running real rough and wont go over 2000 rpms

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  • scott_abshir Sep 06, 2009

    the reason for replacing head gasket was the old one blew. is it possible that the lack of power is from timming might be off one tooth.

  • silver top May 11, 2010

    hi may i assume you have connected pluglead in correct firing order ? also that you reset valveslifters ? as the fitting new gasket will alter clearances and possible an exhaust valve is held off seating due to the above resulting in lack of compression on one or more cyl's ? a compression test on all cyl's would verify or eliminate possibility ?? you do not say what the reason was for replacing h/gasket ? please come back with results on findings or more info so we could help/offer more advice



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Hi thanks for update the engine would run rough ifvalve timing was off a tooth however if in doubt ? recheck ! whenever you fit new belts or change always fit and work anticlockwise from the crankshaft ! this ensures the crank and cam side of belt and or chain is tight with the cam and crank t d c marks are aligned before you fit to other cogs and round tensioner did you compression test ? this also would verify lower comp's on each cyl due to valves not timed ie inlet+exhaust out of cynk ps do not ev engine too much just in case this is problem

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