Question about 2005 Volkswagen Golf
Take the head off and see what it is. Probably the valve. Or could be a weak valve spring. If so you may be able to change it out with just removing the valve cover. But not easy.
Posted on May 06, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: low compression in cylinder 4
When an engine has a cylinder with low compression it will be caused by a mechanical malfunction, and the reasons for low compression in a cylinder can be a bent or burnt intake or exhaust valve, or a valve that is not closing all the way because of a piece of carbon or an improper valve adjustment, the head gasket could be faulty around the compression sealing rings, or the cylinder head could be warped or even cracked, and the piston for that cylinder could be damaged with a crack or a hole, or the piston rings could be worn out or damaged.
The cause of the low compression can be determined without having to dis-assemble and inspect the engine by a "Compression Leak-Down Test" and a good repair shop or someone with a compression leak-down tester and a good air compressor can perform that test.
Posted on Jun 19, 2010
I have changed a few cylinder heads under warranty for this type of problem. The exhaust valve guides wear, this causes the exhaust valve to seat badly, giving low compression. if one cylinder compresion reading is more than about 50 psi below the others, then this warrants head removal. It is quite a job, due to the fact that the camshft id chain driven. If you are up for it then once the head is removed, poor liquid into the exhaust ports and see if it leaks out through any of the exhaust valves.
Posted on Jul 23, 2009
burned valve is likely the culprit.... or bad rings.... hook air up to that cyclinder one at a time.... and listen where the air is escaping... be aware that the motor will rotate till the piston is at the bottom of it's rotation. if it's a burned valve you will have to remove the head and replace it but somewhat easier job then replacing the rings. darn almost forgot.... it can also be a blown head gasket.... same procedure but you might need a brush and some soap water to test for an air leak at the side of the head. when you are done spray some wd 40 on it to get the water off so the spark plugs do not arc.
Posted on Sep 26, 2008
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