I am preparing the block in my 89 VW Fox for installation of a new cylinder head (the last one was slightly warped, head gasket was blown when I got the car, apparently due to overheating).
I am having trouble getting all the old head gasket material off the block. What is the safest way to get the deck clean without damaging the surface? I have tried gasket removers and various solvent, but am not making much progress.
I have read all kinds of different suggestions online about this. Some simply say, use a scraper, be careful not to gouge the surface.
Others say they use abrasives of some sort, but without removing the block from the vehicle, dissassembling it and flushing it out, this method seems dangerous.
How is this usually done by professionals?
Besides plugging up the holes and stuffing rages in the cylinders, how can I be sure that the engine is free of debris before I fire it up for the first time.
have the same problem?
Sunday, May 6th, 2007 AT 11:19 AM