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Valve Clearance

Sat Feb 16, 2013 5:50 pm

Hello Gentlemen!

Is the valve clearance on a cold engine 0.13 or 0.15? Have read conflicting specs......Thank you in advance

Re: Valve Clearance

Sat Feb 16, 2013 5:59 pm

The book I have that came off Rudy's manual server shows 0.015. I figure a loose 0.013 is essentially a 0.015 anyway.
I grew up on VW's that really didn't like tight valves, so I always go a thou or so loose.

Re: Valve Clearance

Sat Feb 16, 2013 6:18 pm

.15. I have never seen them get looser only get tighter :D
I think Art says if they are tapping they aint burning
Boss

Re: Valve Clearance

Sat Feb 16, 2013 8:50 pm

Thank you....

Re: Valve Clearance

Sat Feb 16, 2013 9:53 pm

Early manuals listed .013, later ones went to .015. If your valves have just been redone, definitely use the .015 to allow for wear in.

Re: Valve Clearance

Sun Feb 17, 2013 8:09 am

ntrenn wrote:I grew up on VW's that really didn't like tight valves, so I always go a thou or so loose.


Can't even remember how many of those flat 4s I've rebuilt :wink:

Re: Valve Clearance

Sun Feb 17, 2013 9:50 am

.015 like Boss Hog says, they will tighten up. My grandfather was fond of saying what's on my tag line.

Re: Valve Clearance

Sun Feb 17, 2013 9:52 am

Every 60,000 miles on the '65 that Dad had....was a Euro model that PO had imported back when he got out of the service (GR sticker on the back deck).

The mark of needing a rebuild was if it wouldn't pull our big expressway hill at 50 mph, it was time for a freshening....

Re: Valve Clearance

Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:03 am

There's a hill in Indiana???? :shock:

Re: Valve Clearance

Mon Feb 18, 2013 12:34 pm

outdoors4evr wrote:There's a hill in Indiana????


There are lots of hills in Indiana. I drove my daughter to school in Columbia, SC, and it was nothing but up and down hill from the time I passed Indianapolis.
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