OT: Buyer Beware

John jsessoms002 at nc.rr.com
Mon Apr 15 10:38:22 EDT 2019

I've done it with older cars ... before I got older myself. 8^)

On 4/14/2019 09:19:42, Bulent Celasun wrote:
> I would have never thought about doing such a work myself (at age 60).
> This probably shows that my thinking part aged a lot earlier than
> your muscles and joints.
> Bulent
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> Alan C <cole at lantic.net>, 14 Nis 2019 Paz, 16:03 tarihinde şunu yazdı:
>> My younger daughter had the misfortune of cam belt failure on her 1995
>> Hyundai Accent 1.5 csi. The car has been in the family since new & has
>> been a reliable, economic runner. The cam belt had been replaced at
>> 100000 & 200000km as recommended but this one failed after only another
>> 75000km. The first 2 replacement cam belts were genuine Hyundai but the
>> third an after market substitute. Strangely enough, I still have the cam
>> belt I removed at 200000km & it looks perfectly OK!  After stripping it
>> was found that, luckily, the only damage was bent exhaust valve heads on
>> cylinders 1 & 3. (This is an interference engine design). On account of
>> the age of the car I didn't want to spend too much on repairs so I
>> shopped around for the cheapest set of exhaust valves & a head set.
>> First problem - the valve stem oil seals were a loose fit (totally
>> useless) so I had to buy better ones. Second problem: the exhaust valves
>> were such poor quality that 3 of the stems bent when I was installing
>> them in the head using a valve spring compressor. I only noticed the
>> problem after I had re-installed the head & was busy fitting the cam &
>> rockers, 3 of which didn't line up with the valve stems. Back to square
>> one. I will need to buy another good quality set of exhaust valves. I
>> will also buy a top quality head gasket - I don't trust anything cheap
>> any more. I have successfully done many engine overhauls over the years
>> & must say I enjoy this sort of thing but this time, at the age of 75, I
>> find I am suffering all sorts of aches & pains I have never had before,
>> so this will definitely be the last!
>> Thanks for listening. I feel much better now.
>> Alan C

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