Camshaft and Valve Lifter Wear

mathlaw

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Mar 16, 2015
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Toronto
TDI
2002 Golf (MK4)
Do you guys think it is still driveable? Or should I completely stop driving it until I get the lifter fixed?
 

UhOh

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Dec 24, 2014
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PNW
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2000 & 2003 Golf GLS (2005 Mercedes E320 CDI)
You may need more than to "get the lifter fixed." Would be interesting to see what that lifter looks like sitting up (rather than down). Kind of hard to tell, though it almost looks like the cam lobe is pitting (= new cam).
 

flee

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Sep 19, 2011
Location
Chatsworth, CA
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2002 Jetta GLS wagon
I wouldn't even start it until you replace anything questionable in the head.
Doing the cam and lifters is not that big a job if that's all it needs.
It is a good time to do the timing belt if you need that too.
 

Ski in NC

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Jul 7, 2008
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Wilmington, NC USA
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2001 Jetta ALH 5sp stock
Rotate engine a bit so cam lobe tip is visible. Usually if lifter wears, cam tip does too. Hard to get a good photo of lifter when cam is on top of it.
 
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