|Quote, originally posted by The.Refused »|
|I took the rod out again this morning and took off the GruvenPart bushings. I cleaned them all up, and before I put them back on, I cut a thin strip of electrical tape and wrapped it around the rod once, then put the bushings over top of it. This made the play in between the bushing and the rod go away, but the slick surface of the tape still allows the bushing to rotate. I put it all back together and just came back from a test drive. No more rattles, and a nice smooth transition when the valve changes over. So far so good!|
I did this step as well, and it seems to work great!
When I pulled the passenger end cap off, I could move the rod up and down what seemed about 3 or 4 mm...... not good.
Here's the few points that concerned me during the process:
1. I REALLLLY had a had time convincing myself that I had to install this using a few light taps with a rubber mallet. That made no mechanical sense..........
2. I barely could turn the rod once it was back in; if I can't, how's that wimpy little vacuum advance thingy going to do it?
3. It wouldn't come back out; now I was COMPLETELY convinced I had to pull off the upper mani.
I forged ahead, replaced all the o-rings and bushings using the rebuild kits from VW (the bushing in the passenger end cap was not in either of my rebuild kits, so I used the old one) and reassembled........
WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!!!! The car is quiet, feels smoother, accelerates better, can't really tell if it's any better performance-wise, though.
Based on the points above, does anyone think that I messed it up, since I can't get the rod back out?