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Date:         Wed, 11 Jul 2001 07:49:16 -0500
Reply-To:     wilden1@JUNO.COM
Sender:       Vanagon Mailing List <>
From:         Stan Wilder <wilden1@JUNO.COM>
Subject:      Bad overheating
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Remember the thread yesterday of *Oil temp, safe or not?* Well guys I figured it out. The plunger on the oil preasure relief valve and spring slipped out of my hands several times while I was re-inserting it back up into the cavity. As nature demands the valve accidentially went back in upside down (the solid top is heavier than the hollow botton). The small control grove was not in the right position to allow bleeding at high oil preasure and make minimal use of the filter and oil cooler. So in effect; at highway speeds and a very nice new set of bearings I was by-passing my oil cooler once the preassure reached that magic number (what is the number?). I was showing as much as 5 BAR preasure at 2500 RPM on a cold engine and 3.5 BAR at 65 miles per hour at operating temperature. The only upside to all this is that the oil preasure was so high it saved my engine (I also backed off and didn't question the gauge, letting the oil temp settle at a safe range). If you can accept 260 Farenheit as safe. Thats 130 Celsius. Having had this experience once it wan't be necessary to make this mistake again. I failed to follow the old carpenters rule *Measure twice, cut once*.

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