Burnt Out A Valve... For The Second Time This Year!
Posted 14 April 2019 - 12:52 PM
Initially managed to burn a valve out when I went bingley hall in January. Luckily I had a brand new head on the shelf, so I proceeded to fit that and drove her home. Not used her much due to oil leaks since then. Got her back on the road last week, and yet again she's burnt a valve out! Same cylinder as before. Plug colour is biscuit colour, so I can't see that she is running too lean. But I'm worried that I'm missing something here?
Posted 14 April 2019 - 01:22 PM
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Posted 14 April 2019 - 07:22 PM
I'm sure you would have checked the tappet clearances when fitted up, but when the valve is burnt, have you checked them before stripping it down?
As Daz suggested, if it's the wrong distributor or if it's jammed, that can lead to a burnt valve. Likewise, if the timing is too far retarded.
Old fuel can do it.
While you have hardened seats fitted (and retro-fitted) are they round and fitted properly ? If there's a crack in the casting under the seat when it gets hot (like under power) this can cause a distortion in the shape of the Insert that will not allow the valve to seat when closed and lead to burning of it.
Can you post a clear photo of it ?
Posted 15 April 2019 - 09:01 PM
Other reason for burning our exhaust valves is mixture too lean when under power. I managed to do this to my 998 Clubman Estate many years ago on a long motorway run. Entirely my fault, I had vizarded the HS4 to get better airflow, and had not altered the needle on misguided basis that all ran fine and the sparking plug colours were good in normal town use...
Posted 15 April 2019 - 10:50 PM
Did you do a compression test when you fitted the new head?
Posted 16 April 2019 - 07:51 AM
Don't throw the burnt valve away, it is jolly useful.
Get someone to braze a small Tungsten Carbide tip into the burnt hole, grind it to size, insert it in each exhaust port and use it to cut the relief in the block for a large valve head.
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