petak, 04.11.2011.



Cylinder Head Crack Repair

cylinder head crack repair

    cylinder head
  • a detachable plate that covers the closed end of a cylinder chamber in a reciprocating engine or pump

  • The end cover of a cylinder in an internal combustion engine, against which the piston compresses the cylinder's contents

  • In an internal combustion engine, the cylinder head (often informally abbreviated to just head) sits above the cylinders on top of the cylinder block.

  • A reverse-flow or non-crossflow cylinder head is one that locates the intake and exhaust ports on the same side of the engine. The gases can be thought to enter the cylinder head and then change direction in order to exit the head. This is in contrast to the crossflow cylinder head design.

  • the act of putting something in working order again

  • Put right (a damaged relationship or unwelcome situation)

  • Fix or mend (a thing suffering from damage or a fault)

  • Make good (such damage) by fixing or repairing it

  • a formal way of referring to the condition of something; "the building was in good repair"

  • restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken; "She repaired her TV set"; "Repair my shoes please"

  • become fractured; break or crack on the surface only; "The glass cracked when it was heated"

  • a long narrow opening

  • Very good, esp. at a specified activity or in a specified role

  • ace: of the highest quality; "an ace reporter"; "a crack shot"; "a first-rate golfer"; "a super party"; "played top-notch tennis"; "an athlete in tiptop condition"; "she is absolutely tops"

the "new" boat


Launching from Grand Traverse harbor about 8 miles north of the island. This boat is perfect for the island for a number of reasons. It is an 18 foot aquasport with a high freeboard, a deep V and is a time-tested coastal design. It also was a good deal. We found it on craigslist in Flint, Michigan, for $4,000 dollars. We ended up offering the seller $2,500, which he took. What luck. We couldn't believe it. It seemed too good to be true. Next we trailered it up to the Keweenaw with the help of Andrew's father, put it in the water and took off for the island. About 400 feet from the harbor entry I told Andrew, excited to get moving, "alright, give it the gas", and he looked at me a bit cocked and replied, "I am". Bummer! We were going 5 miles per hour and the engine sounded funny. Lake Superior is, of course, not the lake to experiment with a questionable engine on so we hung our heads, turned the boat around and headed back to port. We took the boat to the local marina and waited for a few days for a diagnosis. The bad news: we had a cracked block and an engine without compression in two cylinders. The motor was beyond repair. Alas we were more or less boatless and went back to relying on the old starcraft which up to that point had been reliable mechanically but undersized for the lake we were on. It was definitely the low point of the trip and as of right now we are still trying to work out the motor dilemma. (Anybody have a spare motor in their garage?). In the end, in an effort to be economical with our Kickstarter funds, we got burned. Very disheartening.

2005 PRIUS: Our New Car

2005 PRIUS: Our New Car

We finally got the Prius after shopping around and waiting one month. It's a Package 6 (for the Prius folks), and it's giving us 50 mpg on I-5. The Prius replaced our 1999 VW Passat, which was a total lemon and a huge financial loss--it died after 107,000 miles when the cylinder head cracked...sadly, the VW died after we got it out of the VW shop for repairs just 3 months earlier. We'll never buy a VW again. On the other hand, I still drive the 18-year old 535is BMW, which has over 300,000 miles. We hope to get just as many miles on the Prius.

Stockton, CA
©James Sobredo 2005

cylinder head crack repair

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