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Old 06-05-2006   #1
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Well i thought i would service the engine a little with new plugs, however things didn't exactly go to plan... the previous owner is a surfer in sunny Scotland and theres lots of sand around the holes and it looks like quite a lot went into number 2 cylinder...

Just to confirm that if i tried to fire the engine, there's a really good chance i would screw the cylinder up right? scour the liners and the piston rings...?

or wound it get blown out with the exhaust fumes?

also there seems to be the answer to Britains eroding beaches in the cars bodywork... behind every lining wheel arch etc... there's damp sand at the bottom or in the crevices... I cleaned out one but i haven't got any rust converter and waxoyl... so i will have a look around the other 3 tomorrow and visit halfords.

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Re: Sand sand everywhere...

Oh dear, thats not good. My advice for the rust is to use hammerite rust beater. sorry i cant help about the engine
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Re: Sand sand everywhere...

Before you remove any more plugs use an airline to blow out the rest of the sand then remova all the plugs and turn the engine over which should blow anything out of the plug hole. put the plugs back & fire up.
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Quote Originally Posted by Alan.D
Before you remove any more plugs use an airline to blow out the rest of the sand then remova all the plugs and turn the engine over which should blow anything out of the plug hole. put the plugs back & fire up.
OK i changed all of the plugs already, but after cylinder number 2 I made damn sure the other plugs didn't get any interference from dust. ok so remove the plugs and turn it over. I can do that... oh and I don't have access to an airline in the residential car park... they were quite short sighted when designing it

ok, dust is fine... i can live with sand and stuff... the rust however will need immediate attention. Which i shall try and give it.
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Use one of those little plug in air pumps then smart @r$e
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Re: Sand sand everywhere...

our skoda was used by a sea fisherman, took ages down the jetwash to get all that sand out and even now we still find bits!
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Re: Sand sand everywhere...

Quote Originally Posted by nuovapanda
our skoda was used by a sea fisherman, took ages down the jetwash to get all that sand out and even now we still find bits!
thanks for that gem...

i only have a brush and a sponge... i think i have seen cans of compressed air before though... i shall try halfords for that also.
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Quote Originally Posted by Tony M
thanks for that gem...

i only have a brush and a sponge... i think i have seen cans of compressed air before though... i shall try halfords for that also.
10 quid a bottole or soemthing like that for compressed air i think, maybe a bit less, expensive sh*t it is :|

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yeah compressed air cans used lots for pcs i have one here, they are for blowing dust and crap offf ya mother board and stuff without actually touching it. sooo most pcs places will seel em my can was about £5.
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It's a damn sight easier to use the tyre inflator at your local service station.....
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Re: Sand sand everywhere...

Quote Originally Posted by pandafan
It's a damn sight easier to use the tyre inflator at your local service station.....
i don't think the pipe would reach my house... lets pretend for a moment the car is not going to be run on the road with

A) sand in the cylinders
B) no driving license
C) no insurance...
D) a small dog at the wheel name 'pippa'

i'm almost certain of these points... I already have the can of air... and a mini vacuum cleaner... so the plan is fully formed and poised to swing into action.

So forget about the pertrol station forecourt facilities.
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You shouldn't be sniffing pertrol either Hic!
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Re: Sand sand everywhere...

Apart from that; what's the problem ?
All you need is a friend and a bit of rope.........
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i don't think the pipe would reach my house... lets pretend for a moment the car is not going to be run on the road with

A) sand in the cylinders
B) no driving license
C) no insurance...
D) a small dog at the wheel name 'pippa'

i'm almost certain of these points... I already have the can of air... and a mini vacuum cleaner... so the plan is fully formed and poised to swing into action.

So forget about the pertrol station forecourt facilities.
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Re: Sand sand everywhere...

my main worry is that a blast of air from outside the plug hole would do nothing to budge the oily sand that it sitting some 3-4 inches below the hole... it's not fly away dust unfortunately.
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In that case, bite the bullet and take the head off to clean it. Sorry, but it's the only real way to make certain that all is clean and safe
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