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Old 05-24-2016, 10:13 AM   #1
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Blown Cam Follower...Advice?

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Not to make a sob story out of this but after 64k miles my Cam follower blew. Was not really aware of the issue but I should have been given that I am stage 1+ with APR HPFP and carbonio. I am not a gearhead at all...just a regular dude who loved his Golf R and got it tuned (first car ever, first foray into aftermarket). Not looking for sympathy or to be told what a dumbass I am but looking for guidance forward. Took car to dealership and because I take my car there regularly they cut me a great deal on the repair. I am getting it done (hpfp, camshaft, some other bits and pieces). My question now is...will there be lingering damage in the engine that won't show up till later or that this repair wont catch? Do I need to do any more preventative mainetenance besides checking being diligent about checking Cam follower going forward? I want to keep the car for a long time and am willing to deal with this issue every 15k miles or so now that I understand it.

Thanks for any input, would greatly appreciate it.
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Old 05-24-2016, 01:56 PM   #2
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What they're replacing is perfect. In terms of any lingering damage, no, not really. The only thing you (aka the techs working on it) need to make sure is that all the metal shards that came from the busted cam follower have been pulled out. And like you know by now, this basically means replacing a good chunk of the fueling system.

Don't kick yourself too much about it, it's an expensive repair, but after it's fixed it'll be like new. After you get it all fixed, it's highly recommended to change the cam follower every 10k or so when tuned. It's a known wear item and it's not that expensive and replacing it is straightforward.
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Old 05-29-2016, 04:59 PM   #3
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I am still trying to decide whether my car was fully fixed or not after my follower exploded..

Make sure they account for ALL the pieces.. I don't think the Dealer I went to did, but cannot say for certain.

If I remember, it was about $4500+- after it was said and done. HPFP, Camshaft, some housing, some other stuff (like you)

Have faith and get to know a good tuner close to you. The closest I have found to me that is any good seems to be a few hours north in Eugene. I am going through everything before I take it up there.
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Old 05-29-2016, 09:08 PM   #4
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You should be good... If possible I'd recommend if they can run your vin# and check if you haldex fluid was changed. It should be done every 30k according to recommendation from VWoA(someone correct me if I am wrong).

Its not anything I'd take for granted, the 100-200 bucks changing is far better then a 4500 bill to replace. Your differential fluid is every 60k I believe
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Old 05-30-2016, 08:50 AM   #5
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One thing not mentioned yet is to change your oil every 5k. I do that with Liquimoly and my cam followers barely have any wear when I replace them.

Obviously, your mileage may vary but I think it's good practice and certainly doesn't do any harm.
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Old 05-31-2016, 12:22 AM   #6
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Such a poor design flaw, and I'm still beyond flabbergasted that it made it to an additional model after the problem with the follower was well aware of.

Sorry you have to go through this. I replaced nearly the entire head, under warranty thankfully, when my 2007 GTI's cam follower shrapnel'd.
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Just to throw it in here, INA makes a conversion kit to convert TFSI motors to use the roller style fuel pump. No need for a new cam, so it doesn't require a custom tune or anything.

http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...=1464670379865
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Old 05-31-2016, 09:44 AM   #8
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Just to throw it in here, INA makes a conversion kit to convert TFSI motors to use the roller style fuel pump. No need for a new cam, so it doesn't require a custom tune or anything.

http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...=1464670379865
Just an FYI. I was one of the early adopters of the kit. I have a MKV BPY FSI motor with a K04, water meth, S3 injectors, APR pump and intercooler etc. etc. and I have been running this conversion kit for getting close to 2 years. My car is driven fairly hard and has also seen track time. The kit just works and to date it is showing no signs of wear. I run Shell Rotella T6 engine oil.

I plan on keeping my car indefinately. I am done with K04 now and moving on to built motor and EFR 7163 so I will also log how the kit performs under these new circumstances. Great Kit !!

I am also the guy that made the youtube install video. LINK
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Old 05-31-2016, 11:41 AM   #9
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Just an FYI. I was one of the early adopters of the kit. I have a MKV BPY FSI motor with a K04, water meth, S3 injectors, APR pump and intercooler etc. etc. and I have been running this conversion kit for getting close to 2 years. My car is driven fairly hard and has also seen track time. The kit just works and to date it is showing no signs of wear. I run Shell Rotella T6 engine oil.



I plan on keeping my car indefinately. I am done with K04 now and moving on to built motor and EFR 7163 so I will also log how the kit performs under these new circumstances. Great Kit !!



I am also the guy that made the youtube install video. LINK
Ohh nice, I saw your vid too some time ago lol

One of the guys at a tuner shop I go to is installing this on his Audi, so I have yet to buy it as I'm just waiting feedback from him. But yeah, from what I've heard about the kit, it's rock solid. Install is fairly straightforward to.

I also plan on keeping my R for a long time so it's definitely worth it. I'm honestly surprised VW never released anything like this as heck, even on stock cars they can go bad early.
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Old 06-01-2016, 01:06 PM   #10
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Ohh nice, I saw your vid too some time ago lol

One of the guys at a tuner shop I go to is installing this on his Audi, so I have yet to buy it as I'm just waiting feedback from him. But yeah, from what I've heard about the kit, it's rock solid. Install is fairly straightforward to.

I also plan on keeping my R for a long time so it's definitely worth it. I'm honestly surprised VW never released anything like this as heck, even on stock cars they can go bad early.
I probably had one of the first bad followers at my local dealer in 2007 on the GTI line, but after asking around, they had seen it happen on older 2.0T passats before. You'd think VW would've made some sort of fix for it, instead of extending warranties after knowing of the issue for 3+ years. Nope.
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Old 06-01-2016, 01:19 PM   #11
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I probably had one of the first bad followers at my local dealer in 2007 on the GTI line, but after asking around, they had seen it happen on older 2.0T passats before. You'd think VW would've made some sort of fix for it, instead of extending warranties after knowing of the issue for 3+ years. Nope.
It's really weird that this is one of the few cases where going aftermarket is better than stock.

For some backstory, VW did update the camshaft lobe to be harder on the later model FSIs, so there is a factory "fix". However even with the updated camshaft, people can still get these issues.

It's one of those things that would usually be covered under the drivetrain warranty, so I can see why VW hasn't issued a recall for it as not everyone experiences a blown cam follower. But for how severe the issue is, it wouldn't be a bad decision either because fixing it before is way cheaper than fixing it after it broke.

It just sucks for us tuned folks as the chances of VW covering us is little to none. All we can do is make sure to do an oil change with quality oil every 5k and it would help prevent this issue dramatically.
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Old 06-01-2016, 03:13 PM   #12
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Question for all of you, Golf R owners:
As a long time fix for the cam follower issue, do you guys consider something like the INA Engineering 2.0 TFSI to 2.0 TSI Fuel pump lifter conversion?
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Blown Cam Follower...Advice?

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Question for all of you, Golf R owners:

As a long time fix for the cam follower issue, do you guys consider something like the INA Engineering 2.0 TFSI to 2.0 TSI Fuel pump lifter conversion?
I actually linked this a little above, but from what people have told me, they love the INA lifter conversion kit. One of my techs at my tuner shop is installing this soon, so I'm waiting for his feedback.



I'm not expecting him to say anything bad about it. Once I know that he likes it as I trust him a lot, I'm going to buy it for sure.
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Old 06-01-2016, 05:01 PM   #14
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I actually linked this a little above, but from what people have told me, they love the INA lifter conversion kit. One of my techs at my tuner shop is installing this soon, so I'm waiting for his feedback.

I'm not expected him to say anything bad about it. Once I know that he likes it as I trust him a lot, I'm going to buy it for sure.
Good, Good. This kit is promising!
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