[T3] engine endplay

Jim Adney jadney at vwtype3.org
Wed May 8 13:53:38 PDT 2019

On 7 May 2019 at 21:50, ken2k wrote:

> looking for a used engine, saw one the samba with 0.014 endplay. what does
> this mean in turns of the engine life?  i only put on one or two
> thousand miles a year.

That much end play is probably not from wear of the bearing. It is probably 
due to the #1 main bearing becoming loose in the case, although it might be 
due to a poor rebuild where they left out a shim to keep the end play from 
being too tight, or they just did a rebuild using stock OD bearings in a case 
that has seen hard use and should have been align-bored for oversize 

It might be a good core, but my guess is that it needs a proper rebuild to be 

Jim Adney, jadney at vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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