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Old 17-03-2017, 06:22 PM   #1
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My other half loves her newbie and we have owned it several years. It has heated leather seats, sunroof, air conditioning, electric windows, electric wing mirrors and CD stack in the boot....so all the toys so to speak and she is adamant she will not part with it.

Now the main issue for me has been the spark plugs fouling which at 25+ a set and having to change them some 2 to 3 times a year has resulted in me trying to clean them on occasion. I have retained some of them and reckon I have spent over 500 in spark plugs over the years.

I even purchased a spark plug cleaner to go with my compressor and a tool to remove the surpressor caps (plus an essential piece of fuel pipe to put the new plugs back in with), getting quite proficient at changing them.

Now after 9yrs of ownership and 48,000 miles I have decided that I want to address the oiling up of the spark plugs issue and was wondering if anyone had resolved this in the 2.0 litre beetle of Mk4 Golf?








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Remove the intake pipe between the air filter & throttle housing. There is a red diaphragm in this pipe for the engine breather that swells up & fails over a period of time, this can cause issues with plug fouling. Another thing you could try is adding Redex to a full tank of fuel as you may have sticking oil control rings on your Pistons.

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