Dutson - Family - Cars & Racing - 1999 WS6

Spring Failure

March 7, 2002

Number 3 exhaust valve spring is history.


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Looked like this on valve

Actually in two pieces


Closeup 2

Last Saturday, March 2, I was shopping for items for the newly remodeled house. The last stop was the local Wal-Mart. The time was dusk and there was a strong wind blowing out of the north. The temperature was a little above freezing and the wind made it feel like the low 20's.

When I started the motor the idle was staying lower than normal. One cylinder seemed to be intermittently firing and misfiring. By the time I arrived at the house the motor would not idle worth a damn and it was a struggle to keep it running to pull it into the garage.