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I did that in a 2002 tii once....... (archive)

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Posted by Derin on March 19, 2002 at 16:36:42:

In Reply to: Re: Street light encounter and hitting the rev lim posted by Roops on March 19, 2002 at 05:58:51:

...my first car! Coming back from Brighton to London one day with some mates in the car and racing some other car. He suddenly braked!....As I realised the brakes weren't gonna stop me in time I slammed it down into second gear...destroyed bits of the valve train and the piston rings on two cylinders with accompanying plume of smoke out the back!...The thing would still pull 70 mph....lol


No, that's what the rev limiter is for. However, if you are doing 7000+ rpm and you get 2nd rather than 4th, that will cause mayhem in the valve train........

Roops.

Tonight, I was on East Castro Valley blvd in Castro Valley. I'm at a light
talking to my friend when this Saturn pulls up and starts to rev. She
asks me why he is reving and I said, "I think he wants to race me".
Course I decided to just let this guy rev and not return the favor.
When the light turns green, he takes off. I decide, after he's 3 cars in
front of me to go for it. I slowly start to pull on this guy. I see the
red so I stop and he runs the red! Anyways, during this run, I hit the rev
limiter. I think I either hit 7800 or 8000 rpm, but the engine seems to run
fine. Is it possible I could have caused some problems reving this high (bent
valves, for example)?
Thanks,
Gary






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