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Head fubarred??

  Renault Clio 172 Ph2
So after having some running problems and knocking noise from the head I thought it was time to strip it...
First of all I assumed dephasr and carried on driving as the noise varied with acceleration but it wasn't until I lost oil pressure going round some round abouts that a noticeable constant knocking appeared! Dipped the clutch and then the engine died!
I've had the head off and found the following...
Some swarf damage...

More head surface...

After this sort of damage I assume the head is beyond repair/unusable?
Yet to remove the sump....

Also, is this standard inlet finishing?

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Old Tarby!

ClioSport Moderator
Exactly how mine went mate, used to tick like mad and I thought it was the dephaser. However turned out to be scored exactly like that
  Renault Clio 172 Ph2
Lesson learnt for me to keep a closer eye on the oil levels and go easy round the roundabouts!
Joke is, I have a turbo block in the making and its my daily so deciding to hold this off the road and finish the turbo build or just suck it up and get a new head to keep it on the road… decisions decisions…!
  Cup In bits
IMO if its only to get you by untill the turbo build, flatten back that cam journal and polish it up. If the cams are alright then just put it back together with an oil change and make sure you top up oil levels in the future.