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Hello, I'm Jason. I will do my best to answer your question quickly and accurately using the information you have provided.
Ok, so right now, this is going to be a very difficult one to diagnose through the computer screen
however, I'm familiar enough with the AEB engine that I should be able to point you in the right direction
Ok that would be great
Ok, give me just a few
Ok, can you give me any sort of idea of which side of the engine this is happening? Is your lower belly pan still in place?
looks more like the passenger side of the car
ok, info on it's way shortly
Wait...one more. More towards the rear or front, and again, is that lower splash pan in place currently?
yes it is. front
Interesting, and on the passenger side. So, yes I would also want to degrease it, but it's quite possible that you have a bad front crankshaft seal if that's where the leak is greatest. Not entirely common, but not out of the realm of possibility.
Oil pan leaks are also a possibility, but somewhat rare as well
wait....silly. I didn't ask. Is this the 2.8 V6 or 1.8 turbo
For some reason I assumed it was the 1.8
no turbo...yea v6
Ok, hold up then. Let me do a bit more thinking first
Ok, possible valve cover gasket leakage for one
Lower oil pan to upper oil pan. There is no gasket here, and the sealant is VW/Audi specific
But as far as engine oil goes, there are really no other typical leak points on that side. However, make absolutely sure your crankcase breathing system is in good working order. If it's clogged or broken, crankcase pressure will increase and turn potential leaks into real leaks. You can test this with the engine idling. Remove the oil cap with it idling and see if there is pressure or a very slight vacuum. It should be the latter
I'll be away from the computer for a few minutes...
Would this job be worth bringing to a mechanic or are they going to charge me an arm and a leg for the labor? What would parts cost?
If it's a valve cover gasket, they'll likely recommend the rear chain tensioner gasket as well, which will run about $325 at an independent VW shop, parts and labor. If it's the lower sump seal, then expect about 2.5 hours labor (about $200), plus sealant, and since the oil will all be drained out, new oil and a filter.
Have them check the crankcase ventilation system integrity also
Often, yes. Most good indy euro/vw shops are around 80/hr (as is mine)
But again, I can only go by your description and my experience with these cars
Oil leaking directly onto the engine will that cause that oil burn smell inside the car as well?Smells as if it is coming directly through the vents.
Yeah, the valve cover and chain tensioner gaskets will do exactly that. They leak directly onto the exhaust manifolds
ok so that makes sense now. it seems as if lately there is like a slight smog coming through the the vent. cant be good breathing that in
Definitely not. Also, one last thing. There is what is known as a cam plug (some call it the hockey puck) at the back of each head, which is at the very end of each exhaust cam. Check these, and replace as well, if needed. They cost about $11.50 each and are easy to replace
They also leak directly on the exhaust manifolds
Anything else I can clarify?
nope i think thats all
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