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I have a serious issue with my 2001 jetta vr6. it dropped

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I have a serious issue with my 2001 jetta vr6. it dropped all its oil last week and took it to my mechanic. he cleaned all the oil around the engine and found a small 3/8 hole on the drivers side of the block with a bolt or peg sticking out of it spewing the oil out. we looked at another block and know that the hole is supposed to be there but not sure what it is for what plugs it and what the peg or bolt is and do not know what to call the part to search for it.
JA: How many miles are on the car? What size is the engine?
Customer: 180k
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself?
Customer: 2.8 VR6
JA: Is there anything else important you think the VW Mechanic should know about your VW?
Customer: don't think so.. ran well before that day and didn't run it out of oil completely.
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Customer: I have a picture of the hole
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: VW
Expert:  Wolfgang replied 1 year ago.

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can you provide a pic of the area and hole please


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
here is a picture that I took.. you can see some wiring from the coil pack and so that's where it is located. It looks like to me that there is something that popped out of that hole that held that peg in and the oil in???
Expert:  Wolfgang replied 1 year ago.

does the car still run?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
it does. I didn't run it completely out and they filled it back up to see where it was leaking out of when they started it.
Expert:  Wolfgang replied 1 year ago.

looks like the transmission needs to be removed and replace the timing cover and at that time highly recommend replace the timing chains and guides and the hydraulic tensioner for the chains!!!

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