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Category: VW
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Experience:  Mechanical Engineer with 20 years experience in the auto industry, 8 yrs in formula 1 engine testing
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2003 Passat 1.8 turbo, after removing trans. tried to rotate

Customer Question

2003 Passat 1.8 turbo, after removing trans. tried to rotate the crank shaft via fly wheel. engine will not make a 360 degree revolution.
JA: Besides this, what condition is the car in?
Customer: its not my car. Customer says the engine was running fine. Trans went out, couldn't get the flywheel/ torque converter bolts out because flywheel /converter will not rotate more than 30 degrees. Removed trans left converter and flywheel mounted to crankshaft. Is there anything that will keep the engine from rotating 360 degrees?
JA: Are you fixing your Passat yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Yes, just poseted everything I did
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: no
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: VW
Expert:  Matt replied 10 months ago.


if the engine won't turn fully by hand then its very likely the valves are touching the pistons ?

I'd start by checking the cam timing as the next step as it sounds like it may have jumped a tooth on two on the belt

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Matt I realize audi and VW are similar. the instructions you ave are for an audi98-2002. Im working on an VW passat 2003. Are they the same engines?
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Not at work anymore
Expert:  Matt replied 10 months ago.

they are extremely similar but I've just found specific data for your car too