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An oil leak that i suspect is the camshaft seals, I've

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An oil leak that i suspect is the camshaft seals
JA: Have you ever replaced the gaskets? Maybe the hoses?
Customer: I've replaced the valve cover gaskets and installed a new PCV hose/valve
JA: What is the model/year of your VW?
Customer: 2003 Passat v6 GLX
JA: Are you fixing your Passat yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: I am, I've replaced the valve cover gaskets and replaced the pcv valve and hoses
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: no thanks
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: VW
Expert:  Chris(aka-Moose) replied 7 months ago.

Welcome, I'm Chris (aka Moose), my normal schedule online is around lunch and after dinner till early morning.

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Customer: replied 7 months ago.
I'm free now, if that works for you.
Expert:  Chris(aka-Moose) replied 7 months ago.

Have you visually inspected this area to see the oil coming from the cam seals?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
No, I haven't taken off the timing covers to see oil coming from the seals, but I recently replaced an alternator and it was soaking in oil. The camshaft seal on the passenger side is right above the alternator and I already replaced valve cover gaskets on both sides, so I figure I'm getting close. Just wanted to get a second opinion on this before I waste an afternoon getting this into the service position and having to remove the cams. Any ideas?
Expert:  Chris(aka-Moose) replied 7 months ago.

I agree that is the likely source with this new info. A tech would use brake cleaner to get the engine completely dry of all external oil leaks, then they would add dye and run the engine about 100 miles then use a UV light to find the source of the oil leak.

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Customer: replied 7 months ago.
I'll get a dye/up light kit this weekend and test it when I have time. I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks
Expert:  Chris(aka-Moose) replied 7 months ago.

Your welcome

Expert:  Chris(aka-Moose) replied 7 months ago.

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