[Vwdiesel] Mechanic recommendation needed White Rock, BC

Nate Wall nwall at opei.org
Mon Aug 12 10:32:20 EDT 2002

Be careful about what the mechanic says!!! He's most likely diesel inept.
I've heard ALOT of engine noises, and several rod knocks in my 25 years of
working on cars. Then the Jetta TD did it. I pulled the rod bearings (they
looked great), replaced them, and it still knocked like hell intermittently
for the next 20 K miles. Someone on this great list suggested checking the
injectors. That what it was. A rebuilt set of injectors cured the problem. If
a diesel injector misfires because its bad, it can make a noise that mimicks
a bad rod bearing, even to the most discerning ears.


Tobin Copley wrote:

> Hi everyone,
> My westy diesel started making a Bad Noise while Christa (my SO)
> was driving it in White Rock yesterday.  She let me hear the
> noise over the cell phone, and while it's pretty hard to
> diagnose over the phone (!), I strongly suspect a connecting rod
> bearing has gone again.  :-(  She's parked it and went about her
> business in a friend's car.
> I know it's kind of a long shot to ask the list, but I'm hoping
> someone may be able to recommend a mechanic in the area.  I
> suspect it'll take about 5 minutes to determine there is some
> Bad News.  I'd like to have her take it to a mechanic for a more
> informed diagnosis on Monday.  I don't want her trying to drive
> it very far at all.  It's parked near 16th Ave and 152nd St
> right now, so the closer to that area the better.
> I suspect I'm going to be in the market for a new (to me) 1.6 or
> 1.9 diesel engine soon...
> Thanks in advance,
> T.
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