[Vwdiesel] Oil instead of antifreeze

Erik Lane eriklane at gmail.com
Tue Sep 25 12:58:57 PDT 2007

I usually find that with a new belt I need to move the pump a bit for it to
be right on according to the dial indicator. It will still run just a little
off, but I like it to be right. (Maybe I wouldn't even be able to tell the
difference in power, but it makes me feel better to have it 'dialed in.')

I've also been thinking that it's time to sell off a couple extra VW's...
Seems to me that when the new diesels start coming in the prices will start
to head back down. There's been quite a scarcity of new diesels this year
and that combined with higher fuel prices is what's driving up the prices, I
think. I doubt that the prices will be this high again.

Anyway, that's my guess. I've gotten sick of having cars sitting around all
over the place anyway, so in the past two years I've been slowly selling
them off. That might have an influence on my guessing as well...

Could be that it's worth all of the nothing that you all pay for this
advice! :)


On 9/25/07, LBaird119 at aol.com <LBaird119 at aol.com> wrote:
>   I've replaced only one or two tensioners on mine.  I've been
> extraordinarily lucky/blessed?  Not like I'm paying someone
> else to do it if it turns up noisy.  ;-)
>   Odds are 90%+ that it's the blown oil passage in the head
> gasket.  '81 could have stretch bolts but most likely has the
> standard, 10mm allen/hex head bolts.  You should invest in
> a correct pitch and size tap if you do this and CLEAN and
> scrape the bolt holes out well before reassembly.
>   Timing belt would be wise to do as suggested.
>   If you put the engine on TDC before pulling the belt you can
> put the timing back to where it was with no special tools. :-)
> You can eyeball the cam, use a deep socket for the pump (and
> you have to rotate it up a tad anyway) and just don't tension
> the timing belt too tight.
>   Rabbit diesel prices have shot up the last few months!  What
> used to be a $150 dead fixer is now $800 to $1,200 and what
> used to be a decent runner for $1,500 is now $3K or more!  Hmmm,
> time to sell a couple of my VW diesels???  ;-)
>      Loren
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