[Vwdiesel] Low oil pressure question

James Hansen jhsg at sasktel.net
Mon Feb 23 23:03:00 PST 2009

Sounds like the intermediate shaft bearings are done Dave.
Seems like the weak spot on the entire motor is turnign out to be the
intermediate shaft bearings.  The Mains and rods are way big for the
load they handle, but it seems the intermed shaft bearings are going to
be the one to kick the bucket first, leak excessive oil volume, and be
the reason for the high volume loss, and low head pressure.  You can try
to use heavy viscosity oil... it's worth a shot.   The intermed shaft
bearings are replacable and would be the thing to do if everything else
is good... but freshening the motor is in order if you have it out 
anyway... shells don't break the bank.

David Ratzlaff wrote:
> An '82 Jetta dsl that I have been asked to work on has over 200K on
> the engine, has good oil presure when cold, but when warm shows none
> on the aftermarket gage installed, and oil light flickers. Also has
> not very much at higher RPMs when warm. Is it worth my while to try
> replacing the oil pump, or do I just chalk it up to a worn-out
> engine? Any benefit to running a single-grade oil, like 30W? (It
> currently has synthetic in it.) Thanks, David
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