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post #16 of 107 (permalink) Old 03-30-2010, 07:39 AM Thread Starter
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Ahhh, the 1.8 turbo, the 2.7 of volkswagens. Car looks to be in nice shape, they are fun little cars, nice power.

You can repair the engine, I'll bet anything the timing tensioner failed, belt came off, and pistons hit the valves. If it wasnt that, then someone fixed it already during the cars life. It will cost $1000-$1500 to repair the head, if you do it yourself...Since its got so many miles, you could put a used engine in, last I checked they were $1500 to $3000, for something with decent miles.

Ive rebuilt the heads on a couple of these, and did an engine swap or two, if you need any help, let me know. Front end will have to come off of the car. The head is pretty complex, 5 valves per cylinder, and you'll need a special Volkswagen cylinder head bolt socket.

If you go used engine route, immediately get the new timing belt and tensioner kit, from Volkswagen, regardless of miles or condition of the new engine. This was a known common failure and can kill your new engine just as it did this one.
thanks for the info, yea your exactly right about what happened, the timing tensioner failed and the pistons hit the valves... im looking into just getting a long block engine, and throwing on the old accessories..the original miles (currently on the car) are 171k
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thanks for the info, yea your exactly right about what happened, the timing tensioner failed and the pistons hit the valves... im looking into just getting a long block engine, and throwing on the old accessories..the original miles (currently on the car) are 171k
Sounds good, make sure the turbo is in good shape too if you re-use it. Let me know if you have any questions.

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Sounds good, make sure the turbo is in good shape too if you re-use it. Let me know if you have any questions.
can you help me and explain how can i check if the turbo is in good shape? (sorry newb at turbo's lol)
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can you help me and explain how can i check if the turbo is in good shape? (sorry newb at turbo's lol)
you could always have it rebuilt if you feel like throwin extra money around. or buy a new one. i would wait till the new engine is in. might be functioning perfectly, thats just me though
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^ ill just wait and see i guess

heres a few more pics from today after i gave her a quick bath (she was soo dirty from sitting for at least 8 months)

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can you help me and explain how can i check if the turbo is in good shape? (sorry newb at turbo's lol)
Take the housing off and look at the main internal Turbo Casset for leaking seals, fluidon the outside of the seals etc, fluid on the intake blades, or excessive carbon on the exhaust blades could all pint to that as a sign of worn dying turbo seals.
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Take the housing off and look at the main internal Turbo Casset for leaking seals, fluidon the outside of the seals etc, fluid on the intake blades, or excessive carbon on the exhaust blades could all pint to that as a sign of worn dying turbo seals.
Agree. Also spin the turbo blades by hand and listen for any noise, feel for any roughness, and check play up and down, and forward and back. That could indicate worn bearings. Look for damaged blades, or rubbing marks on the inside of the turbo housing. Check the inside and outside of the exhaust side for cracks.
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took apart the head yesterday and i think i will just rebuild the head instead of getting a whole new engine
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sweet good luck man. and yeah check for play, the blade should wiggle a tiny bit, but not very much.
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