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Desparate help needed with my VW passat wagon

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Okay, I bought a 2000 VW Passat wagon 4motion in June of '07. I knew that it needed some maintenance done butwas told by a VW specialist I had a solid vehicle on my hands....hahahahahaahahahahahaaa.I have replaced the entire front suspension, water pump, belts including the timing, and all shocks and struts, new spark plugs, mass air flow sensor, and both valve cover gaskets. Now it gets interesting I was told that the valve cover gasket needed to be replaced, or the valve gasket seals? Depending on the mechanic. The first time the Valve cover gaskets were replaced by a shop that the car dealer recommended. The second time I had this done at a shop I was again unfamiliar with, but that my Mother took her beater Chevy truck too. The did the shocks struts, two tires and valve cover gaskets. I was out of the country when the work was done so I had no contact with the second mechanic.

I have finally found a mechanic I like but too little too late. I was smelling burning oil still and asked him to take a look. He found oil leaking from the rear of the passenger side valve cover gasket that excessive silicone was used and that both should be replaced for peace of mind.

The mechanic that originally did the job must not have done the job...the second mechanic is saying that it is not leaking from the top but that the oil pan was full and oil was 3/4 low in a car that NEVER leaked oil before. At least not enough to leave spots on my driveway.

I feel as though I am being...pardon my language but screwed! Please please can anyone help me figure this out?

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  • maximillion3 Sep 23, 2008

    The mechanic did use silicone...and is there a difference between the seals and the gasket covers?



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My first suggestion is to go to a car wash and power wash the the engine all the way from top to bottom. remember to let it dry before you start it this will keep the altenator from shorting out. next check the engine throughly for the oil leak around the gaskets. you must note that silicone should never be used with gaskets on the valve covers. if your only 3/4 of a quart low this would indicated that your valve seals are most likely seeping the oil into the cylinders.( this is typical over time the seals become hard and leak, they should be soft and thus prevent leakage of oil. please rate this and post the results. I'm a mechanic and i will give you the best advice cuz that's my job aside from this site.

Posted on Sep 23, 2008

  • Ronald Mueller
    Ronald Mueller Sep 23, 2008

    the valve seals are on the stems of the valves inside the springs under the rocker arms. the gaskets should be rubber or cork material for the valve covers. hope this helps you. remember to get that engine washed and keep me posted of what you find out.



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