Question about 2000 Volkswagen Passat 4Motion
I have a 2000 VW Passat 30v V6 4motion with 130,000..It smelled badly of oil burning and actually smoked when I first got it. The guy that I bought it from said that oil had leaked/been spilled on the engine and it was still burning off. It's been 6months and I've put 7000 miles on it and it no longer smokes but still smells when hot. Should I be concerned? Also, it sputters on occasion and I get a cylinder misfire code. This only happens after I've been driving it all day and turning it off and on....hope you can help. Thanks
Sounds like valve cover gaskets need to be changed - they're a common failure on the 30v engine. Fortunately, they're also relatively inexpensive ($25 per cylinder bank - you need two - from www.ecstuning.com). They're also easy to change. They'd easily explain your oil smell - oil leaks onto hot valve covers and burns. Also, the misfire could be (not a guarantee, but it's possible) a result of valve cover gaskets as well - there's the main gasket which seals around the edge of the valve cover, and a second gasket shaped like three rings. This trims and seals the openings around each of the spark plugs, where the plugs are inserted through the valve covers. If you're leaking there, you can drown the top end of the plug in oil. If that gets into the spark wire boot, it can cause a misfire.
Posted on Oct 19, 2008
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