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Oil smell in my vw

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

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  • milhouse1972 Jan 09, 2009

    I have the exact same problem - it started a few days ago with a bad smell after I stopped the car. This morning I had oil on my garage floor. I made an appt with VW dealership for next week and I hope it is what you said and is not to expensive to fix. Wish I could fix it myself but its -40 outside right now and even if the weather was better - I am useless when it comes to stuff like this. Thanks for the insight! Take Care



    p.s. Is it safe to drive the car this weekend or will I cook the engine?

  • Anonymous Jan 17, 2009

    I also had the same problem...burning oil smell after driving home from
    work (filled my garage with smoke). The next morning I also had oil on my garage floor, like "millhouse1972". The
    interesting thing is, it was also VERY cold (-25F) driving home, similar to "Milhouse1972". I wonder if some oil pressure valve got 'stuck' in the cold, allowing pressure to get too high, causing it to push out wherever the seal is the weakest (valve covers, oil filter, etc.). I have not yet looked into it.

  • Jeffrey Geyer
    Jeffrey Geyer Jul 30, 2012

    KEEP OIL LEVEL CHECKED CONSTANTLY!!!! CHECK FOR ANY PCV OR OIL BREATHER RESTRICTIONS. IF NOT YOU HAVE A CAM, CRANK, VALVE COVER, OIL PAN, OR SENSOR LEAK SOMEWHERE...FIND IT. *** TIP: POWERWASH ENTIRE ENGINE AREA, SPRINKLE BABY POWDER NEAR ANY COMPONENT YOU THINK MAY LEAK...THE BABY POWDER WILL DISCOLOR SHOWING THE LOCATION OF LEAK

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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.

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