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Yellow stuff on oil cap

I have a 2000 beetle. and for the last 6 months i've notice yellow stuff around the oil cap and where you add oil.. i was told over the phone it was a cracked head. this was told to me by a vw dealership where i live, again over the phone. my car doesn't over hear, nor run bad.. all i know is the oil smells like fuel. and i have to add about a quart a week to car. not leaking anywhere or burning that i can tell. so. my question is, how can someone diagnose a car over the phone. they also want to charge me $200 to diagnose what he said he already knew. how do you trust that?

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  • dyanna30 Dec 25, 2008

    thanks for responding, i did end up taking it to vw dealership service place where i work, and they says its not a cracked head or head gasket,there are a few gaskets they want to replace due to the milage on my car however they said it was just "condinsation" and they want to start by replacing gaskets.. valve cover and one that is behind my motor that you apparently cannot see without having car on lift. they said they did a compression test on it and it was "up to spec", however they gave me a page full of other stuff that is wrong w/ the car. suspension work mostly.. again, thanks

  • dyanna30 Dec 25, 2008

    thanks for responding, i did end up taking it to vw dealership service place where i work, and they says its not a cracked head or head gasket,there are a few gaskets they want to replace due to the milage on my car however they said it was just "condinsation" and they want to start by replacing gaskets.. valve cover and one that is behind my motor that you apparently cannot see without having car on lift. they said they did a compression test on it and it was "up to spec", however they gave me a page full of other stuff that is wrong w/ the car. suspension work mostly.. again, thanks

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You may not have a cracked head but you definitely have a leak between coolant and oil passages, meaning that it could be a blown headgasket a much less costly problem.
If you continue to drive it as it is, you will eventually destroy both rings and bearings since that 'yellow' is an emulsion of coolant and motor oil and doesn't lubricate much better than spit.
If you have had this for 6 months however, you may be looking at an engine rebuild or replacement.
If you are in the US, check with your local Better Business Bureau to find an honest repair shop since it could make a difference of thousands of dollars whether the shop is honest or not. I judge from your screen name that you are a woman and (as much as I hate to write this) take a guy with you when you choose a shop since it is known that repair shops often will BS a woman alone.
You might also consider contacting any high school auto shops in your area since they often will do repairs for training (and more reasonable) and the trainer will be someone with little interest in cheating you.

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Ditto on condensation. I live in the south where 'cold' doesn't happen often and this year with colder weather and shorter jaunts my 2000 Jetta had the same issue. I had a shop go through it and they came to the same conclusion... condensation. In the warmer months I haven't seen a return of this problem at all.

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I agree with the dealers,if your doing short journeys then condensation causes this,change oil and filter more often ...we see a lot of cars with this problem

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