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I have an oil leak under my hood (2002 VW Passat). When I drive it and roll down the windows, I can really smell the burnt oil. When I park the car, a little burnt smoke comes out from under the hood. I will be taking it to an auto shop tomorrow to get checked out. I did check the dipstick, and it's at the level where it should be - even though there are oil spots all over my driveway.

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Check your valve cover gaskets

Posted on Oct 22, 2013

Testimonial: "I don't know what valve cover gaskets are - but I'm taking it to the shop tomorrow. My main concern is the price. Approximately what do you think the price range should be for this service(assuming that's the problem)? Thanks."

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SOURCE: i have a 2000 vw

Yes you can add oil as you go. this will be fine. Just dont make a habit of it as you can never tell where your oil level is without looking at the dipstick.

Posted on Jan 18, 2009

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SOURCE: 2002 VW Passat GLX. Burnt oil smell from engine when I hit a bump

I had this problem with my passat... the valve cover gasket is slightly leaking. If you take the big plastic piece off the top of the motor (4 plastic fake screws you just have to twist) you can see along the edge of the valve cover if there is oil or not. Mine wasn't bad, but was doing the same thing you describe. Here is a write up on how to do it... really easy (http://www.taligentx.com/passat/maintenance/valvecovergasket/) or you can get a Chilton manual which will show you how to do lots of things yourself, usually $30-$40 for the book.

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I have vw passat v6 2002 it started smelling hot when I drive for more than 5-10 min. Even seen steam or smoke only small amount once. There is some oil or something leaking too. But no fluid change


when it smells hot and there is vapor to be seen , it is boiling and over heating
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Moaning noise when I turn left or right in my 2002 VW Passat


Your power steering pump has gone bad. Consider replacing it. I had the same problem before.

It moans when u turn at a stand still but rolls freely when in motion?

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2005 Passat TDI wagon sucking oil


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