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Oil pouring out of my engine

I had an accident in my 2001 VW jetta (rear ended someone and my air bags ejected, cracked my windshield, and cracked my radiator). It took the body shop about 1.5 months to repair my car. Shortly after I received my car it started making noises. One day I noticed oil trailing my car and took it back to the body shop that fixed it and was told that my timing chains tensioner had broken causing the timing case to crack. Now the insurance company cannot relate it to the accident. But I got a tune up about a year ago and this issue just started after the accident and fully cracked about 1/1.5 months after I received my car back. Any advice??

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I assume your engine is a 1.9 TDI. If so you certainly DO NOT have any problem with the timing CHAIN or CHAIN TENSIONER as these engines do NOT use a chain. They use a Timing BELT. A crack in this belt cover should NOT leak any oil, as the belt runs totally dry.
However...A VERY common fault with this model when crashed is A cracked Sump / Oil Pan.If this is the case its tricky but Not a huge repair.
Have another check done
Hope this is some help to you.
Good luck
John

Posted on Nov 24, 2009

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Sue the issurance company--obviously they (adjuster) did not do a through check of the accident damage.

Posted on Nov 20, 2009

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Yes. if the insurance company wont pay your stuck with the bill. not really any other option

Posted on Nov 20, 2009

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