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Oil filter case cracked!

I have a 1996 VW Jetta (2.0 L engine), 5speed trans. While driving, the case that the oil filter threads into cracked and all my oil spilled out, and the engine seized. Some damage was done to the engine (oil fliter filled with metal), but a friend was able to get it running with a bad knock. I need to get it driveable. What's the best way to go about this? First I need to know how to find the cracked part. Then what should I check next? I can't afford to replace the entire engine and I don't have the knowledge to fix it myself. But I also don't have the money to pay a mechanic to fix it either.

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Sorry dude but that engine is done for. Getting it driveable would mean getting the crankshaft out for a regrind at an engineer's shop.
Compare/get prices for this:
1.Regrind
2.New big end bearings
3.New Main Bearings
4.Conversion gasket set.
and then either:
1.Block(pistons and crankshaft included)
2.Full gasket set
or:
replacement engine
You also need
Torque wrench(essential)
spline keys and a set of sockets (10-17 mm)
Your easiest option would be a breaker's yard and a replacement engine. Or at the very least a bottom end(Block, crank,pistons) Fortunately for you VW's engines are a dime a dozen and they all fit on the same gearbox. Anything from a 1.6 litre upwards.(If you can't find a 2l block) With care you can do the swop yourself. If you're able to obtain a block and need to do the switch post here or mail me on fenton@live.co.za. It is quite a job but I can talk you through it and afterwards we can post the results here for the benefit of other members.

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