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1999 bora burning oil

Hi my 1999 bora is burning a lot of oil,it has 139000 miles,,have done an oil and filter change with no result,seem 2 be worse when back pressure applied to engine when it also pre ignites and back fires,it also becomes very smoky when i take off after sitting in traffic 4 any period of time??any ideas?would be much appresiated thanks

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If your engine code is AEG your cyl #2 piston rings installed up side down, most likely. It could also be bad valve seals. It could be a leaky valve cover and torn rubber hoses at the intake track, leaking around the exhaust manifold.

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  • Ed Paje Aug 10, 2010

    Thank you for the rating. As for the backfire and pre-ignition of the cylinders, this means your engine timing is not correct. A trip to a VW specific repair shop is needed in order to understand what is going on regarding engine operation. They will need to hook up a scan tool above the pedal area to tap in and communicate with your vehicle's ECU (Engine Control Unit). Once connected, the technician will find any fault codes (DTC) activated due to a malfunction and is stored in memory until that malfunction is repaired or manually erased using a scan tool. This has to be done soon because backfire will damage your catalytic converter if allowed to operate the vehicle in this manner. A catalytic converter is expensive and labor to install it takes a few more in your purse. So be ready for fault codes to show up and click here for it's description or interpretation and not keep you in the dark.

  • olivia 2010 Aug 10, 2010

    hi,,u mention that if my engine is a AEG that piston ring 2 is installed upside down.where would i look to find this out??thanks

  • Ed Paje Aug 12, 2010

    If you search this problem in a VW forum specific to your model, you will find that the AEG engines are almost all prone to high oil consumption. When the head is removed and pistons were separated from the engine block, the number two oil piston seal's articulation is different from the rest of cylinders. By removing the spark plugs on each cylinder, determine which cylinder the spark plug has an oily residue. This will indicate where your oil problem comes from.

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  • logvwx Dec 24, 2010

    Is the cure to remove piston and turn the oil ring the correct way round (assuming its in good condition) or to fit a new oil ring only? I have a similar problem with a 2000 bora it ejects all the engine oil with the red oil light on, just refill with oil and all is well again?

  • Ed Paje Dec 28, 2010

    If it was my engine I'll just have it overhauled by a machine shop. While it's the same engine the internals (bearings, rings and gaskets) will be new unless it needs major parts. Another option is to look in ebay for a used or a brand new engine that pops out once in a while.



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