Question about Volkswagen Jetta
If the engine oil gets low and you fail to check the levels or fix the fault, then eventually you get a warning light. It's not there to annoy you, it's telling you there's a serious fault which is going to cost a lot of money if not attended to very quickly..
Ignore it and the engine gets starved of oil. A knocking engine is one where the very heart of the engine, the crankshaft, has started to rattle inside the connecting rods. By the time that happens due to oil starvation there are usually many other major parts in similarly bad condition, so unless you have the skills to completely dismantle your engine and measure everything for wear and the budget to replace/refurbish all worn parts it's effectively a write-off.
The fix options are to either sell the car and replace it but you'll get a lot less than the market value for your car. Or you could have a properly reconditioned (rebuilt) engine fitted but note that there is absolutely no such thing as a cheap reconditioned engine. A reconditioned engine could easily cost as much as buying another car, or you can have a new engine fitted at far higher cost. The other main option is to fit a salvaged engine from a wrecked car. It can be a gamble, but as long as you choose one which either has a full service history or which can be tested whilst running before purchase by your mechanic then it's no more of a gamble and at a lower cost than buying another used car.
It also sounds like you have been ignoring very obvious transmission issues as well, so you should consider replacing the entire engine and transmission assembly. If they're removed from the donor and refitted to yours as one complete assembly there's less labour involved, and you don't have the cost of transmission repairs afterwards.
Finally, one last bit of very obvious advice. You state that your car is very problematic, but so will every car you own if you don't look after it. Just shoving the fuel hose inside it and occasionally throwing a bucket of water over the car is nowhere near enough. You don't need to be a mechanic, but you do need to know how to check the tyre pressures and fluid levels and to know when you need to get it serviced. Look after your car and it will look after you.
Posted on Mar 15, 2011
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