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#1 marksmith

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Posted 19 July 2017 - 11:13 PM

Looks like the beetle I gave Mom and Dad may have crap the bed. Doing a timing belt and water pump before I let them loose with this beetle.

All in all, not too bad of job. Have everything locked in place. Literally have to put the belt on and put it all back together. I'm 2 hours into it at this point. My best guess is about 5 hours total

Now. Anyone want to throw ideas out there as to why the first beetle I gave them just up and died while cruising down the road? Has fuel to injectors. 109 relay is good. Fuse 32 and 43 is good. Cam turns at both ends. Timing belt has 30k on it, but appears good.

I will be making a round trip from Post Falls to southern Oregon this weekend, or possibly next weekend to fetch/swap them.

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Posted 19 July 2017 - 11:16 PM

Injection pump take a dookey?

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Posted 19 July 2017 - 11:55 PM

From running great to dead? It's possible. My vag com will be to him tomorrow. I'm hoping for codes to shed light

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 12:05 AM

Seems odd for sure...

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 02:33 AM

ALH engine?

It also looks like I might be picking up another Beetle...TDI this time.

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 06:53 AM

Yes, an ALH

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 05:11 PM

Very uncommon for them to just stop running.

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Posted 24 July 2017 - 11:53 AM

Old beetle mystery solved:

 

The timing belt lost its teeth.  The tensioner is locked down way too tight.  I assume that it being over tight caused it to wear faster than it should have.

 

 

Long and short, I will be yanking the head off to make sure the pistons and rods are in decent shape.... then rebuilding/replacing the head.



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Posted 24 July 2017 - 12:36 PM

I have a spare head if needed.




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