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Old June 4th, 2008, 11:56   #1
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Does anybody have any idea's on what could all be wrong and how much it cost to fix?
I have a 97 Jetta 1.9 tdi. Was started with starting fluid. It runs bad, no power. It has low compression on 1 cyl.
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Old June 4th, 2008, 11:58   #2
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How far from Madison are ya? There's a TDI guru that works in Madison, he's top notch.

Could be a bent rod. Starting fluid, eeek.

What are the compression numbers for all 4 cylinders?
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Old June 4th, 2008, 18:01   #3
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starter fluid is for gassers only.
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Old June 4th, 2008, 21:31   #4
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you should pm jasontdi. local guru located in madison.
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Old June 4th, 2008, 21:35   #5
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Starter fluid can do real damage to a diesel if the glow plugs are still hooked up . Sounds like it's time to pull it apart a see what's what .
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Old June 4th, 2008, 21:58   #6
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Probably cracked the rings (seen it multiple times).

Do NOT start or drive the car until it is fixed. If you do the ring can scuff the cylinder to the point that the cylinder cannot be polished out and re-honed.

At minimum you are into it for a ring job.

And yes I second JasonTDI for doing the work.

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Old June 5th, 2008, 08:15   #7
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What are the chances of the turbo being wasted because of it?
The starting fluid was not my doing,i had some help with that.
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Old June 5th, 2008, 08:21   #8
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Wouldn't expect damage to the turbo from starting fluid.
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Old June 5th, 2008, 08:56   #9
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Where EXACTLY are you in WI. I used to live near La Farge / Hillsboro. I can tell you who to go to (Jason in Madison/Verona) and I can tell you who NOT TOO GO TO (but I will save that for a pm).

Had a very similiar problem year and a half ago.

You are going down a bad road with the starter fluid, I can tell you that straight out.

Need more info on how you ended up with this problem also more symptoms if there are any.
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Old June 5th, 2008, 09:25   #10
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I visited Jason yesterday. He changed my oil and did my DSG service. It was over a 2 hour ride there due to the stupid fog and traffic. He is worth the time and money paid.
I learned from Jason that incorrect oil was used on the last oil change. The previous owner had done to the car. I was going to have the same place do it again. But after I found out incorrect oil was used. I will find some place else to go or I'll just have to make the 2 hour journey again to Jason.
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I drove 5 hours one-way to JasonTDI when I lived in IL. Very much worth it!
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Old June 5th, 2008, 14:57   #12
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Where EXACTLY are you in WI. I used to live near La Farge / Hillsboro. I can tell you who to go to (Jason in Madison/Verona) and I can tell you who NOT TOO GO TO (but I will save that for a pm).

Had a very similiar problem year and a half ago.

You are going down a bad road with the starter fluid, I can tell you that straight out.

Need more info on how you ended up with this problem also more symptoms if there are any.
Like i said i did not use the starting fluid. I borrowed out the car.They said the car would not start so they gave it a shot of starting fluid.
I haven't had much time to work on it,all i know for now is 1 cyl has pretty much no compression. And it has very little power
The reason i asked about the turbo is if the piston detonated and is destroyed,maybe it took out the turbo on its way out the pipe.
I am planning on doing the work myself and i am trying to get a rough guess what it will cost to fix.
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Old June 5th, 2008, 16:53   #13
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I see what you're saying now... If a chuck of debris made it out it could damage the turbo. Usually starting fluid damages the rings/ring landings but doesn't send stuff out the exhaust. Also, the one 'good' thing is that the turbo isn't spooled up when you first start the engine. Debris could pass through without damage at idle.

You're going to be in pretty deep fixing this. Once the head is off you should know if there were big pieces heading out.

Let us know what you find.
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