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Old February 28th, 2018, 08:56   #46
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Ouch. Yep, a runaway will cause some severe damage in a hurry.
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Old February 28th, 2018, 11:16   #47
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You don't have Dick Nixon to kick around anymore!

Get ahold of Mark in Monument and see what he has or doesn't have.
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Old February 28th, 2018, 11:51   #48
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You don't have Dick Nixon to kick around anymore!

Get ahold of Mark in Monument and see what he has or doesn't have.

Already done! Going to pick up an ALH from him with 150k on it.
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Old February 28th, 2018, 23:48   #49
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I found his big overbearing German Shepard a bit frightening when I was there. I guess that is what he is for!!!!
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Old March 1st, 2018, 10:37   #50
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It is a runaway, but the reason it's always #3 is insufficient oil volume. The #4 main oils the #3 rod. Check out your 'new' engine. I can guarantee you, it's solid lower bearing, which would be factory. We suggest you check it out for wear. If the bottom bearing is good, congratulations... then change it to a slotted bearing. And as logic would have it, I'd check the condition of the rod bearing. Wouldn't that be horrible if you did all this just to repeat the whole process?

In your 'new to you' engine (which by the way, we hear lots of stories about mileage/ reality), I will say it again. Don't just 'put it in'. Make sure it looks like it's WORTH putting in. Just because he says it's 150k, could mean it is... maybe not... but even an engine with 100k could be worn out. Check the block by removing the head. This is cheap insurance. $15 of head bolts and a $32 head gasket...Also, remember, it may be on it's second timing belt, but it should be on it's 4th. The timing belt should be replaced in 5 year increments, regardless of miles.

This is what you must think. The car is a 1998-2003, so it's between 15-20 years old and it's only drove 7,500-10,000 a year? That's below average or a total city car. Maybe it's true, maybe not. What I do know is deflating engine mileage is way too common. Being suspicious with a used engine is a good policy.
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Old March 2nd, 2018, 12:02   #51
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Frank, thanks for the advice.

Where do you get your slotted bearings? I am thinking that for the engine that is going back in the Jetta, I'll probably go ahead and do this. On the other hand I try my best not to screw with things that aren't broken. Before the motor was pulled I heard it run fine. So my plan is to scope the bore, check clearances, do a new timing belt, and run it. Is it a risk? Yep, but in the end I'm only out my own time with minimal parts. If I had to take it to a garage I would probably feel different. Also from what I've read the ALH engine isn't prone to HG issues. Now if it was a Toy 3.0l this wouldn't even be a discussion.
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Old March 2nd, 2018, 14:37   #52
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I thought my factory bearings were slotted (my old '99.5)

Replacements were the same, can't remember where I got them.
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