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VW MKIV-A4 TDIs (VE and PD) This is a general discussion about A4/MkIV Jetta (99.5-~2005), Golf(99.5-2006), and New Beetle(98-2006). Both VE and PD engines are covered here.

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Old May 21st, 2018, 06:21   #16
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You and I agree, the tensioner and chain are a life-expectancy item. Usually, the sprockets themselves, look virtually new and unworn. I haven't let any go past 400k, but quite a few went 350k without looking too bad.

I don't know why the different color for the gasser pump chain tensioner. Maybe the gasser is supposed to be 'improved'. Can't prove that by me. I seriously doubt it, but maybe the lack of tensioner let the chain slap the pump sprocket to trash, but then, the oil pump is trashed out and doesn't look right, either.

The crescent style pump is a great pump, but this one is not OEM or even close. The triangle stamped into the internal and external rotors is usually a square. The machining marks show the internal rotor is not true flat or it has worn unevenly. The outer rotor is galled. This is a junk pump from China. I wonder who sold it.
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Old May 21st, 2018, 06:32   #17
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Chinese parts strike again.

Sadly, many OEMs are sourcing stuff from that country. Just last week I tore the dash out of a 2015 NMS Passat to replace the Chinacool blend door motor, then the next day tore the fender liner out on a 2015 Taurus to replace the Chinaspray washer fluid pump.

And you should see the frightening level of ChryCo 62TE transmissions that have short internal bearing life and start screeching and howling.... guess what is stamped on those bearings? You guessed it, "MADE IN CHINA".
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Old May 21st, 2018, 07:16   #18
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Try to find a company that has NOT 'sold their souls' for the price of a cheap Chinese part.

'06 Jetta wiring harnesses went bad because of Chinese 'bio-degradable' wiring insulation... great idea, eh? Same thing with BHW crank sensor wiring, just to name two Chinese wiring 'gotchas'.
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Regardless of the oil pump issue I am thankful I still have a block and bores that look very good. I guess you live and you learn, hopefully after frank gets done with my ALH it will go for a long long time and have a little more power

Parts have been sent and I am looking forward to doing business with Franks TDI’s. Frank has been a pleasure to talk with and is very eager to inform you on topics that other companies wouldn’t want to.
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