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    n108 valve error code

    Thanks BobnOH and runonbeer. There is one code, 1252. As I understand it, it is about the ground to the n108. This older thread has some info on it: http://tinyurl.com/zbh3a26 I haven't checked the n108 itself, since the wiring seems to be of high resistance. But I am not totally...
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    n108 valve error code

    Volks, (apologies for cross post to TDI conversion yahoo list) I got a 1252 code the other day, with associated terribly advanced timing making it undrivable. It is the "Start Of Cold Start Injector Open/Short To Ground", or wiring for the n108 valve. I checked the wiring between the 10pin...
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    ALH engine replacement needed: opportunities?

    Judson, I worked with Verners Automotive Service, a VW specialist shop in Boulder for the conversion. Luke there has done many many subaru conversions and is a great guy. They are very popular so it can be a bit of a wait, but if you are in a jam they can also help short term. Wolfsberg...
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    ALH engine replacement needed: opportunities?

    I definitely agree that my Vanagon is a custom vehicle. I am aware that as such, it requires a certain kind of care and attention, and that many things on it increasingly are nothing that I would hand over to a shop to attempt to fix. I have gotten very used to being a very involved owner, and...
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    ALH engine replacement needed: opportunities?

    Jimbote, Greasemonkey is a local oil change place. I've always had good experiences over the years, but I might start bringing my own filters. -macjack
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    ALH engine replacement needed: opportunities?

    Update on the engine saga: So after the catastrophic engine failure, I lined up a replacement form a TDIClubber on this forum, saved my pennies, and had it swapped over in the shop that did the conversion in the first place here bin Boulder, since my work and family life did not permit me to do...
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    suddenly, slow cold cranking. Strange smell?

    Wow, RacerTodd, That is some great info. Thanks! I took the battery to the battery place that sold it to me and they tested it. I was running 180 out of 880 CCA, and was determined to be DOA. So it appears that it had suffered a catastrophic, sudden loss. Replaced with a new one under...
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    suddenly, slow cold cranking. Strange smell?

    Not sure which fuses you mean, JB05. This TDI is in a nonstandard application (Vanagon) so locations of things are different. I haven't checked fuses, but all electrical functions are working (radio, lights, etc.). I am trickle charging again. I guess in the back of my mind I wonder between...
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    suddenly, slow cold cranking. Strange smell?

    Hey TDIers, I have an ALH that I drove 500 miles last weekend, and started in cold mountain weather over several days, no problem. I drove home after all that, and now it is slow cranking on startup, not starting. When I charged the battery with a trickle charger, it started. So it seems to...
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    Alh engine, 01m trans, auto axles, starter, injectors fs

    still got the short block? Thanks, -macjack
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    ALH engine replacement needed: opportunities?

    short block? With a hole in the side of the block, does it make any sense to try to get a short block and replace things over from the old engine, or am I getting into a mystery of what might be broken from the old engine and needed with the short block? Thanks, -macjack
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    ALH engine replacement needed: opportunities?

    haven't taken it apart just yet, but I have heard that connecting rods occasionally become broken off and come out through the side. I don't really understand engine internals, but there are a few rare cases documented on this and other sites. -macjack
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    ALH engine replacement needed: opportunities?

    Good to know, Layerz. I do imagine that swapping the bits and bobs over will be a bunch of time. Since I just had the whole turbo system off three months ago, and used antisieze when I put it back together (which I may or may not use again), I suspect that the manifold and down pipe removal...
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    ALH engine replacement needed: opportunities?

    So after I put about 80k miles on my ALH engine, which I ordered on the phone from a wrecking yard in texas advertising it as "60k miles" and put in my vanagon syncro, the engine suddenly sh!t the bed. Big time. Like hole in the side of the block. Timing belt was at about 40k miles, but had a...
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