Valve Cover off didn't see anything abnormal. Here is a video and some pics to check out. Was
really hoping that tandem pump was broken!
Guess I'll plan to tow it to the shop Monday they will hit me for $80 on the diag fee, can't keeping waiting any longer not knowing what is wrong.
This was my daily driver and my job vehicle, now I'm driving a cargo van to grocery store. I'm going to move on to the mkv 2.5 jetta with current gas prices I can find low mileage 2.5's for $2000-3000 in good shape with under 150k. They're a dime a dozen, probably more parts and more people that work on them. MPG not that great but with gas low and diesel high I just don't see myself buying another brm. I'm almost positive this is human error someone who did the cam and timing belt messed something up. I've never heard of a well maintained brm just dying and not being able to start with only 144k. Come on and die young... ! Too bad this isn't Germany India or Mexico, would have had it fixed by now. Even in a liberal place like Denver you can't find any decent vw audi diesel tdi techs. All the good ones are in the Mid West, Tx or East Coast. Let it hail! I just put comp on the car today.
Keep us posted on what they find. Where are you taking it if you say there's no decent TDI mechanics in the Denver area? With the huge population there I'd think that would be impossible but I'm not familiar with the area.
Did you source the recommended TDI mechanics thread?!?
So....what's the latest Sky????? Did you make it to the shop today?
Inquiring minds want to know
In my experience, the guys who do free diagnosis tend towards being guys who will toss parts at it until the problem goes away. That tends to get expensive.The VW guys down the road @ the dealer flaked. Found a Audi guy I think they should have the tools right. There is also Hardy Motor werks in Parker. They charge 80 for a diagnosis.
You have to set the mechanical timing by setting tdc, and the hole on the cam sprocket should line up with the hole behind it. It's easier than the older engines for sure!Just on VCDS, how do you check it manually? The belt is on there tight.
Great idea. I'm picking up a dolly end of the month, so I may take you up on that, just down I-70 past KC not too far for me. What do you charge to install a engine? Any re-builders around there in STL you trust?
You get what you pay for. The shop I work at has a $80/hr shop rate in central Missouri. We mostly do trucks, but I'm the Volkswagen guy so we do them to.I'm sure you do good work but I don't think these cars are worth paying $135 per hr. I mean look at the value on these cars well under $5k. I'll keep looking around here or possibly consider going to Mexico or Dallas/Houston has good mechanics that are fair that I know of.
How much to swap a good used engine? Strait labor price by the job?
We use a somewhat flexible flat rate book time system, Alldata mainly, but we have Mitchell as a backup. It is not always bang on accurate, unfortunately. So as a tech, you win some you lose some. And honestly a lot of it comes back to the level of difficulty as well as what all you are doing to the car. It is an imperfect system, but we (especially me personally) try to be as fair as possible.Oil, Does your shop charge the actual amount of time that a job takes?
I remember some VW dealer service departments just use their "book labor charges" and the job takes less actual time.
Your timing belt replacement total price was a little bit cheaper then my mechanic on my 2006 Jetta TDI in Virginia and your labor rate was higher.
I was just curious,
Since you don't work on your own car, sell the darn thing. It's not worth the labor to fix it. You'll sleep much better at night. I would dump my BRM but I like a challenge.
Thanks for the information.
That is about what I paid at my current independent for a DSG service. Where I previously lived, two shops quoted me $400 and $450.
I am still amazed how well the 06 TDI Jetta drives. In a lot of ways our 06 is nicer then our 17 Jetta SE 1.4l.