2013 oil leak

vwztips

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Hello all, have a 2013 Passat TDI with 160k miles. recently developed a decent oil leak on the firewall side. Cannot determine where it is coming from. Underside of turbo is clean.

Any pointers would be appreciated
 

AaronB

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Is it near the passanger side? mine leaked like crazy had to removed cam cradle and reseal it . VW said valve cover gasket but they where wrong.
 

d2freeman

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Is it near the passanger side? mine leaked like crazy had to removed cam cradle and reseal it . VW said valve cover gasket but they where wrong.
How bad was it to remove the cam cradle? I believe I have the same leak, although not bad yet, it was not the valve cover or cam seal.
 

AaronB

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Not that bad. Pull all injectors and pull the valve cover its a slight pain but not bad. i had to make my own injector puller and bought a slide hammer to get them out. i then pinned the cam as if i was doing a timing belt and marked the back gears with sharpies and used a feeler gauge and took 100 reference pics to where teeth lined up and such and pulled them out. i recommened holding the cams in as you pull the craddle off my cam up and then i check cam timing 100000x times lol. But i just sealed it up and reversed the process. the cam without a pin has the vac pump slot that needs to be parallel with the head so the slot sits at 9 and 3 o'clock.
 

AaronB

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I also changed the cam seal and now i dont have a single leak. my car used to smoke when it would regen because the dpf got so hot and would burn off that oil on the back of the block. i eventually did a delete to help the issue put the oil leak made me mad so i dove in and fixed it.
 

d2freeman

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Getting ready to do the reseal on the cam cradle and have a couple of questions.
Did you have to remove the cams or just remove the cradle and leave them in place?
And did you have to remove the vacuum pump?
Thanks
 
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