It's the dilemma we are all in owning orphan CKRA's. Does anyone own one that hasn't had an oil cooler start leaking? I'm just past 75k miles. Time to start stocking up on parts.I think it may be time to agree I have an old Passat and when the $1500-valued vehicle breaks beyond its value, a junkyard may be the better place to take it to.
Is this a good example of what the broken plastic lip looks like? Does it usually happen on that smaller passage?Please let us know how it goes.
Chances are, so long as the seals are good ones, it will be a permanent solution. Because on the plastic ones, it isn't the seals that fail. It is the inner lip of the plastic that breaks off, and then there is nothing to hold the seal in place. Same problem with the water pump housings on all the EA888 gassers. As well as countless other [stupid] plastic cooling system parts. BHW flanges on the rear of the head, the EGR cooler control valve in the V6 TDIs, etc. Almost an endless business opportunity for anyone that tools up to make stuff like this.