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Driving home last night...
Car basically shutdown, no large bang or clunk... but has fuel.
No major leaks under neath, belts (incl timing) are good.
No coolant in oil.
Just replaced timing belt (incl kit) & alternator last week.
Tried to turn it over & starter sounded very fast with little resistance. (no compression?)
Blown Motor???
HELP!!!
If it is blown what is it worth as a parts car?
 

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You checked timing belt so that is not a problem. You did turn it to TDC to do this check right? If the camshaft and crankshat marks are on, no valve damage. It's possible the IP mark is off, could cause a no run condition. Did you do the TB or did someone else do it? Where did you source the parts?

If starter is turning fast w/no resistance, it's possible TB has broken and slipped or that the starter is bad.

Its worth as a parts car is more than as-is but you have to take the time to part it out. I would try to know 100% what the problem is before writing it off though. If TB is bad, you may be able to just put on a rebuilt head. I don't know the condition or mileage of your car but at that price it's not much more after parts+labor to buy another similar car.
 

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CCBB thank you for your reply.

The TB was included in a Goodyear TB Kit... Included Water pump, pullys, reg belt.
It was done by a Lic Mec. at a shop.

I've ruled out the starter since it died while running down the down at 90km/hr.

I only checked the TB by looking under the TB cover and it seemed solid.
I did not check to see if all the marks were lined up.

The car has 450,000 km so I'm not too worried about it, but I did just put this TB Kit and a new alternator on it within the last 2 weeks, so I just sunk $1200.00 into it. So if it is something not too expensive I would mind fixing it.

If it is lunched... would $1000 be too much to ask for it? I am probably pushing my luck...
 

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The TB was included in a Goodyear TB Kit... Included Water pump, pullys, reg belt. It was done by a Lic Mec. at a shop.
...sigh... car dies a week after the timing belt is replaced... where have we heard this one before??? Goodyear TB Kit ??? Really?? They make one for the TDI ??????? Where was the belt changed?? Did they lock down the engine when doing the job???? Did they torque things properly???? Licensed Mec. means very little... I know fabulous mechanics who would do this job incredibly well who don't have a Mec. Lic....
I only checked the TB by looking under the TB cover and it seemed solid.
I did not check to see if all the marks were lined up.
If the belt went, it would probably look just fine on top... it's the teeth down by the crankshaft that usually get "lost"... As CCBB said, it would be nice to know if the TDC marks on the flywheel and the slot at the back of the camshaft (you need to remove the vacuum pump) are still lined up... If yes, then there's hope... the "mark" for the injection pump is the hole that can be seen through the pulley if you use a small mirror... it should be lined up with the slot that rotates with the pulley...

Please narrow down your location a bit... we may (or may not) be able to recommend someone local to help you look over the car...

All the best,

Yuri

PS: when my wife drove our 2001 into a flooded street a year+ ago, hydrolocking the engine, I just bought a used engine for $400 and put it in... (I got a good deal...) car had 478,000 km on it at the time... Are you able to work on it yourself or have a good friend who can help you with this???

PPS: isn't there any type of warranty?? I know it's a can of worms to even go there, but... if they screwed it up... (where have we heard this before???)
 

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It doesn't look good....but there is still hope....take it to another garage to have it inspected though. I would not go back to that place. Here is a writeup showing how it's done:http://www.myturbodiesel.com/1000q/a4/ALH-engine-timing-belt-change-VW-Jetta-TDI-1.htm Do not try to start the engine. Before that, hand crank it to TDC and check the marks.

Some idea of how to replace the head: http://www.myturbodiesel.com/1000q/a4/cylinder-head-removal-ALH-TDI-engine.htm


Please narrow down your location a bit... we may (or may not) be able to recommend someone local to help you look over the car...

All the best,

Yuri
Thanks for chiming in. Bundy, what he said. Also, don't Canadians all know each other :D
 

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On the bright side, a week is short enough so that there isn't much question that if the timing belt failed, it was their fault. With that much mileage, it's a parts car or keep it and fix it if you want to keep it. But unless there's something about the car that makes you want to keep it, never put more into a car than it's worth.
 

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Just had a simalar problem. Are you sure the belt is not loose? The idler bolt broke on mine. Hope you have better luck than I did.
 
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