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Hi,

I have just joined to get some info and hopefully advice about the motor rebuild that I'm in the middle of for my daughter's '01 Jetta tdi.

She bought it from a neighbor and after it had a timing belt failure. We have the moror mostly apart and find see that #3 cylinder is wrecked with bent rod, valves and a bad cam lobe and lifter.

I am planning to put a new rod & piston in but now find that most places only sell rods in complete sets. Does anyone know why and is it ok to just replace 1 rod?

Also, what's the best place to buy these motor parts (including complete head, cheap but good quality?

Thanks, Paperboy
 

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I think a lot of people just ry and get the parts second hand, there's the section in here and also the one on the tdiclub where you can post an add. The pistons and rods probably come in sets so they're all equal, there's bound to be a reasonable difference between brand new and 100,000 miles worn and puting in just one new piston and rod might upset the balance of the engine but I think it'd be fine with second hand one. franko6 on the tdiclub is supposed to be the man when it comes to head work, I'd ask him.

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Don't know, but the pistons are cylinder specific to #1/2 or 3/4 because of how the valves are. Make sure you have a bentley service manual.

FYI, if you want to take step by step pictures like some of the writeups on this site it would help others who are having this problem. It will also qualify for the writeup contest, see the general forum section for details on this and the prize.

You could try car-part.com to search junkyards. PS, Franko6 is also on here http://www.myturbodiesel.com/forum/members/franko6/ ;)
 

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Thanks Guys

I appreciate the info & suggestions. I actually thought that rods had to be purchased in matched sets because of the stick up tolerence associated with the head gasket selection. Anyway, perhaps ckecking with a junk yard is a better approach.
 
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