Jetta crew: Help me fix up my dad's old 1989 Jetta GL

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  1. H Dog 14

    H Dog 14 New Member

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    Very good condition 1989 Jetta GL has a problem, gasoline seems to be leeching into the oil.

    Where should I start? replace the fuel filter?
     
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    triXx Im the crack being smoked by your dealer

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    do a compresion test, but sounds like rings
     
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    Don't cry, it is a good reason to swap in a 1.8t.
     
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    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    And the transverse 1.8t's have a lot fewer problems than the longitudinal 1.8t's do. They almost never sludge up, though if you're going to do a custom install, take the oil return line from the turbo and run it through a radiator-style oil cooler before dumping it back into the oil pan.
     
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    thanks guys :coold:
     
  7. compu_85

    compu_85 Woooo! 60HP!

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    Or if you want to stay stock you can pick up a whole 1.8l 8valve motor for next to nothing....

    -Jason
     
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    :werd: But the cheapest fun in that car would be either an ABA block with a JH head, mild cam, chip, exhaust.

    I'd go G60 with lysholm, or VR, before I went 1.8t.
     
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    VR> imo
     
  10. compu_85

    compu_85 Woooo! 60HP!

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    VR = heavy, and hard to replace timing chain.
     
  11. Diesel Fumes

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    :ugh:

    Im on my 8th MKII so far, so I will chime in. Ive never had a problem with fuel in oil so I don't know exactly what that problem could be.

    A VR is not a heavy engine. Its heavier than 8v and 16v engines, but it doesn't weight THAT much. How many miles on the body of the Jetta? I would swap a TDI, but im biased as all hell :fawk:
     
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    Durability > speed. I'd rather have a timing chain any day, especially on an interference engine.
     
  14. Duff Man

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    if there is gas in the oil then more than likely the main and rod bearings are shot. gas will eat them alive.

    define "hard"....

    it's only hard if you dont know what you are doing.

    chains aren't that bad. especially if the engine is out of the car during a swap. then you wont have to worry about it for 100k+ miles...unlike a timing belt which is every 40k (i know they say 60k, but a belt on an interference motor shouldn't be taken to it's limit in my book)

    ...and to the guy that mentioned an oil cooler on a turbo oil return....really? wtf are you talking about? you want to cool the oil that is going to go back into a pan and get hot again? on top of that, how do you expect it to drain properly if you have it run through a cooler? are you running it through a pump of some sort? ....the cooler should be BEFORE it goes into the turbo, but even then, it's negligible and you should just have a cooler for the whole oil system. fail.

    if you are going to go with a 1.8t, it needs to be an AEB motor. otherwise, dont waste your time.

    an 89 jetta should be on CE2, so a VR will plug right in and with a few jumper wires to get some misc things to turn on properly, it's a weekend swap. pending you have all the parts. that's where i'd start.
     

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