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Hi all,
Long time reader, first time i post a discussion as im baffled about what happened to my tig 2009.

So bought the car in 2019. Drove for 2 years and for about 20,000 Kms before I noticed some oil leak.
Last time the service company changed oil (always on time to change oil and filter), they put 0-40 oil.
After that, the car started leaking and burring oil more than before.. up to a degree where i see a little bit of smoke coming out of the hood.
Took it to the service guy, and this is when more problems began to appear.
First round:
Changed 2 parts (on of them was the camshaft bridge)
Took the car, drove it for about 9 km and it suddenly stopped in the middle of the highway.
too back the car to the service.
Round 2: been with the service company for about 17 days and counting.
They changed the balance shafts, the oil pump, and the oil cooler.
They drove it for about 10 kms and it started heating up (as i was told).
They opened up the engine to see that balance shaft seized again...so that part has to be changed again.
At this point, it seems the service company is learning as they go and changing parts left and right without knowing what the issue is.
I thought id reach out to this group and see if they have ever had this issue before. What might the problem be?
 

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Hi all,
Long time reader, first time i post a discussion as im baffled about what happened to my tig 2009.

So bought the car in 2019. Drove for 2 years and for about 20,000 Kms before I noticed some oil leak.
Last time the service company changed oil (always on time to change oil and filter), they put 0-40 oil.
After that, the car started leaking and burring oil more than before.. up to a degree where i see a little bit of smoke coming out of the hood.
Took it to the service guy, and this is when more problems began to appear.
First round:
Changed 2 parts (on of them was the camshaft bridge)
Took the car, drove it for about 9 km and it suddenly stopped in the middle of the highway.
too back the car to the service.
Round 2: been with the service company for about 17 days and counting.
They changed the balance shafts, the oil pump, and the oil cooler.
They drove it for about 10 kms and it started heating up (as i was told).
They opened up the engine to see that balance shaft seized again...so that part has to be changed again.
At this point, it seems the service company is learning as they go and changing parts left and right without knowing what the issue is.
I thought id reach out to this group and see if they have ever had this issue before. What might the problem be?
This is a terrible story. Cannot identify where you are but it sounds like your 'service' (?) company knows sweet FA about nothing.

First step would be to stop using them and find a reputable and recommended mechanic.

I am wondering OD if might be possible to set up a Tiggy World Map of tried and tested mechanics so that forum members can find the nearest and best as this seems to be a recurring matter?
 

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I would not want to ignore your thought of a map for tried and tested mechanics Mike. I have enough with the two I started. I really don't want to be the "referral" guy. One member may believe his/her mechanic may be the best, but another may not.

What I may consider is setting up a thread for the membership to add suggested mechanics. Let me think about this further. In the meantime a member can ask in his/her thread for a referral.

Cheers mate.

Garry
 

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alright so quick update..after changing all the parts mentioned above...among other parts too...now the mechanic wants to change the engine block as there is a crack in it...Well, he could have known that was the case from the getgo, and i could have just purchased a used engine with low mileage coming in from Japan...but what is done is done.
I do have a question please, what are the chances that changing the engine block will be successful and i wont run into problems later on? Should i cut my losses, take the car to another mechanic and have them install a new engine that comes with all the parts ive already purchased? or chances are once engine block is changed, the car will run smoothly?... I'd appreciate your feedback...thanks
 

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Having observed the mechanic's approach to date, would you honestly want him to perform an intricate and expensive engine replacement? The Tig is a complex machine and I would guarantee that the problems you will encounter will be many.

Sometimes cutting your losses, however painful, can be the best solution.

Best of luck
 
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Having observed the mechanic's approach to date, would you honestly want him to perform an intricate and expensive engine replacement? The Tig is a complex machine and I would guarantee that the problems you will encounter will be many.

Sometimes cutting your losses, however painful, can be the best solution.

Best of luck
Yeah your absolutely right....it IS VERY painful...but has to happen. Found a mechanic. He specialises in VW and some other similar brands. He already found me a good japanese engine with only 30K miles on it. Just for info, cost here about 1800 USD for the engine plus labor and other minor things.
I guess that would be the best option now and the car should run smoothly for a few years at least.
Thanks for the advice.
 

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Be very very careful with these low mile japanese engines. Have a full system flush and service, have him check everything over before it goes in. If it's out of pre 2012 or even at this point a 2015 if it were me I'd be pulling the timing cover and inspect the chains and tensioners. These motors do not like to sit. I've been bit before on what was supposed to be a 30k motor. Showed up and it looked like it had sat underwater for a while. Popped plugs out and looked inside with a scope and cylinder walls were scored badly, indicating a very poor service history.
 
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Be very very careful with these low mile japanese engines. Have a full system flush and service, have him check everything over before it goes in. If it's out of pre 2012 or even at this point a 2015 if it were me I'd be pulling the timing cover and inspect the chains and tensioners. These motors do not like to sit. I've been bit before on what was supposed to be a 30k motor. Showed up and it looked like it had sat underwater for a while. Popped plugs out and looked inside with a scope and cylinder walls were scored badly, indicating a very poor service history.
Thank you Iggy...I'll make sure he knows that. He will be inspecting the engine before I buy it...not sure of there are any guarantees but I assume a good mechanic would directly spot a bad engine.
 
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