I think most of the metal came from the chain rubbing on the inner deflectors of the lower timing cover. I think this is the 3 and 4 block in 91. This kit also solves other issues which you will read about below. I was well out of warranty and did not pay a cent to have them replaced since this was a recall. You also get a very slight performance loss due to this.
Caution Protect lubrication system and bearings against contamination. Could something like this be happening. Your help is greatly appreciated. I know the measurement between the intake gear mark and bridge are slightly off its making me think the cam adjuster is stuck. This solved the tearing issue and has been rock solid for me and a lot of others. I didn't replace it but I check its movement and made sure it wasn't restricted due to debris. So I decided to order a new camshaft adjuster magnet which will arrive this week in case this was part of the issue.
This is a very time-consuming task or expensive if you have a shop do it. Can the n205 be bad? The resolution is to check the pistons and cylinders to make sure they are still round and sealing correctly. When you say control valve I take it you are referring to the N205 that threads into the intake cam? I will know more after the basic test to see if the actuator works like it was intended Stay tuned. I noticed the correlation code had come back. Some of the signs that you may be having problems with cam follower wear are fuel cuts and poor performance when lots of fuel is being used. The car is in overall poor condition inside and out and was clearly not maintained properly.
Caution Avoid damage to valves and piston crowns. After running the car for a few minutes and trying different things. Occasionally, I get customers that cry about the cost of everything so I tend to recommend the bare necessities. Completely gone thru, rebuilt head, new timing chains, tensioners, oil pump, water pump, coils, plugs, cam sensor, crank sensor. I have swapped out the plugs and coils with known good parts as well as the cam sensor. The customer said the oil light came a few times in the past week just before the car started having problems so I hooked up the oil pressure gauge.
When you say control valve I take it you are referring to the N205 that threads into the intake cam? Now the car runs great. Typically I add another 1qt between oil changes. I decided to remove the lower timing cover and install the latest chain tensioner with the K suffix and a new cover. Once the car started up it immediately started to misfire but no correlation code. They were not showing any signs of having a problem, it was just part of the recall.
Cover exposed parts of the engine. I didn't try removing the magnetic solenoid while running, if I run into that problem again I'll give it a try. Ross-Tech is not affiliated with the Volkswagen Group in any way. . This is pictured in Figure 1 above. Sorry for the lengthy post, but i've tried to put as much info as possible to assist with diagnosis.
This customer and vehicle were a total waste of my time, lesson learned. Caution The timing valves have a left-hand thread. I noticed with the upper cover off the cam chain wanted to jump off the sprockets when the engine was turned over by hand. Gpeterso, is your car throwing any codes? The timing chain must be slackened before removing the cylinder head cover. I noticed that when you shook the camshaft adjuster magnet that it make a metallic rattle similar to the sound the engine makes on cold starts. Ran great down highway but very hard to start and idled rough. In other words they will only start replace things under warranty if you are consuming more than 1qt of oil per 1000 miles.
I contributed this to the tensioner not having been pressurized so I cranked it over with the upper timing cover off and that stopped once it had oil pressure. Link to product: While the camshaft adjuster magnet was off, I could push the N205 valve in and out quite easily with my finger. I am running out of ideas here. I will break down each one of the problems and include what I believe is the best way to handle it. I don't want to recommend any further repairs with this customer as this has been a negative experience from the get go. But that is also a very vague sign that could be the result of a lot of things.
Any ideas what might be going on with this engine? The car runs for about five minutes without throwing the cam correlation code. Could the chain be stretched? The oil I have been using is Castor Syntec 5w40 for almost all my oil changes. There is a lot of speculation as to what causes this issue and how to prevent it. Loss in performance is a sign that this might be happening. The oil was also changed at this time as part of the work. I also have one on my desk right now that I took apart that was in a blown motor.