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Author Topic: So I pickup the ‘new’ dad wagon this week...  (Read 410 times)

Offline KingyMAK

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So I’m saying goodbye to the trust Carat PD130 at only ~170k.
Slowly becoming uneconomical repairs each year, due to corrosion, and so forth.

I found an ‘06 Alhambra that’s decked out, at only 87k for pennies.
It’s the 2.0 140 engine, so I’m assuming I’ll be getting the balance shaft issue sorted, too.
FSH, the lot.

It’s going to be a shame to say bye to the old ‘Dad-Wagon’, but 2.0 is on its way now & I can’t look back forever! 😂

Offline johnnyroper

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Balance shaft and oil pump drive on them isn’t it?

Offline KingyMAK

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Aye; but the shaft issue, I meant the whole thing really.
Absolutely mental they did that redesign on the PD engines, then fluffed up so bad with this!

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Given the age I wonder if it’s already been sorted on it,did VAG ever issue a quality enhancement for this or was it a case of only getting modified parts if customer had issues?

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Is this the problem some had with the splines on the oil pump being a bit weedy and failing? I'm sure I saw somewhere it was only the Ford version that suffered with this problem,could be wrong though🤔

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If I remember correctly it was a hexagonal drive and shaft didn’t penetrate that much causing it to round off

Offline Steve-SETDI

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Don't think the Alhambra or Sharan 2.0 BRT has this issue. I thought it was on A4s and Passat's whatever that engine code is.

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All the initial 2.0 TDi’s had this issue, even up to about 2010-2011 when they changed it in the engines after that.
Failure was among geared AND chain driven models.

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Given the age I wonder if it’s already been sorted on it,did VAG ever issue a quality enhancement for this or was it a case of only getting modified parts if customer had issues?
I’ve yet to pick it up from the forecourt, so I don’t have the paperwork as of yet.
I’m going to hope it’s actually been sorted, but realistically with less than 90k on it for pottering about, I can’t see it having been done. 😭
Never a recall/enhancement, as it wasn’t an instant thing that would cause lots of failures.
It just did it slowly.
The modified parts were either;
A new hex key that was solid (VAG used a hollow hex key... 🤦)
A new balance shaft/oil pump all together. (Same issues eventually!)
But;
They did release another fix, which was to replace the single balance shaft in the unit with a stronger key way, also.

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Dear mr kingy, do u have the new alhamb yet and would u be willing to share any piccies of it please. It sounds like an impressive vehicle

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I drive a Seat Alhambra 1.9Tdi which has 115bhp and an automatic gearbox.

I am happy to help you with all your questions. I am not a qualified mechanic but seem to be better at fixing my car than even the most experienced garages.

I have lots of friends here and very much enjoy talking with you all.

Always remember, a motor car is a serious tool and should be treated with respect. Put your safety first, always.

 

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