Okay, so I bought a 99 Passat w/ the 1.8T and the Tiptronic trans... for $500. Not a bad deal, except I had to get a key for it. The previous owner said he had the trans rebuilt recently, and then the timing belt broke. I priced the car based on the fact that I was going to have to replace the motor.
Well, the timing belt was still tight, so I was hoping for the best.... So we strip the front of the car, and get the front of the motor apart. And there were a handful of timing belt teeth in the bottom of the cover. When we rotated the motor to take the front pulley off, it stopped on it's own.
So we figure the head has to come off.. So we start by pulling the coils.. and all four bores are full of oil...
I guess the questions are : A> Why are the plug bores full of oil? I think it's a bad valve cover gasket. My friend who is helping me work on the car thinks the head is cracked.
And B> Is there any other way to see if there is valve damage besides pulling the head? I can't think of anything short of a bore cam, but that would only show me the piston, not the valves.
I really hate to see this car go to the junkyard, because the body is in really good condition (except for a dent in the driver's front fender), and the interior is in okay condition.