I bought a 99 Passat, with no knowledge of prior maintenance. 2 1/2 weeks later guess what!. Stealership wants 3-6 k to do the work. I have the head off, I have major contact on the 3 outer valves of each cylinder, and minor contact on the inner 2. I was doing about 2k rpm in 5th at about 45mph. The stealership wants to plastigage the whole bottom end, are they full of it, or should I consider it, with 135k would a new engine be a better investment? Can any machine shop handle the head rebuild or do I need to look for a special one?
Aside from a new metal impellar water pump, various hoses, head bolts, gaskets, injector o-rings, belts and tensioners is there anything else I should do since I am this far into it?
Those hose clamps that are impossible to get off can be replaced with regular clamps correct? Do the vaccum hoses need to have that braided protection on them?
I know I need to use VW 502.00 oil, I live in rural Montana, so fancy oils will be hard to find, I plan on using Mobil 1 full synthetic, but I hear of people using both 0W-40, and 5W-40. The temperatures range from -30 to 110. Any advice? Will the larger Fram filter do or do I need to go VW?
Sorry for all the questions but i would really like to drive it again soon. Thanks for any help