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Anthony's Arosa Sport

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First of all, excuse me for my English.. ^_^

Here is my 2001 Arosa Sport, 97,000kms (60,000miles). I bought it in February 2016, and I only made 600miles with. White smoke, oil consumption, noisy gearbox, EGR problems, cut to acceleration, EPC light.

I decided to redo the car entirely. As time went by I discoverd a lot of horrors.. :angry:


To begin with, I discovered that she had a shock on the right side, door alignment problem, a lot of welding, and a deformation of the horn. :rant:

I started by disassembling the gearbox but I would come back later. Then I disassembled the engine. The timing belt was offset from a tooth. ( It was mounted in a Seat concession...........)

Intake manifold and injectors :


It's very dirty and greasy



Dirty like a TDI. :lol:


The same applies to the camshaft housing.





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This car was stopped for 5 years. It was poorly maintained. Bad Oil (semi synthetic). There are oil (pieces) glued everywhere.


Now is the time to remove the cylinder head :


It's "clean". The head gasket is not damaged.

The piston heads are as dirty as the intake manifold :


But surprise......


Seen like that, it was still fine.

I disassemble the oil pan.



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Oil pomp strainer is dirty for engine less than 100,000kms.



So came the time to disassemble the pistons and the connecting rods...



The 4 are like that. :furious::furious::furious::furious:

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Well, it's disappointing to find your engine in that state! It's interesting to see such detailed photos. What are you going to do about it?

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I wanted to do rebore (?), but that is not possible. It is an aluminium block, the crankshaft must not be disassembled. So the tool for rebore does not pass entirely.

So I'm looking for a 1.6 GTi engine.


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All these problems you see on cars that are used for short trips, where the engine doesn't get a chance to get hot. You *need* an engine to get hot for the additives in the oil to do their thing.

Also, I think the filth everywhere is caused by the oil fumes being sucked back in. You need to use an oil breather diverter. Every car I have I've modded to stop this stupid design (all for emissions).

The honing looks fine. The oil strainer gauze is only partly clogged, so I guess that the main and big end bearings will be fine. The cams look ok too- which is usually a first place to look for lack of oil flow. Check the roller rockers. The pistons look ok too- only light scuffing. Need new rings though.

I would just clean everything and bolt it all back together again (with the right timing!).

How's the gearbox? Would like to see pics of the syncros... I'm thinking of refreshing the number two syncros on both my lupos.

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