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Hello there

I have a 2006 T5 2.5l TDi 130bhp (145k miles). The engine ceased a few months ago, shortly after putting petrol in instead of diesel (duh). I posted about this previously - ended up having the engine completely remanufactured for the princely sum of £3,700 (they also replaced the flywheel and clutch kit). When I got the van back it started to shudder very badly - usually around 1600-2000 rpm. Took it back and was told the air mass meter had failed, so I replaced that. Shudder continued. Took it back, they replaced all the engine mounts and fitted another new flywheel and clutch to be safe.

The shudder didn't go away. They did notice a little bit of excess play in the drive shaft (a few mm), but basically the mechanics are at a complete loss as to what is causing the shudder. Their current theory is that it is likely to be the gearbox. What they think might have happened is as follows. They reckon that when the engine ceased, the forces involved might have had a major impact on the drive shaft (hence the excess play) and subsequently buggered up the internals of the gearbox to some degree.

The shudder appears to kick in in all gears, but is very noticeable around 1500-2000 RPM in 3rd gear and up. Particularly when going up hill or when putting my foot down for quick acceleration. The mechanics have basically suggested to monitor it for a while to see if it gets worse, as that might help pinpoint the exact cause of the problem. Whilst this makes some sense, I am very worried everytime I accelerate the van. The van should have heaps of power but because of the shudder it performs sub-optimally.

In addition, the van has been starting very badly and failed to start completely today - however, this is probably to do with the starter motor, so hopefully that's a relatively quick fix and probably unrelated to the shuddering?

Could anyone shed some light on what might be wrong and what to do next? Also, if it is the gearbox - what sort of cost am I looking at and should I replace it asap or wait for matters to deteriorate?

Any views and advice much appreciated! This episode has already cost more than £4k and still isn't right - am I very worried...

Bjorn

For reference, my previous posts re engine failure:

http://www.vwt4forum.co.uk/showthread.php?p=1028739#post1028739

http://www.vwt4forum.co.uk/showthread.php?p=1021635#post1021635

http://www.vwt4forum.co.uk/showthread.php?p=1021652#post1021652
 

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Possibly an injector or injection loom on top of the engine. Get them to check the injector balance.

Could also be the camshaft.

DMF - is another common cause but you've replaced the flywheel.
 

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hmmm the injectors were replaced as part of the engine re-manufacture. They'd run all the engine diagnostics several times and can't find anything wrong with that. Could it still be to do with the injectors?
 

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Quick update - just had RAC out to look at van (as it's not starting). They reckon this is due to a faulty starter motor or connections to starter motor.

However, they also checked the oil and turns out it's completely empty... so either it's leaking, or something is wrong in engine causing it to consume to much oil, or the *muppets* never put (enough) oil into it in the first place - although they said they replaced the oil only last week...

... van's going out to garage tomorrow morning, so will see what they come up with this time... not impressed so far
 

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thanks for all the tips.

Just met up with RAC again to drop van off at garage. Guy reckons that, given the engine remanufacture, it is very strange for the engine oil to be well below minimum and thinks that might be cause of the shudder problems (potentially due to leaking head gasket)... does that seem plausible?
 
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