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About jbarhydt

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  1. I suppose some rod bearing wear is considered normal, but i'd have to ask why you're seeing those numbers on an engine with such low usage. It would be cheaper to deal with the problem now rather than waiting until a catastrophic failure. I have to agree with White987S regarding Jakes smarts - he'll build you a nice motor if your hunch is wrong, but forewarned is forearmed... I don't see how the items you've listed address the possible causes of the bearing wear - it seems like you'd be masking the problem instead. In my experience there seems to be a point where the wear starts accelerat
  2. If you are energetic you can drop your oil pan and look for more. Having lost a motor to the IMS this year I am thinking you will find more shiny bits hiding in the pan.
  3. 1999 C2 Tip - after sitting for several weeks my battery went dead - battery appears to be at least 5 years old and probably needed replacing anyway. I hooked my shop charger directly to the battery and let it charge for an hour. Didn't do any good - not only did i not have enough juice to turn over the engine, i didn't have enough juice to move the seats or windows. I put the charger into "jump-start" mode and tried the windows and seat again - still nothing. I purchased a new battery -- and now i have what appears to be a dead dash cluster -- no tach, no speedo, no on board computer dis
  4. Pictures as requested. Pulled oil sump cover- lots of shiny bits, and a picture of the oil filter.
  5. As it turns out the problem does appear to be a mechanical fault. After finding no wiring issues, i went back to the basics and started with looking at the oil. I had checked the dipstick but it was clear. However, the filter seems to be clogged with bits of bearing shavings. Last question that i have before i start investigating replacement engines -- knowing that the engine shot craps, is the Tip fault code noise, or is it possible that the Tip and the engine both failed (maybe one contributing to the other?) Thanks for the help and great ideas!
  6. Thanks for the pointers -- i'm getting the feeling that i might be dealing with multiple issues. I put the car on the lift and started inspecting the wiring - visual check and disconnect/reconnect everything i can reach. I pulled the starter out to inspect the starter and inspect the flywheel. Bench test of the starter makes me wonder about a weak bendix - after a second of spinning is trys to retract, so i'm leaning towards a weak bendix but haven't given up on a possible wiring issue. I was able to rotate the motor without any odd feelings or sounds -- since the plugs were still in th
  7. Pulled the fault codes using my Durametric Tiptronic code 22 - Unknown fault code DME: P1531 Camshaft adjustment bank 1 P0341 Camshaft sensor bank 1 Short to B+ P1397 Camshaft sensor bank 2 short to ground P1539 Camshaft adjustment bank 2 P0102 Mass air flow sensor short circuit/open circuit
  8. I have a 1999 US spec C2 Coupe with a Tiptronic. I bought the car 2 years ago with 60k miles on it, and recently turned 103k miles. I've had to fix the various oddities of this model, but as of yet i have no oil leaks and the car has run great until today. While crusing on the interstate I felt a "thud" from the rear of the car, and the engine lost power. I was able to coast down an exit ramp and onto a side road where the AAA flatbed would soon pick me up. When I turned the key I could hear the starter motor running (fast) but there was no apparent engagement with the flywheel. There
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