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2004 Audi A4 Quattro Question: broken camshaft drive pulley plugs held in place by resin - common fix or bodge

 

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x11rider, 3.0L V6, Tacoma, WA, March 12, 2014, 03:18
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I had a timing belt service where the mechanic broke the plugs taking them out (common) and replaced them holed but sealed and retained by resin. I only found out 14k miles later at different garage doing gaskets, found gunk in pulley = new pulley. Is resin an accepted way of holding plugs on this variable valve drive pulley. I guess the resin cost more than the plugs?

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    Greg's Orange Auto (13020 Answers) , Orange, CA - (714) 361-9386
    globalhelper March 12, 2014, 05:57
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    need more info to assist.what was the 2nd mech opinion on the resin repair?

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    x11rider, March 12, 2014, 08:04
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    2nd Mechanic had never seen such poor workmanship. Also took the part to Audi dealership - confirmed it was not a recommended manufacturer service. Both recommended replacement pulley wheel. Resin did not get good bond onto pulley wheel because of dirt and oil. I could send you a photo. Trying to find anyone who commonly do this when the plugs are so cheap and in stock most good parts dealers.

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