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Engine Oil Leaks on Volkswagen Beetle

Problem Description and Possible Solution

Engine oil leaks are common from the valve cover gaskets and camshaft chain tensioner gasket.

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Volkswagen Beetle Vehicles With This Problem

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$155-$412
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Average mileage: 93,772 (47,000–136,300)
Engines affected: 1.8L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 2.0L 4 Cylinder
9 model years affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, more2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
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Not sure that the oil leak is coming from the camshaft chain tensioner and/or valve cover gaskets yet, but suspect it is. I just bought the car used, have only driven it 30 miles so far. It just started leaking, and cannot tell from where the oil is leaking. Having it checked out in 2 days.
oil in cylinders #1, #2, & #3 above spark plugs.
oil seen leaking down from valve cover seal into tube.
COP(s) covered in oil.
Intermittent leak noticed under car. Shop did complimentary exam and noted leaking valve cover gasket.