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VOLKSWAGEN CABRIOLET OIL COOLER PROBLEM

1989 Volkswagen Cabriolet • 178,000 miles

I was driving along at about 25 mph and coasting in second gear when my low oil pressure light came on so I stopped to see what was happening, but I couldn't see much under flashlight at 11 pm, but when I started it the pressure problem went away until I got up to interstate speeds "75 mph" and I drove until I got to work then checked the oil and it didn't read at all on the stick then I noticed under the street light that it was leaking around where the oil filter screws into just above where the actual filter is at. My question is what is that part and would it hurt to drive if I keep oil in it until I get that part fixed or replaced? As I live pay check to pay check a response is most anticipated.
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December 12, 2012.




The oil cooler seal is leaking.

A temporary fix:

You need to remove the oil filter and then tighten the 27mm nut that is holding the oil cooler to the flange on the engine block.

Here is a video of me replacing a bad seal on a Jetta 2.0L (same parts as your cabrio):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YNM-bx2R2U

Same thing happens on Vanagons:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugv7fhOC07U

It is dangerous for the people behind you as you are leaking oil onto the street... the oil is also getting on your hot exhaust which can
be a fire hazard!

Have it fixed... It should not cost much!

Thomas

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Dec 12, 2012.


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