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    Thread: Oil leak around exhaust manifold AAZ

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      08-05-2012 12:30 PM #1
      Hey guys, I've got this leak going on on my 97 AAZ. l
      I think it is losing a significant amount of oil here as I changed my oil and my oil light came on only a few days later and I had to top it up.
      Would this likely just be the gasket around my exhaust manifold...? Or might I have a cracked block?
      Thanks guys.

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      08-05-2012 02:10 PM #2
      valve cover gasket..

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      08-05-2012 03:04 PM #3
      Yeah? I wasn't sure exactly where it was from. I'd prefer that.

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      08-06-2012 09:05 AM #4
      Where can I source one of these gaskets? Partsplace sent me the wrong one last time...

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      08-06-2012 03:47 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by JDuval View Post
      Where can I source one of these gaskets? Partsplace sent me the wrong one last time...
      order it for the right engine..

      AAZs, and 1st gen TDIs all take the same gasket..

      they prolly sent you the 3 piece cork gasket for the 1.6D, huh?

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      08-06-2012 03:54 PM #6
      No, I got a gasket for an AHU TDI as I ordered a timing belt change set and told them I had am AAZ. They don't ship to Canada though if I recall and I don't have the time to go back to the States.

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      08-06-2012 11:58 PM #7
      order it thru someone else then..

      i believe the ALH had the gasket bonded to the valve cover..

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      08-07-2012 12:04 AM #8
      Autoparstway.ca best online place I have dealt with to date.

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      08-08-2012 10:12 AM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by 8v-of-fury View Post
      Autoparstway.ca best online place I have dealt with to date.
      They don't seem to have the AAZ gasket.
      Has anyone had any experience with rockauto? I've pretty much only heard bad things, but they do have what I need.

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      08-08-2012 01:17 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by JDuval View Post
      They don't seem to have the AAZ gasket.
      Has anyone had any experience with rockauto? I've pretty much only heard bad things, but they do have what I need.
      nowhere in canada has parts for a canadian enigne?!

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      08-08-2012 04:37 PM #11
      Pretty stupid right?
      No one lists the AAZ as ever existing because they all use the US parts listings and catalogues.
      Even my one good source for vw parts doesn't recognize the AAZ, only the AHU.

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      08-09-2012 12:54 AM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by JDuval View Post
      Pretty stupid right?
      No one lists the AAZ as ever existing because they all use the US parts listings and catalogues.
      Even my one good source for vw parts doesn't recognize the AAZ, only the AHU.
      and its a pretty specific gasket as well.. but like i say, i believe the 1Z used the same gasket. maybe even the AHU as well..

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      08-09-2012 02:50 AM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by Glegor View Post
      and its a pretty specific gasket as well.. but like i say, i believe the 1Z used the same gasket. maybe even the AHU as well..
      1Z maybe, AHU definitely not.

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      08-09-2012 03:38 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by 8v-of-fury View Post
      1Z maybe, AHU definitely not.
      was it the AHU and ALH that had a gasket bonded to the valve cover?

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      08-09-2012 03:47 PM #15
      1Z and AHU valve cover is not straight at the front.

      This is a the AHU gasket;



      AAZ gasket;



      Normal 1.6 IDI gasket;


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      08-09-2012 04:36 PM #16
      Yeah, maybe I'll have to give partsplace another go...I can't find it anywhere else.

      EDIT: or I may unfortunately have to buy from Prothe. I don't want to support the guy, but he has a product that no one else is carrying--and for 10 bucks, I'll take the risk that it's garbage.
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      08-11-2012 09:43 PM #17
      I found the gasket, NAPA had it.
      Replaced it, and I'm still getting a leak.
      Any suggestions on what to do going forward?

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