Touareg: 2005 V8
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Tidewater, VA
Second Vehicle: Still looking
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Engine coming out- What to fix... Need some Info
I posted this earlier with no responses, so I will try again.
Long story short- The dealer, during a routine oil change, restripped the upper oil pan plug hole they stripped ("fixed" w/heli-coil) two years earlier. Tried to fix with another insert and gooned it up, resulting in an oil pan replacement. This is a 2005 V8, by the way.
Bottom line- the engine is getting pulled on their dime- they are paying the labor costs. They want me to pay for the part, which I have countered with you pay for everything- I didn't cause the problem.
OK- worst case (not to look a gift horse in the mouth)- I pay for the part.
Here's the advice I need-
First- If I have to buy the part(s), where is a reliable, reasonable source? I don't really want to pay their prices, but I also understand they may say no to parts from an outside vendor.
Second- What else should I get done while the engine is out? Belts/pump/tensioner are about half way through their prescribed life (3 years/33K mi since last done. Alternator is "OK." I only say OK since the month before the oil change, I noticed that the output would drop occasionally from 14v to the 13.25-13.75 range. Anything else? Plugs, filters...?
Many thanks in advance!!