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I desperately needs help with my 1989 Jetta 2 CLX. It spills oil and I end up having to top-up every morning. I checked the oil filter n realised that there is some oil residue there (might be the cause) and also realised that there is some oil just under the carburator (suspect tappet gasket). The buzzer starts after a few km and the oil light starts flashing. Anybody ever experienced this?
 

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If you're loosing enough oil that you have to top up you have a serious problem. VWs are known for some oil weap coming from under the valve cover. Its usually caused by the studs coming loose and no matter how hard you tighten the nuts down you will still get oil coming from under it unless you re thread the studs down. The oil from there is only a light film that over time can accumulate and run down the back of the block and drip. But were talking a small drip.

If its old enough either crank seal could be leaking also. But you would notice drips, not pools. Nor would you have to top up every day. The only spot you can really get a lot of oil to come out of out side of something catastrophic is the oil dip stick tube. Make sure its snug in the base of the block.

I would lay under the car and give it a good inspection. If its really grimey spray it with a degreaser first, hose it down lightly and let it heat up to dry off so you can see things. If the block is intact, there are no cracks or holes in anything you have two bad options to look for.

If your loosing more oil than whats on the floor you could be burning it. Valve guides over time leak into the cylinders. Pop the plugs out and look for any oil fouling. At the same time you could have really worn rings. Worn rings allow alot of hot gas blow by witch burns off the oil. The only way to test that is a compression check on all the cylinders. You can usually see this over the course of a few days too by cleaning your entire PCV system out and in your case the carberator valve plates. Get it all so its shiney clean. Go drive it for a few days then check to see if its black as hell again. If it is your rings are cooked.

The other bad option is that you have a cracked block and your loosing oil into the coolant, and probably coolant into the oil also. Is the coolant black looking and have an oily film on the top of the resivoir?
 

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I washed the engine this morning and removed all the oil excess on it. I noticed that oil leaks on the sump seal/gasket & somewhere on the oil filter. I will replace the filter n also re-seal the sump on Saturday. Will update the thread. Thanks for ur heads-up.
 
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