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    Account Terminated Three Rings
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    May 29 2011
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    2000 VW passat B5 2.8
    Bay Area,CA

    what causes burning oil smells?

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    thought this would be a good thread to direct members to, once it gets filled up of course.

    what causes burning oil smells in the C5?
    i know one of them is a leaking valve cover gasket.
    anything else? im getting burning oil smells on both of my cars coming from the engine bay.
    and tomorrow is my only day off so im going to be digging thru the engine compartment trying to locate them before i go on a 6 hour road trip.

    CHIME IN! thanks!

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    Veteran Member Four Rings Euromike's Avatar
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    what garage?

    almost always valve cover gaskets on the 2.8
    01' B5 S4 Pearl White Stage 3+
    01' B5 S4 Laser Red [For Sale - ish.]
    16' Silverado HD
    12' Tornado Red GTI DSG
    99' Laser Red B5 A4 QM SOLD
    98' Santorin Blue B5 A4 QM SOLD

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    Veteran Member Three Rings RickyCastro's Avatar
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    2015 Misano Red 8V S3
    Anchorage, AK

    And the cam plugs, definitely those too.
    2002 Pearl White S4 Avant Tip (Sold)
    2015 S3 Misano Red Prestige | Performance
    2000 Nogaro S4 6speed 3.0L k24 AKA Money Pit (Sold) Bought back 3L WDR 6466
    1998 A4 2.8 Tip (Sold)

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    Veteran Member Four Rings awdjunkies's Avatar
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    sedan, avant, truck/suv

    Valve cover gaskets, cam end caps, valley plugs, cam chain tensioner gaskets..

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    Veteran Member Four Rings CALL AAA's Avatar
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    '02 S6, '09 Jetta TDI, '12 S5
    San Diego
    Items for Sale

    I had too much oil in mine. It smoked like a MOFO, but I can't remember if I could really smell it.

    '02 S6 Tip, but that's going away (just the Tip)
    '13 VW Touareg TDI with 8 speeds. Count 'em, 1-2-4-5-7-8!
    '12 S5 now with wheels from...a different S5

    I stopped a helicopter with my face.

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