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Paul Byham
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just looking at a 2nd-hand 2002 1.8VVTi - as a possible replacement car.

Anyone know if there's a simple (preferably visual) underbonnet check to quickly determine whether the car's been treated to a replacement short block (presumably due to the dreaded oil-burning problem) - or if it's still got the original one (that presumably will, at some time, suffer from the aforementioned problem!)

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just looking at a 2nd-hand 2002 1.8VVTi - as a possible replacement car.

Anyone know if there's a simple (preferably visual) underbonnet check to quickly determine whether the car's been treated to a replacement short block (presumably due to the dreaded oil-burning problem) - or if it's still got the original one (that presumably will, at some time, suffer from the aforementioned problem!)

hello Paul

you must noto be focused under the bonnet.

You understand that in order to change a short motor (block) -- the previous owner had to dismantle a major parts and units joined to the engine -- it is grand jobs.

take a strong flash light (may be with adjustible focus) and look at each bolt head; nuts in trhe area of joining to the main reduction gear; crankcase sump bolts (under the engine); exhaust system bolts ---- all the bolts heads, as well as respective nuts panes will be a bit bent by socket spanners. Another way -- the number punched on the cyl block body must be recorded both at the manufacturing plant and at in either Toota garrage, just in case this blocks changiing issue was available before. Besides -- open an Oil filling lid and take an Oil film sample remained on your finger -- in case this film is blacky and dirty -- you are not assured from bad compression + Oil burning. Besides -- have all spark plugs unscrewd and check with condition of both central electrode and (miinus) -- incase of oil burning -- all plugs will have a hard plies of unburnt oil; besides --- check with tail exhaust pipe from inside --- the oil traces must be vissible.

I deem this helps not to be made as fool. Good Luck/Igor

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