Merry Christmas & a VW TDI fuel injection pump leak

Posted By on December 25, 2008

Injection Pump Leaking

Merry Christmas all. We had a nice day relaxing at home and enjoying presents, cookies and each other’s company. Unfortunately I notice a “diesel fuel smell” in the garage when my daughter parked her 2001 VW Jetta TDI in the other night … so I took part of the afternoon to investigate: a leaking fuel injector pump.

Hmm … $$$ … but on the other hand its well over 100K and has been pretty solid for 7 years.

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  • Gary

    Hi Rich, Merry Christmas to all… have a safe and Happy New Year!

    Gary, Lynne, Alex and Bryant

  • Rick

    did you replace the pump or just the seal? did you do it yourself, or take it to teh shop?

    Mine’s leaking, too, and i’m trying to figure out what to do…

    I’ve got a 2001 Golf TDI- leaking in the same spot

  • Robin

    I just learned my 2002 TDI Jetta Wagon is leaking and the mechanic is saying no one rebuilds, nor replaces only the seal. They called all over town and learned the replacement pump part is $1500. They want $2500 to replace the entire injector fuel pum. The car has 127000 miles on it, but honestly. we have put close to $8000 on repairs in last 2 years. I think I am going back to buying good ole Honda Civic and say myself the repairs and cost of this Diesel TDI!

    • Sorry to hear you are having trouble with your TDI. One of the best approaches to keeping them repair economically is to browse the TDIClub or try a little hands on repair with the help of local and active fellow TDI owners. Many areas have small niche groups … ie. for the SW Ohio area.

      For the Injection Pump seal … check this out:

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