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#4340687 - 02/26/17 08:22 PM Schaeffer's 9000 5w40 - '03 TDI top end pic
Alex_V Offline


Registered: 04/10/16
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Loc: Campbellsville, KY
Did the timing belt and water pump on an '03 Beetle 1.9 TDI (ALH) and peeked inside while I was at it. Currently at 267,000 mi., it's been running Schaeffer's since around 120K - first syn blend 15w40, but for the last 2 years or so full syn 5w40 with a 10K OCI and mostly highway driving. Hard to get it cleaner, I'd say.

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#4340697 - 02/26/17 08:33 PM Re: Schaeffer's 9000 5w40 - '03 TDI top end pic [Re: Alex_V]
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Nice! What's the fuel economy your getting?
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#4340706 - 02/26/17 08:46 PM Re: Schaeffer's 9000 5w40 - '03 TDI top end pic [Re: Alex_V]
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Not mine, it's my BIL's DD. Mileage has been down lately - it was in the mid 40's but has been coming down to 40 or a little less over this winter. However, it's still all stock and has never had the intake cleaned so that's likely what's hurting it - power and throttle response is really bad lately, but boost will still hit 15+ so it seems unlikely it's the turbo getting weak. FWIW it got substantially quieter and smoother when he switched from 15/40 to 5/40.
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#4340717 - 02/26/17 08:55 PM Re: Schaeffer's 9000 5w40 - '03 TDI top end pic [Re: Alex_V]
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A Diesel wabbit?
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#4340727 - 02/26/17 09:06 PM Re: Schaeffer's 9000 5w40 - '03 TDI top end pic [Re: Alex_V]
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Wow that's clean.
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#4340744 - 02/26/17 09:20 PM Re: Schaeffer's 9000 5w40 - '03 TDI top end pic [Re: Alex_V]
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Registered: 07/04/16
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Loc: Jacksonville, FL
I've cleaned literally hundreds of those intakes when I worked in a machine shop. It's incredible how nasty they can get and the engine still runs. I've seen a few you couldn't even stick a pinky finger in, only had a hold about the size of a pencil that wasn't plugged up.

It looks great inside.
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#4340763 - 02/26/17 10:02 PM Re: Schaeffer's 9000 5w40 - '03 TDI top end pic [Re: Alex_V]
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Registered: 04/10/16
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I'd believe it! It'll still pull to over 4,000 RPM so I don't think it's that bad, but it doesn't have any semblance of the "snap" it used to have when you lay into it. It's getting struts, brakes, shocks, and numerous other goodies soon so it'll be like a whole new car before too long!
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#4340774 - 02/26/17 10:11 PM Re: Schaeffer's 9000 5w40 - '03 TDI top end pic [Re: Alex_V]
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Very nice.

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#4340829 - 02/27/17 12:46 AM Re: Schaeffer's 9000 5w40 - '03 TDI top end pic [Re: Alex_V]
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Registered: 06/29/15
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Loc: California
Wow that's clean! How much oil is burned over that 10k oci?
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#4340864 - 02/27/17 03:54 AM Re: Schaeffer's 9000 5w40 - '03 TDI top end pic [Re: Alex_V]
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As FlyNavyP3 said, remove and clean the intake manifold. Those things will plug completely and you'll never get a CEL. It just keeps breathing less and less air until it finally wheezes over on the side of the road.

Fabulous looking cam area! I really like that Schaeffer's stuff.
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#4341107 - 02/27/17 11:25 AM Re: Schaeffer's 9000 5w40 - '03 TDI top end pic [Re: Alex_V]
Alex_V Offline


Registered: 04/10/16
Posts: 1155
Loc: Campbellsville, KY
About a quart every 7K.

This is the first engine run on Schaeffer's that I've ever opened up, but I'm real happy with their syn blend 10w30 in my '85 454-powered GMC. I can't see much through the oil fill tube on it, but what I can see looks just as clean. Now I see they make "racing oil" (1700-2300 PPM zinc) - that'll be nice for my old stuff.
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#4342270 - 02/28/17 04:02 PM Re: Schaeffer's 9000 5w40 - '03 TDI top end pic [Re: Alex_V]
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Registered: 12/17/16
Posts: 83
Loc: Vermont
Looks great! Those motors are not prone to fuel dilution?

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#4369791 - 04/02/17 07:52 AM Re: Schaeffer's 9000 5w40 - '03 TDI top end pic [Re: Alex_V]
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Registered: 01/04/08
Posts: 3230
Loc: Central Iowa
I have grown quite fond of Shaeffer oils over the last several years. I primarily use the syn blend HDEO's in my stuff, but have occasionally used the 9000 5w40 full syn in some applications. My commercial stuff gets their 711 10w30 blend in the winter and their 700 15w40 in the summer. My commercial engines get the top off once and year and the overhead adjusted. Nice and clean under the cover. My highest mileage one has 672,000 miles on it, gets 22.5K mile oil changes, and uses about 2 qt of oil in that time frame with either 10w30 or 15w40. UOA's have hardly changed over the life of the engine.
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#4370138 - 04/02/17 03:26 PM Re: Schaeffer's 9000 5w40 - '03 TDI top end pic [Re: Alex_V]
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Looks great! No surprise.
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#4374329 - 04/07/17 10:53 PM Re: Schaeffer's 9000 5w40 - '03 TDI top end pic [Re: Alex_V]
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Now that is one engine that you could eat out of. Very impressive.
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