Q: volkswagon touareg

asked by on March 21, 2018

My car is having trouble starting. It dies instantly, or starts and then shakes, jolts, intermittent between RPMs. I rev the gas to warm it up and then it dies again. So, it sometimes turns over and starts, but instantly dies. One mechanic said the timing chain is being stretched, the other says its an oil leak on the spark plugs. How much for either of those fixes?

My car has 135000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi Sonia. Thanks for the question tonight. To be honest, both repairs could be rather costly. Replacing a timing chain on a Volkswagen Touareg requires removing several components in order to gain access, while the issue of oil in the spark plug well can be caused by a cracked intake manifold which would require other repairs. Generally speaking, these repairs can exceed $1,000 rather easily. It is also quite possible that both issues exist (a damaged timing chain and oil inside the spark plug galley. I have a general rule of thumb in regards to repairs - if the cost of the repairs is more than half than the total value of your car, it’s best to replace the vehicle and scrap the older car.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

AC stopped blowing cold air

Hello! There are a few potential causes of your problem that I recommend inspecting. I would first check the refrigerant levels of the system, to ensure that it has adequate pressure. If the pressure is low, I suggest having a...

The lights underneath the seats don't turn off, and the passenger's side door shows as unlocked.

Hi, thanks for writing in. The common cause of this in many Volkswagen models is the micro-switch located in the door latches. Most likely, whichever door is showing as open, is the door with the failed micro-switch. If you would...

Hard start hot and cold. Fuel pump, or throttle body?

If the throttle body was causing a hard start, then the engine would run with a loss of power all the time. The hard start could be caused by either the fuel pump not holding the fuel in the lines...

Related articles

Industry News for Automotive Techs: October 1-7
Wireless electric car charging, VW diesel scandal payouts, 3D-printed car technology, new Cardone car parts, and high September auto sales.
The Best Used Cars to Buy if You Live Close to the Ocean
If If you live close to the ocean, your vehicle is going to be far more vulnerable to rust than if you lived further inland. And the fact is, when it comes to resisting rust, not all vehicles are created...
2007 Nissan Versa vs. 2007 Saturn Ion: Which One Should I Buy?
Compact cars as a class are generally meant to be commuter vehicles: with excellent gas mileage, an entry-level price point, and decent safety ratings for those who are on the road the majority of their time. These cars also make...