Many thanks for the reply. Good news (I hope). No excess pressure
blowing vapour from the filler cap.
I do have oil spots on the back door, but thats another (transfer box)
On 10 Apr 2005 13:57:00 -0700, email@example.com
>Jon <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message news:<email@example.com>...
>> I have a 200tdi 90 with 148,000 miles.
>> I took out the K&N air filter today to clean it and found oil in the
>> filter casing...
>> With the engine ticking over the oil (vapour / mist) is visibly coming
>> from the breather pipe that fastens to the air filter casing.
>> Is this somthing to worry about (and fix) or is it to be expected on
>> an engine with this mileage?
>> What will happen if I leave it - Im thinking nothing other than
>> topping up with oil because most of the vapour will be sucked into the
>> turbo and burned??
>> I am assuming the only fix is to replace pistons and rings (and
>> possibly re-bore)?
>> I am fairly confident about stripping and re-building the engine but
>> what sort of cost would i be looking at if i have to replace pistons
>> and rings?
>> Thoughts and advice appreciated.
>I found this problem Jon, and to be honest I think most of it was down
>to the air filter. I retro fitted a 200tdi into my (was) 2.5TD and
>because of where the new Allisport intercooler sat I put a K&N type in
>as a stopgap. As you probably know on the regular air filter set up
>the pipe goes from the breather on the side of the block to the air
>filter casing. Without this pipe the breather system doesnt work
>There is pressure inherent in any engine and it may be as simple as a
>blocked breather. Try removing it and cleaning it out and see how you
>Vapours are ok. It's when the vehicle starts "chugging" from the oil
>filler cap that there is bad news!
>As long as it doesnt chuck out huge amounts of oil then you are almost
>Have a look round the bak of the vehicle, are there oil spots on the
>back door? If not she's fairly oil tight.
>I found some on mine the other day and panicked until I realised that
>the steering pump was leaking! Phew!