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Volkswagen Issues Stop-Sale on Models with 1.8T Engine

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/9/2014 Karla Sanchez

It seems as though other automakers are growing more cautious in the wake of the GM recall, as Volkswagen has now put a stop-sale on certain models with the turbo 1.8-liter engine and automatic transmission over concerns over a leaky O-ring that could potentially lead to a fire.

Volkswagen Issues Stop-Sale on Models with 1.8T Engine

The stop-sale applies to cars built after February 1 and has to do with a leaky O-ring that links the transmission oil cooler to the transmission. "In extreme cases it could cause a fire," VW spokesman Scott Vazin said in a stop-sale order sent to dealers, according to Automotive News. The supplier changed the specs for the O-ring, and the automaker reportedly noticed the leak at the point of entry. A safety recall hasn't been issued, but Volkswagen is currently discussing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about what to do with cars that have already been sold with the specific drivetrain. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

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It's still unknown how many cars are affected by the stop-sale, but Vazin estimates it is around 25,000. The turbocharged 1.8-liter mill replaced VW's 2.5-liter inline-five engine because it was lighter and more fuel-efficient. The 1.8T makes 170 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, and is the base engine in the Volkswagen Passat sedan and Beetle. It's also available on the Jetta sedan. Required parts for dealers to fix the leaky O-ring will reportedly be available within the next week.

Source: Automotive News (Subscription required).

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