Hi, After getting my Ute serviced the other day my mechanic tells me that there is too much end float - way to much. He didn`t measure it but when you pull on the fan, back and forth there could be at least 1 - 2mm of movement. The rattle it makes I always took to be just a VW sound. Like everything, once you are alerted to something you suddenly can`t stop hearing it. Plus, if I roll slowly down a hill in neautral and apply the brakes, the sound stops - my logic being that the crank shaft then moves forward against a shim and stops rattling(?) So..................I understand the fix - everything being equal, engine out, split the case, crank out, insert new spacers and back together - bingo........ BUT........... all that work for a $10? spacer/shim This is where project creep starts - seeing its apart you may as well ........... While I understand the logic of this, financially now is not the time for me to recon the engine - ie north of $3K(ish), assuming the case is ok. Is an option to only do the bottom end if the crank shaft and bearings are looking a bit worn, leaving the top end till a later date? From what I understand, new pots/pistons and heads can be done without dropping the engine. BTW, the engine is 2L and is running well - plenty of power, no smoke I would value you thoughts, esp if you could put a guestimate cost to it as well.