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      If you ordered the control arms from a Parts...

      If you ordered the control arms from a Parts House and the choice was stock (meaning a copy of the original part, probably a lower cost/lower quality Asian Made part) or German (meaning it came from...
    2. From my experience, as long as you turn back a...

      From my experience, as long as you turn back a core from the same model car, the store is not going to give you a hard time. Odds are that the counter person can;t tell the difference and doesn't...
    3. The TRW rack will work, but you will need...

      The TRW rack will work, but you will need different tierods as the ZF and TRW steering racks use different inner tierods.

      I have been told that the ZF steering racks use an attachment size that...
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      What brand are the control arms that you...

      What brand are the control arms that you installed?

      Stock would be Original Parts from VW. Did you buy the control arms from a VW Dealer? What about the bushings? Genuine VW Control Arms do not...
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      Lots of information missing here... Is the car...

      Lots of information missing here...

      Is the car a MKIV or a MKIII?

      Is it an automatic or a stick?

      Is it a 4-cylinder or a 6-cylinder?
    6. If you really expect to get meaningful advice,...

      If you really expect to get meaningful advice, you need to do some effort to help yourself.

      How do you expect someone to tell you where a hose goes when all you say about it is that it's a long...
    7. I'm a shadetree mechanic, who wrenches only on my...

      I'm a shadetree mechanic, who wrenches only on my own cars and the cars of my friends. I don't cut corners, and I can usually perform jobs in 25-35% of the book time, never taking more than 50% of...
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      The Bentley Manual has all the information that...

      The Bentley Manual has all the information that is required, even for a Novice to replace the speed sensor AND the timing belt if necessary.

      A MKIII is not a good car to own, if the owner is not...
    9. You can get the front wheel alignment pretty...

      You can get the front wheel alignment pretty close with simple tools. Set the length of the left side tierod using the instructions from the Bentley Manual. Center the steering rack and install the...
    10. You can wiggle the steering rack out sideways...

      You can wiggle the steering rack out sideways without disturbing the engine, or dropping the subframe, and put it back it the same way. I've done it twice that way. But, I've also pulled the...
    11. Buy the Bentley Manual and study it before trying...

      Buy the Bentley Manual and study it before trying to replace the steering rack.

      You do not need to drop the front subframe to remove and replace the steering rack, but it would make it easier. ...
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      The first thing you need to do if you are trying...

      The first thing you need to do if you are trying to avoid taking the car to the shop is buy a copy of the Bentley Factory VW MKIII Service Manual.

      The Bentley (referred to by many as the "Bible")...
    13. The plus system suspension also features more...

      The plus system suspension also features more castor built into the steering knuckles.

      Early VR engined MKIIIs with the plus suspension came with 11.0" brake caliper carriers that were offset...
    14. I've seen lots of cars where the amp was...

      I've seen lots of cars where the amp was incorrectly wired and did not shut off, even when the radio would not be on.

      Amp, and/or sub-amp wiring can be completely separate from the radio's wiring....
    15. Helps if you state what color you need. New...

      Helps if you state what color you need.

      New moldings from the VW Dealer only come in black now. Any other color you want, and you have to paint them.

      Check any original moldings you have left...
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      The two white wires are for the O2 sensor heater,...

      The two white wires are for the O2 sensor heater, and you should be able to connect them either way.
    17. It sounds to me like the aftermarket stereo does...

      It sounds to me like the aftermarket stereo does not shut off when the ignition key is removed, OR if you have a sub-amp the power is staying on, braining the battery.

      If you don't have a sub-amp,...
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      You should not need to cut any wires to start the...

      You should not need to cut any wires to start the car.

      Find out what wire the Friend's Father cut, repair it, and don't let him touch the car again.

      Why are you planning on bypassing the alarm?...
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      I think the OP says that he has a 96, and a 96...

      I think the OP says that he has a 96, and a 96 may not have the hose connected there, or the valve. You would for sure see them on a 98.
    20. The cooling fans are designed to run whenever the...

      The cooling fans are designed to run whenever the coolant temperature meets or exceeds a specific number.

      When the engine is shut off, the engine and coolant temperature rises for a period, until...
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