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      $500 is a drop in the bucket when you been buying...

      $500 is a drop in the bucket when you been buying tools for decades. There is nothing worse than needing a tool or having a cheap tool break at 3am on a Sunday morning (except having a cheap...
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      Metric 3/8" standard depth metric and 1/2" metric...

      Metric 3/8" standard depth metric and 1/2" metric deep socket sets. 3/8" and 1/2" drive socket wrenches and extensions, (2) torque wrenches 3/8" and 1/2" (Harbor Freight on sale for $11 each (if on...
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      Check all used MKIII wiring harness that you come...

      Check all used MKIII wiring harness that you come across for broken or exposed conductors where the harness turns 90 degrees to go to the big round connector. While looking at wiring harnesses in...
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      Bilstein Sports and HDs cost about the same thing...

      Bilstein Sports and HDs cost about the same thing brand new.

      If buying shocks and struts brand new, I'd probably go with the Bilstein Sports. They are valved heavier, and the travel has been...
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      It's a hassle to get the air all bled out of the...

      It's a hassle to get the air all bled out of the cooling system after working on it. You have to fill, leave the cap off the bubble, then run the engine till the thermostat opens, screw the cap on,...
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      The problem is going to be the stock springs, if...

      The problem is going to be the stock springs, if that is where you're going. The stock springs rates are too soft. In the case of the Golf and Jetta, the rears are 88lbs/inch. Which is why the...
    7. The rear wheel bearing kits that I got (and...

      The rear wheel bearing kits that I got (and junked out) had SKF bearings (made in Korea If I remember correctly). The grease caps, and grease seals were low quality Asian made (China I think) parts....
    8. Ruville is a distributor or importer. They put...

      Ruville is a distributor or importer. They put together kits of parts made by lowest price suppliers. I bought some of their rear wheel bearing kits and threw away everything except for the...
    9. The first thing to do is BUY A COPY of the...

      The first thing to do is BUY A COPY of the Bentley VW Factory MK3 Service Manual. Yes, it will cost you $20 to $40 for a used one, and more for new.

      Then, stop doing half-assed repairs. You...
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      You need to buy the Bentley VW MKIII Factory...

      You need to buy the Bentley VW MKIII Factory Service Manual.

      It will have all the information you need to service the parking brake on your 98 regardless if your car has rear disk brakes or rear...
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      The 4-cylinder engine has hydraulic lifters. ...

      The 4-cylinder engine has hydraulic lifters. There isn't any adjustment for the valves.
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      It sounds to me like you don't do much for your...

      It sounds to me like you don't do much for your car as far as maintenance goes...

      The popping out of gear is a damaged reverse gear, and usually happens because the Driver has switched from...
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      Proper oil weight in Texas (taking in account the...

      Proper oil weight in Texas (taking in account the outside temperature as the VW Owner's Manual states, and the Oil Manufacturers state), would be 20W/50. 15W/30 is too thin for the high...
    14. What do you need? Start by buying the Bentley...

      What do you need?

      Start by buying the Bentley VW Factory MKIII Service Manual and read the section about removing and replacing the engine.

      remove the 'front lock" That is the bumper, bumper...
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      What VW radio did your car have? They are pretty...

      What VW radio did your car have? They are pretty rare in 4-cylinder cars, but VW had a high end Bose Audio unit that included a sub mounted in the rear (I think). If you try installing a standard...
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      Personally I bought a Sony Bluetooth Head Unit...

      Personally I bought a Sony Bluetooth Head Unit from Crutchfield.

      I didn't buy a Kenwood because they looked too loud to me to stick in the MKIII console. If you bought the Kenwood from...
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      I've never tried to fox an ac compressor since...

      I've never tried to fox an ac compressor since they are so cheap anyway.

      At the very least if you open one up, you're going to need to replace the seals, plus you would have to figure out what...
    18. Are you still trying to use the piece of crap...

      Are you still trying to use the piece of crap "cold air intake" that came on the parts car engine? I told you to dump that thing last year.

      From what I remember, your previous engine did not blow...
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      I had a similar problem to yours after I replaced...

      I had a similar problem to yours after I replaced the stock stereo unit in my 97 Jetta GT. Turns out that the problem was the speakers. The original speakers had literally fallen to pieces due to...
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      I think you have a problem with the compressor,...

      I think you have a problem with the compressor, and will most likely need to replace it.

      I'm an experienced DIYer, not a professional AC technician, although I have my EPA Section 609...
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