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    1. I've always just taken the cap of the reservoir...

      I've always just taken the cap of the reservoir and (if necessary) siphoned a little fluid out if it threatened to overflow. They get bled every two years when the fluid is changed, anyway.
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      I don't know the answer to your question, but...

      I don't know the answer to your question, but people will be better able to help you if you specify the year of your Passat, wagon or sedan, FWD or 4Motion, and most importantly, what brand and model...
    3. If you use proper techniques, nothing should have...

      If you use proper techniques, nothing should have to be reset or reprogrammed. Take care to use the proper rotating brake retractor on the rears, or you'll damage the calipers.
    4. I'd do a compression test next. And, while...

      I'd do a compression test next.

      And, while we're on the topic, why did you replace the head gasket? They rarely cause trouble...
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      So, the car was basically screaming a movie line...

      So, the car was basically screaming a movie line at you: "Go on without me, boy - I'll never make it! Save yourself while you can!"
    6. Try L&T Enterprises, 6220 Airport Rd, Allentown,...

      Try L&T Enterprises, 6220 Airport Rd, Allentown, PA 18109 (610) 264-9191. They're a VW/Audi only junkyard about an hour from you. They have a shelf behind the counter filled with radios and owner's...
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      The W8 was a limited production, almost...

      The W8 was a limited production, almost experimental engine that was never intended to be installed in the B5 Passat. The engine itself has problems with its cam chain adjusters, and the power of the...
    8. Thread: Hard

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      To be fair, the Passat seems to be much more...

      To be fair, the Passat seems to be much more sensitive to this issue than other cars I've driven. However - think about the problems if the parking pawl (pin that locks the transmission in "P")...
    9. Thread: passat plugs

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      Better performance? Probably neither; the V6...

      Better performance? Probably neither; the V6 isn't particularly fussy about plugs. However, the recommended plugs (FR7LDCR+) are intended to last 40-50,000 miles, and copper plugs often crap out...
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      Uh, OK. The B5 Passat is essentially an Audi A4...

      Uh, OK. The B5 Passat is essentially an Audi A4 of the same vintage, stretched a few inches for more rear seat room. They're basically the same car. If the Audi is more expensive to fix, it's because...
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      That rattle is entirely normal - it takes a bit...

      That rattle is entirely normal - it takes a bit for the cam chain adjuster to pump up. The rule of thumb is when it persists for oh, 30 seconds or more it's time to change the adjuster. I've never...
    12. Thread: passat plugs

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      Bosch is one of the recommended brands, but the...

      Bosch is one of the recommended brands, but the 7401 is not what VW recommends, probably because of poor life. The specified Bosch is FR7LDCR+.
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      An aftermarket "cold air" intake on anything...

      An aftermarket "cold air" intake on anything approaching a stock engine is useless and can possibly hurt performance - cancel that order.

      Cosmetics are entirely personal taste; only your opinion...
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      P0001 is not a valid fault code for your car; it...

      P0001 is not a valid fault code for your car; it refers to a part you don't have. Have the car scanned by a VW dealer or a VW specialty shop and find out what's really going on. Destroying your...
    15. Try KBB.com, then subtract 15% or so for a fair...

      Try KBB.com, then subtract 15% or so for a fair value.
    16. Don't. The wiring is completely different for the...

      Don't. The wiring is completely different for the Monsoon system; eight channels, coming from the amp in the trunk to each woofer and tweeter individually. If you want to replace bad speakers,...
    17. You should have just gotten the code. All it...

      You should have just gotten the code. All it takes is the serial number of the radio, and the VIN of the car.

      OK: Year of Passat, type of radio, brand of adapter harness, and most importantly, was...
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      Note that, since the majority of these fail at...

      Note that, since the majority of these fail at some point, if you install a used one you'll probably be looking for another one at some point. A rebuilt module will have the design flaw that causes...
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      Oil stink in the car is overwhelmingly caused by...

      Oil stink in the car is overwhelmingly caused by leaks in the valve cover gasket, cam chain adjuster gasket, or half-moon plug at the back of the head(s). The oil leaks down the back of the engine to...
    20. I haven't heard of anyone having good results...

      I haven't heard of anyone having good results with aftermarket V6 coilpacks, of any brand. Let us know if one of them eventually works out for you.
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