Type: Posts; User: BassNotes
OK, here's what you do:
Start the engine.
After a few minutes to let the battery recharge a bit, turn on the headlights (high beam), the stereo, and air conditioning to put a pretty good...
Do you have a decent digital voltmeter available?
More likely neither. Connection problems are a lot more common, and Autozone, et al, won't help there. In fact, even though they'll test your charging system, they rarely are good at diagnosing. If...
Perhaps you chose an incompetent shop.
Sounds like your shop messed up something.
You really need to pinpoint exactly where it's dripping from. That would be directly above wherever the spots develop. Put a clean sheet of cardboard under the car when you park it and inspect it in...
Use anti-seize lube (high-temperature stuff) generously on bolts and clamps when you put it all back together. Use a little bit on the O2 sensor threads but make sure it doesn't get onto the probe...
Sea level? Are you concerned that seawater will get into the oil?
As long as the well accommodates a full size tire, that's the main thing. I can always get a wheel and an odd tire. I'm running 225/35-19's, so it would suck to drive around on a donut waiting for a...
That's a sad excuse. Jeez, my 11-year-old GTI has a manual and cruise. Cars I've rented overseas also had manual trannies and cruise.
Once you detach the SAI hose rack and remove the dipstick tube, it's pretty easy to get at the thermostat housing with a 10 mm socket, 1/4" extension and a U-joint. You don't need to do...
Just be aware that a lot of the guys who test batteries and alternators in auto parts stores don't know much about electricity, and so they won't necessarily recognize a problem caused by excessive...
Hmm, I've always thought that my 1.8T has the 120A alternator. I could be wrong, but I'll check it.
Yup, I've been doing electrical and electronic stuff since I was a kid. :cool:
Just swap the fuses from your old one. Make sure they're clean and free of corrosion.
Your alternator is probably the 120A one, isn't it? That would take the 150A fuse.
Nice test procedure!
You'd only blow coils on the plugs that had excessive gap.
OP: What's your technique for checking grounds?
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Cool. Be sure to come back if you have an engine question.
If your plug gap is too wide you could blow one or more coils.
Definitely check your grounds and wiring. Do you know how to do that?