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    1. Virtually every vendor offers timing belt kits....

      Virtually every vendor offers timing belt kits. You can get a kit with just the basics from a VW dealer; independent places offer much more complete, one-stop kits. For a V6, be sure you buy or...
    2. Sorry for the misfortune, Danna. On the plus...

      Sorry for the misfortune, Danna.

      On the plus side, there was never much chance it was the starter, but at least you got that possibility out of the way, presumably at no charge. Most of the other...
    3. Umm. Manual transmission. That eliminates a raft...

      Umm. Manual transmission. That eliminates a raft of possibilities. Nothing exactly matches what you're describing; I can't see how shutting the engine off could affect anything at all. My thoughts:
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    4. To the best of my knowledge, the "brake booster...

      To the best of my knowledge, the "brake booster hose" is NOT a common failure point, and as you say would not cause this problem. Now, is the car automatic or manual? When the brakes "stick" is the...
    5. Where did you take your car? A VW specialist or...

      Where did you take your car? A VW specialist or VW dealer? You really should, "generic" shops don't do well with these cars.

      Changing the fluid takes a particular technique. The car must be on a...
    6. Yup. Because it's a late production 2004, like...

      Yup. Because it's a late production 2004, like mine. Halfway into 2004 and through the end of production in 2005, they replaced the fender side markers with LEDs in the side view mirrors. Nice car;...
    7. Well, that's one guy I wouldn't let near my...

      Well, that's one guy I wouldn't let near my transmission. If talking automatic, you just drop the pan. It's actually easier to get to than the engine oil pan. On the manual... there's no filter.
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      Absolutely. As I commented, in Mobil 1 0w40 is...

      Absolutely. As I commented, in Mobil 1 0w40 is 502.00 spec'd and the preferred product. While Mobil 1 does come in a 5w40 variant, it's intended for truck use, and isn't 502.00.
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      The CAN bus (Controller Area Network) connects...

      The CAN bus (Controller Area Network) connects all the "intelligent" devices on the car together. It doesn't really "come from" anywhere. It's very unusual for the ECU to suffer water damage, but it...
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      Anything that meets VW specification 502.00 will...

      Anything that meets VW specification 502.00 will be fine. It'll say so on the label if it does. Typically, this is a synthetic 5w40 oil. In Mobil 1, it's 0w40. The owners manual says 5w30 is...
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      Hmm. When I put a used alternator in mine, I...

      Hmm. When I put a used alternator in mine, I replaced like with like. I was lead to believe, however, that Bosch vs. Valeo had two issues - you have to swap pulleys, and the electrical connection is...
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      I've never had any luck with the generic,...

      I've never had any luck with the generic, pliers-type clamps. Get the correct crimp type, with (if necessary) the installation tool. Oetiker is the company that makes them. After making sure the boot...
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      ...and/or the ECU (Engine Control Unit) in a...

      ...and/or the ECU (Engine Control Unit) in a black box under the hood in front of the driver. Sounds like the whole CAN bus is screwed up; nothing is talking to anything, at least reliably.
    14. I'm not sure how you could form an opinion on it....

      I'm not sure how you could form an opinion on it. People ask about units like this from time to time; they're always "white box" (no brand name) from an obscure overseas distributor, about $400-$500,...
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      http://www.taligentx.com/passat/maintenance/atfcha...

      http://www.taligentx.com/passat/maintenance/atfchange/
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      eBay isn't a manufacturer or reseller - they rent...

      eBay isn't a manufacturer or reseller - they rent you a table at a flea market. The quality and safety is as good as the guy you're buying from today. Some are fine, some are out and out crooks. I...
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      Wheee! A minute or two? I didn't get that;...

      Wheee! A minute or two? I didn't get that; thought the video showed it running longer than that. If that's all it has on it since storage, and with the mild tap I'm hearing, I'd definitely get it out...
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      Neither did I. Matter of fact, I didn't find...

      Neither did I. Matter of fact, I didn't find anything on servicing the valves on this engine, other than when smashed by a broken timing belt.

      However, I did take the time to look this up for you...
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      (Pauses to remember setting the valve lash on my...

      (Pauses to remember setting the valve lash on my first 1.8L VW engine, circa 1975) Not as far as I know. Certainly it's not part of required maintenance, as it once was, nor does it mention...
    20. Thread: Timing belt?

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      There's no sure way to tell. Oh, if it was just,...

      There's no sure way to tell. Oh, if it was just, just done it may look unnaturally clean, with no rubbing from the tensioner; or it may be obviously deteriorated and about to fail. The vast majority...
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