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    Thread: Official Cabrio/Cabriolet FAQ

    1. 09-08-2004 02:16 PM #36
      courtesy of Cab42: Where can I find parts for my Cabriolet?


      General Parts, Accessories -- used & new
      (listed in alpha-numeric order)

      1stvwparts.com
      alloemautoparts.com
      altrom.com
      autopartmart.com
      Autosport Volkswagen
      Awesome GTI Store
      buyeuroparts.com
      Dubweiser
      eBay
      ehautoparts.com
      fastaddiction.com
      foreigncarpartsonline.com
      German Auto Parts
      German Car Company
      import-auto-parts.com
      importautoparts.com
      importeccatalog.com
      J Bugs
      JC Whitney
      M&T Manufacturing
      parts4euro.com
      Parts4vws.com
      Rapid Parts
      sasponline.com
      Specialized German Recycling
      stopshopanddrive.com
      The Parts Bin
      Vee Parts & Accessories
      Volks Bits (UK)
      VW Parts.com
      VW Swap.com

      Performance Parts & Related Accessories
      (listed in alpha-numeric order)

      Advanced Motorsport
      Autotech.com
      Awe-Tuning
      Concept 1
      DÄT Autosport
      Dubtechnik Tuning
      Elcats.ru *
      EuroCullen
      Eurosport ACC
      GPR Parts
      Hawk Performance
      Hoffmann-Speedster
      Import Vision Motorsports
      Memo Imports
      Neuspeed
      OMP Racing
      Perfect Image Creations
      Platinum Europarts
      Techtonics Tuning
      TMT Tuning
      TSR Performance

      Misc search sites:

      Alldata (recalls, technical bulletins, etc.)
      Gapa (parts stores)
      Partsvoice (search for OEM parts and where they're located in the USA)

      Top / Interior Sources
      (listed in alpha-numeric order)

      AABestCo.com
      Cabrio World
      Corbeau seats
      Dubweiser
      eBay
      Egauges
      Hydroe.com
      J Bugs
      M&T Manufacturing
      Meister gauge faces
      Recaro
      VW Interiors and Tops
      Wet Okole seat covers

      Floor Mats, Car Covers, Car Bras, Bike Racks & Other Vehicle Accessories

      Beverly Hills Motorsport
      WeatherTech

      Body Styling & Kits
      (listed in alpha-numeric order)

      ABD Racing
      AMI Motorsports
      AutoStyle
      Autotech.com
      Concept 1
      Erebuni Corp
      EStrictly Foreign
      NOPI online
      Perfect Choice Motorsports
      ra-design
      RPI-equipped
      TMT Tuning


      (if the website isnt given just google the name)


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      12-11-2004 09:05 PM #37
      How to make your side markers flash with your turn signals.

      I promised that I'd post this about 6 month ago while I was in the gulf away from my computer. I just got done tracing down where I got it from to give the originator the proper credit for coming up with it. I have not done this yet myself but it is on my to do list and it looks like it should work fine to me.

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      12-12-2004 03:29 PM #38
      After having recommended several times that people should look to their fuel pressure regulator for the source of their pressure leakdown and the poor startnig that creates, I decided to document it.

      My GTI once suffered from this and upon pulling it all apart found that the "tiny o-ring" (not to be confused with the "big o-ring") had disintegrated and particles of it were holding the regulator "bleed" open. When that happens the fuel pressure quickly goes to nothing once the engine is shut off. When you go to start it there's no pressure to squirt the cold start injector and you can have vapor locked injectors as well.

      Here's a breakdown of the parts.

      It is removed with a 16mm wrench from the drivers side of the fuel distributor. (trivia... it may be the only use you'll have for a 16mm wrench on an A1).

      It is in two parts, one slippign over the other with a spring betwen them (alright thats 3 parts)

      You'l be able to simply pull the first part out and the spring may come with it but the part with the tiny o-ring will no doubt stay stuck inside. Simply put a cap from an anti-freeze bottle by the hole and hit the key switch for a second. The pump will run and the fuel pressure will pop out the parts ito the cap. if there is any crud inside it wil also blow it out.

      Remove parts and clean and examine. Spray carb cleaner up in to the hole liberally and flush by runnig the pump for a second.

      The tiny o-ring in my picture is not round but tapered. That's what happens when you get 200,000 miles old. Lacking another o-ring the right size I simply took it off and reversed it. Reassemble in the right order and check for leaks (don't forget to put the copper washer back on.)

      With the o-ring now sealing well I have almost instant starting! The procedure is simple but the parts are tiny!!!

      NOTE: do not attempt to readjust the allen head screw at the center of the 16mm head. That is the actual adjustment for the FPR and is factory set expressly for your fuel distributor. Attempt to adjust this rarely gain you anything.


      Modified by Moljinar at 3:30 PM 12-12-2004


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      12-14-2004 01:48 PM #39
      Cabriolet Who's Who Thread
      http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=826451

      Engine

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      How to Adjust your timing

      How to change the camshaft

      Lot's of usefull Digifant Info (Ken's Page)

      How to Increase the air flow to the stock airbox

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      How to install blue LEDs and White faces in your gauge

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      Cruise Control Diagnostics

      Exhaust

      How to remove the toilet bowl spring clamps

      Interior

      Odometer repair

      How to swap A3 stalks into an A1 cabriolet

      Corrado Dash in a MK1 Shell

      How to change your golvebox lid

      How to remove your dashboard

      Heater Core Change

      Gas Pedal Bushing

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      Exterior

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      Complete Guide How to Change your Top

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      Sound

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      Stereo Cable Colors

      ICE installation Hints and Tips

      Info
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      I will gather as much info as possible and add them here.


      Modified by Black_cabbie at 1:35 AM 5-23-2006


      Modified by Black_cabbie at 2:40 PM 2-5-2007

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      12-14-2004 04:10 PM #40
      Cabby-Info.com -- Your online guide to the VW Cabriolets
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    6. 01-17-2005 11:12 AM #41
      what you need
      11mm,13mm socket. T25 Torx, Power Steering Fluid(G 002 012)
      1.remove hydraulic PUMP from car.
      disconnect power cable. and use T25 Torx two unbolt next to hydraulic lines. just pull lined. it came out.

      2.remove a power moter from PUMP ues T25 Torx.
      3.so you see this plastic piece and piece of metal(top of pic)
      you can see plastic piece is crack. this is stupid VW did not sale this piece. so you need buy all motor+pump and it is $800

      so i just make piece of metal little more thick and bend each side.
      insert plastic piece. glue it.


      That IT. it is working fine now.
      so you will spend$800
      Sorry my english not so good but hope help!!!
      P.S you can use plastic piece VW Parts #1E0871687



      Modified by golf914 at 12:58 PM 7-5-2005

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      02-16-2005 04:17 PM #42
      This is a problem: bad heater core.

      Let's change it!

      1. First of all we must drain a coolant. Remove a big hose from a thermostat. This is the lowest point in the cooling system (I think)
      It will be good if the engine is warm (not very hot!), so the thermostat is open.

      2.Disconnect 2 hoses under the hood:

      Remove rubber sealer, push it through the firewall

      3.Remove accelerator pedal and try to keep all this small details
      4.Remove cover over the heater core (in my case there was no screws)

      5. Try to pull out the core and find that it stuck.The reason of this is those hoses and next bad thing is a brake pedal

      6.Now we must remove the heater assembly...
      Remove 4 screws and push this thing down

      Like this:

      remove center console. Turn heater body counterclockwise and pull out the core!

      7.PA-BAAAAAAAAAAAM!

      Old and "new"

      8.Remove hoses from old core and put them on a new one. Change it if needed! Install new heater core by pushing it in a place!
      9.Reassemble all in back order.

      10. Add a drained coolant (or a new one), don't close a cap.
      11. Start the engine, warm it up and wait until thermostat will open to be sure that all the air is out.
      Use your best tool (your hand) to check it- when lower engine radiator hose becomes hot-it opens!

      12.Replace and tight a coolant expansion tank cap.
      13.Wait until an engine vent turns on, check for leaks (engine must run).
      14. If all is OK, take a test ride, buy a





      Modified by Mixagolf1 at 4:45 PM 3-17-2005


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      05-02-2005 08:57 AM #43
      How hard is it to swap a 16v in an Cabriolet? What do I need in order to do it, etc.


      THE 16v A1 Swap Post
      -Don't ask a question until you have read the whole thing.

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      05-02-2005 04:11 PM #44
      Cabby-Info.com -- Your online guide to the VW Cabriolets
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      05-03-2005 07:13 AM #45
      My cabrio is costing me an arm and a leg....
      Fixing "my new" MK2 ABA Jetta
      Topduko's MK2 ABA Wiring Guide
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      05-12-2005 08:32 PM #46
      one more for the FAQS...
      Manual Tranny Gear Oil Change


      Modified by topduko19 at 8:34 PM 5-12-2005
      My cabrio is costing me an arm and a leg....
      Fixing "my new" MK2 ABA Jetta
      Topduko's MK2 ABA Wiring Guide
      Topduko's MK3 Cabrio Top Replacement Guide
      MK3 Guage Face Swap

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      07-02-2005 05:42 PM #47
      How to do your own tests to see if your clutch is on its way out...

      http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=2068994


    13. 07-11-2005 06:51 PM #48
      is the rear bolt pattern still 4x100 on the 1.8t passat and what year passat we talking ? would the brake boost fit a mk2 cabriolet or could i use a 16v rocco brake master booster for the proportioning vavle issue?

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      07-13-2005 06:34 PM #49
      Bentley admits a wiring diagram error for the fuel pump on Digi cars:

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      Good Afternoon, Gentlemen,

      The factory wiring diagram for the fuel pump circuit is indeed incorrect and I've run into this before when I was teaching that system back in 1987 when it was first introduced.

      There are NO electronics inside a DIGIFANT fuel pump relay; it is a straight remote switch. That system is significantly different than the previous CIS systems because the signal to run that relay was an on/off signal which the relay electronics used to switch on the pump(s). Digifant fuel pump circuits use a continuous ground from the ECM to run the pump(s).

      Pinout of that system is VERY easy! I have a 191 906 383C here on my desk as I type this.

      Use a test light to "see" the signal that the relay "sees" on the fuse/relay panel.
      Pin 86 is a terminal 15 - power with the key on and when cranking.
      Pin 30 is a terminal 30 - battery power all the time.
      Pin 87 is power output to the fuel pump.
      Pin 85 (the little one) is the trigger signal from pin 3 of the DIGIFANT ECM.

      System operation is super simple. When the DIGIFANT ECM sees the signal from the CMP in the distributor, it sends a ground signal to the fuel pump relay, the relay contacts close, and power is sent to the fuel pump(s). Sometimes, when you first turn the key on, the pump(s) may run for a second, but sometimes they don't.

      Depending on the vehicle type, that relay also supplies power to other components such as the injectors or the oxygen sensor heater.

      My relay is marked with the control number 167.

      I missed what you were trying to fix, but if you think that the fuel pump(s) are not running, test them by jumping the big pins on the fuse/relay panel with a fused jumper wire in place of the relay.

      Arthur LeBrun
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    15. 07-15-2005 01:05 AM #50
      Remove the protective cover and open rear lid. Turn the T-bar on hydraulic pump counterclockwise until it stop.



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      09-25-2005 07:51 PM #52
      Power window control circuit thread;

      http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=2126843

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      Quote Originally Posted by kamzcab86
      I hate reading: "But I bought this car for $500 and don't want to put another dime into it."
      ____(hey, it's VW AND it's electrical, what's not to fail?) neoBentley+

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      10-11-2005 11:46 PM #53
      vwvortex search is weak. Instead, type search terms site:http://forums.vwvortex.com into the google search box.
      Quote Originally Posted by kamzcab86
      I hate reading: "But I bought this car for $500 and don't want to put another dime into it."
      ____(hey, it's VW AND it's electrical, what's not to fail?) neoBentley+

    19. 12-01-2005 04:30 PM #54
      Leaky gas tank? Read this first:

      http://199.79.180.162/prepos/f...N.PDF


    20. 12-05-2005 10:50 PM #55
      In automotive terms the body model usually refers to the body-in-white ie sheet metal structure and skin...these things are retooled every 7 years +/- and this is usually a big deal since new stamping and assembly tooling have to be brought on line. Often if a body style is getting a little old they will make MCE (mid-campaign enhancements) that have little or no change to the BIW but change the appearance through lights, bumpers, cowlings, or interior.

      I am most familiar with North American auto making but I would assume that if VW retools the high volume platform(ie golf) , then the cabrio must change...and it will be done after the golf.

      Hope this helps.


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      01-05-2006 05:27 PM #56
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    22. 01-10-2006 05:53 PM #57
      So I have had a few requests as to how I removed the rust from my cooling system...

      you may remember... it looked like this...

      And went to this...

      To do this you will need:
      A hose
      A bucket
      Car jack
      Jack stands
      A brick
      And Prestone SUPER radiator cleaner

      I just want to start this by saying that before I was able to get it clear again I had to do a few things
      Change the:
      Water pump
      All the hoses
      Thermostat
      Thermoswitch
      Radiator

      So it isn’t something that was by any means easy...

      So lets get started shall weSorry no pics I’ll take some next time I am in that area...)

      Every time you are working under the hood of you car you should disconnect the battery.

      Lift car off the ground

      Place your bucket under the car by the lower radiator hose.

      Remove the radiator side (if not the whole hose) from the car.
      (If you remove the whole hose it will be better.)

      Loosen the clamp on the water pump side of the hose and aim the hose at the ground

      Remove the over flow cap and place in a safe place...

      The car does have to be somewhat warm, Meaning the thermostat needs to be open... Think hot bath water warm.

      After the stuff is drained dump it into whatever you decide to dump it in...

      Make sure to hose out the bucket...

      Run water through the cooling system.

      Put the lower radiator hose back on and add the Prestone Super Radiator Cleaner add only one bottle and the rest water...

      This required 6 hours or normal driving time. I don't drive a lot so I left mine in for 2 days.

      After your 6 hours of driving drain the cooling system using the steps above.

      Continue to flush the system until the water runs clear.

      I live in California so I only need to run 50/50 but you should use what is recommended for your state.

      Next time you change the oil in your cabby... Flush the cooling system one more time just to be safe...

      Have a nice day...


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      03-03-2006 01:54 AM #58
      Coolant Temp Sender, Sensor and Switch info thread.

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      Quote Originally Posted by kamzcab86
      I hate reading: "But I bought this car for $500 and don't want to put another dime into it."
      ____(hey, it's VW AND it's electrical, what's not to fail?) neoBentley+

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      03-07-2006 12:43 AM #59
      Odometer Repair DIY ------------------------------------------------

      When I first bought my Cabriolet, I didn't think I'd drive it too much, so it didn't matter that the odometer was broken.

      But now that I drive it to work and try to enjoy it as much as possible between repairs, I decided to take on repairing the odometer.

      There are several threads that describe various ways to fix it:
      www.4crawler.com
      - This was the first link I found on the MK1 FAQ. The entire site rocks, but the odometer writeup was for a much older odometer than I have.

      http://www.garageprosoftware.com/scirocco/tech_odometer.htm
      - This was one of the best links with some great photos from dash removal to gear fixing. But since my red gear was okay, this didn't help me with my metal gear.

      http://www.vintagewatercooleds.com
      - Had a very detailed writeup on the disassembly of the speedometer. It had a great suggestion about using tape to hold the number wheels in place.

      http://www.drivewerks.com/tech/mult_gauge_repair.htm
      - This link about Porsche speedometers was interesting because the assembly is kind of similar. It also had the great suggestion about using tape to hold the number wheels in place.

      http://www.4130-products.com/step/odometer/index.htm
      Added thanks to sehaare. This is a great site that also mentions the metal gear spinning problem. Although it didn't provide any pictures about the modifications suggested.

      http://mysite.verizon.net/janvdb/vw/Body/speedo_fix.txt
      - Then I ran across this curious link. It mentioned "stamping the hub of the metal gear to shrink the inner diameter. This effectively makes the gear an interference fit on the shaft. This was exactly what I wanted.

      So I took mine apart (without breaking anything *whew*) and then taped it up. The red gear on the left turned out to be just fine

      But it was the grey metal gear on the right that was freewheeling.

      Once I got the metal gear out, I took a screwdriver and punched the inner hub. You can see three of the punches on this shot. But I put four on both sides before reassembling.

      And it totally worked! I drove my first 35 miles with a working odometer for the commute this morning.


      Modified by JPX at 7:34 AM 5-2-2010


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      03-28-2006 01:22 PM #60
      bypassing heater core 101

      http://www.theoldschoolers.com...=1480

      Installing new heater core, shortcut method

      http://www.theoldschoolers.com...&st=0


      Modified by Lankyleo at 8:42 PM 3-31-2006


    26. 03-30-2006 07:27 PM #61
      I am searching for a cruise control module for my '97 Cabrio. VW wants over $300 bucks...I can keep my foot on the gas pedal for a lot less than that! If you know of a good module, please let me know. Thanks

    27. 04-21-2006 04:40 PM #62
      How/where can I find the radio code if I dont have the owner's manual? Is this possible?

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      05-05-2006 02:14 AM #63
      You say you car won't crank after sitting a few minutes, if wait for 20 minutes or more, then it starts fine? Maybe this car has an automatic transmission? Might have a manual trans too.

      Moljinar's "Starter relay for heatsoak problems" thread is likely just what you need!!

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      Quote Originally Posted by kamzcab86
      I hate reading: "But I bought this car for $500 and don't want to put another dime into it."
      ____(hey, it's VW AND it's electrical, what's not to fail?) neoBentley+

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      05-08-2006 02:41 PM #64

    30. 05-19-2006 05:52 PM #65
      I checked the sensors and they all ohm out at 1k, My Master cylinder went out last weak and that was the onlt time my abs light was off in a long time. I checked my abs pump by putting power directly to the 2 big post on pump and pump did work. What else can I check? I have a 1995 Cabrio

    31. 06-17-2006 09:35 AM #66
      i too have a 95 cabrio but my abs problems are less severe ,my abs light comes on intermittantly after start up and stay on it is not dependant on time or temperature,sometimes it will be off for days then ,here we are,i have checked all the elec connections ,please what else can i check???

    32. 06-27-2006 10:20 PM #67
      The pleasures of changing rear axle beam bushings



      Modified by Rabid Chihuahua at 7:24 PM 6-27-2006

    33. 07-14-2006 02:27 AM #68
      Hey everyone. I called VW in Pole Tavern NJ to get new door cards from the dealer. They told me they had discontinued them recently. Does anyone know where I can find a decent set or know of anyone that refurbishes door cards or know if reupholstering the old ones is possible? My door cards are rotted on what looks like particle board behind the leather which is in decent shape. THANKS A TON GUYS! PM me if you can with info, I'd appreciate it!

    34. 07-15-2006 10:42 PM #69
      Will rear disc from a scirocco fit?

    35. 07-17-2006 04:53 PM #70
      [QUOTE=rs4-380]How hard is it to swap a 16v in an Cabriolet? What do I need in order to do it, etc.

      couldn't have been that hard...my boyfriend and his friend did mine pretty fast. its more wiring than anything from what i can remember them doing. PM me if u have specific questions they pulled mine from an 89 scirrocco


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