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    Thread: What did you do to your passat today?

    1. Member perickomx's Avatar
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      04-04-2011 02:49 PM #3351
      - replaced fuel pump
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      - Wash it
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      - put some custom CAI
      - cleaned the engine a little bit.
      - bought a 2.9L clone intake manifold.
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      04-05-2011 01:12 AM #3352
      Got a lil shine on myself, and ditched the rear wiper today. Of course, trying to fit a 1" plug into the 23mm hole proved problematic.
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      04-05-2011 11:01 AM #3353
      clean the engine a little and lowered it a little too.





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      04-05-2011 07:38 PM #3354
      Washed it this weekend for the first time at my new house... only to find out that we have damn near 0 water pressure out of the spout in the front

      Then, coming home 2 nights ago, the driver's side wiper arm finished striping itself out when it was pouring.. luckily, Spring Meet was the next day, so shrugged it off, figured I'd find what I need there at the swap meet. Nothing, but my buddy brought an extra B3 wiper motor and rack assembly. Didn't work, and since it started raining, did a ghetto mono-wiper and offset it from the passenger side so I could see on the way home







      The Syncro's wiper assembly is different than Mk1/2/3 and B3, can't even find any way to make those towers work (drill out rivets, re-revit them), or braces (have to re-weld) because everything is different sizes. Luckily, waiting for the guy that bought the TDI Syncro from me to ship that one down.
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      04-05-2011 07:43 PM #3355
      Cracked open the upper timing chain cover after hearing the dreaded sewing machine noise.

      Bad news: it's not the upper timing chain guide. It's the upper tensioner. Guess I'm going in!

    6. 04-06-2011 07:46 AM #3356
      Pulled the rear hub apart again to inspect for that awful bearing noise. Bearing felt gritty so i cleaned it out and repacked it. Halfway around the block the same grinding noise came back. I did notice a little play in the bearing itself so i suppose i got a bad one.

      Hopefully GermanAutoParts will send me another one.

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      04-06-2011 09:25 PM #3357
      Took some 1000 grit to the AC lines.


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      04-07-2011 03:55 AM #3358
      looks great man! I will have to do that to mine as i really dislike the oxidized look of the a/c hardlines...

      Every day I window shop and browse here for what people are doing/have done to keep their dubs running. Im considering a 5x100 conversion, but that will deff take a chunk of what I'll have to work with after i redeploy. My main concern is trouble shooting the turbos weakness for limp mode , and moar low. lots low.

      oh yeah, and feel a little jealousy of yall that get spend everyday around your cars tinkering and repairing and upgrading

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      04-07-2011 07:48 AM #3359
      Wait... WHAT A/C lines?


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      04-07-2011 10:37 AM #3360
      What is this AC you speak of?

      Mine was yanked to make room for a turbo. This summer I will see if that was a totally smart idea. Black car, black leather, non-opening sunroof, no AC.

      hmm...

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      04-07-2011 12:44 PM #3361
      took apart 75% of the dash to trace wires & solve AC problems with no luck. It was like doing the heater core but way faster and with a big "?" floating above my head. 2nd attempt will be later today after my lunch shift. yes, I chef
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      04-07-2011 07:43 PM #3362
      fixed my rear window.....red power wire snapped where the door hinges

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      04-07-2011 08:41 PM #3363
      Some two weeks I had the front end aligned.
      A week ago a slight vibration from the passenger side appeared.

      Today:





      Nut is even worse.

      AdvanceAuto has no die that big.

      Any suggestions?

      P.S. No way am I gonna replace an axle that I put in last year.

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      04-08-2011 09:42 AM #3364
      Quote Originally Posted by izzo View Post
      Some two weeks I had the front end aligned.
      A week ago a slight vibration from the passenger side appeared.

      Today:



      Nut is even worse.

      AdvanceAuto has no die that big.

      Any suggestions?

      P.S. No way am I gonna replace an axle that I put in last year.
      To me, it looks like the nut failed and is definitely no good. Did you take a wire brush to the threads and clean off the scraps? Are the shaft threads destroyed? If not, then get a new nut, if so, maybe you could try a metric thread file to clean them up a bit. Also, is there any play in your front hub/spindle assembly(pull out, push in rapidly, and wiggle side to side)? did you use an impact gun to put it on? was it torqued down to specs?

      my $0.02
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      04-08-2011 11:21 AM #3365
      i was thinking on do the same to the A/C lines. also bought the sand paper to do it this weekend haha.!!
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      04-08-2011 02:23 PM #3366
      Quote Originally Posted by 15inches View Post
      To me, it looks like the nut failed and is definitely no good. Did you take a wire brush to the threads and clean off the scraps? Are the shaft threads destroyed? If not, then get a new nut, if so, maybe you could try a metric thread file to clean them up a bit. Also, is there any play in your front hub/spindle assembly(pull out, push in rapidly, and wiggle side to side)? did you use an impact gun to put it on? was it torqued down to specs?

      my $0.02
      The wheel bearing is a few months old, no noise/play, I only noticed the slight vibration
      a week after the alignment when the shop apparently over-tightened the nut causing it to strip the threads.
      And yes, the nut is also stripped badly.

      Weather is bad today, but I will check if there are scraps from the nut threads on the axle threads.

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      04-08-2011 07:46 PM #3367
      installed b4 console on my b3 but couldnt find the 2 nuts for underneath the shifter boot >.<
      now onto the whole cooling replacement + tuneup...maybe tomorrow =D

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      04-08-2011 07:52 PM #3368
      Thought once again about parting it out, burning it to the ground, and then pissing repeatedly on the smoldering ashes.

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      04-08-2011 10:40 PM #3369
      Egad izzo! That sucks!

      Quote Originally Posted by izzo View Post
      I only noticed the slight vibration
      a week after the alignment when the shop apparently over-tightened the nut causing it to strip the threads.
      And yes, the nut is also stripped badly.
      How does one over-tighten that axle nut??!! The torque spec is like 250 lb-ft or something stupid, right? I bet they cross threaded it.

      Personally, I wouldn't trust just running a die over it, even if you could find one big enough.
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      04-08-2011 10:44 PM #3370
      After physical therapy, I took the rest of the afternoon off and changed the oil. Oh yeah, and I swapped in a bigger cam.

      268/260 on the left, stock on the right:





      I lost a rod bearing in the engine last year then swapped in a Corrado engine I found in a wrecking yard. Gertrude's original engine had Autotech's Stage 3 kit and Kompressor Kanada's Stage 4 treatment to the G-Lader. The Corrado engine was stock, but everything else from the original engine went on. I was missing the surge at higher rpm, so last weekend I pulled the cam cover off the old engine and inspected the cam. It was in good shape, so I decided I'd plop it into the 'Rado engine. The ol' girl has a little more spring in her step now.
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      04-08-2011 11:16 PM #3371
      Ripped out SAI pump/combi valve and associated plumbing, installed the SAI plug, blocked off the inlet for it in the top part of the stock air box (may go back to cone filter again), and installed C2 chip.

      Also rewired the passenger side DEPO for probably the 100th time, going to man up and order a set of hellas next week and install the headlight harness kit that's been sitting in the trunk for a year.

      Here's to never ever having to replace the SAI pump again
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      04-09-2011 01:03 AM #3372
      Quote Originally Posted by CrazyMonkey View Post
      Egad izzo! That sucks!



      How does one over-tighten that axle nut??!! The torque spec is like 250 lb-ft or something stupid, right? I bet they cross threaded it.

      Personally, I wouldn't trust just running a die over it, even if you could find one big enough.
      Sucks indeed... I will see what happens tomorrow once the weather is good again.
      Tornado and flood warning in effect right now.

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      04-09-2011 01:09 AM #3373
      Sent the car to the crusher after 4 years of use and abuse and never let me down

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      04-09-2011 02:42 AM #3374
      Quote Originally Posted by izzo View Post
      Sucks indeed... I will see what happens tomorrow once the weather is good again.
      Tornado and flood warning in effect right now.
      Crikey, that sucks Izzo. Sortof impressive tho, I'm sure I'm not the only one who has had to jump on a breaker bar to bust an axle nut loose. The hell did they use on that thing?
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      04-09-2011 03:54 AM #3375
      WTF... pulling off of the highway today, after about 30min on the highway (right-lane cruisin), realized I lost my passenger side mirror glass along the way. Is this common?

      At first, I thought it was somehow spray painted or something, because I could still see the 'objects in mirror..' etching, so I pulled over got out and looked, and the glass is gone for sure. I've never seen behind the mirror glass, so I guess that's normal too?
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