broke 2 spark plugs off in the head.
Finally fixed my cassette player (coming out soon and getting blanked anyway) and reset my CEL been meaning to do it since I bought it 7 months ago. Isn't tomorrow but today fitted my BMC air filter car responds far better. Getting ready for RR day on sat hopefully the ABF performs well.
ABF 16V club
Did some driving around in the rain. Entirely uneventful.
Started contemplating an idea as a project for a new driver in the world of madness. Insurance is going to suck even with a 2.0 (I know it did for me until I got old enough for the rates to drop). Was thinking maybe a 4-door Golf and throwing in the ACC 1.8, or an AAZ. Something slow which should bring the rates down a little.
Ate through another front tire...
I have raceland coilovers, and the driver side front tire is less than a finger between the tire and bottom of spring seat. Any way this could be the culprit?
Josiah "Mac" - Previous S/N: BMW4L1F3
2002 - GTi 24v VR6 - six speed. Koni coilovers.
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'13 Jetta Sportwagen TDi DSG Tempest Blue - wife's baby hauler
Went back to the pick-n-pull to get my #110 relay for fogs. Yanked all the fuses out of the fuse panel, too since.. well, there's no reason not to. Plugged the relay in, turned fogs on.. POP. Unplugged both lamps, put another fuse in, plugged one of them in.. POP. Replaced fuse, plugged just the other one in, works fine. Bad bulb.
edit: So now that I've done some quick searching.. n00b moment here.. they don't just use simple and cheap replaceable bulbs, do they?
Last edited by Sky-Fi; 05-18-2012 at 03:01 PM.
I think fogs take H3 bulbs, but I can't get mine out of the bumper to check...
Yesterday I installed a new cap and rotor, cleaned the MAF/throttle body and intake tubes, and threw on a cheap cone filter to replace the rusty one that was on there.
Anybody have a stock air box they wanna send me?
Ran like a top on the shakedown drive this morning, but I need to mist the coil and wires tonight to see if moisture will effect anything else.
Last edited by Enderwaves; 05-19-2012 at 12:17 AM. Reason: Thumbs + Autospell = spelling mistakes
Don't get nervous.
I think I figured out the problem though. The one that wasn't lit up, the housing was filthy with dirt and grime (probably because the glass lens is missing) and the bulb wasn't making the ground connection to the housing. Cleaned all that up and put the cap back on, plugged the harness in and POP. Took the cap back off and I think the issue was that one of the wires were getting pinched due to the length that they have and it was shorting out. I manually put an accordion-fold into the wires so they would stay centered in the middle space of the cap and put it back on, and put the last 15A fuse I have in, and both are lit up now.
I'm just at total n00b-status with fogs though. Always wanted them but could never afford it, and thought it took a lot more work than just a silly harness and headlight switch.
edit: Darkness came around, so I hooked the battery charger up (so I wouldn't have to have it running since I didn't know how long light-adjusting was going to take) and turned the lights on to adjust/aim them. Worked fairly well. Then I noticed that my headlights seemed to be pointing to the left slightly, so I adjusted those a little bit, then it looked too far to the right. Stood on the trunk lid and looked down the center line, and they're actually pointing straight and are even with each other. Took the opportunity to finally get around to replacing one of the bulbs for the license plate, and checked all the other lights. All exterior bulbs work now.
pics 'cause it happened:
edit2: And now I don't know wtf. Instant pops fuses again. I think the issue might be the ground tail that hooks onto the housing. I think I might try soldering that tail directly to the bulb. I don't think it's an overload due to weak connection.. I unplugged both fogs and put a 30 in there and plug one of them in, instant pop.
Last edited by Sky-Fi; 05-18-2012 at 11:19 PM.
Rather than editing again.. fixed my short in my fogs. The plastic insulation on the wire for the bulb had a piece missing and was making contact with the spring-clip that holds the bulb in:
Put some heat-shrink on the white wire on both fogs and put it all back together. I can wiggle the fogs around now while they are on and it doesn't blow the fuse anymore!
waxed her, added caps to the wheels, plugged the hatch holes w the verdict kit, cleaned up my na plate, and decided to add a new oem rain tray, the small things make a huge difference in looks!
Last edited by silverjettin; 05-19-2012 at 10:01 PM.
"Milk and cookies for the rookies, coffee and donuts for the grown-ups"
abt single rounds - Jetex Exhaust - Gti Mats - Ginster seats :
[QUOTE=FL 2.0L;77435235]Oil change.
Plugs FR8DC+ @ .024"
Cap and rotor (rear clip is still an adventure!)
Cap and rotor rear clip is still an adventure!
Yeah that's an adventure under the hood in itself Seems to loosen enough after a dozen times unclipping it and reclipping it to clip it back on!
Just bought a truckload of parts.
Upper strut mount kit
Valve cover seal
All motor mounts
Shifter rebuild kit
Transmission fluid (Redline)
Magnetic oil drain plug
Fuel pressure gauge (Just in case)
Now... for the time to put all of this in...
After getting the fog situation sorted out.. wash, wax, vacuum, armor all. Then poked around with the trunk light. I thought the bulb was blown, but it isn't. Trunk is open, no power in the connector. I remember back when it used to work, sometimes it wouldn't and if I smacked the under-side of the rear deck near where the bulb is, it would come on, but that trick stopped working 2+ years ago. What makes the light turn on?