Today I replaced the LF wheel bearing and CV axle. It was pretty ugly!
I pulled the five injectors and FD to put into my GTI.
Hated doing it, but donor parts often get transplanted to keep other VW's going.
PM me if you have a G60 (G Lader) and don't want it.
Here is why
Saturday, it got an oil change. And, changed the trans oil, too.
Dayum, I swear Pennzoil Syncromesh is 'magic in a bottle.' It made a huge difference in the thing's cold shifting characteristics. No more bitchy 1st gear syncro!
As much as snow annoys me (been a shop rat in MI for, well, ever - busted cars in snow suck!; plus, people just forget how to drive in snow!).... I got to drive it in snow today.
FUN!!!! And, more fun once the trans warmed up a bit (center diff lock didn't, well, want to lock cold...)
F'ing tank in the snow.
A box (two of them, actually) showed up from Steve (Resourcer) - parts from his somewhat smooshed QSW:
A driver's sun visor, a really nice intake boot, and crankcase-vent hoses.
After a bit of scrubbing, the visor went on (and, the nasty old one went in the trash.)
Tomorrow, up to work I go. On tap: valve cover gasket (again), vent hoses & intake boot, (hopefully) a bit of CIS tuning, and making some new battery cables.
Was busy yesterday. But, lots of stuff done.... car's running so much better now.
Definitely needed a new ground cable. Car cranks a lot better now that I've made a new cable for it.
Want to re-work it a bit, though. Not the happiest with how it's sitting (the 2ga. run from battery tray to post just doesn't sit right...)
Valve cover cleaned, straightened, painted (pics to follow), and reinstalled w/ new gasket. New (to me) intake boot and idle valve/crankcase-vent hoses. Some adjustments made to the CIS, a little tweak to the ignition timing.... runs much, much better now.
Need to replace the O2 sensor again, though (stuck at a flat 0.5v), and re-tune.
Edit to add pic:
Driveshaft bearing & U-joint.
After that (read: eventually...):
Engine/trans mounts, and an oil pan gasket (eew!)
And, after the Scirocco is roadworthy again:
Timing belt / seals / water pump.
One thing at a time..
Last edited by cuppie; 01-13-2013 at 11:32 PM.
A month, and nothing from anyone?
New LP oil pressure switch today (because, well, that one stopped working 3 months ago...)
Thursday evening, I finished "servicing" (read: remove, clean, and re-grease) the locks & handles on the car. (previously, I had done both front locks.)
All handles, both rear door locks, and the gate lock. Car made me do it - Wednesday, the tailgate decided that it didn't want to latch anymore.....
It's better now, though.
That is one ridiculously clean (and shiny!) engine bay. Y'all not use salt on your roads?
Ordered a set of engine/trans mounts for mine yesterday, as well as a U-joint for the center driveshaft.
Most likely next weekend, in go new trans mounts, and driveshaft bearing & u-joint.
Looked out the window and wished it wasn't so far gone.
Then wished the guy that wanted my Front end bits, tweed interior, and power leather Recaros would come out and pick and pull some parts so I could get my money back on the lost investment.
If someone wants to donate me a 5 Cylinder fuel meter I might actually decide to get it running again.
I pulled it to use on my other project, only to find it has now clogged up and would need major surgery to fix.
PM me if you have a G60 (G Lader) and don't want it.
Here is why
Sorry, I don't have a spare one of those.
In my news today:
Pulled it into the shop to replace the "dogbone" link in the shift linkage. ~$9 in stuff from McMaster-Carr, and I have a much tighter shifter.
(pics n stuff will be up later.)
That done, I decided to go ahead and do the engine/trans mounts. The rust situation made that job suck a bit - fun was one of the studs for the left engine mount popping loose from the body.
Lots of prybar fun ensued. But, out it came, and in went the new ones (thanks, PartsGeek!)
Around 2.5 hours later... back on the ground, running, and with a lot less vibration.
Still need to do the damned driveshaft bearing. Not looking forward to that (again, rust situation looks kinda ugly there.)
Edit for pics:
Nope nothing wrong with these..... (the leaky mount is the left one):
New "dogbone" shift link, alongside the nasty, loose old one:
To give credit where it's due: needed parts info was found from this page:
Get your parts from McMaster-Carr (plus two M8x1.25 nuts from, well, wherever.)
For searchability: you'll need two 9416K79 rod ends (10mm ball socket, w/ M8 inside threads), and one 93275A035 (M8x1.25 threaded rod, 130mm (ish.) Shorten threaded rod to 110mm. Assemble, and set to the same length (center-to-center) as old part.
Install. (Have fun getting the locking clips installed!) Enjoy all-metal dogbone link, in its slop-free glory.
Cost? About $10.
Last edited by cuppie; 03-09-2013 at 01:19 AM.
Yep - finally decided it was (past) time to take care of the driveshaft.
Granted, it was (barely) in one piece when it was still in the car.....
All back together, ready to go in:
The Audi engineer that decided "square nuts, caged into the body, for the carrier bearing? GREAT idea!!!" can kiss my a$$:
That was after cutting the bolt heads off (w/ cutoff wheel), and cutting the cages open (hammer, chisel, and punch) to extract the nuts & bolts.
That out of the way... weasel washer-attached bolts (and M8x20 flat washers) into the brackets, so we can put the driveshaft back in:
And, ooh.... pretty (ish).....
Driveline is (as expected) a LOT quieter now. Doesn't feel like someone's beating the floorpan with a sledgehammer every time I take off.
Fun was had today, re-machining the wheels for Das Quantum.
And, that was after chem-stripping them (Thursday), and wire-wheeling out the teardrops and holes (Friday.)
(for a reminder on how they looked before that:
Just a couple of hours at the brake lathe....
Still need to do valve holes, center cap bolt holes, and spin the caps. Then, I can start painting.
Are they perfect? Nope - there's some pitting there that just doesn't want to come out. But, this is my 'snow car', dammit! I just want some decent looking wheels to put summer tires on to....
(I know, it's April already....)
Last edited by cuppie; 04-06-2013 at 06:37 PM.
Wheel work continues.
after I finally remembered to clean out the rear sunroof drains... , started masking wheels.
Silverstones really, really suck to mask properly. Very time-consuming. Here's Monday, 9pm:
finished masking wheels, and masked the center caps.
Paint used: VHT wheel paint. Went with Graphite for the teardrops and name area on center caps.
Should be able to clear them tomorrow (so long as I didn't have any bleed-out under the tape (which would take another round on the lathe to remove..)