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      02-16-2009 02:10 PM #1
      <B>Welcome to the Passat (B5) Do-It-Yourself, How-To and Frequently Asked Question Thread.</b><p><FONT COLOR="red"><B>How to add something to the FAQ?</b></FONT><p>If you have anything that you would like added to this list, or to report broken links, please use the <A HREF="http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerohelp?show=&topic=Report" TARGET="_blank">report post to moderator function</A>.<p>Don't forget our <A HREF="http://forums.vwvortex.com/zeromain?id=3" TARGET="_blank">Technical Forums</A> that are broken down into more specific sections like interior, car audio and electronics, specific engines, transmissions etc.<br> <br>To search within this thread, please press Control+<b>F</b> or Command (Open Apple)+<b>F</b> on your keyboard. (Note: Just because nothing is returned does not mean that it is not here, your search term may not be used in the description). Many items and issues may fit into all categories, so it is best to spend a couple minutes looking through the whole thread.<p><b>Sections</b><br>01) <A HREF="/showthread.php?4251643&p=55347701#post55347701#553 47701" TARGET="_blank"><FONT COLOR="blue"><b>Typical Problems & Questions</b></FONT></A><br>02) <A HREF="/showthread.php?4251643&p=55347727#post55347727#553 47727" TARGET="_blank"><FONT COLOR="blue"><b>Oil & Servicing</b></FONT></A><br>03) <A HREF="/showthread.php?4251643&p=55347737#post55347737#553 47737" TARGET="_blank"><FONT COLOR="blue"><b>Body & Exterior</b></FONT></A><br>04) <A HREF="/showthread.php?4251643&p=55347752#post55347752#553 47752" TARGET="_blank"><FONT COLOR="blue"><b>Interior</b></FONT></A><br>05) <A HREF="/showthread.php?4251643&p=55347765#post55347765#553 47765" TARGET="_blank"><FONT COLOR="blue"><b>Wheels & Tires</b></FONT></A><br>06) <A HREF="/showthread.php?4251643&p=55347777#post55347777#553 47777" TARGET="_blank"><FONT COLOR="blue"><b>Lighting</b></FONT></A><br>07) <A HREF="/showthread.php?4251643&p=55347790#post55347790#553 47790" TARGET="_blank"><FONT COLOR="blue"><b>Electrical</b></FONT></A><br>08) <A HREF="/showthread.php?4251643&p=55347804#post55347804#553 47804" TARGET="_blank"><FONT COLOR="blue"><b>Radio & Navigation System</b></FONT></A><br>09) <A HREF="/showthread.php?4251643&p=55347811#post55347811#553 47811" TARGET="_blank"><FONT COLOR="blue"><b>VAG-COM</b></FONT></A><br>10) <A HREF="/showthread.php?4251643&p=55347825#post55347825#553 47825" TARGET="_blank"><FONT COLOR="blue"><b>Suspension & Handling</b></FONT></A><br>11) <A HREF="/showthread.php?4251643&p=55347843#post55347843#553 47843" TARGET="_blank"><FONT COLOR="blue"><b>Motor & Transmission</b></FONT></A><br>12) <A HREF="/showthread.php?4251643&p=55347852#post55347852#553 47852" TARGET="_blank"><FONT COLOR="blue"><b>Brakes</b></FONT></A><br>13) <A HREF="/showthread.php?4251643&p=55347861#post55347861#553 47861" TARGET="_blank"><FONT COLOR="blue"><b>Racks & Carriers</b></FONT></A><br>14) <A HREF="/showthread.php?4251643&p=55347869#post55347869#553 47869" TARGET="_blank"><FONT COLOR="blue"><b>Misc.</b></FONT></A><p><br>

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      02-16-2009 02:15 PM #2
      <FONT COLOR="blue"><b>Typical Problems & Questions</b></FONT><p><A HREF="http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?3804995" TARGET="_blank">Which gas should I use in my Passat?</A> - <FONT COLOR="#c0c0c0">Forum Discussion</FONT>

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      02-16-2009 02:16 PM #3
      <FONT COLOR="blue"><b>Oil & Servicing</b></FONT><p><br><A HREF="http://personalpages.tds.net/~luvail/passat.htm" TARGET="_blank">TSBs and Recalls</A> - <FONT COLOR="#c0c0c0">luvail</FONT><br><A HREF="http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?2237991" TARGET="_blank">What OIL should I use?</A> - <FONT COLOR="#c0c0c0">Forum Discussion</FONT><p><br>A special note... <p>There are two tools that any VAG owner absolutely must have. Just like your torque wrench and your socket set, your toolbox is crippled without them:<p>1) A VAG-COM cable/software from <A HREF="http://www.ross-tech.com" TARGET="_blank">Ross-Tech</A> in Lansdale, PA<p>This cable will connect your laptop to the OBDII port on your car, and enable you to self-diagnose, pull the full code for your problem, and clear out that CEL so you can get on with your life. Having the cable around will also allow you to run software like Lemmiwinks to tweak your ECU a bit. <p>2) The official factory repair manual, from Bentley Publishers in Cambridge, MA, available from the manufacturer or through many of our dedicated forum sponsors/banner advertisers.<p>These manuals are comprehensive guides to your car, from wiring diagrams to engine cut-aways to torque specs. Not having one is like doing carpentry without a tape measure - it just won't work out well in the end. <p>Chances are, many of the things you want to do, or want to know, can be understood by simply having these two things around. No need to post or even use the search - just hook up and scan, or open to the right section and get to work.<p>So, pick these up, whether it be from the classifieds, ebay, or your favorite car parts source, and get familiar with them. Your ownership time will be much better for it.

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      02-16-2009 02:17 PM #4
      <FONT COLOR="blue"><b>Body & Exterior</b></FONT><p><br><A HREF="http://forums.vwvortex.com" TARGET="_blank">Topic and link</A> - <FONT COLOR="#c0c0c0">contributer</FONT>

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      02-16-2009 02:17 PM #5
      <FONT COLOR="blue"><b>Interior</b></FONT><p><br><A HREF="http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?4264114" TARGET="_blank">Adding a Warning Triangle - parts, links, etc.</A><p><i>For general interior questions, be sure to visit:</i><br><A HREF="/forumdisplay.php?720" TARGET="_blank">The Interior Forum</A><BR><BR>
      <i>Modified by robbyb413 at 2:26 PM 3-5-2009</i>

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      02-16-2009 02:18 PM #6
      <FONT COLOR="blue"><b>Wheels & Tires</b></FONT><p><br><A HREF="http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?3794006" TARGET="_blank">Stock Bolt Battern/Offsets</A> - <FONT COLOR="#c0c0c0">Forum Discussion</FONT><p><i>For general wheel info, be sure to visit:</i><br><A HREF="/forumdisplay.php?32" TARGET="_blank">The Wheel and Tire Forum</A>

      The offset/fitment thread: http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...fitment-thread
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      02-16-2009 02:18 PM #7
      <FONT COLOR="blue"><b>Lighting</b></FONT><p><br><b>--- Exterior ---</b><p><A HREF="http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?3394474" TARGET="_blank">Disabling DRLs, all years</A> - <FONT COLOR="#c0c0c0">Forum Discussion</FONT><br><A HREF="http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?593346" TARGET="_blank">Rear Fog - b5.5</A> - <FONT COLOR="#c0c0c0">Forum Discussion</FONT><br><A HREF="http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?2145985" TARGET="_blank">Rear Fog - b5</A> - <FONT COLOR="#c0c0c0">Forum Discussion</FONT><p><i>For general lighting questions be sure to visit:</i><br><A HREF="http://forums.fourtitude.com/forumdisplay.php?114" TARGET="_blank">The Lighting Forum</A><p><b>--- Interior ---</b><p><A HREF="http://forums.vwvortex.com" TARGET="_blank">Topic and link</A> - <FONT COLOR="#c0c0c0">contributer</FONT><p><br>

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      02-16-2009 02:19 PM #8
      <FONT COLOR="blue"><b>Electrical</b></FONT><p><br><A HREF="http://forums.vwvortex.com" TARGET="_blank">Topic and link</A> - <FONT COLOR="#c0c0c0">contributer</FONT>

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      02-16-2009 02:19 PM #9
      <FONT COLOR="blue"><b>Radio & Navigation System</b></FONT><p><br><A HREF="http://forums.vwvortex.com" TARGET="_blank">Topic and link</A> - <FONT COLOR="#c0c0c0">contributer</FONT>

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      02-16-2009 02:19 PM #10
      <FONT COLOR="blue"><b>VAG-COM</b></FONT><p><br><A HREF="http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?2101435&p=22290091#post22290091#222 90091" TARGET="_blank">Vag-Com Locator Service</A> - <FONT COLOR="#c0c0c0">hoveraudi</FONT><br>

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      02-16-2009 02:20 PM #11
      <FONT COLOR="blue"><b>Suspension & Handling</b></FONT><p><br><A HREF="http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?4863033" TARGET="_blank">Upper control arm replacement</A> - <FONT COLOR="#c0c0c0">TDForNow</FONT><p><br><i>For general suspension info, be sure to visit:</i><br><A HREF="/forumdisplay.php?15" TARGET="_blank">The Suspension Tuning Forum</A><BR><BR>

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      02-16-2009 02:20 PM #12
      <FONT COLOR="blue"><b>Motor</b></FONT><p>--- <A HREF="http://forums.vwvortex.com/forumdisplay.php?27" TARGET="_blank"><FONT COLOR="red">The 1.8T Technical Forum</FONT></A> ---<p><A HREF="/showthread.php?3327286" TARGET="_blank">Everything k04</A> - <FONT COLOR="#c0c0c0">Forum Discussion</FONT><p><A HREF="http://forums.fourtitude.com/showthread.php?1618056" TARGET="_blank">Lemmiwinks: The VWVortex/1.8T Guide</A><br>* <A HREF="http://www.ecodetuning.com/revo/Lemmiwinks.exe" TARGET="_blank">download lemmiwinks here (note: serial cables only)</A><br>* <A HREF="http://www.unitronic.ca/uni/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=148&Item id=58" TARGET="_blank">Unitronic.ca's UniTune - like lemmiwinks but for USB cables</A><br>* <A HREF="http://www.custom-code.co.uk/index.php?option=com_remository&Itemid=44&func=sel ectcat&cat=1" TARGET="_blank">Custom Code's version for USB cables</A><p><br>--- <A HREF="http://forums.vwvortex.com/forumdisplay.php?34" TARGET="_blank"><FONT COLOR="red">The 2.8 v6 Technical Fourm</FONT></A> ---<p><br>--- <A HREF="http://forums.vwvortex.com/forumdisplay.php?73" TARGET="_blank"><FONT COLOR="red">The W8 Technical Forum</FONT></A> ---<p><br>--- <A HREF="http://forums.vwvortex.com/forumdisplay.php?22" TARGET="_blank"><FONT COLOR="red">The TDI Engine Fourm</FONT></A> ---<p><br><FONT COLOR="blue"><b>Transmission</b></FONT><p><b>Other forums that will be useful</b><br><A HREF="http://forums.vwvortex.com/forumdisplay.php?574" TARGET="_blank">The Automatic Transmission Technical Forum</A><br><A HREF="http://forums.vwvortex.com/forumdisplay.php?147" TARGET="_blank">The Manual Transmission Technical Fourm</A><p><br><A HREF="http://forums.vwvortex.com" TARGET="_blank">Topic and link</A> - <FONT COLOR="#c0c0c0">contributer</FONT>

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      02-16-2009 02:21 PM #13
      <FONT COLOR="blue"><b>Brakes</b></FONT><p><br><A HREF="http://forums.vwvortex.com" TARGET="_blank">Topic and link</A> - <FONT COLOR="#c0c0c0">contributer</FONT>

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      02-16-2009 02:21 PM #15
      <FONT COLOR="blue"><b>Misc.</b></FONT><p><A HREF="http://www.vagcat.com/" TARGET="_blank">Online ETKA parts detail - find your part numbers here</A> - <FONT COLOR="#c0c0c0">ozstriker</FONT><br><A HREF="http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?3809108" TARGET="_blank">Passat Parts Sources... from maintenance to upgrades</A> - <FONT COLOR="#c0c0c0">Forum Discussion</FONT>

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