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      02-16-2009 02:10 PM #1
      Welcome to the Passat (B5) Do-It-Yourself, How-To and Frequently Asked Question Thread.

      How to add something to the FAQ?

      If you have anything that you would like added to this list, or to report broken links, please use the report post to moderator function.

      Don't forget our Technical Forums that are broken down into more specific sections like interior, car audio and electronics, specific engines, transmissions etc.

      To search within this thread, please press Control+F or Command (Open Apple)+F 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.

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      01) Typical Problems & Questions
      02) Oil & Servicing
      03) Body & Exterior
      04) Interior
      05) Wheels & Tires
      06) Lighting
      07) Electrical
      08) Radio & Navigation System
      09) VAG-COM
      10) Suspension & Handling
      11) Motor & Transmission
      12) Brakes
      13) Racks & Carriers
      14) Misc.



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      02-16-2009 02:15 PM #2
      Typical Problems & Questions

      Which gas should I use in my Passat? - Forum Discussion


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      02-16-2009 02:16 PM #3
      Oil & Servicing


      TSBs and Recalls - luvail
      What OIL should I use? - Forum Discussion


      A special note...

      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:

      1) A VAG-COM cable/software from Ross-Tech in Lansdale, PA

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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
      Body & Exterior


      Topic and link - contributer


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      02-16-2009 02:17 PM #5
      Interior


      Adding a Warning Triangle - parts, links, etc.

      For general interior questions, be sure to visit:
      The Interior Forum


      Modified by robbyb413 at 2:26 PM 3-5-2009


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      02-16-2009 02:18 PM #6
      Wheels & Tires


      Stock Bolt Battern/Offsets - Forum Discussion

      For general wheel info, be sure to visit:
      The Wheel and Tire Forum

      The offset/fitment thread: http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...fitment-thread

      Last edited by robbyb413; 04-15-2014 at 06:12 PM.

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      02-16-2009 02:18 PM #7
      Lighting


      --- Exterior ---

      Disabling DRLs, all years - Forum Discussion
      Rear Fog - b5.5 - Forum Discussion
      Rear Fog - b5 - Forum Discussion

      For general lighting questions be sure to visit:
      The Lighting Forum

      --- Interior ---

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      02-16-2009 02:19 PM #8
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      02-16-2009 02:19 PM #9
      Radio & Navigation System


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      02-16-2009 02:19 PM #10
      VAG-COM


      Vag-Com Locator Service - hoveraudi


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      02-16-2009 02:20 PM #11
      Suspension & Handling


      Upper control arm replacement - TDForNow


      For general suspension info, be sure to visit:
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      02-16-2009 02:21 PM #13
      Brakes


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      02-16-2009 02:21 PM #14
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