check for vacuum leaks.
have you replaced the belts yet? it also sounds like your alt might be on its way out
thanx 4 the reassurance about the alternator. i havent replaced the belt yet. but it looks to have been replaced by the previous owner not to long ago.
new alt n fuel filter are next. any suggestions on a alternator to upgrade to?? or a better brand name rather than a factory remaned.
If you're going to do the ball joints, you should just swap the tie rod ends and replace the strut bearings now while you're in there.
Check your shocks too, now's the time to replace all that stuff so that you don't have to do another alignment in the near future.
While you're at it, you could replace the A-arm bushings - use OEM rubber ones, not poly.
Basically, freshen up the whole front end so you don't have to worry about any of it being worn.
2400/ will give you the distance on the cheater where you should stand, in inches.
there's a diff between belt squealing and bearings squealing. I hadn't even though of the waterpump, good point. You definitely want belt squeal over bearing squeal.
A serp setup is a sure way of fixing this and getting a more modern, higher output alternator.
air in the tires are at 35PSI lol.
do all the pulleys from a MK3 just swap over? and is the belt gunna b the same distance?
i figured that putting to much tension on the alternator was not a good idea after that started happening. i did loosen it and it seemed to correct itself but i think it was too late. it doesnt hold idle at all all now.
i found a vaccum leak n i think the hose needs to b replaced, it was one of the lines that goes from the intake to intake manifold.
and the belt didnt squeal prior to the overtightening. it still doesnt.
my intake manifold was loose!! n it was missing 2 bolts!!
its tight now but still missing a bolt i didnt know the one closest to the pulleys was longer so ill have to get another one of those.. runs better than when i got it now!!
i changed the fuel filter and its leaking a lil bit. i changed out the washers with new ones but i think maybe the inlet side washer is a lil to big it can move around a lil on the bolt.
got the fuel leak fixed. had to put an old washer back on.
ill have to try that next fuel filter
got a wierd problem that just started happening 4 some reason im guessing due to bad grounds. the water temp light blinks constantly and when the lights get turned on the tach n dash lights stop working but with lights off the tach is fine.
also washed it 4 the first time the other day n it was fine after that til this dayzz later. also cleaned out the rain tray, alot of rotting leaves in there.
tops are not stupid expensive, just a little expensive
two places I found:
good luck and let me know which one you go with and how you liked it. I still need to pick mine out.
as 4 the front suspension overhaul. this rabbit has ALOT of rust some in some bad spots some in some spots that can be fixed with just a body panel replacement or a door. i mainly bought this car 4 a back up vehicle just need it to be driveable n efficiant.
issue in my last post is what im really worried about.
n keeping the snowflakes gunna throw em back on after the alignment n balljoints.
super wierd but i know its got to be a ground now. after a few days of the temp gauge light flashing and the dash lights, and tach not working with the lights on. it rained n the problem went away. also when i turned down the dimmer the tach would come on half way also the hi-beam indicator light would come on kinda dim too. its fine now tho.
used one jack to hold the car up n used the other one to put tension on the hub so it would b up n out of the way.
new one almost in.
finished (sept for the 17mm bolt)
astoria born n raised. used jack stands when i did the CV axle love it here but cant wait to get out.
im pretty sure my cat is shot. so ive been pondering cutting it out cutting the flange off of it and welding it to a glasspack n sleeving it over the existing pipe. sound good??
also put down the crack pipe n put some new vaccum line in 4 the brake booster line cuz it had a leak.
snapped a pic of both my rides too.
Alternatively, just get a new cat, they're not that expensive, and they're there for a reason. If you burn through your cat, fix the root of the problem before replacing.