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    1. Member thygreyt's Avatar
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      06-05-2011 09:12 AM #76
      looking, and sending the thing now.

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      06-05-2011 11:08 AM #77
      thanks Fred.

      Sorry everyone if it seems the thread died down a bit. I will put a bunch of pictures up today to compensate for that I thought that the weekend would result in a lot of work getting down, but instead it was just the opposite so far. Today is the day though to get a lot done while the girlfriend is at work.

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      06-05-2011 10:45 PM #78
      Well here is the weekend update. As mentioned last week, i thought that i would have the car done by today...but that didn't happen. I'm kinda disappointed but oh well.

      As of tonight - I got everything hooked back up and ready to go. I put new oil and filter in the car and now just need to bleed the trans and add the brake fluid and coolant.


      I besides breaking two axle bolts yesterday, i ran into two more problems...one small and one kinda big

      I'll start with the small one...i lost the C clip for this sensor, which held me up from bleeding the trans and re-filling. don't ask how that happened, but it did. Now i have to go to the dealership and explain to those idiots what i need but all they're going to keep asking me is for the damn part number I went there one time to try and buy the black Wolfsburg grill and the parts guy just kept telling me he needs the part number to know what i'm talking about...so i can only imagine what tomorrow's going to be like


      And now the main problem...My clutch cables seem to be stuck or twisted inside or something! Here's what happened: When putting the engine back into the car, I didn't realize that the clutch cable bracket was jammed behind the engine as we were pushing it back in. This resulted in bending the bracket a little and pulling the cables out. I was able to forcefully push them back in so that they will sit on the shifter as they're supposed to, but when i move my shifter to test it I can only put it in 2nd and 4th gear. I can not push up into 1st, 3rd, 5th and barley into the neutral position Here is the pic of the cable coming out into the bay...you can see that they were pulled out and pushed the firewall down.


      I'm not sure what to do to fix the cables. anyone have any suggestions?
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      06-05-2011 11:02 PM #79
      ouch. But hey, look at the bright side, YOU HAVE IT BACK TOGETHER!!!!
      I tried to search for DIY water pump and thermostat. Only found Thermostat. Anyone care to share a link?

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      06-05-2011 11:40 PM #80
      Quote Originally Posted by eatrach View Post
      ouch. But hey, look at the bright side, YOU HAVE IT BACK TOGETHER!!!!
      I tried to search for DIY water pump and thermostat. Only found Thermostat. Anyone care to share a link?
      That's true! If I can just get these clutch cables figured out I can get put the battery back in and try to start it up doing the fluids won't take long. I still need to figure out what's going on with the axle bolts and why they snapped before 52 ft lbs...I hope that was the right spec. Common Fred with those specs

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      06-06-2011 12:28 AM #81
      Quote Originally Posted by pennsydubbin View Post
      That's true! If I can just get these clutch cables figured out I can get put the battery back in and try to start it up doing the fluids won't take long. I still need to figure out what's going on with the axle bolts and why they snapped before 52 ft lbs...I hope that was the right spec. Common Fred with those specs
      just got home...

      and searching for em!


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      06-06-2011 07:51 AM #83
      as always, thanks a lot Fred I really do appreciate it. And the results....drive axle to transmission flange - 70nm/51.6 ft lbs...exactly what I did That's kind of scary that those bolts started snapping before torque spec. I'll probably buy new ones at the dealership today along with the other stuff. So close to being done, just need to figure out these damn clutch cables!

    8. 06-06-2011 07:53 AM #84
      Those cable shifters can be pretty fiddly. Youll probably need to do some adjusting of the cables so it will work properly. I remember in my mk3 jetta over time the cables must have stretched. Because i had to adjust them so i could get the car into first gear. after the adjustment it was fine though. Also, it wasnt a lot that i had to adjust them by.

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      06-06-2011 08:56 AM #85
      Oh yea I should probably make it more clear with my problem - It's the shifter inside the cabin that won't go into gear, even when the clutch cables are unattached to the shifter on the trans. The cables must be jammed up underneath but I don't know how to get to them. I took the shifter boot and ash tray out thinking I could see down there but I couldn't.
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      06-06-2011 10:02 AM #86
      lift the car, remove the tunnel insulation, which is the aluminum thin on top of the exhaust...

      once thats done, you will be able to see the cables from the shifter to the tranny

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      06-06-2011 10:08 AM #87
      Quote Originally Posted by thygreyt View Post
      lift the car, remove the tunnel insulation, which is the aluminum thin on top of the exhaust...

      once thats done, you will be able to see the cables from the shifter to the tranny
      That's greyt news! Lol

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      06-06-2011 11:56 AM #88
      i do try, you know.

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      06-06-2011 12:12 PM #89
      dude you've been such a big help to my project with taking the time to find and send me the torque specs....I really appreciate it

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      06-06-2011 12:18 PM #90
      Quote Originally Posted by pennsydubbin View Post
      dude you've been such a big help to my project with taking the time to find and send me the torque specs....I really appreciate it


      no probs!

      the way i see it, there are only about 10 of us! lol... we must take care of each other...

      plus, i know that i have any issues any of you guys would help too..!

      AANNND i also know this thread will help others...

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      06-06-2011 01:32 PM #91
      Quote Originally Posted by thygreyt View Post


      no probs!

      the way i see it, there are only about 10 of us! lol... we must take care of each other...

      plus, i know that i have any issues any of you guys would help too..!

      AANNND i also know this thread will help others...
      only 10. this forum ran out of dedicated people that can help and willing to help.
      Thygreyt, do you have a bentley manual?

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      06-06-2011 03:51 PM #92
      Quote Originally Posted by thygreyt View Post


      no probs!

      the way i see it, there are only about 10 of us! lol... we must take care of each other...

      plus, i know that i have any issues any of you guys would help too..!

      AANNND i also know this thread will help others...

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      06-06-2011 03:58 PM #93
      So...just got back from the dealership. After some time of explaining what clip i need by using a print out diagram of the transmission system...I get nothing. The clip isn't numbered in the diagram so he didn't know what i needed. Then when i finally got him to know which clip i was talking about he still couldnt get me one because he didn't know the part number . Like seriously?! I told him just go get the container of the damn clips and i'll be able to pick out which size it is, but he couldn't I have a better chance of finding my old one in my garage or garbage before I can get one from the dealership ...I need a beer lol

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      06-06-2011 04:12 PM #94
      Quote Originally Posted by eatrach View Post
      only 10. this forum ran out of dedicated people that can help and willing to help.
      Thygreyt, do you have a bentley manual?
      yep... why? need something?

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      06-06-2011 05:43 PM #95
      Quote Originally Posted by thygreyt View Post
      yep... why? need something?
      no, just need to know where you got it from. I am searching online stores; but can't find it.
      I found one at DBC performance, however, it is for the GTI.
      BTW you guys, finally I was able to do an oil change after using castrol syntec. I am very much happy with the result. I was using Mobil 1 , but no more.

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      06-06-2011 08:16 PM #96
      last week i did my oil change... the car now feels so much better...

      lubro moly only..

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      06-07-2011 07:48 AM #97
      Yea i use Castrol Syntec 5w-40 like the volkswagon stays to use. I always have a hard time finding it though...always see 0w-30 or 10w-40

      So the progress with my car: I got everything hooked up and tried starting it only to find out that my battery is dead I have it charging right now but I have to leave for work now so I can't try starting it till later...which is around 12 because i'm only working half a day

      *edit* the battery was fully charge as I was leaving for work so I tried it and it started I let it ran for about 20 seconds until I noticed the smoke coming out of where the exhaust mani bolts to the flex piping. I'm guessing that's just the oil burning off everything and happened because one of the three bolts isn't on the manifold yet.
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      06-07-2011 10:18 AM #98
      when i started the car post tranny swapped, i got sort of scared...

      since we had to drain all of the coolant, some of it got to the headers... and when we started it we saw a huge cloud of smoke... it was rather scary!

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      06-07-2011 10:43 AM #99
      Haha oh really? That must be what's happening to mine then. I was pretty scared when I saw it too, I was like " oh sh*t, I just ruined this new motor"

      I'll be back home in about an hour and a half and trying to figure out how to fix the clutch cables. It's so fustrating having the motor running but I can't drive it! Lol

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      06-07-2011 12:49 PM #100
      yuuuppiieee
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