It sure does. It's not quite as bad in person, but the splash guard is virtually gone. Calipers look really bad too so I may consider replacing them.
Haven't had any luck with the bolts BUT look what I brought home today!
(There's actually 4 wheels; I just grabbed two for the pic)
My brother and I bought dad a set of teardrops years ago since his were looking so shabby. I didn't remember them being in this good of shape. They're far from perfect but MUCH better than the teardrops on the car currently.
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Slow going is better than no going, make a plan and stick to it fix/replace things a little bit here , a little bit there as your time and funds allow. I have had my rocco almost 7 years and for the first 5, I did not have the cash/time to fully fix or refresh some of the stuff my car needed. My car was bought to save on gas because the gas bill (suv) was killing our budget. I basically made a plan and fixed things as I could. Many times all I could do was buy the parts when I had cash but not the time for future use and that has paid off several times because when things happened I already had the parts . Check out
For parts they rock because if you order $50 in parts shipping is free which has allowed me to get parts for future replacement. I have 3 vehicles to between them its pretty easy to get above the $50 threshold. Here are a couple of other site syou will want to look at as well.
From looking at this thread it appears you have plan of attack already but make a plan for all the things you know you cant do right now long term. I did and it allowed me to still drive the car and to replace things as needed. In the past 2 years the car has really blossomed especially after I was unemployed for a year I had the time and a box full of parts to really take my time and work on her. She went from this
What I will add.
Brakes , if you end up replacing the calipers go on and paint them before you install them , while its only cosmetic , after you install them and if you ever go to an open wheel you will love how it looks. Also while in the area consider going on and getting the wheel bearings done or plan to get them done at the same time as you get your front struts replaced.
Go on and replace all the belts and the waterpump and hoses because as you can see the same stuff has to come of to replace them.
Also your old teardrops …. Consider polishing them or painting them for a nice custom look. Thumbs up for this project
“All that's necessary for the forces of evil to win in the world is for enough good men to do nothing.”" Edmund Burke -Irish orator, philosopher, & politician
My first goal is to get the car running. After that it's getting it to stop. After that will be suspension. At some point I'll have the rust addressed and a new paint job. I plan on keeping the car 100% stock and holding onto it for a looooong time.
I feel like I'm finally making some real progress on the car. With the exception of the passenger motor mount, I've got all the 'old' parts off. This has been a real learning experience for me as I have tried again and again to work around certain things (like the alternator mount) to avoid taking more things off the car. After struggling for a bit I give in and remove the parts (like the power steering mount and the alternator mount) and suddenly things are MUCH EASIER! Who'd a-thought?
Today I started reassembly. I bolted up the new thermostat, o-ring, and thermo housing to the new water pump. I then bolted the water pump to the block only to discover I really needed to pop the lower coolant hose to the pump before bolting up. So I unbolted the pump popped on the hoses, and started bolting it all together again. And then:
Oh snap. Literally.
Yep, somehow I sheared the water pump bolt. So much for reassembly tonight. Back to the parts store tomorrow.
Anyone have write up on replacing the motor mounts? I read one good one but I'm not quite understanding the need to have it 'pressed in.' I mean, I think I understand that the rubber fits very tightly into mount, but the instructions I've read are vague with this step. It sounds as though something in addition to the old rubber mount needs to be removed and taken to someone/where with a hydraulic press to press the rubber into it. But what is the thing to remove?
Is there a way to DIY this in my own garage?
You mean these things? Here, read this:
I'm a mechanical engineer, not a mechanic. I know why it works, not how.
So when do you call the tow truck and get the car to a mechanic and let them reassemble?
I'm trying to get the passenger motor mount unbolted, but the 17mm bolt isn't budging. I was hoping to be driving the car already, and don't get me wrong I have been enjoying wrenching on the car, but it's just taking me so long to get things done.
Would it be dumb for me to get the water pump/timing belt/etc all put back on, get the car running, then let someone else do the motor mounts a few weeks later? I know they'll have to pull off the belts/covers and such that I just put back on, but the cost will be way less than them doing all the things I've done already.
I wouldnt hurt a fly. Unless it kept buzzing around in my face, and annoying me.
Thinking more about this though; I could get all the stuff bolted back up with the exception of the covers and such. Let the shop put them back on after replacing the mounts. Hmmmmmm....
Started reassembling everything. Got the timing belt on, tightened, water pump, hoses connected, the a/c and alternator bracket, pulleys, and then started bolting up the power steering pump. That's when I realized I forgot the t-bolt that took me a week to source. Looks like I'll be tearing things back apart. Oops.
I spent 4 hours or so putting the car back together and at 10:30 tonight I rolled the car outside and cranked it. It turned over but it wouldn't catch. The battery was pretty run down so I hooked it up to my GLI and let it charge up. After a few minutes it fired up and ran for a minute. It wouldn't idle, so I kept giving it some gas. Then CLANK! The water pump pulley fell off. In my haste to finish I guess I didn't tighten up the pulley bolts. I packed it in for the night ridiculously happy that it ran.
After work tomorrow I'll bolt the pulley back up and try it again.
New radiator, fan switch, and coolant level sensor are in. Wooohoooo! Car runs well, no leaks, and the temperature stayed normal. Ram the car about 30 minutes, revved it to 3000 - 3500 a few times but not going to go much higher than that until I can get the car out on the road.
Still quite a bit of lifter noise. Someone suggested adding some Seafoam to the oil. Thoughts?