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    1. Member DocWalt's Avatar
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      10-01-2012 08:56 AM #26
      After going out for a cruise and beating the crap out of it Saturday the coolant light came on... I appear to be losing coolant somewhere. I have a new waterpump to install, and a lot of the rest of the coolant system was recently replaced. Can't find any leaks, but I do smell coolant when I pop the hood. I'm not sure if it's pushing coolant or actually leaking. Also, I think I broke the downpipe off at the flex joint, oops.

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      10-01-2012 12:34 PM #27
      You got straight to the maintenance, I like that. Nice Find.
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      10-01-2012 12:59 PM #28
      Thanks

      Failed inspection, it's running too rich. Also has a bad tie rod end, which I knew and ordered up a front end refurb kit Friday. Woot.

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      10-01-2012 01:11 PM #29
      It's been the first time I've ever seen that sticker that explains to start the car, it must be buckled up lol. Good luck with the car. Nice find!
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      10-01-2012 01:48 PM #30
      Ha, me too. No idea if it's stock, but it's been there a long time so I'm leaving it alone.

      Anyone know how much correction the ECU does at low RPMs based on the O2 readings? I'm thinking that the crack in the downpipe is making the O2 read lean and the ECU is correcting for it. That would explain why it runs great at high RPM and kinda chugs at the low end.

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      10-03-2012 09:20 PM #31
      I got my downpipe, and a ton of cooling system pieces today. Don't you just love it when you order a gasket for a new part, and the part comes with its own gasket so now you have two?

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      10-04-2012 01:05 AM #32
      Quote Originally Posted by DocWalt View Post
      Ha, me too. No idea if it's stock, but it's been there a long time so I'm leaving it alone.

      Anyone know how much correction the ECU does at low RPMs based on the O2 readings? I'm thinking that the crack in the downpipe is making the O2 read lean and the ECU is correcting for it. That would explain why it runs great at high RPM and kinda chugs at the low end.
      Does it seem to run rich when its cold? Or does it even out when it gets to operating temp?

      I dont know how much fuel the ecu would put in if the 02 was reading lean, but from what ive been told the ecu will run on a closed loop at operating temp. And no longer use the 02 sensor to regulate how much fuel is used. But anyone feel free to correct me.

      Id say just fix the exhaust leak then go from there.

      Quote Originally Posted by DocWalt
      I got my downpipe, and a ton of cooling system pieces today. Don't you just love it when you order a gasket for a new part, and the part comes with its own gasket so now you have two?
      Lol similar thing happened to me, bought a pan from GAP, said no drain plug included. Bought a magnetic one with ten crush washers. Came with drain plug..lol.

      Good luck with build

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      10-04-2012 09:20 AM #33
      It runs rich all the time. It apparently pours black smoke out when I get into it hard, lol. I'm going to fix the leak and take it from there

      Thanks!

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      10-04-2012 11:23 AM #34
      very nice car and project, glad to see its getting the love it deserves

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      10-06-2012 01:00 AM #35
      Thanks!

      Leaky coolant flange:


      Hmmmm, I wonder why it leaked? The gasket was both torn and pinched out of the flange. The flange was also warped.


      All torn apart to replace the downpipe, haha.


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      10-06-2012 01:14 AM #36
      in case you were curious...

      drivers seat srd . pass seat lx-b


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      10-06-2012 01:52 AM #37
      Quote Originally Posted by _a2coupe2a_ View Post
      in case you were curious...

      drivers seat srd . pass seat lx-b
      I was actually, thanks! Much appreciated

      reminds me, I need to fix the driver's side seat. Same problem that the evo x recaros with the seat fabric pulling out of the harness holes.

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      10-06-2012 09:54 AM #38
      very nice interior too, damn you got a good deal, i've always loved the recaro velour interior and they're rare in good shape watching the progress

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      10-06-2012 07:08 PM #39
      were in ny did u get this car?
      Quote Originally Posted by DocWalt View Post
      I can't wait to do it up right! I'm planning on tearing out all of the dead Aktiv stuff (there's a reason I didn't take interior pics yet, lol) and rewiring some new speakers in after I get the basics finished up. Body work for fenders, hood, and roof this winter. Only minor body work, but the car is entirely rust free so I want it to look as great on the shiny side
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      Do work.
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      10-06-2012 09:33 PM #40
      Near Albany. It was on CL for all of a day, lol.

      Found some rust on one jacking point today, need to scrape the undercoating and clean that up before it gets worse. Replaced my rear motor mount and swapped in a new header. Didn't get much else done because my brother stuffed his mk2 into some trees and totaled it.

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      10-08-2012 10:10 AM #41
      Got it all back together yesterday afternoon. Replaced the bad tie rod end and still have the suspension clunk. I think it's the LCA bushings, the ball joint seemed tight. Gotta drive more to see if I fixed the coolant issue. The exhaust doesn't leak anymore, seems to run kinda rich still, might need to replace a temp sensor.

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      10-10-2012 01:34 AM #42
      I still had coolant disappearing, so I swapped in a new water pump and t-stat. The old t-stat flange was warped, so I swapped in a metal one. I hope this cures it



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      10-12-2012 07:07 PM #43
      Blah, still have coolant leak somewhere on the front of the engine. Time to swap a ton of hoses that I just had apart, all with awful spring clamps.

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      10-13-2012 08:06 PM #44
      Not sure. Found the leak anyway, didn't take a pic though. One of the hoses to the oil cooler must have been disturbed when I was doing the work on the water pump, because it's leaking like crazy.

      On a better note... I fixed my awful headlights! The original owner had installed H4 housings but never did the wiring correctly, so the high beam and ground wires were swapped. Fixed it and now my headlights are MUCH brighter. Swapped out my power steering belt for a new one, so now I no longer have chirpy belts. I also fixed my dome light. It was corroded internally, and the door switches were bad. I swapped in the switches from my brother's crashed Golf and it now works perfectly.

      What's left of my brother's Golf...





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      10-13-2012 11:14 PM #45
      Just awful!

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      10-14-2012 12:20 AM #46
      Yeah, he's found a candidate to replace it though, so that's good. Just needs to get 100% healthy again so he can tear this one down.

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      10-15-2012 09:20 PM #47
      Went to climb in my car to go to work and the seat was halfway reclined. Crap.



      Replaced the foam rubber bits with a couple foam donuts from a new stack of CD blanks.

      Got home from class and adjusted my headlights... Not bad at all for being Autopal lights, nearly as good as my brother's Hellas.


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      10-18-2012 12:11 AM #48
      So, the O2 sensor... It should cycle at idle, right? I get a steady .8 volts at idle Never seen an O2 sensor fail like this, but at least it was a recently installed O2 sensor, so it should come out easily.

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      10-20-2012 01:55 AM #49
      Cat is completely gutted... Damn it. The O2 sensor was crossthreaded, thankfully it destroyed the O2 sensor and not the bung. Had to chase out the threads using a spark plug thread chaser, lol. Worked from inside the cat and cleaned up the threads nicely. Tore off everything on the front of the engine again to replace the coolant lines. I officially hate spring clamps on hoses.

      Random pics from the other day:






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      10-25-2012 10:20 PM #50
      Got my car back from inspection finally. Damn door molding fell off. At least I can finally drive it.

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