Welcome to the MKIV Do-It-Yourself, How-To and Frequently Asked Question Thread.This thread has step-by-step instructionals, links to helpful sites, and useful threads pertaining to many of the most commonly asked questions here in the MKIV section of VWVortex. This thread should be used in conjunction with the New User Guide to the MKIV Forum which deals with common questions about the forums and the forum software, such as
-Picture posting and hosting
-Moderation and Moderators
Don't forget our Technical Forums that are broken down into more specific sections like interior, car audio and electronics, specific engines, transmissions etc.
If you have anything that you would like to contribute to this list, or to report broken links, please use the report post to moderator function. Feedback is appreciated.
To search within this thread, please press Control F or 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.
The most repeated topic ever:
1.8T vs. VR6
Exterior - Bodykits, Bumpers, Side skirts, Valances, Badges, Front End Conversions, Wipers, Mirrors, Windows, Sunroof
Exterior Lighting - Headlights, Tailights, turn signals, side markers
Interior - Rattles, squeaks, shift knobs, steering wheels, trim kits, gauge clusters, gauges, seats, alarm, heating and A/C, interior disassembly, interior lighting
Interior Electronics - Audio/Video, Subwoofers, Radar Detectors, MP3 Players, GPS, Keyfobs, Alarm modifications, window controllers, cruise control
Suspension - Shocks, Springs, Coilovers, Swaybars, Strutbars, Stressbars
Wheel and Tire
Brakes - Calipers, carriers, rotors, pads, brake light switch
Transmission - Automatic and Manual, Starter
Drivetrain - Items/Issues that are common across drivetrains (Engine/Transmission). Fault codes, coilpacks, 02 sensors, EDL and ASR, Oil, battery, engine mounts, bushings, bearings and hubs, axles, fuel filter.
Intake and Exhaust - Cold Air Intakes, airboxes, CAI's, filters, exhaust systems and components
VR6 - 12v (174hp) and 24v (200hp) VR6's
1.8T - 150hp and 180hp versions of the 1.8t.
2.0 - 2.0L Engine
TDI - 90 HP and 110 HP Diesels
General - Frequently Asked Questions and things that do not fit into a specific category - Fuses, Recalls, Color Registries, Abbreviations, How to jack up a mkiv.
Troubleshooting MKIV Issues. - Problems with your car? This is a good place to start.
The old FAQ can be found here.
Archive of DIY threads as PDF.