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VW MKIII-A3/B4 TDIs This is a discussion about MKIII-A3/MkIII Jetta/Golf (<99.5) and B4 Passats (96,97) TDI's. Non TDI related postings will be moved or removed.

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Old September 10th, 2018, 18:41   #7036
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Not been here for a while.

Had the water pump replaced and they mentioned the radiator-- not holding pressure!
Well, they were right, been filling up with the fluid about every other day!

Be careful with the lower rad hose connection at the radiator. That plastic coupler is NLA and to my knowledge no one makes it in the aftermarket.


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Old September 10th, 2018, 20:23   #7037
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As a side note I'm curious what others use to repair or reattach the plastic door liners? I used two sided adhesive tape previously but I was not excited about the results. I would go back and rework all of them if there was a good means for attaching the plastic liners.

A3s have plastic vapor barriers? I never pulled the door panels from the Rotbox, so I just assumed they were formed foam, like the B4s. Anyhow, I just use more butyl, like the factory did.


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I remember the leaks being very frustrating to deal with. In the end I just coated over the seam from front to rear.
Youre telling me.... Id rather not coat everything, if its not needed. I only coated what was cracked and that was incredibly minimal.

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Old September 10th, 2018, 22:29   #7038
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A3s have plastic vapor barriers? I never pulled the door panels from the Rotbox, so I just assumed they were formed foam, like the B4s. Anyhow, I just use more butyl, like the factory did.
Don't recall on the Mk3 but I was referring to the B3, which has plastic sheeting. I would have replaced with foam except I couldn't find good covers in the JY, they all seemed to have been brutalized at some point, probably to repair faulty window regulators / motors.

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You’re telling me.... I’d rather not coat everything, if it’s not needed. I only coated what was cracked and that was incredibly minimal.

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I only coated about a 1/2" wide or less path down the entire length of the roof in the trim channel. On the B3 the sealer was dried out and cracked enough I just wanted to fill the cracks and get it stopped. It also wasn't a lot of sealer either.

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Old September 11th, 2018, 16:13   #7039
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For some reason, the clear coat became undone on the hood! about 2' sq. ft. Don't know if it had anything to do with the rains....
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Old September 11th, 2018, 18:27   #7040
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The CC was probably compromised, somewhere. Once that happens, it starts lifting. The rain probably got under it and helped it along.

Reassembled the wagon, other than the roof rails and associated molding. Drove it around the block and I lost the steering column popping, but gained a minor exhaust leak...

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Old September 12th, 2018, 13:49   #7041
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The CC was probably compromised, somewhere. Once that happens, it starts lifting. The rain probably got under it and helped it along.

Reassembled the wagon, other than the roof rails and associated molding. Drove it around the block and I lost the steering column popping, but gained a minor exhaust leak...

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Old September 13th, 2018, 16:49   #7042
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recharged my ac, blew cold for 20 minutes then warm.... Leak somewhere... worry bout that next summer....

Pulled up to stop sign today and car died.. Havnt had that happen to me before, (only on first tank of gas in it)..I normally shift to N well before stopping.. Have to plug in vag to see if something is up..... Great little car.....
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Old September 13th, 2018, 18:44   #7043
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I seriously hope there isn’t “gas” in it...

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Old September 13th, 2018, 20:06   #7044
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For some reason, the clear coat became undone on the hood! about 2' sq. ft. Don't know if it had anything to do with the rains....
I doubt it. Mine came off in big sheets just washing it one winter.



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Old September 14th, 2018, 06:14   #7045
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New rotors, bearings, and brake pads on the rear. Now it actually gets some friction on the back, and is much quieter.
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Old September 14th, 2018, 06:22   #7046
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[QUOTE=Abacus;5440503]I doubt it. Mine came off in big sheets just washing it one winter.

Unbelievable!

One of these days, it would be nice to get my wagon repainted. But, I don't know if a shop will take on a rusted up car + one with the cc coming off.
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Old September 15th, 2018, 00:05   #7047
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I painted the needles on my B4 Chubbs cluster flat orange, like I had intended to do for some time now.

Some Mk3 clusters (silver faced type) have the orange needles but the black or dark grey clusters do not. I always wanted orange needles for the B3V conversion.

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Old September 15th, 2018, 06:59   #7048
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It’s a good look! Rotbox has orange needles, but only because I sent Derek a spare silver faced cluster for parts, and asked that they got transferred.

Ordered my heated seat kit the other day...

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Old September 16th, 2018, 14:51   #7049
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My son called me at 2 am said the car went bang and quit working. Towed him back and take a peak under the timing belt cover. The bolt on the intermediate shaft walked out causing the pulley to come off the shaft. timing belt went slack and caused it to come out of time. Anyone out there have and extra intermediate shaft pulley in their hoard do they? The pulley is all wallowed out and is no good.
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Old September 16th, 2018, 15:46   #7050
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If the timing belt went slacked, with this being an interference engine, you’re looking at rebuilding the engine. Especially since your son said there was a bang/loud noise. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
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