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VW MKIV-A4 TDIs (VE and PD) This is a general discussion about A4/MkIV Jetta (99.5-~2005), Golf(99.5-2006), and New Beetle(98-2006). Both VE and PD engines are covered here.

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Old September 28th, 2019, 02:11   #1
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If you can that is..

I got "a taking to" the other day from the mechanic I*use saying why bother and that nobody does it now and that he wouldn't be arsed crawling under them or doing whatever in the street or drive.

He made my think he's right as I'm getting pi55ed of with it plus I'm the only one the area that does stuff and find it bloody embarrassing. I spoke to a mate about it and he said well good for him if he's always had a garage ect towork in, some of don't and never had that luxury or the money to always pay amechanic to do stuff.

The guy I use is bloody good and straight talking which I like but felt put down but kind of agree with him but at the same agree with my mate*too.

Thought I'd throw it out to*see what you lot think..
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Old September 28th, 2019, 04:19   #2
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I guess you lot must be very confident and not give a toss
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Old September 28th, 2019, 05:08   #3
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I do most of my own work but my AC has developed a leak and I have decided that this is one area that I should leave to the pros. I don't do tire changing and alignment because I don't have the equipment and I probably wouldn't try something as complicated as an engine or head rebuild but I would probably change a head myself.
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Old September 28th, 2019, 05:16   #4
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I do 99.9% of all the work, only thing I wont do is usually is rebuilding a transmission (depends on the car) and machine work I don't have the tools for.
Otherwise I just buy the tools I need for the job, I jmhave just about every tool though.
I can't stand others work and i cant stand to pay for stuff i can do myself.
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Old September 28th, 2019, 06:54   #5
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I do 99.9% of all the work, only thing I wont do is usually is rebuilding a transmission (depends on the car) and machine work I don't have the tools for.
Otherwise I just buy the tools I need for the job, I jmhave just about every tool though.
I can't stand others work and i cant stand to pay for stuff i can do myself.
I hate other people touching my car.

had the transmission out and got sick, car was stuck on the lift and my buddy had his croney stick it back together enough to get it off the lift. That's when I found he had clutched it for some reason...too bad the slave cylinder was out of the transmission.

I like paying less, using better parts and seeing what needs attention, not getting a list of what they want to replace.

And yes, before I retired, I had access to a 2 post lift...not I lay on the ground to do my under car work.

I put the engine and transmission in the beetle with a yellow ratchet strap because I don't have a cherry picker, it worked...

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Old September 28th, 2019, 07:25   #6
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plus I'm the only one the area that does stuff and find it bloody embarrassing.
your shame is of your own making
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Old September 28th, 2019, 08:47   #7
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I can't afford to pay others to do what I can, neither do I trust many.
Tires and alignment is the most common to pay others for.
I did pay my local guy to do the timing belt when I was to busy. He's the only one I trust though.
I swapped a TDI into a 1.8t in the driveway. A bit of cardboard and it's not too bad. I had to make a crane to pick the engine and set it in the new body.
Others are just jealous they don't have a clue what to do!

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Old September 28th, 2019, 08:56   #8
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The homemade crane was awesome

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Old September 28th, 2019, 09:10   #9
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Only reason I do tires at Costco is i always get like 30k out of them, vs the 45k warranty they offer. Saves a lot of money
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Old September 28th, 2019, 09:42   #10
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The MkIV's are now approaching vintage status and reliable mechanics that do good work
on them will get harder to find. It will be up to the owners to keep them on the road, IMO.
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Old September 28th, 2019, 09:57   #11
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I think my neighbors find it quite impressive when I have my engine all in pieces and then the next day the car is put back together and running perfectly. Nothing to be embarrassed about.

I’m a journeyman industrial mechanic so nothing about working on a little car is particularly intimidating. The ugly, dirty repair jobs I’ve done in horrific conditions make working on a TDI almost fun. Imagine being dressed from head to toe in protective gear and breathing through a respirator because hazardous chemicals are raining on your head while you struggle to chip a crust of toxic $hit off of a pump that you have to take apart. If you drop a tool it immediately begins to dissolve. I’m not even exaggerating. Fixing a car in a driveway is practically paradise.

I work in IT now, instead of as a mechanic, but I could go back. Sometimes it’s kind of enjoyable, especially when the job is done.

Just keep telling yourself “Pain is weakness leaving the body.”
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Old September 28th, 2019, 10:44   #12
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I'll echo most of the others here, and say i don't like other people touching my car. Doing the work myself gets me much more familiar with my vehicle, and i just don't trust other people. Until my time is worth more than a shop rate, or my car is much to complicated to work on, I'll keep doing it myself.

I use mechanics, and shops for work repairs and maintenance, and all too often something doesn't get torqued properly, or something that i request to get done doesn't get done. It could just be the local area right now, but I'm not going to risk that on my car.
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Old September 28th, 2019, 16:37   #13
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I'm the only one the area that does stuff and find it bloody embarrassing.
I don't get it.
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Old September 28th, 2019, 18:00   #14
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I've developed too many joint problems to do anything heavy any more. I hurt everyday, so I do little jobs (typically an hour or less) and am just a very informed consumer otherwise. I have my referral base for reliable, honest, techs, and I use them for the jobs I don't do.
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Old September 28th, 2019, 18:08   #15
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I have some friends who work on their own stuff, but a lot more who don't. And where I live it's highly unlikely to see anyone working on anything. Hell, people around here don't mow their own lawns.

But I enjoy doing the routine maintenance on my cars: filters, fluids, brakes, struts and shocks, tire rotations, and other repairs that aren't too tool intensive or time consuming. But I also have a couple great gurus around who I will happily pay for jobs that are either beyond my skill level or where consequences of doing it wrong are expensive.

I could care less what my neighbors think. Odds are they don't even notice.
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