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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 December 15th, 2015, 12:29   #46
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Changed the oil. Tried to change the lower engine mount. Couldn't.
No amount of pounding or prying would break it loose.
If you mean the lower dog bone, most people break the bolts and just smash the aluminum around the bolts, and then the bolts will come out with vice grips or pipe wrench. The aluminum oxidizes and wont slide off the bolts.
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Old December 15th, 2015, 13:38   #47
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If you mean the lower dog bone, most people break the bolts and just smash the aluminum around the bolts, and then the bolts will come out with vice grips or pipe wrench. The aluminum oxidizes and wont slide off the bolts.

I had the same thing happen.
One bolt let loose, the other...snapped.

Haven't got back under there to fix it :-(
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Old December 15th, 2015, 14:18   #48
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Had that happen when I replaced my dogbone. I covered the new bolts with copper anti-seize. Hopefully they won't oxidize as bad
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Old December 15th, 2015, 16:54   #49
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R&R the lift pump. Job was incredibly easy, and only took about 30 minutes.

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Old December 15th, 2015, 20:19   #50
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Old December 16th, 2015, 07:16   #51
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I had the same thing happen.
One bolt let loose, the other...snapped.

Haven't got back under there to fix it :-(

Its pretty standard, any regular TDI mechanic I talk to said this is the 'procedure' when they change clutches/trans work lol. dog bone and new bolts are factored in.
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Old December 17th, 2015, 04:53   #52
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Its pretty standard, any regular TDI mechanic I talk to said this is the 'procedure' when they change clutches/trans work lol. dog bone and new bolts are factored in.


Steve/everybody else....when you were presented with this issue and used a hammer to loosen the dogmount bushing from the seized bolt(s), was the mount re-usable afterwards? I didn't understand if you meant that a new mount and bolts are needed or just bolts.
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Old December 17th, 2015, 05:01   #53
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Steve/everybody else....when you were presented with this issue and used a hammer to loosen the dogmount bushing from the seized bolt(s), was the mount re-usable afterwards?
No, I think it's pretty common practice to break the aluminum ears off around the bolts, thus the dogbone mount becomes scrap. I just removed one like this recently from a spare subframe that I bought. Both bolt heads snapped off, and the bolts were locked hard in the mount.

If you look closely at the mount, you may see hairline cracks down the sides of the bolt ears where it mounts to the subframe. The salt and corrosion can only expand so much in the holes, the aluminum will eventually crack anyway.

You can get a new dogbone for about $50 bucks. I think most people don't worry about ruining the old one because if you break those bolt heads off, it's usually because you're trying to replace the mount anyway.
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No, I think it's pretty common practice to break the aluminum ears off around the bolts, thus the dogbone mount becomes scrap. I just removed one like this recently from a spare subframe that I bought. Both bolt heads snapped off, and the bolts were locked hard in the mount.
If you look closely at the mount, you may see hairline cracks down the sides of the bolt ears where it mounts to the subframe. The salt and corrosion can only expand so much in the holes, the aluminum will eventually crack anyway.
You can get a new dogbone for about $50 bucks. I think most people don't worry about ruining the old one because if you break those bolt heads off, it's usually because you're trying to replace the mount anyway.
Great, thank you for the help!
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Did both front wheel bearings, new brakes, and new rotors. No more groaning!

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Old December 19th, 2015, 18:52   #56
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Changed out my locked up alternator clutched pulley, and potentially cleared up my P0671 CEL by dealing with my #1 glow plug resistance.

Got my parts from Kerma. If the original German pulley lasted 195k, I shouldn't need another German pulley anytime soon...
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Old December 19th, 2015, 19:24   #57
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Just starting to dip my toes into these cars I did a nice simple oil change lol next up will be a alarm and double din radio along with some new rear hatch struts
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Just removed the "tree hugger" bumper stickers from the previous owner. My wife didn't even want to ride in the car until they were off! Cleaned the intake and turbo a couple weeks ago, timing belt is next, then she is going on the road.
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Old December 21st, 2015, 00:32   #59
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Towed my Golf from Texas to my GF's house in Kansas in preparation for my upcoming relocation to Wichita.

Tried to drive in reverse to get the car off the tow dolly, and it wouldn't come off of it. Little to no power whatsoever. I eventually got the car off and took it for a spin around the block.

Car felt "weird" while accelerating and had a very hard brake pedal.

Poked around a bit and found a section of the brake booster line cracked completely through and another section with cracks starting. I "band aided" one section with a piece of rubber glove and some electrical tape (If it's stupid, but it works then it's not stupid anymore). The section that was completely cracked through got some heater hose and zip ties. Took it for a spin and everything works again.

Ordered the right parts and I'll fix it correctly when I go up again in two weeks.
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Old December 21st, 2015, 13:15   #60
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Drove 300 miles home with either a failed HG or cracked coolant jacket.

Not proud but had to be done. About 8 litres of water vaporised into the atmosphere.

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