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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 November 18th, 2019, 09:43   #16
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I'm only getting bits and pieces of information from him since he isn't a car tech guy.
He did not tell me if the charge light came on in the dash.
You trust the car to someone who "isn't a car tech guy" ??

To me the dash light isn't much more then a warning the belt broke.
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Old November 18th, 2019, 10:11   #17
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You trust the car to someone who "isn't a car tech guy" ??
To me the dash light isn't much more then a warning the belt broke.
It seems to me he is referring to his son.
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Old November 19th, 2019, 05:34   #18
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To the guy that put a new regulator/brush pack in. I did the same thing. A year later I heard some noises but could not figure from where. My alternator started a fire. I happen to drink water when driving so I doused it with 2 liters of water after stopping and called a flatbed tow. I put in a new Bosch (made in China) alternator. It is about due for preventative maintenance alternator work. That will be new bearings, new regulator and probably a new clutch.

My truck was squeaking so I replaced all the idler bearings and water pump. A year later it is squeaking again so I put in the generator repair kit which had bearings and brushes. I had to turn down the slip ring on the rotor as it was grooved. Chrysler calls that thing a generator in the repair manual. Note that the bearing did not seem to be particularly worrisome on the bench but the generator was quiet with new bearings. Hence the agreement with the other guy who said his go to rebuilder does new bearings whenever he repairs an alternator. That said I have a Bosch router that has odd non-standard bearings no longer available. I squeezed some grease in the bearings and the router no longer screams like a banshee.
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Old November 19th, 2019, 20:55   #19
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Break in the case!
I heard that a power steering line had a slow leak and was dripping fluid on the alternator.
The shop in Atlanta fixed the leak and the new alternator is in.
Hopefully this one will last!
@wonneber: My son loves the car. He's just not a mechanically inclined, technical person.
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Old November 20th, 2019, 10:53   #20
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Sorry, didn't realize it was your son.
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Old November 20th, 2019, 18:55   #21
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@wonneber: No worries.

A 99 cent o-ring caused a lot of mayhem.
An o-ring brought the Space Shuttle crashing down!
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