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View Poll Results: Which words in raised white letter for my tire sidewalls? See post #220 for pictures
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NARFATOMIC BLASTOMATIC 4 23.53%
NARFOMATIC ATOMIC BLAST 0 0%
NARF ATOMIC BLAST 1 5.88%
NARF BLAST 5 29.41%
NARFBLAST ATOMIC 1 5.88%
NARFOMATIC ATOMIC BLAST 1 5.88%
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NARF ATOMIC BLASTOMATIC 2 11.76%
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Old August 15th, 2017, 20:40   #421
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Default 600,000 km Celebration Video

The Volkswagen performed flawlessly from shopping to Grandpa's appointment and to my parents house.

Then on the way home, this happened:



There was a short celebration including the presentation of a commemorative plaque today.
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Odometer rolls from 599,999 to 600,000 km (YouTube)
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Old August 16th, 2017, 03:08   #422
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Congratulations.Its good to see you are still having fun after all its been through.
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Old August 16th, 2017, 05:53   #423
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Congratulations.Its good to see you are still having fun after all its been through.
Thanks!

This morning I was cleaning up the packaging from the commemorative plate and I found the invoice, and noticed the total was more than I thought it should be. Then I found the little plastic bag with a special surprise inside:



I had totally forgotten that I had ordered the key-tag option! I had placed the order shortly after 550,000 km, and it when it arrived I had tucked the whole thing, still in bubble wrap, in the trunk. Anyway, I was surprised and delighted to find that I had treated myself to a little extra something.

Now that this mileage goal is complete, my mindset changes from simply:

"Have to make it 600,000 with no unnecessary repairs or maintenance."

to a more complicated: "What now?"

Here are some options:

A) Spend a little money and a bunch of time replacing only the timing belt (last done at 400,000 km). This may open several cans of worms when I take the valve cover off and look at the cam and lifters, realize the engine mount bracket is stripped, the vacuum pump is leaking, etc, etc, etc...

B) Plan to spend a whole bunch of money and time fixing all of worn out parts surrounding the timing belt, and re-install a turbo.

C) Change only filters and oil and just keep driving with no turbo and no worries, laughing all the way - until the next thing goes bang.

Considering the age of the car, and my lack of concern for its longevity, I'm leaning heavily towards "option C".
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Old August 16th, 2017, 06:27   #424
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My personal opinion is keep up the maintenance until the end. No need to neglect it just because...

But I do see your point about it unraveling (one thing leading to another).

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Old August 16th, 2017, 16:34   #425
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I hate to mention your overheating trouble but would suspect a possible head gasket as well. Maybe a compression check would be a good place to start before any money is spent.
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Old August 17th, 2017, 09:59   #426
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I see more overheating problems in that engine from water pump slippage and blocked radiators than any other source. But then again I also don't get to see many with that many miles/kilometers either.

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Old August 17th, 2017, 13:30   #427
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Thanks Jayb and Jason, I always appreciate the advice. Head gaskets, clogged radiator, water pump problems. Now you've got me thinking. Sometimes when the engine got hot I would turn on the interior heater and fans to try to cool it off and sometimes they would go from hot to cold then back to hot again, seemingly based on RPMs. I wasn't touching the controls so I don't think it was the blend door. Oh well, its no longer an issue!
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Old August 25th, 2017, 06:30   #428
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Default Megameter Tanks and Mathematical Targets

I'm loving life without boost; I have less problems and use less fuel!

I usually fill up when the tank gets around half way, but lately I have been getting over 700km out of the first half of the tank so I decided to take it to the "low fuel" light and see what happened:



700 mile (1126.5 km) club membership renewed!

The fuel light came on right around 1100 km. When the light comes on I can be pretty sure I have used 55L and have 9L in reserve. This was confirmed at the pump:



55.022 L / 1129.4 km x 100 = 4.96 L/100km (47.4 mpg)

I'm happy to beat 5L / 1000 km but next tank I want to beat 50 mpg (4.7 L/100). Working backwards from 55L I would need to extract 1170 km before the fuel light comes on to do this safely.

Looking forward to more megameter (1000 km) tanks!

edit: previously I was consistently getting 5.8 L / 100 km (40 mpg) for many years
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Old July 18th, 2018, 19:00   #429
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Default Great Lakes Mistake Lemons Rally 2018

Finished in 7th place and mentioned on roadkill.com: http://www.roadkill.com/lemons-rally...mistake-rally/




Here are three videos I edited nice and short from the trip:


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Lemons Rally GLM 2018: Pinky’s Highlight Reel



1:32
Removing Giant Magnet From Roof Rack




2:38
Lemons Rally Wheel Bearing Repair
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Old July 18th, 2018, 20:10   #430
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Looks like lots of fun had by all.
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Old August 10th, 2018, 10:20   #431
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Guess who just passed emissions testing and is allowed to stay on the road for two more years:



Celebratory fist pumping:



Good times.
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Old August 10th, 2018, 12:59   #432
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It's phenomenal that you're keeping this car going and it's great to see that you get to keep driving it for another 2 years.

How much does the big *$$ magnet affect fuel economy?
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Old August 10th, 2018, 18:55   #433
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It's phenomenal that you're keeping this car going and it's great to see that you get to keep driving it for another 2 years.
How much does the big *$$ magnet affect fuel economy?
The magnet was really bad for fuel economy and top speed, and it was a little bit sketchy all that weight up there. I couldn't wait to take it off when I got home from Lemons Rally.
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Old October 5th, 2018, 07:52   #434
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Default Bricked ECU, first Bench Flash

I have been playing around with mappings using ECD suite and a cheap Galleto cable. I have been posting updates in my "sweet turbo delete" thread. I also posted a glowing review of the Galleto cable and software on Amazon, which I have just now deleted.

Anyway, one night I bricked my ECU.

So I did some research and turns out the Bosch EDC15 has a recovery mode that can be accessed by combination of grounding a pin on the eeprom chip while powering up and then flashing using a "slow baud rate recovery mode".

The Galleto cable does not have these options and simply reported a communication failure. As did VAG-COM.

The MPPS V16 cable and software is much better! (Amazon.ca review posted, awaiting review)

Here is my bench flashing rig, running off a cheap old booster pack (with build in "ignition" switch):



Here is a close up of the adapter I build using a old OBDII extension cable female end, some custom sized clips, and lots of heat shrink tubing. I thought that colour coding the grounds, hots, and single K-line would increase my chances of success:



While still on the bench, I went ahead and hooked up my VAG-COM cable:



There were about five different faults, sensors not reporting in. Logically, I re-installed the ECU in the car and cleared codes.

This is where things get weird, yet start to make sense, all at once...

There is a weird cyclical clacking noise for a few seconds after turning the ignition on and before starting. This is the same noise I heard the night a bricked my ECU. That night it only happened once, during the code load, and I assumed it was a low battery power glitch type thing but this time it happened consistently on power up, and there were no other power symptoms.

I was able to connect VCDS and found two re-occuring faults:

"quantity adjuster lower limit reached" and "quantity adjuster upper limit reached".

After clearing the codes, I would get the clacking noise, and they would come back. At this point my memory is fuzzy, did I load the same code file from the night I bricked my ECU or a previous one. At this point I think I went ahead and loaded a previous version, which allowed me to clear the codes, and start the engine.

So maybe it was a bad file after all.

Either way, I unlocked a new skill: ECU Bench Flash

And the Volkswagen is running the best it has ever run without a turbo! Details here: sweet turbo delete

No regrets!
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