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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 March 9th, 2017, 16:48   #6316
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Put in a new power steering pump and took her on her first ride since I got it back in November. Runs great, hard to believe it has almost 300k on it. Also it makes me happy to have gauges in it now. Now I have to adjust the pulley mount in the pump since I pressed it in a little too far, but I just had to take her out since she's been sitting for far too long.
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Old March 16th, 2017, 13:20   #6317
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I haven't logged into TDIclub since November 2016. Glad to see the familiar names still in the game. I just put the battery back in it (stored in the garage with a Noco genius charger) and the old '97 fired up on the first turn of the key. I haven't driven this car since October and it drove just fine today. Such an unbreakable machine. Price lowered to $1000 .... $100,000 worth of blood, sweat, and tears into this jalopy. I seriously considered buying a couple fenders and donating two days worth of work to sand it down and give it a fresh coat of base/clear. Maybe I'll do that on my next days off. I'm tempted to call my insurance agent tomorrow and get it legal for highway use.
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Old March 20th, 2017, 17:08   #6318
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Today I pulled my back up plan (BUP) B4 TDI sedan into the garage onto the Rhino Ramps to accomplish three tasks. First, I wanted to remove the 4 old and tired Runway RWT-1 snow tires on factory steel rims (that I mounted when my DD started leaking G12) and remount the excellent condition Kumho Solus KH16 tires mounted on OEM/Votex 7 spoke mag wheels. Next, while the front wheels were off, I wanted to mount front wheel splash guards (aka mud flaps) which I never got around to doing after the 2015 eBay sight unseen purchase. And, finally, while up in the air, I would remove the plastic belly pan and investigate the source of an engine oil leak.

I bought the new OEM front splash guards, ZVW-166-305, from Quirk Parts on eBay. Here is what my driver's side looks after being mounted on my BUP:


Here is what my previous project car's front fender well looked like without the benefit of front splash guards for 18 years:




Coincidentally, with so much rust, I decided to donate that B4 TDI to the National Veterans Service Fund for a $500 credit on my 2016 Federal Taxes, although, in hindsight, the street legal rolling ride was worth more than that. Life is short however, and I'm not getting any younger pushing 67 years old.

I have an extra set of new, unopened OEM front splash guards and a set of used front splash guards, minus packaging and hardware, shown here. PM if interested.

As far as I'm concerned, the rear splash guards are pure Bling. They look cool and nicely flaunt the VW logo, but offer little protection and are hard to come by these days. The two sets that I've purchased for my DD and BUP were bought on eBay UK. The P/N is: 3A5-075-101. Vanity is expensive. I paid $68.00 for a set of rear mud flaps in 2013. Shown here:



My most important improvement to both my DD and my BUP was the addition of LED lights for both B4's. I went to this web site:

https://www.superbrightleds.com/vehi...1252&year=1997

I ordered: LED tail light bulbs, LED back up light bulbs, LED brake (STOP) light bulbs, and LED license plate light bulbs for both rides. I avoided flashing bulbs, e.g. turn signals, etc. for the moment. I wanted to see what level of difference I was going to visually achieve. So far, so good; I have much greater visibility, and hopefully I reduce the risk of getting hit.

When installing the upgraded LED license plate bulbs, I found that some bulb sockets simply fell apart. I ordered some used from eBay and new from Jim Ellis VW in Atlanta, shown here:



Also, a couple of the license plate light lenses were opaque, and basically toast, so I found new items available from Jim Ellis VW, shown here:



So now I can more easily be seen from the rear with bright LED lights, but it looks like I need to replace the O ring on my oil cooler if I want to slow down my oil leak.

Doing my part to keep IDParts and the global economy running. Jeff
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Old March 20th, 2017, 18:33   #6319
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Jeff-I think I may have an o-ring for the oil cooler-I need to check my stash of extra B4 stuff.If I do,I can throw it in an envelope and send it if you need one....Update 3/21/17- I don't have an o-ring in my stash-must've went to the local guy that bought alot of my parts....
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Old March 21st, 2017, 00:41   #6320
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Ripped in to my Jetta to yank the motor for the Passat.... Lock carrier is out, nearly all the wiring is out, all fluids drained, exhaust unhooked... About 1.5hrs work left then my AHU is free of its former home. Then I'll have to start on the B3... Little less excited to disassemble Petra but the end result will be worth it.

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Old March 21st, 2017, 05:37   #6321
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Nice Could you post a picture of the new lighting? interested to see the difference
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Old March 21st, 2017, 06:46   #6322
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Changed the oil on the mk3 on Sunday morning and realized I have a pretty nasty leak of some sort. Got to looking around and realized that my power steering fluid reservoir is cracked. New one should be here tomorrow...
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Old March 21st, 2017, 08:03   #6323
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My B4 is going to Kraftwerke today for a new A/C Condenser. I'm going to put a new radiator in while it's apart. Even though it's not leaking, seems like a good idea after 20 years.
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Old March 23rd, 2017, 17:15   #6324
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its been more than a few days since ive kept up with this thread. i did some research, came up with an old mk4 over-heat topic, and a cool running looks like it was a mk3 like me -us . so looks like water pump is ok, gets warm, but takes way long to get some heat in it. she heats up to about oh 140dg and if still @idle it will warm up more, but as soon as air gets across radiator, it cools back down(140dg or so). heater works, although i need to fix/seal blend doors, get some heat out of heater. does not over heat, wont heat up, and like i said, takes some time, and then some to get some heat(registering on gauge). main hose to upper rad is warm, but not hot, lower hose from rad to thermo is Cold! . other hoses, are warmer than upper hose(coming off head to rad), connector pipe, which (obviously) comes from heater core, and also reservoir is warmest, bordering on hot. i was going to put in a new thermo, have one im going to get tomorrow, and a new thermo plastic housing on order, should be able to pick it up tomorrow as well. just am going to have to make an extra run to get new 6m screws and such, and a housing o-ring.
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Old March 23rd, 2017, 18:37   #6325
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You used the shift key to capitalize the word "Cold" and select parentheses. If you're in your 30's or later on in years, go back to school. If you're younger than that, I'd like to ask if you dropped out. Yeah, I know this is a touch rude, but your writing is difficult to read...
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Old March 23rd, 2017, 20:58   #6326
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this is a forum right? not an english class, i mean im not looking for such sarcastic replies,
anyways sorry for de long post, it was a pretty straight forward post above, kind of could use some input; before (i did it again, mis-puncuation ) i go and try a new thermo. (as if mis-puncuation is even in the dictionary ).
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Old March 24th, 2017, 05:52   #6327
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Conciseness (using fewer words to express what you're saying) would go a long way. The grammar makes your posts difficult to understand, but you could use 1/3 of the words and still get your point across more clearly.

Having said that, I think it sounds like you should change the thermostat and see what happens.
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Old March 24th, 2017, 06:05   #6328
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Classic case of a bad thermostat (they seem to fail open these days).
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Old March 24th, 2017, 10:13   #6329
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WOW! Reading all the post of work members have done, I feel ashamed. I have did nothing, nothing, nothing! Turn the key and away I go. ID Parts will probably go in chapter 11. I know Steve Addy is glad. PM about everyday for something I was stuck on! Good times. TDI on.
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Old March 24th, 2017, 11:15   #6330
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yea, goin to get into thermo soon, looking at it, posts here, manual, and having done one, i kind of botched before; im trying to figure what to do with the p/s bracket, may try to rotate it out of place 1st. take adjustment bolt out of front adj bracket, loosen a few other bolts, maybe have to remove one or more, take the 2 bolts out of bottom of bracket, one long, one med, you should know the bolts im talking about, and see if i can get space by rotating pump along with bracket, use something 'soft' or otherwise to hold it up to get into thermo housing, etc. gonna reuse the 'new' coolant i catch, always lose some by draining, but i simple filter it, and it has always turned out alright after, good for re-usage; as long as its not old.
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