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VW Passat Family (NMS and B7) TDIs (2012+) Discussion area for the 2012+ Passat TDI (North American and rest of world versions versions). The North American model was previously codenamed NMS (New Midsize Sedan) and the version the rest of the world gets is sometimes referred to as B7.

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Old March 13th, 2012, 11:08   #1
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Question NMS/B7 - Passat '12+ FAQ & Maintenance HOW-TO

At kromicacid's request, I'm starting a sticky FAQ thread for the 2012+ Passat (NMS/B7).

kromicacid will be responsible for updating Post #2, so keep your eyes on it for updates.

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FAQ #1:

Q: What is the difference between the NMS and a B7?

A: NMS stands for New Midsize Sedan, which is the project code name for the North American, Saudi Arabian and Chinese 2012+ Passats. B7 is a bit of a misnomer (it's really more like a B6.5), but refers to the European Passat, which is a completely different vehicle from the NMS. The B7 and NMS share practically nothing between them. While VWvortex and other sites commonly (and incorrectly) refer to all new Passats as B7s, it is technically incorrect.

Because TDIClub has a number of international members and prides itself on correct model identification, please use the proper terminology to refer to your Passat while posting here.

Summary: B7 = European Passat. NMS = North American, Saudi Arabian and Chinese Passat.
If you live in North America, you do not have a B7.
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Old March 13th, 2012, 11:12   #2
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Please PM me for updates and suggestions. Please provide documentation or a link for a quick cross reference.


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http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=133579

FAQ:
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Break-in Period by Drivbiwire - http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread...biwire+breakin
Engine Fan running after shutoff - http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=344500
Light Bulb information - http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...1#post77997050
RNS510 Firmware & Maps Info Thread

Turbo Failure Discussion:
General Discussion Thread: http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=360617
Failure Reports Thread: http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=375789
Data Collection Thread: http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=381481

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Oil Change/ 10k service video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YO8Qpv7P_QE
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Reset TPMS - http://my.vw.com/2012-passat/perform...essure-monitor
10,000 mile service video - http://www.crdsite.com/3.html [no-blue-screen]
A/C condenser cleaning video http://youtu.be/IxxP3RuPyQQ [no-blue-screen]
Remove ECU bracket http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=410144 [AARodriguez]
AdBlue Fill procedure: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5rXEWIeGCU
Replacing the Adblue Heater: http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=438458 by docmanny
Heater core replacement: http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=450667 by 767wrench

DIY Mods: (if there are lots of modifications I will subdivide to make it easier to find. ie: body, electrical, etc.)
Fog Lights - http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...9#post75403809
VAG-COM Tweaks - http://wiki.ross-tech.com/wiki/index...S/A3%29_Tweaks
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VWVortex B7 FAQ/DIY: http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...and-FAQ-Thread

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Custom front tag holder. No holes or drills.

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Oil Change/ 10k service video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YO8Qpv7P_QE
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I spoke to my dealer's master technician today regarding fuel filter changes. He said to first, remove the torx screws, and then pry off the lid. Next, he said to remove the filter and inspect the housing. Next, he said to insert the new fuel filter into the housing properly (I'm going to learn this @ my 20K service). Finally, you prime the pump... I asked him how he does that: He said that all you do is turn on the key 3 times in succession (without firing the engine). This will prime the pumps (we have 3 fuel pumps on our cars, as some of you know).

So, perhaps, we don't need Vag-com / VCDS to do this procedure, and thus, saving some $$$.
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Hmmm...so they've gone back to "turn the key to prime the pump", which DOES NOT work on 09>>>CR TDIs. That's very curious, and would be very good to know, if it's true.

Also, to empty out any sediment, or accumulated water that the filter has removed, you MUST remove the canister, invert it, and wipe it clean. If you don't, after several FF changes, you could quite possibly build up a good bit of sediment, and possibly water.

Please ask this master technician if the 2012-2013 Passat common rail TDI is different than previous VW CR TDIs, and be kind enough to post his response here.

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When I return for my 10K service, I'll be sure to ask him about that aspect. I'm sure that he probably does that too... I'll ask him about whether or not our CKRA TDI is different than the other CR TDI's.
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Same with the PD. There is a lift pump that pressurizes the system when you turn on the key...hence the three key turns is just to make sure you have the system void of air. Don't forget to check for leaks after you complete the job. I have not done this on mine yet.
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you MUST remove the canister, invert it, and wipe it clean.
I use a turkey baster from any dollar store. It's part of the spare filter kit I keep in the trunk.
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I spoke to my dealer's master technician today regarding fuel filter changes. He said to first, remove the torx screws, and then pry off the lid. Next, he said to remove the filter and inspect the housing. Next, he said to insert the new fuel filter into the housing properly (I'm going to learn this @ my 20K service). Finally, you prime the pump... I asked him how he does that: He said that all you do is turn on the key 3 times in succession (without firing the engine). This will prime the pumps (we have 3 fuel pumps on our cars, as some of you know).
So, perhaps, we don't need Vag-com / VCDS to do this procedure, and thus, saving some $$$.
I have the understanding that the passats fuel system only has 2 pumps rather than 3 like the jetta/golf/Jsw ! Also cycling the key may be in his head from pre CR tdi generations ( perhaps they changed this on the passat?).
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As I said previously... I'll ask to verify all of your concerns when I return @ my 10K service.
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I have the understanding that the passats fuel system only has 2 pumps rather than 3 like the jetta/golf/Jsw ! Also cycling the key may be in his head from pre CR tdi generations ( perhaps they changed this on the passat?).
...uhmm...that would be 4 years ago.

Interesting question (key prime or not). I'm anxious to hear the answer.
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Just push the start button with foot OFF the brake 2 or 3 times?
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Put some fuel or some powerservice in the fuel filter canister (fill it up) and just start the thing up.
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