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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 December 13th, 2018, 10:43   #7141
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The winter tires on the Rondos were subjective. 2 Blizzaks, were reaching the end of their treadlife. The Kellys had great tread left, but I was seeing cracking at the sidewalks. The tread blocks reminded me of old Army Jeep tires. These came with the B4V, so they’re at least 10 years old.
I probably could have gotten away with one more season, but I decided to get a new set. Winter Claw- Arctic Claw Winter XSi... some research said they were Coopers, made in China... marketed under many different names. I went to the store to look at them; they’re made in Europe, and bear the 3 peaked mountain with snowflake icon.
I decided to get a set. Going from 195/55/15 to 185/65/14 reduced the cost pretty dramatically. With instant rebates and discounts I ended up with a set for under $165 mounted and balanced. They’re still in the trunk of the Rotbox.
Trying to figure out what to do with the 3 Coopers, on the Sebrings. Tread still looks great, but Cooper discontinued the Weathermaster ST2, and after reading reviews I want a complete set again. Been searching for the past few nights to find a spare tire.
Interestingly enough, Cooper told me winter tires are made to order. The dealers place their orders in the spring, tires go into production, then they’re shipped out. No more winter tires are made, until the following year.
-Todd
Even if the sidewalls have some cracking, if it's not too bad I would still run them for the short amount of time that they're needed. In addition I would check the date code to see exactly how old they are but even in that case I have had 10 yo tires that are still ok.

If the cracking is minor then I see no reason not to use them. I know there are some people out there who are not comfortable doing that but sometimes I think there's a degree of paranoia with regard to tires even though I accept the fact that tire quality seems to be sliding some, at least with the lower priced tires.

I wouldn't toss the Cooper tires even though you now only have three, perhaps you can replace two of them with new model new next season?

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Old December 13th, 2018, 19:20   #7142
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The Kellys are gone. I have tires behind the shed that I need to go through. Some are good and some are bad. Over the summer, I bought a set of tires for the wagon... I could have saved some money, if I’d thought to look. Long story short, I’m trying to clear some stuff out.

The new tires are still in the trunk, but I took a look at them this morning. These are made in the USA. The tire I was shown was the same brand and model, but a different size. Wasn’t expecting that.

No plans to get rid of the 3 Coopers, especially now. Last night, I was doing more searching. I don’t remember how I found it, but the Weathermaster appeared at Discount Tire Direct, as “call for inventory”. I tried searching this morning, before going to work, but I couldn’t find it again. It didn’t show on their site under brand, size, etc.

I called and they had 1 in stock. I got a 30% discount and ordered it. I probably have at least 4-5 hours into searching for this tire. I may have found the last one out there.

The Evolution replaced the Weathermaster, and it doesn’t come in 195/55/15. I originally thought I’d have to order a pair of another brand. The Blizzaks and Kellys worked fine, together. I was looking at Antares winter tires, before I chose the Artic Claws.

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Old January 4th, 2019, 07:55   #7143
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Gave "the beast" a good wash and emulsified the salt on the under body.


I was recently educated that these car wash "salt buster" packages are simply soap and water.. the brine they use around our area sticks to the underside of our vehicles and soap and water won't touch it.. once the salt/brine gets warm and/or wet it is actually reactivated.

We do vehicle detailing along side graphics, etc and found a chemical which emulsifies the brine & salt.

While underneath the Passat this fall putting Fluid Film on my brake lines and other items I noticed the salt/brine took quite the toll under there.


Looking forward to seeing how this emulsifier works this spring.
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Old January 6th, 2019, 00:14   #7144
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vacuum hoses under the hood, oil change, wash.
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Old January 18th, 2019, 18:06   #7145
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Tried to have my brake fluid changed but 3 out of the 4 bleeder screws were seized...

Guess I’m waiting until it needs a full brake job.
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Old January 18th, 2019, 21:16   #7146
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Tried to have my brake fluid changed but 3 out of the 4 bleeder screws were seized...

Guess I’m waiting until it needs a full brake job.
Start soaking them down now every time you have a chance and maybe the next time you go to do the fluid change more than just the one will come.

Also, sometimes if you try and tighten every so slightly before loosening they will come free. I've had that work before too, but I've also had them break off just the same.

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Old January 19th, 2019, 05:08   #7147
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What Steve said. A little heat and wiggling the bleeder back and forth, also helps. If it breaks free, definitely more lube and wiggling, until it’s free. I always wire wheel the threads and apply anti seize. Be sure the bleeders are clear, and I always hose them out with brake clean, after bleeding. Don’t forget the caps.

Personally, I think fluid flushing is pretty important, especially if a vehicle sits. The Rotbox just had a front caliper replaced. Piston would come out, but wouldn’t release, causing pad dragging and burning. All seals and sliders were good. I couldn’t get it in, and I was cranking on the c-clamp.

PO replaced the calipers pads and rotors, but I’m unsure if the fluid was ever flushed, and I neglected to do it. I’ll be doing it very soon. I’m sure if I pull the piston, it’ll be rusted.

Just flushed the fluid, in a new to me GTI, and the reservoir had a layer of, what looked to be mud, inside.

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Old January 19th, 2019, 18:09   #7148
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Flushed the Rotbox’s brake and clutch system. It didn’t look terrible, but I remembered that I bled (didn’t flush) the system, when I replaced the rusted brake line, a few months back. Seeing light amber fluid go water clear, should help keep it on the road a bit longer.

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Old January 19th, 2019, 18:42   #7149
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I’ll start soaking the bleeders and work on freeing them up.
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