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Old September 19th, 2006, 06:18   #1
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I'm coming up on my 20,000 mile service and I want to make sure I don't miss anything. I've watched the fuel filter replacement video (and I'm a little worried about doing it right) and I know how to change my oil. What else do I need to do? Any gotchas or caveats when changing the fuel filter? A while back, I changed my oil for the first time and it went fine, so I'm hopeful I won't screw it up.
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Old September 19th, 2006, 06:43   #2
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Change the cabin air filter.
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Old September 19th, 2006, 06:44   #3
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Change the cabin air filter.
Thanks. I did that about 2,000 miles ago. It was a little smelly.
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Old September 19th, 2006, 06:51   #4
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The smell is in the AC evaporator actually. You need to use some product designed to kill mildew/mold to get rid of that or sometimes some Lysol sprayed into the blower from outside after removing the filter. Flood it, run around and hit the recirc button and let it circulate on high for 10 minutes.
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Old September 19th, 2006, 06:53   #5
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The smell is in the AC evaporator actually. You need to use some product designed to kill mildew/mold to get rid of that or sometimes some Lysol sprayed into the blower from outside after removing the filter. Flood it, run around and hit the recirc button and let it circulate on high for 10 minutes.
I guess I should have posted here to find out what to do. I just searched and everything said to replace the filter. Oh well, the smell's mostly gone. I'll lysol it when I do the maintenence next week.
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Old September 20th, 2006, 15:23   #6
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Arrow Fuel filter

Read about trick for removing filter is to push down on filter and turn. It will then pop up and easy to remove.
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Old October 18th, 2006, 08:06   #7
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Well, I got my fuel filter replaced and I also did my air filter since I was ordering stuff from tdiclub (I don't know if the air filter was due - according to my dealership it was). I was able to do both of them without incident and saved myself at least $70. The dealer wanted $100 to replace the fuel filter. It cost me $28 and 10 minutes.

One thing, though: I didn't realize that the fuel filter didn't come with the washers (the blue and black ones on the T hose) so I didn't put new ones on. Is that a problem? I can't believe that the filter didn't come with them because the Mann Oil filter I ordered did. Did I just lose them in the box or something?
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Old October 18th, 2006, 08:17   #8
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There's a reason I'm not working in a field where attention to detail is all important. The washers were in the box. I just put them on. I think my first real maintenance other than a simple oil change was a success. I couldn't have done it without studying that MoGolf video 4 times, but I did it none-the-less.
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Old October 18th, 2006, 08:20   #9
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I did my filters about 3 months and 5K miles ago.
I recall that the Mann fuel filter I got from dieselgeek.com had the replacement O-rings.
From experience with other vehicles, bikes, etc, IMHO, if the originals aren't cracked or especially worn, you won't have a problem reusing them.
Was it a Mann filter? They were pretty small so they could be tucked under a flap or have fallen out.
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Old October 18th, 2006, 08:31   #10
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Was it a Mann filter? They were pretty small so they could be tucked under a flap or have fallen out.
Yeah. They were in the shipping box. They must have fallen out when I took the filter out to look at it. I replaced them just to be safe.
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Old October 18th, 2006, 11:18   #11
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Just make sure you are using the recommended (really more like required) engine oil for your car. Will go a long way toward ensuring long term happiness.
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Old October 18th, 2006, 11:26   #12
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Tori, how about this? Print several copies of this VWUSA list, check off the jobs as completed and maintain these records in your vehicle file.

http://www.vw.com/spweb/pages/spweb/...00&units=MILES
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Old October 18th, 2006, 12:41   #13
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Will do both of those recommendations. Normally, I'd change the oil myself, but the VW service people didn't do their check-in inspection as promised, so they had to pay up with a free oil change. I made sure to tell them that I knew exactly what type of oil they should use (505.01) and I expect them to use it. Of course, the mechanic said my next oil change is due in 5k miles which made me worried that he didn't use the 505.01 but they're just money grubbing bastards there. Looks like I didn't need to change my air filter this time even though they said it was due. I hate that dealership.
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I hate that dealership.

LOL. We all learn sooner or later
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Old October 18th, 2006, 20:01   #15
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Is there a set of instructions for changing the cabin air filter somewhere for people like me?
I'm at 32,200km and just waiting for my filter kit to show up....
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