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Old June 2nd, 2015, 20:51   #7291
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my return line always had bubbles in it until I drilled out the anti drain back valve in the suction fitting in the sending unit

If you're getting good fuel at the injectors it should be firing. At least smoking white.

Compression good or does it sound like it's just spinning over without much load on the starter?
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Old June 3rd, 2015, 06:18   #7292
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thought I updated this...


changed fuel filter and it fired right up...

then stalled.. took a couple of goes but eventually it ran..

this am it took a couple of times to run properly.. guessing still some air.. but ran without a blip all the way to work 40min drive.. just waiting to see how it starts this afternoon...

the clear hose seemed to have a bunch of air being sucked through it when it was running.. is that normal?? havent checked since it was driven just when it first started and I pulled it outside to idle for a few minutes
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Old June 3rd, 2015, 09:44   #7293
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New Orings at the thermostatic T? Cracked thermostatic T?
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Old June 8th, 2015, 06:38   #7294
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no idea, but the orings were old... who knows when this filter was replaced or if it ever had been... all good now.. runs like a champ
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Old June 10th, 2015, 11:30   #7295
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anyone have any experience with a vanagon? a friends camper stopped running.. it is an 84 with an 86 engine...

it seems to have fuel, and spark.. (only checked one plug so far..)

new fuel pump..
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Old June 10th, 2015, 12:52   #7296
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ewww...a gasser.
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Old June 10th, 2015, 16:44   #7297
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I found my annoying rattle.

I replaced both ends with Vibra Technics parts from Dark Side Developments. (3 day service from England, by the way). The difference is astounding. The old one did not go without a fight. Notice the broken bolt.
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Old June 10th, 2015, 16:45   #7298
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By the way, that's the second small end failure I've had but never any trouble with the big end.
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Old June 10th, 2015, 22:55   #7299
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my small end bushing is currently some wrapped up radiator hose, haha

Gotta get around to finding a poly bushing for that.
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Old June 11th, 2015, 06:14   #7300
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I have an 85 gasser vanagon, does it even try to run? I just had to do a new rotor and cap on mine.

There is a vanagon diesel motor and tranny for sale on craiglist, but that might be a little overkill for troubleshooting.

The Samba is a good source for all things VW Vanish.
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Old June 11th, 2015, 12:59   #7301
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I have an 85 gasser vanagon, does it even try to run? I just had to do a new rotor and cap on mine.

There is a vanagon diesel motor and tranny for sale on craiglist, but that might be a little overkill for troubleshooting.

The Samba is a good source for all things VW Vanish.

thanks... yeah may have to try that first.. cheapest option.. other than ecu or distributor just to check...

it at first has the smallest attempt.. but nothing that will catch...
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Old June 17th, 2015, 07:33   #7302
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To all of you out there looking for a used 2009+ TDI, be careful. I've been looking at cars for about a week, and lately there aren't many private party sellers, dealers are overpriced as usual and the biggest thing that I'm finding is that the small lots who are selling these cars buy them from auction and slap a big price on them. I didn't look at many of these but from everything that I can tell, there is a reason that the dealers sold them at auction. Dealers LOVE selling TDI's, they move fast and bring good money, so you have to ask yourself - why are they selling these at auction?

I looked at 2 TDI's that were serviced at dealers, the first one had a beautiful body and interior, second one not so bad either. I popped the hood and the entire fuel system on BOTH of them had been replaced. Normally that wouldn't be the end of the world... there was NO record of it! Looking at all the marks on all the connections that mechanics make, it looked to be incomplete. The injectors had no markings that many mechanics make, but everything else had paint marks. The first one was a mess as far as spilled diesel all over or maybe leaking even and dust and grime collecting on it, the second one not so much.
Not to mention that the first one also had a failing DMF.


Other notes - prices are up this summer from last winter and spring. If you are entertaining the idea of getting a newer car, wait for diesel prices to go up, car prices will come back down. Last winter I know a few people who got 09 wagons for less than 10k, now they're 11-13k.

I looked at 2 2010 sedans, both had rusty trunk lids I talked to the one dealer about it and he didn't think they would be covered by the rust warranty because its not a typical spot for it to rust. The same car also had rust which was due to sand blasting on gravel roads which also won't be covered.

Always always always get carfax or autocheck or similar, within those, at least with carfax, it will tell you who did the services, call that dealer with the last 6 digits of the VIN and they can bring up the service history of the car.
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Old July 17th, 2015, 11:04   #7303
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I need to clean up the yard! 2000 Jetta, 2002 Golf. Engine, trans, harnesses completely removed from both cars and unavailable. Non-smoking interiors, heated black cloth on both. Both cars were automatics - starters and axles are available if you're interested.





These two beauts are headed to the scrap yard soon so if you need any parts off of them please let me know (via PM).
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Old July 18th, 2015, 00:09   #7304
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I've got a cup edition jetta (dag) that the CPO warranty just ran out. DPF was just replaced care of VW. Where do I go from here?
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Old July 18th, 2015, 05:53   #7305
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