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Upgrades (non TDI Engine related) The place of handling, lighting and other upgrades that do not relate to the performance or economy of the TDI engine. In other words upgrades to your TDI that don't fit into TDI Fuel Economy & TDI Engine Enhancements.Please note the Performance Disclaimer

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Old February 21st, 2017, 08:11   #18601
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Not today but yesterday...I killed my 2002 hot rod Jetta I bought new

Driving along at 80 mph,100 miles from home, car had a slight stumble for a second, then ran normally for another 2 miles, then lost all power, engine died, and I coasted to a stop near an exit with a wide shoulder. Popped timing cover, belt is tight. Engine locked solid. White smoke from tailpipe as the engine died.

Rescued it from the side of the road after completing my work day and towed it to the shop. Luckily had a coworker just behind me that gave me a ride to where we were going, and was able to work the whole day at the account.

Not sure which direction I will be going, may repair or may part out and crush or sell as is. I got over 335k miles out of it with 235k being on a 28psi tune so it owes me nothing
Did exploratory procedure and found carnage in cylinder 2, broken glow plug tip and melted down piston, must have been a streaming injector. It doesn't look like I will be tearing this long block down, I may source a used ALH long block to replace it with.
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Old February 21st, 2017, 09:33   #18602
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Chasing down the elusive rattle from the rear of the 04, I wrapped the lower shock mount bolt in tape.
I still need to get the proper diameter bolt.
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Old February 26th, 2017, 12:03   #18603
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Wax on!
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Old March 1st, 2017, 12:00   #18604
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Rear shocks and springs, assembled struts to install Friday and change control arms and 5th gear for Jetta
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Old March 15th, 2017, 20:35   #18605
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Something in the starting system on my Jetta has been slowly (and inconsistently) getting worse and today was the day that it just wouldn't go anymore. Had to have a co-worker pull start me in the parking lot at work tonight so I could go home .

Got home, left the car running so I could periodically warm up (it's 23F outside tonight) and pulled the starter out of my TT and put it in my Jetta. Took 2 hours - 1.5 hours to get the starter out of the TT and 0.5 hours to both remove and replace the starter in my Jetta. Charlie had those starter bolts TIGHT and there's a lot more stuff in the way on the TT.

It seemed to turn over faster (though the car was warm) with the "new" starter - I'll know for sure tomorrow morning when it's 14F outside.

Anyone have a good source for a MkIV 02M diesel starter? Not interested in F.L.A.P.S. C.R.A.P. - just want a good, high quality starter.

I know a good motor shop so rebuilding the OEM one is an option and I have plenty of time.
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Old March 16th, 2017, 19:20   #18606
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Ordered the upgraded battery cables from Innovative Wiring

There is a thread here
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Old March 16th, 2017, 20:24   #18607
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14F this morning and it fired right off. Cranked over faster than it ever has. I cranked it over without waiting for the glow plugs today after work (~30F) and it fired on the 2nd revolution.

Now I just need to order a new starter.

romad has me thinking about those battery cables as well - given that it's my daily driver it's probably worth it.

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Something in the starting system on my Jetta has been slowly (and inconsistently) getting worse and today was the day that it just wouldn't go anymore. Had to have a co-worker pull start me in the parking lot at work tonight so I could go home .

Got home, left the car running so I could periodically warm up (it's 23F outside tonight) and pulled the starter out of my TT and put it in my Jetta. Took 2 hours - 1.5 hours to get the starter out of the TT and 0.5 hours to both remove and replace the starter in my Jetta. Charlie had those starter bolts TIGHT and there's a lot more stuff in the way on the TT.

It seemed to turn over faster (though the car was warm) with the "new" starter - I'll know for sure tomorrow morning when it's 14F outside.

Anyone have a good source for a MkIV 02M diesel starter? Not interested in F.L.A.P.S. C.R.A.P. - just want a good, high quality starter.

I know a good motor shop so rebuilding the OEM one is an option and I have plenty of time.
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Old March 20th, 2017, 05:54   #18608
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Last weekend: got my oil extractor from IDParts and used it to change the oil in the white jetta. Shoved the tube WAY in there. Got it stuck. Got it out. No worries. Stupid moment over.
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Old March 22nd, 2017, 09:33   #18609
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I'm not sure why people keep getting these tubes stuck. The easiest way is to match the length of the dipstick tube with the extraction tube. Mark with tape or sharpie, that way you can gauge how much your inserting. Easy and simple.

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Old March 24th, 2017, 13:28   #18610
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I changed left front axle inner boot on my jetta.
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Old March 24th, 2017, 13:29   #18611
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I'm not sure why people keep getting these tubes stuck. The easiest way is to match the length of the dipstick tube with the extraction tube. Mark with tape or sharpie, that way you can gauge how much your inserting. Easy and simple.

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Just an FYI, Autohaus AZ has them cheap.
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Old March 27th, 2017, 09:41   #18612
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- Cleaned the ground under the windshield
- Cleaned the cabin air filter. (And found a screwdriver laying next to it...thank you dealer.)
- readjusted the windshield washer nozzles
- Checked the ECU connection
- cleaned everything up before putting it all back together.

Quick question:
On the drivers side under the windshield there was a small plastic cylindrical device with two wires attached to one end. It's about the size of my thumb. Does anyone know what that is? A sensor of some type maybe.
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Old March 27th, 2017, 10:13   #18613
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If it's under the rain I tray it up is probably the glow plug relay
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Old March 27th, 2017, 13:48   #18614
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Maybe, but I can't find any relay pictures that look like it.

I found a picture that shows it...see below. It's in the far right of the picture, clipped to the side.
It's plastic, black, cylindrical, and is very light weight.
PS: This is a picture of a MKIV, but is not of my car.

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Old March 27th, 2017, 15:11   #18615
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Maybe, but I can't find any relay pictures that look like it.

I found a picture that shows it...see below. It's in the far right of the picture, clipped to the side.
It's plastic, black, cylindrical, and is very light weight.
PS: This is a picture of a MKIV, but is not of my car.

The only pictures I see are in your sig.
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