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Old May 23rd, 2003, 09:39   #1
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Moderator Note:

Newbies, this thread is more than a decade old! It started out as a HOW TO post, but you will now find an entire HOW TO thread with links galore here: HOW TO

Since its original inception, this thread has evolved into an introduction and welcome thread. Feel free to introduce yourself here and post a picture of your car. If you have a question, feel free to browse the TDI 101 section, one of the model-specific sections, or any one of the forums on our site.

There is also a SEARCH function so you can quickly find what you're looking for - there are a number of common questions/problems that have already been discussed that you may find interesting.


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I think there should be a starter post for newbies to help answer many of their initial concerns. Here is a list that I came up with that many newbies have concerns about, or should be informed about:



Take some time and read through the TDIFAQ and the forums.

Consider the EGR modification:

Who has Vag-Com and where: (They are nice people, and can help with the EGR mod)

Read up on the Break-In period . This is important, and can save you many problems down the road!

How To Drive a Stick - Shifting Points

Most recommend that you DO NOT change your oil prior to 5,000 miles:
Do not change prior to 5,000
Do not change prior to 5,000

Diesel 101

Try to use Premium Diesel

Or better yet, try BIODIESEL

Can't get premium or biodiesel, consider adding an additive:

If you are experiencing "poor" mileage:

Another Poor Fuel Economy Post

Come to a GTG and meet your fellow TDI'ers, they can help you out.

Here is a picture of the TDI engine with many important components labeled:


Some general maintenance items:

GeWilli's How To Page
GeWilli's site has lots of good information including: relay 109, MAF analysis, bulb changing (harder than it sounds), any many more!!!

Link to Useful PDF's
This links to a post with a bunch of downloadable PDF files on some procedures.

More How To's

How to do an Oil Change
How to do an Oil Change
How to do an Oil Change

How to change the Fuel Filter

How to clean the Snowscreen
How to clean the Snowscreen

Testing Glow Plugs

Brake Pad and Rotor Replacement

Intake Manifold Cleaning

MAF Failure Analysis

Some add-ons/modifications to consider:

Skidplate

Fumuto Valve

Ventectomy

Mufflerectomy

CCV Mod

Evry Mod

Custom Boost Gauge


How to Buy a Used TDI


Anyone else have something to add that all newbies should read up on? Are there better posts out there that I didn't include?




One last hint... scroll down to the bottom of this page and click on the Favorite Thread link. This will add a link to your "My Home" so you always have a quick link to it.

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Old May 23rd, 2003, 12:53   #2
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Nice post. Maybe it can be stuck to the top for everyone to see. I'll add some links in a bit.
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Old May 23rd, 2003, 15:25   #3
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I was planning on doing something like that but only if the search engine would allow me to search my member numbers as I know some members who made good How to or have good detail information. Still waiting on that.

Good start though. Do Cheesehead think alike?
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Old May 24th, 2003, 14:16   #4
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I was planning on doing something like that but only if the search engine would allow me to search my member numbers as I know some members who made good How to or have good detail information.
DeafBug,

The search function has been improved (in my opinion anyway) by dropping "member numbers" and adding "by display name" in the <search option> pick list.

Another good thing to add to the newbie post would be that labeled diagram of the TDI engine which is floating around in a number of other posts.

[edit] I found it on GeWillie's site
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Old May 24th, 2003, 17:34   #5
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I think the idea is excellent!
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Old May 27th, 2003, 09:53   #6
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Edit to remove a long posting as the information is not significant anymore, over 3 years old.

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Old May 29th, 2003, 07:57   #7
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Any help??? I'm sure there are other posts out there that should be included. Veteran members- I know you are sick of answering virtually the same question over and over... why not pick the post with the best answer and link it?
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Old May 29th, 2003, 09:58   #8
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Edward, I will help but the search engine has to be the way it used to be first before I will dig up posts that are more than a year old. In the meantime, there are lots of other things I can do than sit at the computer clicking "Next" a thousand times in the search result listing since it always starts with the recent posts instead of old posts.
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Old June 5th, 2003, 09:15   #9
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Maybe it can be stuck to the top for everyone to see.
bump+. Just for the fun of it, include the FAQ, this thread, and the search URL in the "you're registered email.
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Old June 18th, 2003, 12:38   #10
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Looks like one of the links for the fumoto drain valve (sp?)
is dead. Could someone post alternate places to buy this
thing?

Thanks,

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Old June 18th, 2003, 12:54   #11
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http://www.fumotovalve.com/
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Old June 22nd, 2003, 09:13   #12
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I think this thread deserves a bump, so here it is.

I just got my TDI and I am in automotive nirvana. This car is amazing!

-lesley
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Old June 26th, 2003, 16:34   #13
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I love the idea.. While you're at it, maybe include a link for mufflerectomy.
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Old June 27th, 2003, 05:12   #14
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Maybe we could consider making this posting a stiky? That way it would always be right at the top of the list for newbies to find, and we wouldn't have to waste space in this thread by bumping it. Just a thought for the Moderators.
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Old July 2nd, 2003, 08:59   #15
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Yup... This post is good stuff and deserves a nice BUMP to the top!

I also agree it should become a sticky, rught below the FAQ post...

Later,
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