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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 29th, 2013, 16:26   #31
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But that's not right, it should be all over the inside of your car in little pieces.
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Old December 29th, 2013, 19:26   #32
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Ha, it took me forever to learn that it takes less effort to work cleanly, than the time and effort it takes to clean up.

See the blue under the box? That's a moving blanket; there's a blanket on both floor pans and the freshly pressure washed carpet isn't even in the car. I need to blow the rotted foam off the vent dampers, then turn the blower on full blast ( then vacuum) prior to installing the carpet.

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Old December 30th, 2013, 05:54   #33
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Lmao................

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but that's not right, it should be all over the inside of your car in little pieces.
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Old December 30th, 2013, 06:25   #34
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One added option whilst you have access to the airbag mounts for the passenger side.... Remove the airbag completely. Buy a B3 glove box and install in its place - the glove box is unchanged for the B4. Plug a 1.8 ohm resistor into the airbag connector and the airbag warning light will not come on. You get: (1) A proper glove box. (2) Rid of an explosive device in your passenger's face. Similar can be done for the driver: unplug airbag & insert another 1.8 ohm there, remount the now inert airbag. Remember: those airbags were the Ralph Nader full-explosive-force ones that can snap your neck.
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Old December 30th, 2013, 08:51   #35
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Also remember that the seat belt system and tensioners are designed to work in conjunction with the airbags. Deleting the airbag without modifying the seat belts may make the car significantly less safe in a collision.
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Old December 30th, 2013, 08:53   #36
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If I had a B3 glovebox, I'd have installed it. I actually pulled the upper bracket bolts, incase I wanted to add one later.

I'm running the glovebox and an early, leather Corrado wheel in my B4V and the resistor trick didn't work for me. I tested several values and couldn't get the light to shut off. Pulled the airbag module and still the same. I ended up cutting the bulb out of the warning light.

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Old January 1st, 2014, 15:05   #37
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IndigoBlueWagon, ANY "safety" device than needs a warning sticker that says the device may cause serious injury....means something is amuck.
Now I read that the feds are considering making it a requirement that new cars "talk" to each other to make them "safer"...But how will this save the DEER???

"Operating this automobile may result in your demise"
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Old January 1st, 2014, 15:17   #38
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Keep in mind that most warning stickers are mostly about reducing liability, and have nothing to do with weather or not something is dangerous. I don't think you'll find much data that shows airbags harm more people than they save. But you can misuse them. Your car has a safety system that includes crumple zones, seat belts and tensioners, and airbags. Tampering with one part of the system can make it less safe. But of course that's your choice. I'd love a glove box in my B4, too, and would also like one in my Mercedes, so I understand the motivation.
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Old March 5th, 2014, 06:27   #39
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Hi, what kind of adhesive will withstand the heat without getting soft and have the same issue in a year of hot and cold cycles? I'm unsure of what the foam that Walmart sells is intended? The newer clear duct tape probably isn't rated for the hot / cold that the HVAC experiences in a typical year . Thoughts, input? Artie
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Old March 5th, 2014, 06:43   #40
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That's why I used tape designed for heat over the foam, so it would stay in place.
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Old March 5th, 2014, 15:45   #41
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I have tested several types of duct tape and a quality cloth tape will distort and come loose at 170*. I will need to go and get some foil fiberglass reinforced tomorrow. The temperature range is -20 to 260* F. I would hope this works. DO NOT WANT TO DO THIS AGAIN . I can appreciate the patients required for those who has done this, Artie
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Old March 5th, 2014, 15:51   #42
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I used this.

http://tapes.berryplastics.com/Data/...24A_081312.pdf

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Old March 5th, 2014, 16:01   #43
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Hey ToddA1, where is that tape available? Looks to be used in construction for dryer vents. Available at a Lowes or a similar place? About the time I get it fixed, summer will be here... I hope,thanks Artie
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Old March 5th, 2014, 16:15   #44
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Home Depot, Lowes, etc. HVAC guys use the stuff.

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Old March 5th, 2014, 21:14   #45
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Mine was the heaviest foil tape I could find.
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