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Old February 4th, 2009, 19:30   #1
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I hit a bump in the road and cracked my oil pan. It was not too bad and I did not damage the engine............I have it jacked up and it looked pretty straight forwrd for removal, until I ran into 2 10mm bolts that are hidden just behind the flywheel. I have a manual transmission, in a 2000 Jetta TDI with a 1.9l engine. Do I have to remove the engine to get at these? Is there some special trick or tool? I looked for a "how to" on this, lot's of people have had trouble with hitting something, but no one except me seems to have trouble getting the pan off.
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Old February 4th, 2009, 19:46   #2
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Use a long ball end 5mm hex bit, or a 1/4 inch drive 10mm socket on a u-joint with extension to reach them.
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Old February 4th, 2009, 19:58   #3
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Use a long ball end 5mm hex bit, or a 1/4 inch drive 10mm socket on a u-joint with extension to reach them.
In other words you get to go buy new tools. Not a bad day all things considered.
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Old February 4th, 2009, 20:28   #4
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I used my Bondhaus Ball Driver L-wrench. And a small goosneck LED penlight.

Now, when you go to install these two screws, it will be fun. But not if you put a little of the sealant for the oilpan into the socket head of those two screws. This holds the screw on the end of the Ball Driver end just enough to make it easy but not enough to interfere. Just a tiny bit, like half a grain of rice worth.

Then go get a massage on your neck and take some NSAID pain relievers.
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Old February 16th, 2009, 09:53   #5
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All went according to plan. Well, almost. I did not realize that there is a groove in the flywheel, which makes it far easier to get the bolts. That said, I removed the pan, and put it back together. I still had a leak though...........so I redid it, and put some form a gasket on it............still leaked. Upon taking it apart again, I see that my rear seal is cracked. Not sure how I managed to do that but it must be replaced.
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Old February 16th, 2009, 10:40   #6
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After you replace oil pan buy & install an Evolution skid plate! Evolution Auto Accessories - Specializing in Volkswagen and Audi preformance p
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Old February 16th, 2009, 10:47   #7
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After you replace oil pan buy & install an Evolution skid plate! Evolution Auto Accessories - Specializing in Volkswagen and Audi preformance p
Or just stop driving over stuff.
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Old February 16th, 2009, 12:10   #8
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After you replace oil pan buy & install an Evolution skid plate! Evolution Auto Accessories - Specializing in Volkswagen and Audi preformance p
I have been considering an aluminum skid plate and went to your link. Evolution Import specifies 2005.5 and up for product fit specs. I have a 2005 Jetta TDI Tiptronic transmission.

How do I assure that this unit will fit? Is there something in my VIN number that will confirm if I have a 2005.5?
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Old February 16th, 2009, 12:29   #9
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I have been considering an aluminum skid plate and went to your link. Evolution Import specifies 2005.5 and up for product fit specs. I have a 2005 Jetta TDI Tiptronic transmission.

How do I assure that this unit will fit? Is there something in my VIN number that will confirm if I have a 2005.5?
You need the skidplate for the A4 cars. Fits very nicely. So does the dieselgeek and the galvanized skidplate by tdiwagonguy.
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Old February 16th, 2009, 16:26   #10
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You need the skidplate for the A4 cars. Fits very nicely. So does the dieselgeek and the galvanized skidplate by tdiwagonguy.
Can't seem to find the tdiwagonguy's information about the galvanized unit he sells. And, my question really pertained to the Evolution Auto's spec on the 2005.5 unit ............ if it would fit my car. Anyone have an idea on that question?
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Old February 16th, 2009, 16:58   #11
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I have Dieselgeek aluminum skid plates on my 2000 TDI's and they are scraped and gouged from striking parking blocks, running over ladders in middle of the interstate, jumping speed breakers and slamming the bottom hard onto the pavement when bottoming out at speed... never any problems, no worries...
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Old February 16th, 2009, 19:43   #12
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2005 Jetta is an old body A4. Same as any other Jetta made since 1999.5

2005.5 Jetta is the new body A5 cars.

It's important that you differentiate when you post or order parts online.
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Old February 18th, 2009, 06:57   #13
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2005 Jetta is an old body A4. Same as any other Jetta made since 1999.5

2005.5 Jetta is the new body A5 cars.

It's important that you differentiate when you post or order parts online.
Yes, and that was my question ...... how do I differentiate which it is.??

I already knew I wanted to order one. But I didn't want the wrong one.

Dieselgeek was understanding the question, answered it, and received the order for the A4 skid plate. Thanks, Dieselgeek.
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Old April 1st, 2009, 21:39   #14
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Any more tips for oil pan removal on these cars? Does anything have to be removed or is pretty much a straight shot? Should anything else be replaced while I am down there or just the actual oil pan and gasket?
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Old April 2nd, 2009, 14:06   #15
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Well, you could do the main & con-rod bearings and the oil pump. But if they don't need it, then why?

Or the real main seal. But that one requires pulling the transaxle and flywheel, so it's not one you would do "while I am down there."

So yeah, guess the oil pan itself will have to do.
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