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    Looking to replace my ALH

    This last December I blew the head gasket in my 2003 Jetta with 385k miles. I have been contemplating this entire time about fixing it or replacing it. If I do replace it, it will be with a newer, 2010+ golf or Jetta. I have pulled the head and #1 cylinder looks perfect, #4 decent but 2 and 3...
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    Foamy coolant

    How likely is it that the head was damaged? The temp never got high enough to move the gauge, and yes I know these are dummy gauges. The light was on for literally 5 minutes of driving in maybe 25 degree weather. I know cast iron heads are more prone to heat issues, but I have no idea about...
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    Foamy coolant

    I bought many years ago to use on an engine that had a timing belt failure. It was the request of the owner. I think I bought it from CascadeGerman, Aaron. At that time there must not have been many in use cause I was told to only expect it to last less than 200k. Again, this was probably 10...
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    Foamy coolant

    EGR has been deleted for 250k miles. Turbo was replaced about 100k miles ago with a vnt17. I have not checked for play in it though. I do have horrible smoke on startup so the guide seals most definitely need to be replaced. I will see if I can find a coolant tester. As for after market heads...
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    Foamy coolant

    I want to thank you all for the info, and direction of sorts. I am leaning towards keeping the 2003 just because it is only my commuter. I only run it back and forth to work and errands if I have any coming home from work. The drive is 65 miles one way, pretty much all back country roads. I...
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    What did you do to your MKIV today?

    Possibly blew a head gasket. 385K miles, toast synchros, all body/bushings are toast, starting to rust out. I swore I was going to drive this thing till the wheels fell off. Now I am contemplating if I want to fix it, or look into a newer TDI. Been a decent cor for the past 13 years, right up...
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    Foamy coolant

    I do not have scan gauge, but I do have torque pro and a dongle I can use. I will have to check that out. As for other leaks, I am sure there are no major leaks. I was doing just fine until my lower hose got a hole rubbed in it. I am trying to justify redoing the head. 385K miles, the synchros...
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    Foamy coolant

    This is my worry. Guess I should just get me a pressure tester and see what it tells me.
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    Foamy coolant

    2003, 385k miles, EGR and cooler deleted. Last week on my way home I blew a radiator hose, well rubbed a hole in it. Third time doing that from not checking after reinstalling something to make sure it is not rubbing. Anyway, got it fixed at a buddies then drove home 65 miles. Parked it for the...
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    2003 5 speed issues

    It has been a very long time since I have been on the forums. For the last couple of years I have had a hard time hitting third and fourth. To the point where I would have to double clutch when down shifting. A couple weeks ago I could not get third unless I was rev matching and NOT using the...
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    Engine cooling system

    I had thought about the heater core cooling the coolant too much so I drove home last night with the fan off once the cabin got warm enough. I did not think about the o-ring maybe causing a non perfect seal, therefore allowing the housing to not sit flush. This makes perfect sense.
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    Engine cooling system

    Thanks Nero. I checked this morning and my overflow bottle is being filled with hot coolant from the small line going into it. Water pump is fine. I have changed the coolant many times on this car, the last being 15k miles ago when I did the timing belt. Water pump was replaced new at that time...
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    Engine cooling system

    So I was driving to work this morning when my low coolant light came on. I have had issues in the past with a slow leak at the t-stat housing, which I thought I fixed by adding a bead of silicone to the flange, so I was not too worried. The temp gauge did not move, and yes I know this is just a...
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    Speedometer fuse

    So it turns out that it was the #7 fuse. Guess I just could not read the damn picture right. I checked my backup lights and got nothing. Hopefully tomorrow I will have time to dig into it. Spent all day fixing fences that the cows tore down. BTW, what is the VSS?
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    Speedometer fuse

    It is a 10 amp fuse, but the picture diagram showed it being for the gauge cluster. I did not even think about the backup lights. My headlights and backup lights are the only thing I have modified electrical wise. Just a wire harness for my HID lights and a jumper for my backup lights as I am...
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