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  1. rocketeer928

    rocketeer928 - My 2003 VW Jetta TDI

    If interested, all three of my VWs are now in my signature. Birdie is still at the shop for complete restoration, and it's been 4-years so far...
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    rocketeer928 - My 2003 VW Jetta TDI

    Turns out that the toggle switch isn’t going to help. I went out to the car, turned the ignition switch to ON, toggled the new switch, and the stereo has been drawing power for over two hours. So, installing the toggle was a waste of time and materials, and I’m back to pulling the fuse...
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    rocketeer928 - My 2003 VW Jetta TDI

    I still have no idea why the wiring fix I did worked for over a year, and then decided to not work. Parasitic gremlins, I guess. Stereo kill switch installed. Now I just need to remember to toggle the switch before leaving the car, though I suspect that the bright red light will be a good...
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    rocketeer928 - My 2003 VW Jetta TDI

    Ugh!!! My stereo isn’t disconnecting when I turn off the ignition, and my battery is draining dead again. Odd and annoying. I think I’ll have to install a kill switch from that blue wire I added in my attempt to fix the issue before.
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    rocketeer928 - My 2003 VW Jetta TDI

    My NIVA Club had their Bug Fest at Fox Valley VW in St. Charles, IL today. There weren't many mid-year water cooled VWs there, but I managed 1st place in the category. My buddy Pete's powder blue 1973 VW Type 1 Super Beetle Convertible was on the t-shirts, dash plaques, and awards this year.
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    rocketeer928 - My 2003 VW Jetta TDI

    I put the soundproofing on in 2008. I think that it helped, but probably not significantly.
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    rocketeer928 - My 2003 VW Jetta TDI

    Good to know you're still posting too, Peter. Taking good care of my TDI. Detailing inside and outside likely tomorrow.
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    rocketeer928 - My 2003 VW Jetta TDI

    I hit 160,000 miles, so I did the usual oil and all filters changing. I also installed a new fuel line from the filter to the 11 mm pump, as the original looked as though it could start leaking soon. A little insurance.
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    How-To: Replace a MKIV ALH Diesel Injection Pump without Changing the Timing Belt

    I'm happy to see that my DYI is still being used successfully.
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    West Michigan Fall TDI GTG - Oct. 5th, 2019

    I still have mine. Though now that I took on a job that is 100% remote, my TDI or any other vehicle isn't getting many miles. Sad to see MKIVs and diesels in general decreasing in numbers.
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    rocketeer928 - My 2003 VW Jetta TDI

    After nearly 3 years, Birdie is STILL at the restoration shop. Long story and I've really have had to be patient.
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    rocketeer928 - My 2003 VW Jetta TDI

    I was going over my thread today, and when I got to this post, I went "Hmm..." The gloss-black Aluminum Diamond Mesh Grille that I used is now silver. The "black" must have gotten weathered over the last decade. Still looks good, though.
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    New to me 2003 Jetta Wagon TDi manual

    Nice looking wagon. When I read your "to do" list and saw heater core, I paused. I think that you would have to disassemble the whole dash to get to the heater core. I think if the heater core went on my 2003 TDI, it will have seen its last days for me. Beware putting in an aftermarket...
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    New stereo draining battery

    The good news: My TDI sat for two weeks and the battery didn't die, so the parasitic drain caused by the Pioneer stereo has been fixed. The bad news: Now every time I get into the car, I need to press a few "buttons" up front to get the radio to work with my mobile phone. So, it's not an...
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    rocketeer928 - My 2003 VW Jetta TDI

    The good news: My TDI sat for two weeks and the battery didn't die, so the parasitic drain caused by the Pioneer stereo has been fixed. The bad news: Now every time I get into the car, I need to press a few "buttons" up front to get the radio to work with my mobile phone. So, it's not an...
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    rocketeer928 - My 2003 VW Jetta TDI

    Today I finally had time to tackle the new stereo parasitic battery drain issue I have been dealing with. The Pioneer stereo drained my battery to DEAD DEAD a couple of times, since the Jetta wasn't being used much during the COVID-19 work-from-home time last year. I recharged the battery and...
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    New stereo draining battery

    Today I finally had time to tackle the new stereo parasitic battery drain issue. I had pulled the fuse and haven't been using the stereo from winter through spring. Turns out that I don't have a Monsoon amp in my Jetta, so even though I had the parts, that fix wasn't an option. So, I tried...
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    New stereo draining battery

    I found this, which might be an option: https://www.vwvortex.com/threads/solution-to-monsoon-amp-draining-battery.6086643/?id=6086643 Or perhaps this:
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    New stereo draining battery

    I've seen that before in a YouTube video. Might work for the MKV. However, for my MKIV the radio fuse is not under the hood, but the left of the dash inside the car. When I tried a similar approach using the empty automatic transmission slot, which is also inside on the MKIV, it wouldn't...
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    New stereo draining battery

    Nobody knows?
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