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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

    Tuesday after work I went into town to get some groceries. My speedometer and everything was working just fine when I went in the store. When I left I noticed that my speedometer was not working. At first I was not too worried about it as I figured I would fix it when I got home. When I hit the...
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    Boost issues

    I have been fighting weird boost issues in my 2003 5 speed alh for a little while now. I was thinking it might have been that my timing was starting to walk a little, but this last weekend I replaced my timing belt, 3rd time since I have owned this car, and used all the proper tools and followed...
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    Starter issues

    I had purchased a used starter a few years back with intentions of rebuilding it. I found out that it was an aftermarket starter so I did not want to waste the time on it. I took it all apart and cleaned it and put it away. Last year during the cold, right around zero, I had an issue where my...
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    2003 5 speed shifting issues

    A little history first. I have owned my car since 85k miles. It currently has 288k. I change the gear oil every 50k, the last 150k has been with Penzoil Synchromesh. About 150k ago I installed a Dieselgeek short shifter. I drive this car 140 miles per day, usually 4 days a week. The route I take...
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    Buzzken exhaust hitting heat shield

    I just installed a new vnt17 and Buzzken 2.5" down pipe fitted to the stock cat back. When I installed the dp it was touching the heat shield just above it. I pushed the shield up a little bit until it was not touching, but at idle it still hits it and is vibrating/rattling like mad. Has anyone...
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    WTB VNT15 turbo for my 2003 jetta

    No longer needed. Bought a new one instead. I need a lower mileage turbo for my car. I am not interested in any Chinese crap. Please only quality like garret. There must be zero shaft play as that is the reason I am replacing mine. Please shoot me what you have to offer and a shipping price...
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    Oil change uncovers possible destruction

    I am changing the oil in my 2003 Jetta. She has 272k miles. I try to change it every 10k but I am off by about 2k this time around. Anyway, when I pulled the plug I found some metal attached to it. It is a magnetic style plug, but I never imagined I would capture anything like this. Can someone...
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    Rattle in front right

    So over the last week I have noticed that my car has developed a nasty sounding rattle in the front right drive train area. This rattle sounds like a heavy metal rattle, almost like something is flopping around. It only does it under no load, no back load conditions. In other works it does not...
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    Do I really want traction control?

    I have purchased the new brake controller, MK60, for my car. I did this a few years back but have never had the chance to install it. I really wanted to follow the "Traction Control(ASR)" thread. We bought my wife a newer car, 2006 Dodge Stratus. It has traction control and I cannot stand it. I...
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    Stanadyne Perfomance Formula on sale

    I am not sure where everyone normally buys their Stanadyne from, but at my source, used to be Big R but changed its name to North 40, has it on sale for $19.99, normal price is $29.99. This is the half gallon size. I know North 40 is local to my area, about 10 stores in this region, but you...
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    Tricking the throttle

    I have been playing around with the throttle while using cruise on my trips back and forth to work, 70 miles each way. If I leave my foot on the accelerator, 25% according to Torque, my mileage increases significantly according to Torque, which has been pretty accurate for the last 8 months...
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    What am I doing wrong?

    I keep getting a leak at my thermostat housing. I am torquing the bolts to the correct sped, I clean the area as best I can. The last time I even took a little emery cloth in case there were some rough spots I was not seeing. I replace the housing and o-ring about twice a year. This is getting...
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    Mystery bolts

    I pulled my skid plate off yesterday to do some work and I found two extra bolts laying on top of it. They have a 13mm head and look to be about 35mm long, though I did not measure them. Now a few months ago I replaced the timing belt and the clutch. I looked around the trans and did not see...
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    Tires for lots of gravel use

    I figured this would be the best place to ask this question as it is neither an upgrade, nor generation specific. I drive a lot of gravel road. Of my 140 mile daily round trip I am on gravel for a minimum of 15 miles, this is just if I do not have to make a run back into town for something. At...
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    Clutch install, what tune for break in period?

    I am finally going to be putting in a new DC stage 2 clutch this week. I have been reading up on the install and it does not seem that bad. I have done one before, but it was 15 years ago on an S-10 pick-up. Anyway, I have three tunes to choose while breaking in the clutch, stock, Malone 1.5...
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    Clutch Choice, lets hear what mods you have on these clutches

    I am getting ready to buy a new clutch as mine has decided to start slipping. The two I am considering are: VW DC Stage II Clutch kit from Boraparts and SBC Stage 2 Daily Clutch Kit from IDParts. I am curious for those of you that run either of these clutches, what mods are you running with...
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    Portable satellite radio

    I have been trying to research satellite radios lately as in a few months when I graduate I will be traveling in a different direction for work. I currently travel east from my farm and I get good radio reception about 5 miles from my house all the way to work/school. I have a better job lined...
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    Clutch swap, good time for 5th gear oil mod?

    My clutch has finally began to slip on me. I am hoping it will last until spring break, end of March, so I have plenty of time to swap it out, along with changing my timing belt. I have been reading on the idea of modifying the transmission case for better oiling of the 5th gear. Would this be a...
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    Large pictures that require side scrolling

    I have seen on other forums where that if someone posts a rather large picture it will either re-size the picture, not sure how, or it makes it so that the only post that needs to be scrolled sideways is the one with the picture. All of the other posts before and after are kept within a certain...
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