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    Good East Bay TDI Mechanics?

    Thanks, I am familair with his great reputation. The problem: San Anselmo (Marin County) is too far away from Concord, and that makes towing and logistics of getting and staying around there hard. Anyone in the EAST Bay come to mind?
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    Good East Bay TDI Mechanics?

    My TDI is overheating right now in the Bay Area and I want to know where to tow the car. Any East Bay recommendations?
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    portland/gresham tdi work

    fixumhaus failed me royally. Lots of talk but could not fix my defective heater, still charged me $300+. Justin Grow is the man who knows TDIs like no one else in the greater PDX area.
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    Need Help! 06 MKV Jetta Lower Door Hinge

    I have the same problem: disintegrated bushing sleeve. As I tried but cannot find just the sleeve bearing, I need to replace the lower hinge (Jetta V). I've seen horror stories that it takes all kinds of dismantling of the door and fender to remove the lower front door hinge. Can anyone...
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    Seat Memory Gone Haywire

    I will take out the switch, inspect it closely and restore contacts, if necessary. Driver's door lock was recently replaced, which also restored the interior light coming on again when opening the door. So all door-related/harness functions work again, so I am not inclined to deal with the...
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    Seat Memory Gone Haywire

    I appreciate your solutions, but I don't think I have the problem where these solutions apply: I can recall, set and reprogram with any of the 4 memory switches fine. Only after I unlock the door does the seat sets itself to a phantom setting. So the unintended seat setting must be somehow...
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    Seat Memory Gone Haywire

    Unlocking my Mark V TDI with keyfob or door lock will reset the seat to an awkward position (I did not set it and it's unknown where that came from). Pressing any of the saved memory button (1, 2, or 3) once I am in the car will restore the seat position to my previously saved settings. The...
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    VAG_COM or Torque Pro?

    Thank you all for super-informative posts. I have my marching orders now: a Windows 10- equipped minimalist notebook, and a Ross Tech cable, preferably bought directly from them, so I can update/get support. JM
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    VAG_COM or Torque Pro?

    Cool, thanks. I can install bootcamp on my Mac to run Windows 10 The next question: where do I buy VAGCOM software compatible with Windows 10? Is there a reliable used market for this, like eBay? I'd like to avoid buying an illegal or unauthorized copy. Or must I buy new from Rosstech?
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    VAG_COM or Torque Pro?

    Thank you both. Now I understand clearly what tool is necessary to customize functions. But it's a royal pain having to buy a windows computer (I never liked them) AND the software. It would be so much more convenient if RossTech would finally offer a Mac-compatible version of its VAGCOM, or at...
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    VAG_COM or Torque Pro?

    An independent VW mechanic used VAGCOM/VCDS software on his laptop to turn off my xenons as DRLs (this was on a MKV Jetta GLI), then programmed the fog lights as DRLs. Would a Scantool/Bluetooth dongle + TorquePro app allow me to execute custom functions like that, and program my key-fob for...
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    Airbag Light and Fault Code Interpretation Needed

    Mine is a 2006 Jetta. That's why I am posting in the MkV Jetta Forum, not the MKIV or MK VI Forum. Unless there were changes made to the harness or wiring during the MKV era, I assume they are wired all the same? I thought sharing the exact fault codes would solicit someone's help: how the...
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    Airbag Light and Fault Code Interpretation Needed

    Thanks for your helpful hint. Any idea where, when, and under what heading?
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    Airbag Light and Fault Code Interpretation Needed

    After several months of the airbag light coming and going, it finally stays on all the time. This is what my shade tree mechanic registered on his scanner: 2 Faults Found: 02513 - Belt Force Sensor for Seat Occupied Recognition (G453) 003 - Mechanical Failure - Intermittent -...
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    Timing Belt Change in Portland?

    Message deleted. Justin contacted me today. JM
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    2006 TDI Timing Belt Replacement

    Excellent! I found the sticker: BRM it is.
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    Timing Belt Change in Portland?

    Excellent advice. Thank you!
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    2006 TDI Timing Belt Replacement

    Where do I find the ("BRM") engine code? I have a 2006 TDI Jetta, but am unsure when it was made. Thanks, JM
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    Timing Belt Change in Portland?

    After many years of loyalty, and endless benefit of the doubt, I am done with giving my money to the VW monopolist dealership in Portland, Dick Hannah (read their customer reviews online and you get the idea how low a dealership can sink!) I need a 160k timing belt change, and would appreciate...
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