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  1. otty

    Multiple electrical issues suddenly

    Hello, The other day I took my boat out for an overnight trip. Backed the Passat with the boat trailer into the water and maybe got the rear end of the car a bit wet. This is my W8 Passat wagon => TDI swap. When I got back several electrical issues immediately showed up: 1. Car doors will not...
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    Radiator part # for manual Passat TDI

    My radiator began leaking a while ago and I finally decided to change it out. I ordered a radiator online and got the car mostly apart and then I noticed that the radiator I ordered has two extra ports in it probably for auto trans fluid cooling that I do not need. What part # radiator should...
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    Castrol Edge 5w40 in a PD?

    Hello, I often see Castrol Edge 5W40 oil for cheap at Canadian tire. I see it is rated only 505.00 not 505.01. Not sure if it is the same as the stuff idparts sells in the US called Castrol Edge turbo diesel that seems fine. Anyone know if it is ok for PD engines? Anyone use it?
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    WTB: older TDI in BC

    My brother's MK3 AAZ diesel finally died (was in rough shape and severely overheated. Not worth fixing). He wants another one with good records and maintenance. Anywhere is western Canada is ok but not needing out of province registration is a plus. Not looking to spend too much here... let me...
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    Affordable Euro Hitch

    Hello all. I have been wanting a hitch for the Passat for a long time. The ones available in North America just aren't satisfactory; they cut your clearance and do not attach to the car in a manner that is secure enough in my view. Most Euro hitches that are satisfactory are very expensive - at...
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    Surging during engine braking

    Recently my car has begun occasionally surging while "engine braking" ie while coasting in gear (clutch engaged, no brake or accelerator pedal applied). The car gradually slows as it should and then will surge as if I had stepped on the accelerator pedal but without me touching it. It is a bit...
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    1996 Jetta, AAZ engine - Injection pump rebuild

    Hi Guys, My brother has a 1996 Jetta with the AAZ engine. His injection pump is leaking and he is told by his mechanic it needs a rebuild/reseal. My question is are new pumps still available? Does this engine share the same pump as the more common AHU or 1Z engines? Any recommended rebuild...
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    control arms replaced - stiff steering

    Just had both upper and lower control arms replaced. My long time guru recently died very sadly so I had to use a non-vw specialist locally. No more clunking while braking or squeeling on slow hard turns but the steering is very stiff. The wheel will hardly go straight on its own after a hard...
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    BEW engine - oil light comes on during lugging

    My dad has a pretty low rpm almost lugging style of driving his BEW Jetta. He stalls it fairly often. When he is lugging it or stalling the oil pressure warning light and noise comes on briefly and then disappears. The way my mom drives this never happens. The oil level is fine and no other...
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    Control arm replacement

    Hello all. I began getting a ka-thunk noise and feeling while braking from time to time. My mechanic found nothing wrong with the brakes but that one of the control arms was coming loose and needs replacing. Having looked around at the price of individual control arms I decided to just go...
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    W8 to tdi conversion front brake job $!

    A warning to anyone considering a W8 front brake upgrade or a W8 swap: I had to go to my local shop rather than my usual knowledgeable mechanic (3 hours hard mountain drive away) for a terrible noise from the front passenger side wheel. Turned out a brake pad (4/side) had delaminated and came...
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    Overheating issues...

    My brother is broken down in Las Vegas with his 1997 Jettad TD due to chronic overheating. Please see thread in SW US forum: doh, can't paste the link with this old phone...
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    Help! Brother is broken down in Las Vegas

    Hello all, my brother has been trying to head to Mexico from Canada in his 97 Jetta TD. He has been overheating chronically. In Washington he got a new rad and made it to LV and overheated. New coolant fan, no luck. New thermostat before he left. They have done the sniff test for exhaust in the...
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    broken down in Omak, WA - mechanics?

    my brother's 93 Jetta TD is broken down in Omak, WA near the Canadian border. It is overheating and apparently has bubbling coolant. The fear is a blown headgasket. Anyone know a VW guru near tthere or even a knowledgable member who can help him diagnose this? He can limp along but it is hardly...
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    Axle going I think - questions

    So I am getting a "thump, thump thump" sound sometime when turning left, sometimes just driving straight and generally it can be felt at high speed. I am pretty sure it is the axle/CV. I have a very good guru I go to a couple of hours away. Interestingly he has told me it would cost about $300...
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    Misfire/boost leak/fuel starvation? - hesitattion issue

    I have been having a problem recently where there is a noticeable hesitation or series of them when under full throttle usually in 5th or 6th gear. Hesitation is putting it lightly - it really skips a beat badly here and there. My mechanic initially suggested that an injector may be dying but...
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    Cannot code new keys -Eeprom issues?

    So I have recovered my pin number for coding keys from two separate places and found the same code. The login in VCDS works but when I get to the "adaptation" part of the key coding process I get "error" in the "test" box and cannot save the new number of keys and begin coding. I sent my eeprom...
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    Reviews of Europeautohaus in Kelowna, BC

    Anyone have any comments or review of their experience of http://europroautohaus.com/ ? It is the only recommended place listed on this site anywhere near me. I have some complex issues that need sorting out - http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=363951. I am considering bringing the...
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    Injector rocker snapped!

    Hello all, After driving 1500+km through many high mountain passes to Vancouver and back at 130km/h+ I was back home. Next day (today) after a few km around town I accelerated hard from a stop through a busy intersection. The car suddenly began shaking pretty hard and sounded like it was running...
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    Key FOB programming issues...

    I ran my battery down listening to too much music while camping the other day. Ever since my key fob will unlock the drivers door, lock all doors, unlock the trunk but WILL NOT unlock all doors by double pressing the unlock button. I have tried the normal procedure for programming key FOBs...
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