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SpamJ

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Hey guys! I have an ALH hanging in my isuzu trooper. Im working on the wiring and other things but I would just love to see someones engine in person so I can wrap my head around a couple of things. Im up in east bethel. Also happy to hang if anyone wants to see the swap! its one of a kind with some interesting parts.

You might want to try and get a hold of Greengeeker, he's fairly near you, and he's a real smart cookie with a long history of breaking little hearts... Whoops.

He put an Alh in a Ford Ranger, and a Guru, so he knows what he's doing.

Sam
 
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TornadoRed

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Dieselgeek now supplies all the necessary parts. That was not the case until recently.
 

GlowBugTDI

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Dieselgeek now supplies all the necessary parts. That was not the case until recently.
Yes, double checked just because I couldn't remember if they were making the skidplates again or not. They are $350 for one not including hardware. I think i paid $75 for mine about 6 years or so ago. Definitely worth the $100 imo. Half tempted to get it, but I don't currently have a use, and don't see myself needing it in the near future
 

TornadoRed

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Yes, double checked just because I couldn't remember if they were making the skidplates again or not. They are $350 for one not including hardware. I think i paid $75 for mine about 6 years or so ago. Definitely worth the $100 imo. Half tempted to get it, but I don't currently have a use, and don't see myself needing it in the near future
The current Mk4 kit includes the mounting posts and the other hardware for $349. Two mounting posts plus the hardware kit would be about $190, plus the Panzer plate itself for $100. Not a tremendous savings, but these Panzer plates really need to be put to use. The one that was on my red Golf is now on my indigo blue wagon. My silver wagon has an Evolution skid plate because the DG hardware was not available at that time.
 

GlowBugTDI

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The current Mk4 kit includes the mounting posts and the other hardware for $349. Two mounting posts plus the hardware kit would be about $190, plus the Panzer plate itself for $100. Not a tremendous savings, but these Panzer plates really need to be put to use. The one that was on my red Golf is now on my indigo blue wagon. My silver wagon has an Evolution skid plate because the DG hardware was not available at that time.
Oh, I guess your right. I didn't notice that being included though it makes better sense now. Man have prices gone up. When I got mine the mounting/hardware kit was around the 110$ benchmark iirc. I only bought the rivnuts and bolt kit though for like 30$ and the posts where $40 each at the time.
 

vwbmw

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I've found glow plugs at NAPA, but it's easier to build up the order with stuff your going to need anyways like filters to qualify for free shipping from ID parts. BTW, the glow plug wiring harness on these cars fails often and may be the problem.
So I replaced glow plugs #1 and #4 (read 3.4, 1.1 ohms) with two 'OEM' Beru GN855 from local NAPA ..and sprayed DeoxIT D5 in harness caps (interiors look as-new). Now all four plugs read 0.6 ohms, which presumably improved something ..but CEL/MIL light still comes/stays On once I begin moving ..so my 'fix' doesn't 'clear' it? ..needs to be re-scanned, cleared/reset?
 
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SpamJ

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Could be the harness. On the A4's, I was surprised how easy it was to replace.


So I replaced glow plugs #1 and #4 (read 3.4, 1.1 ohms) with two 'OEM' Beru GN855 from local NAPA ..and sprayed DeoxIT D5 in harness caps (interiors look as-new). Now all four plugs read 0.6 ohms, which presumably improved something ..but CEL/MIL light still comes/stays On once I begin moving ..so my 'fix' doesn't 'clear' it? ..needs to be re-scanned, cleared/reset?
 

jettawreck

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So I replaced glow plugs #1 and #4 (read 3.4, 1.1 ohms) with two 'OEM' Beru GN855 from local NAPA ..and sprayed DeoxIT D5 in harness caps (interiors look as-new). Now all four plugs read 0.6 ohms, which presumably improved something ..but CEL/MIL light still comes/stays On once I begin moving ..so my 'fix' doesn't 'clear' it? ..needs to be re-scanned, cleared/reset?
Unless you have cleared the fault code it stays in the ECU until it has been cleared and the fault is corrected.
Even after the repair the code needs to be cleared.
 

TornadoRed

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I check back in and the red golf that could finally decided it couldn't?
What was the final straw?
My goal for the red Golf was one million miles. It could have gone further but it was a work car and I am now semi-retired. I have two Jetta TDI wagons, both in fine condition, and if I decide to do any courier work in the future then either one can do the job.
 

Kriesel

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I have a known bad one haha!

I swapped turbos for the pd140. My oem one has a bad vacuum actuator. If it helps you at all you can have it.
 

GlowBugTDI

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I have a known bad one haha!

I swapped turbos for the pd140. My oem one has a bad vacuum actuator. If it helps you at all you can have it.
Am I understanding correctly that you have a good cartridge, but it has a bad actuator? I think the actuators are replaceable...
 

SpamJ

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So I have a story for the Gang, I've been having problems with my Turbo randomly dropping boost and needing a restart on the move to get it going again.

Replaced the usual suspect hose, that wasn't it, decided to get serious and replace everything with the help of Kerma. My guy, Steve; of Steve's Bug Clinic in St Cloud, replaced the n75, when he started to replace the vacuum pump he noted that the nipple on the old pump was slightly loose. Took the car out yesterday everything seems to be good.

I bought new replacement hoses but amazingly after 22 years the orginals still look great.

Not that anybody's working on ALH's anymore, I just thought it was an interesting data point.

Brakes work better too.
 

GlowBugTDI

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So I have a story for the Gang, I've been having problems with my Turbo randomly dropping boost and needing a restart on the move to get it going again.

Replaced the usual suspect hose, that wasn't it, decided to get serious and replace everything with the help of Kerma. My guy, Steve; of Steve's Bug Clinic in St Cloud, replaced the n75, when he started to replace the vacuum pump he noted that the nipple on the old pump was slightly loose. Took the car out yesterday everything seems to be good.

I bought new replacement hoses but amazingly after 22 years the orginals still look great.

Not that anybody's working on ALH's anymore, I just thought it was an interesting data point.

Brakes work better too.
Congrats on getting it figured out. When replacing hoses on my green beetle 7-8yrs ago now I accidentally broke the nipple off the n75. Them and the plastic T's are so brittle at their age. I didn't have another one on hand so I glued it back on and used toothpicks to reinforce the area. Worked well.


Is Steve the guy with the silver off road beetle? Its a mk4 tdi, with a custom front bumper. Ive been trying to find that build thread off and on for the last 3-4years to no avail.
 

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Yeah the vacuum pumps do that, I usually peen the aluminum over with a very small hammer to tighten up the seal between the nipple and the pump better
 

SpamJ

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Is Steve the guy with the silver off road beetle? Its a mk4 tdi, with a custom front bumper. Ive been trying to find that build thread off and on for the last 3-4years to no avail
Steve drives an F-150, I saw the off-road Beetle once at the East Side McDonald's drive-thru, but that was several years ago.

I go in on Monday to have some coolant added to the Vanagon, I will ask him about it then.
 

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Am I understanding correctly that you have a good cartridge, but it has a bad actuator? I think the actuators are replaceable...
Kriesel asked about the turbo on a PD140. Do I remember correctly that the actuators on those turbos cannot be replaced separately or that the actuators are just not available separately? Or has the situation changed since the long-ago time when I think I read that?
 

GlowBugTDI

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I was just going to post this. Seems like a great deal for anybody in the market if no issues.

Hope a local tdiclub member snaps it up!
Definitely not bad compared to what I've been seeing the last few years. Would have to see it in person to know for sure though. I was wanting to offer 2600$ without the extra rims and tires but the wife and I decided we should wait another year or two before getting a wagon. Just hard to pass it up when they aren't getting younger or less miles on them.
 

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Kriesel asked about the turbo on a PD140. Do I remember correctly that the actuators on those turbos cannot be replaced separately or that the actuators are just not available separately? Or has the situation changed since the long-ago time when I think I read that?
if I recall the PD actuators have a position sensor built into them where the ALH ones are just a diaphragm chamber without any wires going to it
I'm certain they're available aftermarket, and surely you could replace them
but the service manual isn't likely to cover it because turbochargers are like injection pumps: scary blobs of wizard voodoo to the parts replacer
 
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