What did you do to your car today?

oldpoopie

Vendor
Joined
May 14, 2001
Location
Portland Oregon
TDI
2001 golf gl, 2006 jetta, 1981 ALH swapped rabbit pickup, 1998 beetle
Yesterday, Decided to leave my TDI parked and drove my beater 85 TD to work. It snowed and I didn't want to get hit in my TDI by a Prius driver.... Wouldn't you know it, I got rear ended in the 85! Not bad, and it was kind of satisfying to know my TDI was safe at home!
 

crashtested

Veteran Member
Joined
Jun 15, 2010
Location
Nelson, BC
TDI
2016 Q5 TDI Technik, 2014 GSW CL 6MT (RIP), 2004 Jetta GLS 5MT (sold), 2010 GSW HL 6MT (buy back)
Replaced the original battery with a new ACDelco 94RPS after the 49PS the Lordco guy swore the computer listed as the right one DIDN'T fit! Funny was he put it on the counter and without even having popped my hood I knew it was toooooo big!
 

IndigoBlueWagon

TDIClub Enthusiast, Principal IDParts, Vendor , w/
Joined
Aug 16, 2004
Location
South of Boston
TDI
'97 Passat, '99.5 Golf, '02 Jetta Wagon, '15 GSW
Yesterday, Decided to leave my TDI parked and drove my beater 85 TD to work. It snowed and I didn't want to get hit in my TDI by a Prius driver.... Wouldn't you know it, I got rear ended in the 85! Not bad, and it was kind of satisfying to know my TDI was safe at home!
This is why, in part, I feel it's silly to obsess about AWD for driving in bad weather. We're not the hazard, it's all the other drivers out there. I'm sure the Prius tires are great in the snow.
 

97B4TDi

Veteran Member
Joined
Feb 5, 2007
Location
Wisconsin
TDI
1997 B4 Passat, 2013 Jetta Sportwagen TDI
This is why, in part, I feel it's silly to obsess about AWD for driving in bad weather. We're not the hazard, it's all the other drivers out there. I'm sure the Prius tires are great in the snow.
Those low rolling resistance tires are probably fantastic in the snow/ice! :roll eyes:

Living in a climate where we regularly get snow/ice in the winter, it doesn't click why more people opt not to get a set of winter tires. Theres nothing wrong with a good set of all season tires. But a good set of winters will last a couple of seasons and always have the advantage over the all-season.

Save gas(or diesel in our case) and put the power to the ground rather than spending the energy spinning your tires half way through the intersection.
 

str8t six

Veteran Member
Joined
Sep 7, 2012
Location
louisiana
TDI
2001 GLS TDI
i adjusted my parking brake cable, put on parking brake retention springs and installed my PANZER plate!!

and i also took out the foam on the front fenders. but my passenger side has already rusted :(
 

IndigoBlueWagon

TDIClub Enthusiast, Principal IDParts, Vendor , w/
Joined
Aug 16, 2004
Location
South of Boston
TDI
'97 Passat, '99.5 Golf, '02 Jetta Wagon, '15 GSW
Finally retarded the timing after being called out by Jeff R. at TDIFest for having it a "little advanced." It was at 112 in block 2, brought it back to 73, just above the top line on the graph. Car idles much quieter.
 

oVWo

Veteran Member
Joined
Mar 23, 2013
Location
Savannah, Ga
TDI
2002 golf gls 5speed tdi
Ripped out the rear axle to replace with new/used one. As well as the front subframe, A arms, suspension, etc. New poly bushings everywhere. New coilovers. She was on original suspension and bushings. Shes gonna drive like a whole new car.


So many parts.

Old subframe. Northern car. Cannot stand the rust. Not bad on actual subframe but why not replace it all!

Old axle left, new right.


Waiting on coilovers and new hard ware to start putting it all back in. Gonna pressure wash underneath and spray some bedliner in the wheel wells.
 

skully

Veteran Member
Joined
Dec 14, 2007
Location
Peninsula, Bay Area, CA
TDI
2004 Jetta TDI, 2013 GLI Autobahn w/nav, 2014 BMW 328d wagon
This is why, in part, I feel it's silly to obsess about AWD for driving in bad weather. We're not the hazard, it's all the other drivers out there. I'm sure the Prius tires are great in the snow.
My dad used to say that 4WD/AWD just lets you get stuck in a worse situation. At the time I rolled my eyes at him but the more winter driving I do the more I see the wisdom in that statement. I've lost count of the number of SUV's I've seen in the ditch just minutes after they passed me in 12" of snow at 35+ mph.
 

FlyTDI Guy

Top Post Dawg
Joined
Nov 3, 2001
Location
PNW
TDI
'01 Jetta GLS
AWD/FWD are good for starts and getting up hills but that doesn't mean you can go any faster or brake any better. People are often their own worst enemies in the snow. I definitely fear other drivers more than the snow itself.
 

IndigoBlueWagon

TDIClub Enthusiast, Principal IDParts, Vendor , w/
Joined
Aug 16, 2004
Location
South of Boston
TDI
'97 Passat, '99.5 Golf, '02 Jetta Wagon, '15 GSW
My dad used to say that 4WD/AWD just lets you get stuck in a worse situation. At the time I rolled my eyes at him but the more winter driving I do the more I see the wisdom in that statement. I've lost count of the number of SUV's I've seen in the ditch just minutes after they passed me in 12" of snow at 35+ mph.
The joke here in Southern New England is that the SUV with a affluent housewife on the phone goes buy you in the snow only to end up on its roof in a cranberry bog a mile down the road. Happens more often than you'd think.
 

TDI_

Veteran Member
Joined
Apr 23, 2012
Location
North Jersey
TDI
1998 Jetta TDI_
The joke here in Southern New England is that the SUV with a affluent housewife on the phone goes buy you in the snow only to end up on its roof in a cranberry bog a mile down the road. Happens more often than you'd think.
^ :D

I noticed people think if they have AWD cars then they can stop better??? :confused: Really! so your vehicle comes with extra brakes then. Good for you!
 

TomJD

Veteran Member
Joined
Jul 9, 2010
Location
St. Louis
TDI
2000 Jetta TDI GLS, 2015 Golf TDI
^ :D
I noticed people think if they have AWD cars then they can stop better??? :confused: Really! so your vehicle comes with extra brakes then. Good for you!
I saw a Subie with a donut driving in the snow here today. I would be willing to bet the other tires were also bald. That can only end badly.

I think tires are half the problem with many of these cars.
 

IndigoBlueWagon

TDIClub Enthusiast, Principal IDParts, Vendor , w/
Joined
Aug 16, 2004
Location
South of Boston
TDI
'97 Passat, '99.5 Golf, '02 Jetta Wagon, '15 GSW
When I drove to Detroit for the auto show a couple of years ago it started to snow in Michigan. I was driving up Michigan 23 to Ypsi as the snow was picking up, and a remarkable number of cars were spinning out into the median and off the road. Pretty amazing as conditions weren't that bad. When I got there I asked Compu_85 what was up, and he said "no state safety inspection. Bald tires."
 

MikeS_18

Top Post Dawg
Joined
Feb 18, 2005
Location
Bow, NH
TDI
'03 Jetta Wagon, '13 Passat SE, '64 Ford Econoline
You mean my AWD car with brake assist and lane correction and cruise control and onboard GPS can't drive me home in the snow by itself? WTH? What if I have onstar?
 

nokivasara

Veteran Member
Joined
Jan 25, 2008
Location
Sweden @ Lat 61N
TDI
Tiguan 4-motion, Golf mk7
Took apart the wiper stalk on the Skoda (same stalk as Golf IV), it has been very reluctant to stop wiping once it has started :eek:
I have tried two different relay 109's, seems like whenever there's an electrical fault the 109 could be the cause...
The only thing I noticed was that the pointy plastic "pen" that determines the different steps (intermittent-slow-fast, rear intermittent-slow) was worn and pretty dull so I tried to sharpen it by running it back and fort over a file whilst rotating it.
Put it all back and the wipers work!
Let's see for how long...

Btw, I really don't like how the airbag is released from the steering Wheel :mad:
 

donDavide

Veteran Member
Joined
Oct 4, 2005
Location
Severna Park, Maryland USA
TDI
2003 Jetta ;2006 Golf; 2015 Jetta S
When I drove to Detroit for the auto show a couple of years ago it started to snow in Michigan. I was driving up Michigan 23 to Ypsi as the snow was picking up, and a remarkable number of cars were spinning out into the median and off the road. Pretty amazing as conditions weren't that bad. When I got there I asked Compu_85 what was up, and he said "no state safety inspection. Bald tires."
I have passed many 4x4 and awd vehicles in the snow with my FWD Aplatform VWs (and a few Bs) equiped with winter radials and I have seen many of them spin out too. But I do prefer a 4x4 and AWD myself, just needs to properly equiped and the knowlege of how to drive
 

1854sailor

Resident Curmudgeon
Joined
Aug 10, 2004
Location
Westerly, RI
TDI
2015 Golf SE SportWagen, 2015 Golf SE Hatch Back.
I have passed many 4x4 and awd vehicles in the snow with my FWD Aplatform VWs (and a few Bs) equiped with winter radials and I have seen many of them spin out too. But I do prefer a 4x4 and AWD myself, just needs to properly equiped and the knowlege of how to drive
I easily went around a wheel spinning Chevy 4X4 something in the Passat in that piddling little snow that we had on Sunday. Eegits!
 

Dunno513

Veteran Member
Joined
Feb 1, 2006
Location
Mirror Lake, NH
TDI
2006 NB PD-TDI DSG
160,000 bucket list

Oil change, DSG fluid/filter, air filter, timing belt, cabin filter, cam check... Ok.. Not all today, but I finished today. 3 days of work.

Not sure I like the engine support bar method...kind of a pain to work around. Sure safer tho.

And is that bottom rear engine mount bolt supposed to be finger tight:eek:

This time around I only needed to look up the torque values. Made sure to hit all 3 mount bolts this time...

Lifters and cam look like they did at 110,000....

Check your intercooler rubber mounts. Mine were worn and wearing holes in the plastic. New ones on order. One side will need a slightly larger washer.

New Michelin Ice X3 sneakers round out the $$$ damage...
 
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79TA7.6

Veteran Member
Joined
May 8, 2006
Location
Live: Wilbur/Creston; Work: Moses Lake Washington
TDI
2003 TDI Jetta, 2002 TDI Golf, 2005 TDI Golf
Picked up the ELM327 for $10
Mind telling which one of the ELM327 you got? There are a lot of them and Torque says to make sure the cheaper versions have a good return policy. I am assuming they have had people complain some of the cheap ones do not work too well. I would not like to have to be returning these trying to find a good one to use.
 

79TA7.6

Veteran Member
Joined
May 8, 2006
Location
Live: Wilbur/Creston; Work: Moses Lake Washington
TDI
2003 TDI Jetta, 2002 TDI Golf, 2005 TDI Golf
Here is the recommended list of bluetooth dongles that work well:
http://torque-bhp.com/wiki/Bluetooth_Adapters

Here is the forum discussing everything Torque App:
http://torque-bhp.com/forums/?wpforumaction=search
I did see that, but thank you for posting so others can see it too. I am trying to do this on the cheap, super cheap. I am getting my fathers old Samsung Galaxy S to use for free, so now if I can find the same ELM that Robert was able to get to work then I would only be in this for $15.
 

\/\/0J0

Veteran Member
Joined
Apr 27, 2010
Location
Knoxville, TN
TDI
Sadly, none anymore
Just got done installing an IP that I had reworked by dfis. Car runs better than before thanks to a new pump driveshaft AND a 12mm pump head :-D :-D

Sent from my rotary dial phone
 

Caddy 16v

Veteran Member
Joined
Nov 6, 2011
Location
Hazelton, BC
TDI
2000 Jetta, 2000 Golf
Put some new wiper blades on and pipe insulation on the grill, will see how much of a difference it's going to be.
 
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