What did you do to your car today?

mech644

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Joined
Feb 7, 2007
Location
Blue Hill, Maine
TDI
'00 Golf, '14 Touareg
Id be surprised if it iced up a warm engine like that without even sputtering and trying to start. Check that the antishudder valve isn't stuck closed and its starving for air.
No ASV/EGR, cut them off and out of the alum housing, welded the holes up, and smoothed the bore with a die grinder.
Car was close to empty when I drove in to the pump, took 15.5 gl. This morning I pumped 4 gl out of the tank then took the sender out, and found a glob of goopy fuel inside the pickup bucket.
I could have dumped some 911 in the tank and waited for it to work (not last night since the station didnt carry it). I was convinced I was going to find a big dose of free water in the tank in the form of ice in the sender. How that fuel gelled up is beyond me; been cold here but not that cold. I filed a complaint with Irving just the same, probably will go nowhere.
 

Lensdude_com

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Joined
Oct 31, 2004
Location
Edmonton, AB
TDI
99.5 MK4 Jetta (ALH) "Betty" (sold), 2005 MK4 Jetta (BEW) "Stinky-Pete"
No ASV/EGR, cut them off and out of the alum housing, welded the holes up, and smoothed the bore with a die grinder.
Car was close to empty when I drove in to the pump, took 15.5 gl. This morning I pumped 4 gl out of the tank then took the sender out, and found a glob of goopy fuel inside the pickup bucket.
I could have dumped some 911 in the tank and waited for it to work (not last night since the station didnt carry it). I was convinced I was going to find a big dose of free water in the tank in the form of ice in the sender. How that fuel gelled up is beyond me; been cold here but not that cold. I filed a complaint with Irving just the same, probably will go nowhere.
There should be a Sticky/Poll thread in the Fuels & Lubricants forum that lists the name and location of fuel stations that sell 'bad fuel'...
Anyone posting about gelled fuel should include all the particulars: bringing the car to a controlled stop after engine quit, troubleshooting fuel problem, towing wait time/distance/cost/warm overnight storage and mechanic's repair.
They could also provide details about any follow-up with the company that sold them the crap fuel....

Perhaps the positive outcome of any lawsuit would provide precedence for another TDIclubber's HPFP lawsuit :)
 

YoungDieselstein

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Joined
Aug 1, 2012
Location
Orem, UT (Formerly San Diego, CA and Clarksville,
TDI
Ferdinand "Ferdie" The Wagon: 2003 Jetta Wagon, Reflex Silver. RIP 3/2019
So this is late but I wanted to update my TDI club family on the happenings. We have moved from CA to TN in April 2013 (for a 6 month stay with the inlaws) in the TDI, then finally out to UT back in Nov. so the wife can finish an industrial design degree.

Here we are on Christmas Eve when I stop on my way to work in my steady, stable, snow-tired TDI in the spirit of Christmas to help a stranded motorist dig and pull their Subaru Forester out of the snow on the shoulder of a canyon highway. I was driving sensibly and stupidly thought other people would too. I pulled well off the road onto the shoulder and got out to help.
As I'm digging, I hear the ominous schick of tires sliding on slushy pavement, followed by a crunch. I look up to see a Jeep Wrangler coming to rest after shoving my little wagon almost off the pavement and into the snow.
It was a 17-18 year old kid who had it in four and probably felt ok going 5 below the posted 55 speed limit because, hey, it is a little slippery. Doesn't make a difference if you have on old all-season tires, does it?

End of the story that today a third party called and said they were ready to pick up my "2003 Jetta." I said no thank you, as I hadn't heard from anyone since the adjuster came to give me a preliminary estimate and I would like to know just exactly what's going on before you "come pick up [my] 2003 Jetta."

I think I might start a feeler thread in the F/S forum in case I decide to buy-back. :(
Count your blessings, you guys.
 

Jeffbucc

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Joined
Aug 11, 2010
Location
Cedar City, Utah
TDI
2010 Jetta Sportswagen TDI
Sold my 18" wheels and put my Biolines back on. 2014 marks the year I start caring about comfort rather than go go speed racer. Sadly that means the KW V3's are soon to follow.

Hope the new owners enjoy their oreos!

 

fruitcakesa

Top Post Dawg
Joined
Feb 18, 2007
Location
Vermont
TDI
04 jetta 5 spd wagon
In the wife 02 wagon, I replaced the blown out DS seat bottom cushion with new factory foam and exchanged the original center console with the multi-cupholdered one from an 04. She hauls at least 2 water bottles and a coffee when she travels; so this should do the trick with fewer spills in the cabin.
 

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
Seems that more than a few folks are finding that winter fuel additives are being neglected by some distributors/retailers here in the Northeast. Seems to be cheap insurance to dose ever thank of fuel with an anti-gel and lubricity additive. I've been doing that for years and have yet to have a problem (knock wood).
 

BlankThis

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Joined
Nov 23, 2012
Location
Montreal, QC
TDI
2002 Golf GLS TDI
Drove her hard today and put a smile on my face :) Between not being able to keep my foot out of it and short trips that barely give my car the chance to heat up, my winter economy is tanking.
 

tothemax

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Joined
Aug 7, 2006
Location
Nevada
TDI
TDIs: 2003 Jetta, 2016 Q5 3.0
Today, I talked my younger son Yannick to help me change out both transmission Axle seals my 03 5 speed Jetta... Had major leak on the driver side and occasional small drips on the other.... WOWWWW What a major PITA... Ran into Murphy a number of times... Starting with the fact that I somehow ended up getting delivered the wrong seal ... the one on the left is what I was delivered.. the one on the right is what I pulled out.... luckily found out at 4:45 PM.... just made it under the wire to the stealer to buy two $32 seals.... then my son stripped out a cpl of axle bolts which I did not have any spares .... we finally got it back together a cpl hours ago with a cpl replacement bolts too short ...

Anxious to see if this fix holds out or if I have issues with the diff bearing. There was not a lot of play in the flanges. They did move up and down a very little... like 1 or 2 mm... Let's see if it holds out.

I will try to buy some replacement bolt with Allen heads like those Raxle puts in their kits... They are so much easier to work with.... I think those 12 points are a total PITA and stripping waiting to happen.






 

tothemax

Top Post Dawg
Joined
Aug 7, 2006
Location
Nevada
TDI
TDIs: 2003 Jetta, 2016 Q5 3.0
Ummmm Sunday PM... drove it out to a hike ..got back home found more gear oil dripping under the car... looks like I will have to R & R the tranny afterall :(

Wondering if I should send it out to R & R the diff bearings or just buy a good used 5 speed? Am pondering hard this b/c I hate to let go the 3.16 R&P and the Peloquin diff that is in that tranny.
 

Fix_Until_Broke

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Joined
Aug 8, 2004
Location
Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA
TDI
03 Jetta, 03 TT TDI
..........There was not a lot of play in the flanges. They did move up and down a very little... like 1 or 2 mm... Let's see if it holds out..........
I think your problem is right there in bold - That should be 0.1-0.2mm

The flange seals won't tolerate 1-2mm of movement and still seal.

If your bearings are that shot, it's likely that there's a lot of little metal pieces floating around and ground through everything else in the transmission as well.

Drain the fluid and see if it sparkles like a bass boat and makes a furry magnet or if it looks good.

If your peloquin and 3.15 gears are still good, they're a drop in replacement to another 02J - Probably get a gasser one for cheap and just have someone swap them.

If there is a lot of damage to the R&P and LSD - just put an 02M in and call it a day.
 

oldpoopie

Vendor
Joined
May 14, 2001
Location
Portland Oregon
TDI
2001 golf gl, 2006 jetta, 1981 ALH swapped rabbit pickup, 1998 beetle
Luckily the peloquin has a lifetime warranty so no worries on that.
Have the trans repaired!
 

mbatzel

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Joined
Feb 26, 2013
Location
Cream Ridge, NJ
TDI
MK4 Jetta
Installed the comfort blinker mod in my MKIV finally. So happy that I finally got around to doing this today. It's the little things that make a world of difference to me. Highly recomend it


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Zedbra

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Joined
Feb 26, 2006
Location
Squamish, BC
TDI
2005 Jetta TDI
Installed the comfort blinker mod in my MKIV finally. So happy that I finally got around to doing this today. It's the little things that make a world of difference to me. Highly recomend it
Been thinking about doing this lately. Where did you pick up the hardware?
 

tothemax

Top Post Dawg
Joined
Aug 7, 2006
Location
Nevada
TDI
TDIs: 2003 Jetta, 2016 Q5 3.0
Luckily the peloquin has a lifetime warranty so no worries on that.
Have the trans repaired!
Tnx j, You were right.... Diff bearings shot ... will get them the trans repaired .... no metal shrapnel in the oil though... I have put in a quart every cpl weeks so hard to accumulate shrapnel when you lose that much oil ...

Right now thinking I will buy a used tranny to get me going and get this one repaired/rebuilt .. .the guy we have here in the Bay Area... Ron's Transaxles takes for frickin ever to get a tranny rebuilt... so I cannot really afford to have my car off he road for weeks while I wait for him to rebuild the tranny .... that way, I will have a 2.0 short block, a ported head and a freshly rebuilt tranny w/ Penloguin and 3.16 ready to go as a spare ;-)
 

TDikook

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Joined
Jun 15, 2003
Location
Biloxi, Ms
TDI
'06 Golf Anthracite Blue
Wondering if I should send it out to R & R the diff bearings or just buy a good used 5 speed? Am pondering hard this b/c I hate to let go the 3.16 R&P and the Peloquin diff that is in that tranny.
I had the SAME dilemma. That 3:16 is a wonderful thing is it not? But after 2 rebuilds gone bad, I just sprang for the 6 speed. and I am VERY happy with it. But good luck on your decision, it is a tough one!
 

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
How many miles do you guys have on these transmissions? I've replaced the output shaft seals on my wagon's and it still weeps a little, but barely, not enough to even watch the gear lube level. I've always thought VW transmissions were pretty robust: mine's approaching 300K and as you well know hasn't had an easy life.
 

BlankThis

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Joined
Nov 23, 2012
Location
Montreal, QC
TDI
2002 Golf GLS TDI
My 02 transmission with 230K (KMs) is in need of some love. No fluid loss that I can see but the synchros are getting tired I think.
 

tothemax

Top Post Dawg
Joined
Aug 7, 2006
Location
Nevada
TDI
TDIs: 2003 Jetta, 2016 Q5 3.0
How many miles do you guys have on these transmissions? I've replaced the output shaft seals on my wagon's and it still weeps a little, but barely, not enough to even watch the gear lube level. I've always thought VW transmissions were pretty robust: mine's approaching 300K and as you well know hasn't had an easy life.
Mine is 240K Mi and had a Peloquin and 3.16 R&P put in at about 64K Mi. It does leak like a sieve. I do recall it had to be R&R and reopened twice when the Peloquin went in because it was not shifting right.... maybe had some quality issues with how it was reassembled which shortened it's life?
 

fruitcakesa

Top Post Dawg
Joined
Feb 18, 2007
Location
Vermont
TDI
04 jetta 5 spd wagon
Replaced the wonky DS door lock module with a working unit. Finally the inside light comes on when the door opens.
 

Zedbra

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Joined
Feb 26, 2006
Location
Squamish, BC
TDI
2005 Jetta TDI
ECS Tuning for $65 shipped if I recall correctly. Check my build in the Jetta pic section for more details and tips...

Thanks - I picked one up from IDParts. He supports the forum, always answers questions, and will ship USPS to Canada (UPS charges an arm and a leg in fees to ship to Canada - I checked ECS and shipping was over $40 alone).
 

WindsorFox

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Joined
Mar 6, 2012
Location
Louisiana
TDI
2012 Jetta
Thanks - I picked one up from IDParts. He supports the forum, always answers questions, and will ship USPS to Canada (UPS charges an arm and a leg in fees to ship to Canada - I checked ECS and shipping was over $40 alone).

What is that mod, the bump and it clicks three times?
 

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
I absolutely love this mod. Put it on my wagon 6 or 7 years ago. My new Golf has it, of course. I'm going to get one in the Passat at some point, and I'm told the A3 mod will work in my Mercedes. I miss it when I'm in a car without it.
 

WindsorFox

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Joined
Mar 6, 2012
Location
Louisiana
TDI
2012 Jetta
exactly. The popo around here like to use the lack of using sufficient turn signals to pull you over.
Yeah I like that little thing, took a while before I learned it was there though. Once I did it's really annoying that a 2012 E250 and 1989 Mustang don't have it...
 

IndigoBlueWagon

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Aug 16, 2004
Location
South of Boston
TDI
'97 Passat, '99.5 Golf, '02 Jetta Wagon, '15 GSW
You're welcome.

On my car, picked it up from Chill's where he determined my coolant leak was a warped thermostat flange, probably from some of the temperature and pressure fluctuations the head when through when the gasket was leaking. Damn those track days!

If it's good tomorrow it's taking to me to Detroit on Friday for the auto show.
 

WindsorFox

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Mar 6, 2012
Location
Louisiana
TDI
2012 Jetta
You're welcome.

On my car, picked it up from Chill's where he determined my coolant leak was a warped thermostat flange, probably from some of the temperature and pressure fluctuations the head when through when the gasket was leaking. Damn those track days!

If it's good tomorrow it's taking to me to Detroit on Friday for the auto show.

They still have stuff in Detroit???? :eek::D
 

CrazyWJ242

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Sep 13, 2011
Location
Northern NB
TDI
04 MK4 Jetta Wagon TDI, 03 Beetle TDI
I just realized today I've been neglecting my tranny when I was watching a clip on YouTube and they were swapping out a tranny after 240km lol... My 5spd has 555km on her now, though not a drop leaking from her... Last fluid swap was 80,000km ago so it will be interesting as I haven't even checked the fluid level since... Was going to see what the service intervals for diff/trans was...

And the 3 blink turns... I was in my jeep tonight and bumped it and was soo annoyed... Same with my Mkiv....

Today I broke thru 4-7 inches of ice so I can park my cars on bare non slippery gravel driveway... The jeeps spot... Still iced lol
 
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