What did you do to your MKIV today?

csstevej

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2001 golf tdi 4 door auto now a manual, mine, 2000 golf 2 door M/T son's,daughters 98 NB non-TDI 2.0, 2003 TDI NB for next daughter, head repaired and on road,glutton for punishment got another tdi 2001NB,another yellow tdi NB
Yes , unless they know what to look for , which I doubt, you’ll be fine , and the surgery that you do to the valve is inside and no one will see that.
 

PakProtector

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Mk.4's and the Cummins
Got the timing belt finished. With VCDS confirmed the kw setting and it was +1. Last two were between this and +1.5. THhis pink Metalnerd tool is The Bomb. One of these days I will try the gold one... :D

Next up, oil cooler seals, Cupra-R rear bushings and most immediately, e-brake cables.

Douglas
 

GlowBugTDI

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2001 Beetle GLS TDI (BIODSL). 01 original Glow Bug TDI (sold)
I stopped at the local pick and pull today and got a set of 4 bf Goodrich tires on rims that were 90%+ for 100$. While there I also saw a 79 rx7 with the original rotary in it. Was honestly very odd to see one of those there. Sometimes the things people scrap astounds me.

Next up, oil cooler seals, Cupra-R rear bushings and most immediately, e-brake cables.

Douglas
I need to do the oil cooler seals in my bug they are still original....
Honestly wouldn't mind those bushings in my beetle too!
 

GlowBugTDI

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PakProtector

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Mk.4's and the Cummins
Wondering the same here
At best the color of the anodization. They're likely close enough size/tolerance-wise to leave the consistent ~1plus kw on timing belt jobs to be my detail technique(which of course I learned thanks to youse folk ).

Douglas
 

Fix_Until_Broke

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Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA
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03 Jetta, 03 TT TDI
It's been "rough" starting since I did the timing belt and it got colder out. Actually in the 30's F is the worst since the glow plugs don't stay on very long. If it's 15F the GP's stay on longer and it fires up much better.

Anyway, checked injection timing since I didn't do that after the timing belt and it was a bit over the maximum line which is where I run them. so that wasn't it. Found one glow plug was bad, so swapped it with a good one from a spare TDI. TBD if it starts better later this week when it's near 0F in the morning. The injectors have

Noticed a tire that looked a bit low - yep 20 psi. Found a small nail in the middle of the tread - put a plug in it
Checked the oil - yep, it's got some :)
Cleaned the inside of the windshield

Turned over 375k on the ODO
 

GlowBugTDI

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2001 Beetle GLS TDI (BIODSL). 01 original Glow Bug TDI (sold)
It's been "rough" starting since I did the timing belt and it got colder out. Actually in the 30's F is the worst since the glow plugs don't stay on very long. If it's 15F the GP's stay on longer and it fires up much better.

Anyway, checked injection timing since I didn't do that after the timing belt and it was a bit over the maximum line which is where I run them. so that wasn't it. Found one glow plug was bad, so swapped it with a good one from a spare TDI. TBD if it starts better later this week when it's near 0F in the morning. The injectors have

Noticed a tire that looked a bit low - yep 20 psi. Found a small nail in the middle of the tread - put a plug in it
Checked the oil - yep, it's got some :)
Cleaned the inside of the windshield

Turned over 375k on the ODO
Noting on your low tire pressure I recently had been getting some of the worse mpg I ever have. Didn't know what was causing it so I kept driving due to no time to look into it. The other day I walked out to the car and realized my passenger front tire was near flat 10-12psi. Put some air in and went back up as usual and hasn't gone down since. I checked the others since I was there with the hose and psi tool and surprisingly the other 3 were at ~20psi. Apperently I have good thick sidewalls because I couldn't tell they were getting low. Put them back to 40psi and everything is much better. Its been such a mild winter that I didn't think it had been getting cold enough for them to lose air, and apparently I can't tell anything off the side walls on this set.

Also "checked the oil -yep its got some"
😆 me all the time. Especially in my camry which is almost to the point where it seeps enough oil from the block that I dont have to do oil changes. If it could leak a little more I'll only have to add oil and change the filter every 10-15k (half joking).
 

PakProtector

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Got into the prep for parking brake cables. Removed the center console, located the pair of HD cables I got from IDP, and put a pair of the big clips in my cart...

Then discovered the cable ends had fallen out of the bridge they get pulled with. That was a quick fix; interior parts still need to go back together. This Golf is a curious combo of perfect and 'vert der ferk?' Parking brake works fine; calipers release. Going to replace the pads anyway as they have a fair bit o' wear, and the wheels are off and car is up in the air.

Which brings me to the next liddle tip; replaced serp belt make fine jackstand protectors when cut into 4" lengths. No need to rub off the paint on the lift point... :)

Douglas
 

dieseldonato

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Had several tune revisions I've been trying out for burpod recently, just loaded up the latest version lastnight. Cars pretty peppy. Clutch is pretty slippy. Definatly not going to be getting good fe this tank. I got a sb stage 2 endurance on the way. Should show up sometime this week. Few other little tid bits I need to pick up before swapping it in, ad well as schedule some time in my uncles shop. Not swapping a clutch laying in my back outside in the cold.
 

dieseldonato

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You're going to miss all the fun I had doing that. Plus it was rainy the whole time.
I'm good lol. One uncles owns his own shop and the other works for a guy I do side work for, whichever had a bay open up for a day or two I'll sneak in there. I'm pretty much over laying on my back. Can't wait till my shops finished. Hopefully it will be fully enclosed early spring.
 

The Cream Dolphin

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Gave it a small Italian tune up. A month of 0̷ to -12°C and only 15 minute drives, I felt bad for her. Got up to operating temps, cruised a while for the oil to warm up, and did some decent pulls. -40̷ predicted this week... I think she will stay parked for that.

Oo - I guess I am a veteran member now! woohoo🏆
 

J_dude

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-40̷ predicted this week... I think she will stay parked for that.
😝😝 That is *with* the windchill I hope..? (Some people use the windchill numbers, to be more dramatic or something lol)
Predicted lows getting down around -35 here this week, already January and I still ain't ready for it 😂
 

Bradm

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Gave it a small Italian tune up. A month of 0̷ to -12°C and only 15 minute drives, I felt bad for her. Got up to operating temps, cruised a while for the oil to warm up, and did some decent pulls. -40̷ predicted this week... I think she will stay parked for that.

Oo - I guess I am a veteran member now! woohoo🏆
my buddy from Canada use to blast this while doing “Italian tune ups”😂
 

ts888

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The forecast says we are due a fairly significant snowfall over the weekend, so today I bolted on my winter tires on silly 17 inch Audi fat five wheels. Common sense says skinny is better for winter tires, but common sense didn't give me set of free winter tires. A customer with a TT did, and I am far too cheap to pass up a deal like that.
 

The Cream Dolphin

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😝😝 That is *with* the windchill I hope..? (Some people use the windchill numbers, to be more dramatic or something lol)
Predicted lows getting down around -35 here this week, already January and I still ain't ready for it 😂
I wish I was J_dude haha no I have always been a staunch believer of straight up. I never use wind chill, it is a scam anyway, just for fearmongering
Depending on the source you use, predictions are from -39 to -45, so who knows. I just averaged it, my usual TWN says -39°C no wind chill. That said, it is only -5 today, and 25cms of snow at the ski hill, so life is good.


my buddy from Canada use to blast this while doing “Italian tune ups”😂
Classic indeed. Chainsaws, we operate em bud. I am a purist in my car though, unless someone burns that on a cd or cassette, my car will not play it :( I do have a cassette/aux adapter, I just like CDs, cassettes, and CBC.

The forecast says we are due a fairly significant snowfall over the weekend, so today I bolted on my winter tires on silly 17 inch Audi fat five wheels. Common sense says skinny is better for winter tires, but common sense didn't give me set of free winter tires. A customer with a TT did, and I am far too cheap to pass up a deal like that.
We are getting snow too I am pumped, about time. And I also have a free mediocre pair of winters. Stock size though, "Avalanches" or something. Not technically free, they cost an old pair of my brothers ski boots that no one used any more.
 

benmarks

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While I don't have them in hand yet, today Cascade German helped me finally locate the carpeted trunk trim parts from a European 4Motion sedan. I'd been searching for these parts for over two years! The sedans I guess were super rare. These were the last remaining parts I needed to complete my retrofit. Now, I can finally use the shorter 4Motion net repair kit I had previously bought as new ;)


 

braddies

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03 golf ALH
Started it at 45°f, turned right over with the usual filling-rattling idle. Changed out a headlight, cleaned oxidation out of right rear bulb tray and now have the reverse light on the right side.
Removed the left taillight tray and cleaned up the contacts for the bulbs, the left side reverse light now works! But the weird thing is, while leaving the key on engine off with the driver's door open, with the door-ajar warning going "ding,ding" the moment I plugged that left taillight bulb tray into the harness the "dinging" doubled in frequency, twice as many dings per second!
Still no left tail blinker either, wondering if I need to soak the bulb tray in something to clean up the water-intrusion corrosion
 

Rrusse11

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Emptied my catch can, coupla' ounces in there, doing its job of keeping oil out of the intake.
Oil level is the same as when I had to put a liter in a few weeks ago. Yeah, I've been lax.
Filled the tank, getting poor FE what with winter fuel, short hops and driving heavy on the foot
to slosh the fuel around in the interest of dealing with what I believe was a bit of sludge clogging
up the fuel gauge sensor.

No sign of the valve cover leaking. I suspect they mostly get overtightened, I believe they should just float.
I used one of the spares I've got sitting around in inventory, this was done last spring, so it appears to have
been a successful install.

Gotta' get rountuit with some logs for Burpod. I also would like to get the injectors recalibrated with some higher
pressures, I'm sure that would help with a new tune tweak for better FE.

And here's a good read on the current rise in traffic deaths, pretty grim:
 

IndigoBlueWagon

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Emptied my catch can, coupla' ounces in there, doing its job of keeping oil out of the intake.
In the past, every time Jeff from Rocketchip saw the CCV pipe going into my intake he'd say "you got to get rid of that." But I never did. Intake remains clean and no oil in the intercooler that I know of. Literally haven't checked it in years. If you don't baby these cars oil accumulation isn't an issue, at least in my experience.
 

KrashDH

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In the past, every time Jeff from Rocketchip saw the CCV pipe going into my intake he'd say "you got to get rid of that." But I never did. Intake remains clean and no oil in the intercooler that I know of. Literally haven't checked it in years. If you don't baby these cars oil accumulation isn't an issue, at least in my experience.
Having run a catch can, as well as stock configuration, I can tell you that oil can still get down in the intercooler in BOTH setups. Not much with the can, but it still gets down there.
And I guarantee you I run my car harder then your average owner
 

Rrusse11

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The evidence, oil accumulation in the can, is that some oil is being removed. Works for me.
IBW, Jeff was keen for me to run one, who am I to argue? ULSD is clearly cleaner and better, and
I assure you and Krash that I don't baby the car. Necessary? perhaps not, but last inspection of the
turbo was it was clean. Didn't cost much, straightforward install.

Lol, it's like additives, oil types, etc etc, whatever floats your boat. I'm happy having one.
 

Rrusse11

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An addendum ; to catchcan or not; it does help remove oily vapor from the entire intake track.
Including things like the MAF, the intercooler, where a common recommendation is to check for oil
accumulation, etc. Certainly when I replaced my OEM original with a taco type SMIC, the immediate
improvement in air flow was remarkable. I should have cut it open to verify my supposition that the
interior was gummed up with oil/sludge.

Same with the EGR system, yes cleaner fuel helps a lot in preventing them from gunking up, but the
very fact of its existnece, as with the engine vapor recirculation, does improve emissions.
Both are incremental "slight" improvements, but it all adds up to the point that the manufacturers
think they help improve the "cleanliness" of the entire system.

On a modded car, like mine, the most basic improvements are increased fuel and air. With a VNT 15,
it's easy to "max" it out, my 17/22 gets used a lot less at WOT. It getting "coked up" is a fairly common
complaint.

I'd rather spend the $50 on a catchcan than the same for eg. the turn signal 3 flash mod. I can hold my
finger down a tad longer NP, while the catchcan is working ALL the time. :) Yeah, I'm frugal.
 

P2B

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An addendum ; to catchcan or not; it does help remove oily vapor from the entire intake track.
Including things like the MAF, the intercooler, where a common recommendation is to check for oil
accumulation, etc.
The MAF is upstream of the CCV, so no oily vapor there. Most of the oil that accumulates in intercoolers is from the turbo - minor leakage is inherent to the bearing design.
 

KrashDH

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The MAF is upstream of the CCV, so no oily vapor there. Most of the oil that accumulates in intercoolers is from the turbo - minor leakage is inherent to the bearing design.
Yup, this here. Regardless of the oil that was in the catch can , there's still going to be oil that gets into the IC.

I too have a aluminum SMIC. Was pretty easy to drill and tap it for a little drain screw.
Was worth it for me to get the catch can out of the engine compartment and make room for things in there that I considered more important.

I ran the CC for a while. But the juice wasn't worth the squeeze in the end. Before it, I never had much oil collect in the IC anyway. Couple tbsp. When I was running the CC, still had the same couple tbsp collect in there.
 

Rrusse11

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" The MAF is upstream of the CCV "

Oops, right you are. I did thank of that after posting, lol, shoulda' edited that bit out. Still, that engine block
vapor is going somewhere, or not. I'm catching something I don't want from, at the very least, the inside of
the pipes.

Krash,
And I take your point about IC oil coming from the turbo, nevertheless, less oil, vapor or otherwise, is better.
Mebbe a can on the turbo outlet to the SMIC is called for. I'll have to check my IC to see if there's anything
in there. Lol, I figgered I might be poking the hornets nest of peoples opines on the subject,,,,,,,,
 
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