kewl. thanks. My problem since I was a kid is that I love to take things apart and see how they work. But I'd hate to get into something I can't get myself out of. I'm ordering a VW service manual from "wherever.com" to go through everything before I ever have to take it back to the dealer. I really don't want anybody f*cking anything up including myself. Thanks again.
When you remove the filter does oil get all over the engine or is it designed so that it drains in that position?
--> Then again this wouldn't be a good design 'cause oil needs to be in the filter for best oiling during starting the motor.
I took the "beauty cover" off last nIght and took a look around...
My Bently manual is on order thru Amazon.com
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... there might be some sort of check valve in the filter's connection. I would assume that the engines last so long because of the combination of a good lubricating system and that the lube system has some sort of check valve to keep some oil in the filter for quick lubrication at start up. I'm going to do some investigation of a pre-oiler. Has anybody heard of one yet? You know, a 12 volt motor/pump that could operate when the key is turned? It might be able to be rigged to come on for a few seconds and then time-out before the engine starts... I used this kind of application in a small-block chevy I had in an 82 camaro... any thoughts?
When I first got my TDI my dad and I spent about 30 minutes under the hood playing "What the hell is THAT?" It was quite entertaining. Now, everything else looks weird to me. Especially spark plug wires. (I own just two cars now, and there isn't a plug wire to be seen anywhere!)
The clattering is the sound of the empty valve lifters waiting to be filled with oil. It hurts absolutely nothing. When the clattering stops you know that oil has reached all the critical parts and you are ready to drive off. All cars take a few seconds to get the oil pressure up, but very few are kind enough to give you an audible indication! Think of it as a thoughtful engineering touch.
clatterman: It takes very little soot to make the oil black. My oil was shiny clean when I bought the car, and black as pitch 300 miles later. It'll never be perfectly clean.
They serve various functions. The "beauty panel", which many folks here consider to be a hideous blasphemy, definitely dampens the sound of the engine. Especially as heard from outside the car. It also helps to insulate the engine, which is an important consideration for a diesel engine in the winter.
The bottom cover helps deaden sound, too, but its most important jobs are to improve the aerodynamics of the car, and to keep road salt, goo, rocks and debris from messing up the underhood bits. The stuff "down low" is vulnerable to damage and deterioration, and the "belly pan" goes a long way to preventing this.
To remove the top cover: Use a screwdriver to pop out the two circular "plugs". This will expose a pair of 10mm bolts. There is a third 10mm fastener at the rear of the cover. Loosen all three of them and then remove the oil dipstick. The cover lifts right off.
To remove the bottom cover: Put the car up on ramps, and use a T-20 TORX driver to remove the fastening screws.