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#6419 of 6629 what could a backfire do 1995 vw jetta
May 10, 2010 (6:02 am)
I have a 1995 volkswagon Jetta GL III that i recently had to change the timing belt, because of the extra marks on the pulley i put it 180 out and when i went to start it there was a loud backfire and this plastic thing on the top of the motor towards the back exploded. After that i bought a new plastic thing and did the timing right the car runs great for about 5min when cold only then looses power, but seems like it gains some back at exactly 4000 rpm. SO my question is what part could be harmed by a backfire
#6420 of 6629 Re: what could a backfire do 1995 vw jetta [351clevland]
May 10, 2010 (5:52 pm)
Best case - you still have the timing off by a tooth. (so some other minor item)
Worst case - Piston hit valve and physical engine damage occoured.
#6421 of 6629 Seeking general advice about Jetta collision repair
May 16, 2010 (10:17 am)
I don't think I am going to have any problems with this, but want to be educated, so I am looking for general advice on issues to watch out for in getting my Jetta repaired from a collision. I have a 2004 Jetta that was in a minor collision (I hit the car in front of me in slow-moving traffic). I have an appointment with a body shop that has a really good reputation locally. I have the estimate from the independent appraiser that my insurance company hired.
Is it normal for the appraiser to look at your car externally only and not get under the hood? The appraisal was done while I was at work, so I was not present and the appraiser said he did not need to look under the hood. My insurance company, Amica, which I've had good experience with, said they can adjust the estimate later if the body shop finds something when they get into the car or they can start a new claim if additional repair is unrelated.
Even though the collision occurred at a pretty low speed (the other car was a van, and had no damage), my Jetta seemed to get pretty banged up. The hood seems to have gotten misaligned and I am unable to close or open it from the position that it is in. The front of the Jetta is showing damage and is somewhat impacted in.
From what I understand of the appraisal, it is talking about a front bumper cover "assy" (operation: overhaul), remove/replace front bumper cover, refinish front bumper cover, remove/replace front bumper cover molding, refinish front cover molding, remove/replace grille, refinish grille, align hood panel, etc. Parts and labor estimate is a total of approximately $1700. Hourly labor rate is $85 an hour (seems low? I'm in San Francisco.)
One particular question I have is about the paint. The accident seems to have caused the paint to "fracture" is the best way I can describe it. So it looks like if you leave it alone, eventually it is going to peel off in thin long strips. A friend had to get a Camry repaired from an accident, and after the repair, the paint eventually did peel off in long strips like that, so they seem to have not done a proper job in repainting it.
Also, is it normal to make the estimate and make the repairs "based on the use of crash parts supplied by a source other than the manufacturer of a motor vehicle"? (The body shop already ordered the parts.)
Thank you for any advice that you have. It is really nice to be able to use this form.
#6422 of 6629 Re: Seeking general advice about Jetta collision repair [syzygy00]
May 16, 2010 (2:10 pm)
Body shop labor is much less than auto repair labor. Actually, $85 seems high to me, but that's probably due to your high cost location. It has been a few years, but I recall $40-50 being the body shop labor rate around here.
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#6423 of 6629 Re: Seeking general advice about Jetta collision repair [syzygy00]
May 17, 2010 (5:04 pm)
The best general answer I can give you is....
It is normal for the insurance company to try to skru with you and try to get out of it cheep.
DO NOT SIGN ANYTHING until you are completely satsified with the repairs.
Another thing to consider...
Dont forget that your VW has a 10-year/unlimited milage corrosion warantee... if you do not use VW parts... that warantee will be null and void.
#6424 of 6629 Re: Seeking general advice about Jetta collision repair [bpeebles]
May 17, 2010 (9:05 pm)
Okay thanks, these are great points!
Jun 10, 2010 (2:19 am)
my 03 jetta makes kinda like a ticking noise but only when im at 1000-1400 rpms and then it goes away. Does anybody know whats wrong?/
#6426 of 6629 Door Lock Module
Jun 10, 2010 (4:22 am)
Well - here we go again. At 13K miles my front remote door lock module is "acting up" (2009 Jetta Tdi Wagon) - sometimes it locks and sometimes it doesn't - when using key FOB button.
The part is officially called "latch" ( VW part # 3B4-839-016-AP). I had one already replaced on my rear right door back in January this year.
Made an appointment for this Saturday and the dealer has to "special" order this item and in a week or so it will be replaced under warranty.
Seems that VW did not solve these pesky little electrical problems that they have all the time.
Checked again into when (and if) Subaru will introduce their diesels to US market but it does not look bright as they do not have the automatic transmission for their diesel engine (they only have manual - 3rd year in Europe running). Problem is the high torque of their diesel engine that has to match the automatic transmission. New transmission is not even in the pipes in their R&D.
#6427 of 6629 Re: my ticking noise [drewwayne116]
Jun 10, 2010 (5:42 am)
Yep, your timing belt is starting to shred and will shortly come apart trashing your engine. Take it to the shop IMMEDIATELY. I've actually tried to get a class action suit against VW because their timing belts break long before even the recommended "check" date.
Jun 13, 2010 (9:33 pm)
Here's my experience so far. I drive a 2008 Jetta Wolfsburg Edition with 2.0Turbo and DSG transmission. Currently at 46k miles.
The following have been repaired or replaced under warranty.
At 40k the engine intake manifold failed. FYI a new intake manifold plus installation is over $400!
Electronic gremlins such as the alarm going off unprovoked eventually traced to an improperly installed engine wiring harness.
Excessive wind noise from driver door caused by bad rubber seal.
Various ill fitting interior panels replaced.
I received a letter from VW extending the warranty for the DSG transmission to 100k. According to VW certain DSG units may be susceptible to early clutch wear. So far I haven't had this problem.
All service & maintenance performed by the dealership.
That said I am very pleased with the car so far but time will tell