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#128 of 147 1996 golf
Jan 12, 2007 (7:28 pm)
anybody know how much? or how many hours it would take? to pull a manual transmission out of a 1996 golf and put a rebuilt back in thanks
#129 of 147 catalytic converter or sensor?
Aug 21, 2007 (5:43 pm)
The diagnostic reading comes out saying that there is a problem with the catalytic converter. This was seven months ago....the car runs fine but the inspection is due next month. The check engine light has remained on throughout this time however it has never blinked but disappeared from time to time for a short while. Is there a sensor around the catalytic converter, and if so could this be the reason for the check engine light? Thanks to anyone who takes the time to read and respond...
#130 of 147 Re: catalytic converter or sensor? [hizzy_gaza]
Aug 21, 2007 (7:07 pm)
It is the -CODE- which comes out as being a problem with the catalytic converter.
Have you run the actual "catalytic converter diagnostics" to see what that tells you?
.... I am assuming since you know what code is causing the CEL, that you are using VAGCOM or somthing simular.
If you are not using an engine diagnostics tool such as VAGCOM.... I strongly suggest you locate one of the many generous VAGCOM owners who are more than happy to hook up your car and run some of the diagnostics.
There are several websites that have State-by-State listings of VAGCOM owners.
Jan 26, 2008 (5:32 am)
New to the golf and new to the site, uk golf 1.4 16v 2004 . Oil filter where is it and how to get it out . I,m pretty good mechanically but this one is a mystery
#132 of 147 Mystery oil filter
Jan 27, 2008 (9:49 am)
Everybody must think I,m stupid , am I right in assuming pan under sump has to be removed and lo and behold oil filter will be exposed . Its cold here waiting for a nice day to attack
#133 of 147 Timing Belt on 2003 Golf (Not Diesal)
Nov 17, 2008 (9:39 am)
Hi, I put a LOT of miles on my call (all highway). I have a 2003 VW Golf with 109k miles on it. It's timing belt time, right? Dealer said to do it at 105k miles. Question: Do I have to have the dealer do it? My guys at Merlin said they can do it (one of them used to work at VW), but was honest and said he's only done 2 timing belts. Makes me nervous. I live in Palatine, IL. Any suggestions? Going to cost a lot huh? Also, is there any other major stuff I need to do now? I did the spark plugs at 40k miles. I change the oil regularly and that's about it...oh...and did brakes about a year or 2 ago and they are fine. THANK YOU! I'm a girl living in a mans world...just kidding!
#134 of 147 Re: Timing Belt on 2003 Golf (Not Diesal) [igallwas]
Nov 18, 2008 (7:57 pm)
You did not mention which of the 3 gasoline VW engines you have in your Gulf but my answer below goes for any of them.
Along with TimingBelt, there are a number of other things that should be changed at same time. (they may not go another 100K miles and if they fail, you have to do the TB all over again)
These other items include;
*)WaterPump (some folks opt to install METAL IMPELLER wp)
*)Oil Seals (crankshaft & camshaft)
*) Serpentine belt
You should pull out the phonebook and make a bunch of calls to various shops. Look for shops that claim to specialize in European vehicles.
Ask pertinent questions like;
*) How many VW TB they changed last month?
*) What other items do THEY recommend replacing at same time? (if they do not mention the above, be wary)
#135 of 147 Spark Plug replacement on 2003 Golf with 110k miles on it
Dec 03, 2008 (10:07 am)
Just want to thank everyone for all their help in the past!
Is replacing the spark plugs on my 2003 VW Golf 2.0L engine a big deal? Can I have my parents small town Mechanic do it who doesn't have really any experience with VW's? He's VERY honest and VERY reliable unlike most of the guys I've found around here in Chicago suburbs. Plus he's a TON cheaper. He thinks he can do it no problem. He turned me down when I asked him to do the timing belt, so I think I can trust he won't bite off more then he can chew. He is extremly smart about engines and cars and is known to fix about anything...
Anyone think this is a really bad idea? Or have any pointers? I haven't had the plugs chanced since my 40k tune up. I got all the belts done (timing belt, some other ones I don't even know what they do but they said they needed to be changed)...
Just trying to make it last, cause lord knows we can't afford a new car!
#136 of 147 Re: Spark Plug replacement on 2003 Golf with 110k miles on it [igallwas]
Dec 04, 2008 (7:21 pm)
Any competent mechanicaly-minded persons with a swivel-head ratchet extension should have no troubles replacing sparkplugs in a 2.0L VW engine.
The maint points are;
*) Do not pull on the sparkplug wires to remove them from the plugs.
*) Clean area where sparkplugs are BEFORE removing so no crud drops into engine.
*)Aluminum heads tend to seeze to the sparkplugs... be careful and use some kind of lube while removing.
*)Use only BOSCH sparkplugs in a VW. (BOSCH invented the sparkplug!!)
*)Apply antiseze to the new plug threads
#137 of 147 Re: Spark Plug replacement on 2003 Golf with 110k miles on it [bpeebles]
Dec 04, 2008 (8:41 pm)
Thank you so much! I will be sure to relay the message and the good pointers! Much appreciated! Have a great holiday! Isa