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#98 of 147 Where do I add transmission fluid for 99 Passat?
Mar 20, 2005 (6:22 pm)
I bought a used 99 Passat 20v turbo 1.8 that didn't come with an owner's manual. I've drained the transmission fluid but I can't figure out where to add it. Can anyone explain it?
#99 of 147 Re: bleeding brakes [bdevil]
Mar 27, 2005 (8:57 am)
Hello All: Looking for some info. Am considering diy on my 1999 Passat rear pads (no pulsing or scraping sounds on the rotors so I am only doing pads). You seem to know about brakes so I would like to ask you a few questions if you don't mind.
Do you know the correct size of the allen wrench and crescent wrench needed to do the job?
Is it really necessary to replace the bolts? Haynes manual says yes.
Also, Haynes says you can retract the pistons using "a pair of needle nose pliers" but they don't illustrate that. Is it necessary to apply pressure while you rotate the piston or does it "screw" itself back?
I have done disc brakes on a 1990 buick and replaced one caliper on a saab. How good do you have to be to do this job and get the complex parking brake adjustment right?
Any help is appreciated.
Larry Lapham laurencelaphamaol.com
#100 of 147 Spark plug replacement on 1995 Volkswagen Jetta
Mar 30, 2005 (10:16 am)
I tried to replace the plugs on a 1995 Jetta yesterday and found that 2 of the plugs were not accessible and 2 of them barely accessible. What items need to be removed in order to change the plugs on a Jetta?
#101 of 147 Re: Spark plug replacement on 1995 Volkswagen Jetta [donshar]
Mar 30, 2005 (11:20 am)
You can access the other two spark plugs by either 1)using a swivel socket attachment or 2) removing the upper section of the intake manifold
#102 of 147 Crazy Maintenance Plan
Mar 30, 2005 (6:27 pm)
OK....I'm approaching 40k on my '03 Jetta, 1.8T, Automatic. I'm loving the car, but I have some complaints.
Problems: I've had it in the shop for a fallen power window, a brake sensor that clogged with ice, a fallen gas tank door button (girlfriend pushed LIGHTLY instead of pulling up the first time she filled it up). Nothing major, but those are annoying reasons to sit in the shop.
Problem: When I start the car after it's sat for a few hours, it's sluggish for about the first 2000 feet I drive. If I'm in my space and back out, sometimes it has even shut off on me. Any ideas as to what this could be?
Complaint: This isn't having to do with the problems. Their maintenance schedule is completely insane. Approaching 40k, I've already been warned that the 40k service is going to run me about $400. I've tried to get things done at other shops, but all are the same or more expensive than the dealer. So, after that service, I will have put about $1000 into maintenance for just 1 1/2 years. My girlfriend's Honda Civic asks for nothing more than tire rotations and oil changes for 100k, and she gets those for free through her dealer. So, I'm inches away from trading.
I love the car, but it's costing way to much to keep maintained and it has an annoying problem (I'm mentioning the problem on Saturday.)
#103 of 147 Re: Spark plug replacement on 1995 Volkswagen Jetta [600kgolfgt]
Mar 31, 2005 (8:21 am)
What is involved in removing the upper section of the intake manifold?
#104 of 147 Re: Spark plug replacement on 1995 Volkswagen Jetta [donshar]
Mar 31, 2005 (10:37 am)
Removing a lot of special 8-point hex bolts, replacing that manifold gasket, etc.
You will be better off choosing option #1. The cost of getting a flex or swivel socket attachment will be a lot less than the special tools needed to remove the manifold. After looking inside my engine, replacing the inner spark plugs is definitely doable with a flex or swivel socket.
#105 of 147 Non-dealer services recom in Central VA?
Apr 04, 2005 (7:01 am)
Wondering if anyone can recom. a good non-dealer mechanic for my VW. I've got
an 05 Passat 1.8T 4motion wagon (love it on mountain curves!!) w/ 4K miles. Wonderful car to date.
I'm in C'ville...so anything in this area would be greatly appreciated!
#106 of 147 Passat decarbonization?
Jun 03, 2005 (6:49 am)
Can anyone teach me a little bit about "decarbonization?" I took my 2002 Passat into the dealership for 40,000 mile maintenance, and they recommended this "decarbonization" process for $170. Since I didn't know anything about it, I declined until I could do a little research. This process isn't listed in the VW manual. Can anyone help me with this?
#107 of 147 Problems with the release of the rear lid door
Jun 12, 2005 (9:25 am)
I'm hoping someone out there can offer an answer to my problem. I own a 2001 Jetta wagon and cannot get the rear lid door to release. I can insert the master key to unlock (turning the key to the left) but once I touch the handle, you can hear the locking mechanism kick in and it automatically locks itself again. It does the same thing when I unlock the car with the toggle button on the driver's door. Is there anything I can do short of taking it to the dealer? Has anyone ever heard of this?