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#221 of 489 Re: new owner of a 2000 Passat 1,8T [altair4]
Jan 08, 2008 (6:15 pm)
When you change the timing belt, make sure you change to associated parts...tensioner, roller, etc. ECS Tuning sells an Ultimate Timing Belt kit with the following items:
As a 25+ year owner/mechanic of VWs including a pair of 2003 1.8Ts with 77,000 and 110,000 miles respectively (not to mention being a VAG-COM owner) - I've already got that covered, chief. The timing belt service was done on both cars at 65,000 with the complete timing belt service kit from germanautoparts.com - which includes all of the parts you mentioned - especially the Hepu water pump with the metal impeller.
Been there, done that...
#222 of 489 Re: new owner of a 2000 Passat 1,8T [600kgolfgt]
Jan 08, 2008 (8:13 pm)
My reply was meant for Alen3 - I know you know all about that add'l stuff...
#223 of 489 Re: new owner of a 2000 Passat 1,8T [altair4]
Jan 09, 2008 (5:26 am)
Sorry - The subject line in the message threw me off.... My bad...
#224 of 489 Re: new owner of a 2000 Passat 1,8T [600kgolfgt]
Jan 09, 2008 (7:11 am)
Not your bad, but mine. I shoulda slid back to reply to the correct post...
#225 of 489 Re: new owner of a 2000 Passat 1,8T [altair4]
Jan 09, 2008 (10:52 am)
No worries...we all have our moments from time to time...
#227 of 489 97 Passat GLX sedan, mystery oil loss and shifting.
Jan 15, 2008 (12:13 pm)
Hi, I have a black 1997 Passat GLX sedan, 6 cylindar. I bought this car six months ago from the local VW mechanic. When i bought the car it shifted a little bit hard, but other than that, no problems. The person who owed the vehicle before me had put around 2 grand into the transmission, it would not work right. She had taken it to the VW Dealership in State College, PA, and got tired of throwing money into the car and sold it to the guy i bought it off of. He put a new transmission in it, and fixed a few other things before selling it to me.
Now soon after I bought it, my car began slipping gears. It got so bad I had to shift manually. It was never in the right gear, sometimes it would pull out of an interesection in 3rd gear and just dog along. I discovered the only way to make my car run correctly, was to floor it. As odd as that sounds, every time I floored my car it stopped slipping gears, stopped slamming into gears, and ran fine. I no longer had to manually shift it. So i thought I was alright.
Well about a week ago my car started doing something else. It stopping shifting right altogether. It wouldn't go out of first gear until (according to the RPM gage on the dashboard) it hit bewteen 40 RPM's and 45 RPM's. But it has quit slipping gears. Then between 2nd and 3rd gear, it wouldn't shift until it hit around 50 RPM's. Even then it was sometimes a fight to get it into 3rd. The ONLY way to get it to shift is - you guessed it - flooring it. Once I did that it would go into the right gear, and not mess up, and continually shift correctly until I stopped the vehicle.
Now the computer in my vehicle was thinking that every time I hit the gas on my car, that I was flooring it. When I actually did put the pedal to the medal it seemed to override that and run properly. It got continually confused, sometimes on my dashboard all the gears would highlight like my car didn't know what gear it was in. Also, when i pulled out from places or headed uphill, it would jerk forward and back for a few seconds until I floored it. It was explained to me that this computer thought I was hitting the brake and gas at the same time to cause that effect. Now my mechanic has replaced this computer, which resolved some of the problems, but my car is still not sure what gear to go in or what gear it is in.
Also my car is suffering from a mystery oil loss. I have to add about a quart every 2 ro 3 weeks. It is not burning any (nothing coming from the exhaust except in extreeme cold weather) and not dripping anything (I keep a close eye on it and have had my mechanic take a look at a few times).
It has stumped me and everyone else I know.
Has anyone else had this problem or one similiar to it? Or perhaps know what could be wrong? I appreciate any response!
#228 of 489 Re: Passat Oil Issues [pat]
Jan 18, 2008 (10:48 am)
I have a 2006 Passat 3.6 that, for now, the oil changes are being done at the dealer. I am tired of paying $80 for it. Yesterday I went to the dealer and got a filter and 7 quarts of oil. They use Castrol Syntec SAE 5W-40 that has "specially formulated to meet the needs of BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen." On the back it has VW502 00 and 505 00 as well as standards for Mercedes-Benz and BMW. Also states "Offers full synthetic performance specifically to meet the Volkswagen engine warranty requirements, including testing in VW TDI engines." At $6.44 a quart at the dealer I hope to find a better price.
#229 of 489 Re: Passat Oil Issues [bobcat8]
Jan 18, 2008 (10:59 am)
What specs must you meet with the 3.6 engine? You might want to investigate whether Mobil 1 Euro formula (0w-40) fits your needs. It will definitely be less expensive than the dealer's Syntec at regular prices and even moreso when on sale (although that seems to occur more rarely these days).
0w-40 Quick Facts
0w-40 Product Data Sheet
#230 of 489 Re: Passat Oil Issues [bobcat8]
Jan 18, 2008 (10:59 am)
Our local AutoZone sells both Mobil 1 0W-40 and Castrol Syntec 0W-30 for less than $6.00 per quart. Both oils are significantly more robust compared to the oil you just bought because not only do they meet the 502.00 gasoline oil spec, they surpass it by meeting the VW 503.01 spec. FWIW, 505.00 is for Diesel engines, and both of the two oils I mentioned are certified to meet that spec as well.
FWIW, the Mobil 1 oil can also be found at our local Walmart as well as many of our local NAPA dealers.