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      Dude, where's my volts?

      I had a sudden alternator failure - no warning lights or beeps, it just stopped working and the battery died. So I replaced it. Now I get a pretty regular beeping, sometimes with the battery light,...
    3. Just getting around to a follow up: on the 12V...

      Just getting around to a follow up: on the 12V VR6, it's much easier to reach up from under the car to remove the 2 screws that hold the Combi valve on to the pipe that goes into the head. No reason...
    4. If only the SAIP system had the staying power of...

      If only the SAIP system had the staying power of this thread.........

      ('01 VR6)

      Another approach, but I'm not sure what it tells me:

      I've had the 0411 for many months, I'm getting the...
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      Don't get frustrated if that doesn't fix it. It...

      Don't get frustrated if that doesn't fix it. It still might be the rears. They are a little easier, but parts are more expensive.

      Use a dremel slot and chisel on the inner race, it's faster than...
    6. I was just working on my daughter's MKV last...

      I was just working on my daughter's MKV last night, noticed they changed the bad horizontal bearing design on the control arm to vertical. Who thought that was ever a good idea?
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      I've only had this happen on VWs, and can't...

      I've only had this happen on VWs, and can't explain why, but the bearings sometimes make more noise when they are UNLOADED.

      at 80K miles, I had roar turning and braking, changed the front bearings...
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      Coil spring settling?

      Just put new coils on the rear of my VW GTI MKIV (130K miles). Checked the specs, these appear to be the correct springs. Car rides a lot higher in the rear now, still after about 75 miles. (First...
    9. two months? down to wires? scary in rain? ...

      two months? down to wires? scary in rain?

      This is much more than toe in! It's actually more likely camber. How many miles on the car? How are you ball joints? And the ball joint mounting...
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      VW MKIV front brakes not wearing?

      I am in the midst of a suspension/brake rebuild. It started as just suspension, until I noticed the rear brakes close to done. On to the front, those brakes might be 10% worn. Last time I did the...
    11. You may need a full flush, not a bleed. Flush...

      You may need a full flush, not a bleed. Flush every 2 years
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      any experience with leather seat kits?

      My front seats are torn, my own fault for not keeping up, I suppose (and leaving the sunroof open inteh rain didn't help).

      Has anyone tried any of the leather seat upholstry replacement kits? ...
    13. If you are going to change O2 sensors, might as...

      If you are going to change O2 sensors, might as well do both. But it is sounding like you may need a cat. They have a rep for failing anyway, with all the gunk that probably ended up in yours from...
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      There is a cluster of wires in a rubber flex...

      There is a cluster of wires in a rubber flex conduit near the left hinge of the rear hatch. Look for bad insulation in there.
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      Mine are ripped, no fix in a bottle for me! ...

      Mine are ripped, no fix in a bottle for me!

      I found this site:

      http://www.autoseatskins.com/volkswagen-golf-katzkin-leather-s/179.htm

      I'm not sure if it would cost the same to...
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      1. Everybody's cluster dims in the heat as it...

      1. Everybody's cluster dims in the heat as it gets old.

      2. There's no flicker when brightness is full because the lights are flickering brighter, not dimmer. Mine does the same thing, could...
    17. The Seafoam will not correct your misfires, it...

      The Seafoam will not correct your misfires, it will clean all the crud out of your cylinders that's built up because of your misfires. If you don't fix the problem first, the Seafom is useless.
      ...
    18. From the looks of that plug, the PO did little...

      From the looks of that plug, the PO did little maintenance. And your cylinders are probably so gunked up you actually have a 1.8L 12V now.

      Things to start with: Seafoam the engine. Clean...
    19. fix the vacuum leak before going after any...

      fix the vacuum leak before going after any injectors. A vacuum leak can cause a rich mixture, which is exactly what your symptoms sound like, codes only reinforce that diagnosis.

      always start...
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      boosting octane /= boosting performance or...

      boosting octane /= boosting performance or mileage.

      Higher Octane = higher resistance to ignition. It ALLOWS you to run more advanced timing or increased compression. If your VW doesn't...
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