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      07-18-2019 07:57 PM #1776
      Big ass evap leak, no CEL yet though. Anyone have a clue what it would cost to refresh all the evap lines?


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      07-21-2019 05:12 PM #1777
      An expensive week here.

      Replaced the Haldex controller and a passenger side door lock actuator.

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      07-22-2019 12:34 AM #1778
      need to repair passenger door wires
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      07-22-2019 04:49 PM #1779
      Quote Originally Posted by L_A_456 View Post
      need to repair passenger door wires
      Did the harness start to fray at the segment between the door and the frame, causing broken/faulty connections? If it never happened to your driver's door, would be surprising... unless you're often not driving solo.
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      07-23-2019 12:19 AM #1780
      did the drivers harness a couple of years ago. just finished the passenger side but still no window up or down. i hear the window motor click when the button is used. time to open up the door panel and look at the motor.
      4 rings and a Vizsla to drive me insane

    7. Member absolutt's Avatar
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      07-25-2019 02:59 PM #1781
      Quote Originally Posted by L_A_456 View Post
      did the drivers harness a couple of years ago. just finished the passenger side but still no window up or down. i hear the window motor click when the button is used. time to open up the door panel and look at the motor.
      Did you have to solder in an extra length of wire for several of them? In my case, I used a crimp coupler that seemed to work, for the most part, but just the other day my key fob stopped responding to unlock. Everything else works and the fob will lock all doors, but does not unlock. Probably another wire frayed.
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      07-26-2019 01:14 AM #1782
      i soldered extra wire to the broken ones and the ones that were cracking. so basically all of the wires.
      4 rings and a Vizsla to drive me insane

    9. Member absolutt's Avatar
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      07-30-2019 07:35 PM #1783
      Well, if you were ever curious where your FCM (fuel control module) is located... it's probably the last place you'd look. Under the rear seat!

      I removed my rear seat for a replacement. I was actually surprised at how easy it is to remove the bottom cushion. After removing it, I see this peculiar contraption. A round plastic disc with weather stripping around it, and this electronic module.







      While the plastic disc seems like all that's required is to just pull up forcing a release of tabs, you need to use a shim of some kind around the rim. I inadvertently broke off one of the plastic tabs. Still fits OK though. Underneath the disc there was dirt buildup. Looks like there's several layers of sheet metal with gaps throughout, allowing dust/debris to circulate.
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      07-31-2019 11:31 AM #1784
      It is sitting on top of the low pressure (in tank) fuel pump.
      I had the relay and the pump replaced a few months ago- was getting fuel cuts with high outside ambient temperatures, and my fuel pump sounded a bit wonky when I opened the driver door.
      Cured both.
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    11. Member absolutt's Avatar
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      08-01-2019 11:40 AM #1785
      Quote Originally Posted by skotti View Post
      It is sitting on top of the low pressure (in tank) fuel pump.
      I had the relay and the pump replaced a few months ago- was getting fuel cuts with high outside ambient temperatures, and my fuel pump sounded a bit wonky when I opened the driver door. Cured both.
      Good to hear you got it figured out. Seems a little weird that the fuel system wouldn't be more robustly shielded from the passenger cabin.
      There's a socket in that round plastic part that is empty on mine. Do you have any idea of what was meant to fit inside it?
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      08-01-2019 06:02 PM #1786
      I've been having the random LOW OIL PRESSURE TURN ENGINE OFF (or something to that effect), I've replaced the upper oil sensor, didn't resolve issue. I tested the oil pressure and it's good so I'm very happy with that. I bought https://www.europaparts.com/oil-leve...06e907660.html and will be replacing it tomorrow.
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      08-02-2019 09:30 AM #1787
      Quote Originally Posted by absolutt View Post
      There's a socket in that round plastic part that is empty on mine. Do you have any idea of what was meant to fit inside it?
      Sorry, not sure what it's for.
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      08-12-2019 08:25 PM #1788
      I've got this going on, anyone have any ideas?

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      08-12-2019 11:12 PM #1789
      I believe I had the same codes (including the camshaft advanced timing) when my tensioner went couple months ago. I had 5 bent valves as a result of it.

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      08-13-2019 11:54 AM #1790
      A light just came on this morning for defective auto leveling headlight. Haven't had a chance to look into it, but hopefully it resolve itself because those things cost like $800 a piece.

    17. Member absolutt's Avatar
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      10-12-2019 09:17 PM #1791
      Last year I'd had that typical problem older A3's suffer from -- some electrical functions stopped working due to frayed wires at the bend point on door harnesses. In my case there were 2 wires that were faulty. The brown one and red/green one. All I had at the time to fix the problem was some crimp connectors. The brown one was fixed with a crimp connector. The red/green one was only half frayed, so I protected it with electrical tape, figuring this would do the job.

      Fast forward to the summer, my remote could no longer unlock the car. I had to use the physical key instead. Also, the driver's window wouldn't go down any longer, but all the others worked. I discovered that the red/green wire fully separated this time. The brown wire "appears" to be connected. I can't quite confirm as the metal crimp part isn't see-through. So I fixed the separated red/green wire with a heat shrink solder connector. It seemed to work fine.

      My driver's window function is restored. However, I still can't unlock my car with the remote.

      I'd like to avoid disturbing the previous fix I made to the brown wire if it's not the issue. Does anyone here have enough experience with the driver's door loom to know which wires control which functions? Because if the brown wire doesn't control the unlock command, then it must be a more problematic issue with a different wire. I thoroughly examined it (with rubber sheath still attached) and cannot see any other frayed wires.

      Thanks for any help.
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      10-21-2019 04:07 PM #1792
      My 2007 3.2Q has 2 issues:

      1) CEL points to a bad cat converter! Ugh. Sounds pricey...
      2) Had some coolant leaking on the driveway and the VW dealer says it's leaking from the thermostat. I guess the gasket for that housing?? They want $1200 to fix?

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      10-23-2019 07:43 PM #1793
      Quote Originally Posted by tbvvw View Post
      2) Had some coolant leaking on the driveway and the VW dealer says it's leaking from the thermostat. I guess the gasket for that housing?? They want $1200 to fix?
      $1200 suggests a much more severe problem than just a gasket... unless they're purposefully trying to fleece you. It could be possible that the gasket has degraded enough to leak. Best bet would be to check it out visually, clean off all grime around the housing, then tape some paper towel around it, leave overnight, then check in the AM to see if it absorbed any coolant. But you might want to do this not long after driving the car, so everything is sufficiently warmed up first.
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      10-24-2019 07:55 AM #1794
      Quote Originally Posted by absolutt View Post
      $1200 suggests a much more severe problem than just a gasket... unless they're purposefully trying to fleece you. It could be possible that the gasket has degraded enough to leak. Best bet would be to check it out visually, clean off all grime around the housing, then tape some paper towel around it, leave overnight, then check in the AM to see if it absorbed any coolant. But you might want to do this not long after driving the car, so everything is sufficiently warmed up first.
      They say (and I simply do not know) that it's mostly labor due to the amount of things that need to come off the car to get to the thermostat? The VW SA says the manifold, parts of the front end need to come off for access?? Are they wrong?

      This is for my 3.2 VR6. For my 2.0T A3, that same job is 30% of the VR6.

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      10-25-2019 10:42 AM #1795
      My A3 was making a weird whistling/whining noise so I went ahead and replaced the PCV gaskets. I will say, the whole process of getting the intake manifold off was a bit of a nightmare and my dumbass accidentally broke one of the injector clips trying to put everything back together. Whoever designed the intake manifold for this car should burn in hell. The sound went away at least.

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      10-25-2019 12:55 PM #1796
      Quote Originally Posted by tbvvw View Post
      They say (and I simply do not know) that it's mostly labor due to the amount of things that need to come off the car to get to the thermostat? The VW SA says the manifold, parts of the front end need to come off for access?? Are they wrong?

      This is for my 3.2 VR6. For my 2.0T A3, that same job is 30% of the VR6.
      Ouch. Sorry to hear that. Yeah, that's one of the key issues I had with the VR6 & why I went with a 2.0T. The VR6 is so crammed into the Golf & A3, that service is a nightmare for things like this. Enterprising VR6 owners may have come up with "shortcuts" to take care of things like thermostat replacement. Might be worth searching around to see what has been sourced.
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      10-25-2019 05:49 PM #1797
      You can get to the thermostat. Take out throttle body duct and air box top and bottom, its all under there. Get the good hose clamp tool with the cable operated jaws. Ive done it more than once on my vr6 a3. No need to remove any manifolds. Just the plastic tstat housing that is bolted to the side of the engine, with a bunch of hoses clamped to it. You can reach down in there and get to it. Get all the o rings ahead of time, like for the crack pipe.

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      10-25-2019 09:27 PM #1798
      Some idiot backed into my car

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      10-25-2019 09:29 PM #1799
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      Some idiot backed into my car

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      10-25-2019 11:11 PM #1800
      Quote Originally Posted by #123 View Post
      Some idiot backed into my car
      Ouch... man, I feel your pain. My unattended fender-bender wasn't as bad... the right fender near the headlight was swiped, making a subtle impression and compromising the headlight seal (it now gathers condensation on very cold humid days). Not bad enough to warrant the high cost of fixing, but every time I look at it, I feel a tinge of annoyance (curse the **** who did it). Anyway, hope your insurance covers it. Make sure you get replacement side markers. Get white or smoked ones & install amber bulbs. Will be a nice improvement on the front end.
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