Tried to drop the tranny pan to replace the filter and change the ATF but it was a failed attempt again. Had all the tools but at the last second 3 tranny bolts got stripped. Chief had already sent me a set of tranny bolts but I could not get these 3 darn bolts out.
So I thought I go ahead and at least change the ATF with fresh Valvoline MaxLife. But for some unknown reason to me I was not able to get a whole gallon of fluid in. It just kept pouring out. Had followed the procedure but don't know why I didn't accept more ATF.
Anyway, this is huge disappointment to me and I know my tranny is under-filled. I don't expect the tranny will last. I let it go and when it dies let it be.
Went back and filled another 2 qt of ATF in the tranny while engine was running. I test drove the car and the 2nd gear was not kicking like before. May be the fluid is at acceptable level now but can't tell for sure. Next few days will prove if the gears shift better than before. I have abandoned my plans to ever drop the pan and do the filter change. Given the age of the car I don't think it's worth of my time/effort and risk. So I'm offering a new filter and gasket that I didn't use at its half price ($20) in case anyone is interested. Thanks for the tip and hints.
Someone stole all 4 center wheel caps off my ride so I finally found the OEM VW replacements. I'm really happy with my purchase because they're a perfect match. These are my new caps https://www.vwpartsprime.com/oem/vol...601171xrw.html
I am planning to return that one shock that expands slower than the other and ask for a replacement. I haven’t installed them yet.
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The old girl got brand new upper and lower control arms, bushings from 034 Motorsports, and a V3 coilover kit from KW. Pictures coming soon.
I looked at my car, after working on 3 doors over the last few weeks, and said "does any other car on the planet require a full time job as a DIY car mechanic?"
Or, fleabay! Are the caps that I bought for Wife Unit's wagon OE? Maybe not. DO they look right? Absolutely. And, they were $16.49 (with free shipping) for FOUR!
Ordered parts for mine. RF outer CV boot split (and, I didn't catch it, and it's been a lot of wet here) - so, CV joint goes knockknock on tight right turns.
Ordered two outer boots (LF is cracked), one outer CV joint, and a pair of front brake hoses (might as well replace the cracked things, while I'm pulling things apart again....)
Still need to do the cam plugs on the wife's 30v. And, I need to do a chain tensioner gasket, and a rear coolant flange, on my 1.8T. All of those parts are here.....
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Swapped the rear passenger door with a used one since the original had a few big dings. Took about 15 minutes. Then I tried to pull the window out of the original door since the tint was darker than the new door's window. Broke the window somehow trying to pop out the little plastic plug that holds the window to the regulator. Then spent an hour or more cleaning up the broken glass, trying to salvage the regulator panel and door lock mechanism from the old door. I guess I should have quit while I was ahead.....
Slap some new Bilstein's in there and you've got a very nice strut assembly. That spare looks brand new!
That bar was bolted to the body by one of the each 3 set of strut bolts. Is that the correct installation?
Also, do I sacrifice smooth ride for lowering the car or can I still get factory ride? I am very foreign to this lowering world, although I believe my black 2003 sedan would look super sexy lowered.
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Gotta admit, I don't know anything about the bar.
Lowering your car to a certain point will not sacrifice ride quality / smooth ride. As long as you don't go to low. At some point in time though, the lower you go the tighter/stiffer the suspension needs to be to keep the tires from tearing off your fenders and the upper control arms from going through the tops of the strut towers.
I haven't run all different kinds of set-ups being lowered, but I would say if your on stock wheels/tires you can safely go down about 1-1/2 inches and still retain the factory ride quality.
I personally ran a set of Bilstein PSS9's on my 2004 GLX sedan with it lowered about 2" (rear) to 2-1/2" (front). With that set-up I was running P235's up front and P265's in the back on 19" wheels. Had the coil-overs set at #6 on the setting dial.
My 2004 GLX was black (as all of my Passat's are black) and yes, it was sexy as hell.
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