I'm going to be honest, I don't know what that is or what it actually does. But that's the way it's supposed to be.
I remember years back a bunch of us were trying to figure out what that thing does, I don't ever remember hearing a definite purpose other than that's the way it came from the factory.
So in short, don't sweat it. It's normal. Got one on my wife's 2003 GLX. It just hangs there.
Drove mine for the 1st time in a month after putting 6K on the Tiguan the last 3 weeks. Decided I can live without it since I have been spoiled by the new Tiguan and my wife will not let me sell her Golf. Time to get some work done to prepare it for sale.
Ordered a timing belt kit and fuel filter for #3, my youngest son's 2000 V6 FWD wagon. He's had it for just over 5 years and about 100K. Last changed when we bought it. Lot's of work to do in the next 2 weeks before he heads home to Cincinnati.
My son claims an oil leak, but I did VCG, CCT and cam caps last year along with cleaning the PVC. I do have to find a coolant leak, he has to add some every month. I've replaced the coolant pipe O-rings and heater hoses already. The T-belt was a Gates Racing belt and the rest was all OEM VW. I would not have gone this long on aftermarket parts. I also ordered spark plugs as I don't think I have replaced them since just after we bought it.
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I didn't do anything per se, except watch in disbelief as some omen hexed my car this morning on the commute into work. Cruising a comfortable 90mph on I-10 my front left blinker assembly decided it wasn't worthy of being attached to my car anymore. I looked in utter amazement at the blinker assembly bouncing around and skidding down the roadway as the sharp corners were flying off in every direction and thought to myself, boy that sure looks like a B5 blinker housing. Moments later when I needed to move over a lane it was obvious that it was mine from the rapid clicking noise of the flasher relay. What a suck-ass way to start my day
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Dropped the exhaust and removed rear axles to get ready to replace side rear diff seals and front driveshaft seal.
Wirebrushed rust spots on body and subframe, and sprayed Kroil on nut and bolts prior to loosening.
I've dropped that corner light too. The plastic cracks where the spring clips in and it goes flying. I have an aftermarket clear on that side and OEM on the other.
Replaced the Secondary Air Pump hose - the 100 second cold start noise is now gone. Yahoo! I broke the quick disconnect/connect though. I need to not buy cheap parts from Amazon.
Picture of old hose
Replaced the AC Belt - went from under the car so I didn't need to pull the bumper out into service mode.
2004 VW Passat GL 1.8T
Replaced rear Koni yellows last week. They were badly rusted after 90k miles (new bump stops etc). Lots of maintenance stuff this month. New water pump and belts, etc (last done 100k miles ago, 5/12). New brake pads (last done 150k miles). New boots on ds axle, inner boot torn.
Update: 6/16/2019 - since the quick disconnect broke I didn't want to leave it on. Returning it to seller via Amazon. I repaired the hose, taping it with aluminum duct tape (the expensive one used for heating ducts - works like a champ! I should have taken a picture of the repaired hose. Sorry.
Pulled #3 into the garage to diagnose coolant and oil leaks. Saw some oil at the driver's side front VC gasket, pulled the engine cover and found oil filled the plug well and dripped down all over the engine. It looks like he spilled at least 1/4 of the last liter he added. Oil all over the hoses on that side all the way to the oil cooler. I also found the passenger side cam cap leaking a little oil, but not much overall. I already picked up new cam caps as I remember the ones I installed last year were not as tight as I would like. I'll have to power wash the engine before replacing the timing belt and check again for oil leaks.
The coolant tank looked like it cracked at the seam, but considering how he spilled the oil, I suspect he did the same to the coolant. It held 10psi, but I will replace the tank anyway. The V6 eats tanks every 4-5 years anyway and this one has 5yr/95K on it. I noticed the CTS leaking a steady drip at 10psi, luckily I have a new sensor and seal in the garage already.
242K on the car, and I used Mobil1 5W30 Annual Protection last year. It's rated for 20K, but he drove 23K in the last year. He added a total of 5L and it was 1L low. I don't know how much he poured down the side of the engine in the last year. 1L per 4K is pretty good for a V6 with 242K. I will put a funnel in the hatch for the next year of adding oil. Timing belt looked ok, just some small surface cracking after 95K.
Tires looked nearly new after 23K. Considering his last 2 sets of cheap tires only lasted 27K and 28K each, it's good news. They are great in the snow and rain. General Altimax RT43, stock sized 195/65/15. There is a vibration, but I don't know yet if it's a balance issue, bent rim or an axle. I only had 2 hours to check out the car before storms hit and the Tiguan had to go back in the garage. Don't need any hail damage on that!
It's got some pretty good sized cracks on the sides towards the bottom. Won't be long before those start to leak.
I've got about a dozen active orders with ECS Tuning right now, guess I'll just add another one.
Better add some silicone vacuum hose to that order. That cloth valve line looks like crap. After showing such pristine engine build pics, it's a shame you let the rest of the car go
Replaced the stock grill (which I broke some of the plastic tabs on when I did the timing belt a couple of months ago...) with a cheap badgeless one I found online. Still waiting on the BC Racing coilovers that I ordered last week, which I was informed were back ordered and will be delayed an extra 3-4 weeks. 😞 That will give me time to install the aluminum skid plate that I got from ECS Tuning! I learned the hard way with my last lowered Passat how valuable a skid plate is, and I don’t really want to replace oil pans for the rest of the time I own the car. 😉
I honestly can't use that excuse either, cause I haven't wrenched on anything.
Point well taken my friend. It's actually a bit embarrassing and even more so, depressing for me to see how much I've let my car go.
There used to be a day when you could open up any door, trunk lid or hood and all of the jambs, hinge areas and all the places leaves and other junk collects, that used to spotless on my car.
Here's a shot of 1998 Mercury Mystique, 15 years after purchase. That's how my car used to look all the time. No joke.
Changed the coolant flange today. The original lasted for 14 years and back in 2015 I replaced it when it started leaking. Got a cheap one off the eBay then and it lasted only 4 years before started leaking again. So this time got a aluminum one and hopefully for the next few years won't get any leaks. Not a fun job but had to do it as shops charge a big bucks to do it.
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