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  1. Car is not starting after the cold weather

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    After the recent cold weather, car is not starting, tried to jumpstart but didn't work. Engine makes sound like its just about to start and gives up. Someone told me the fuel line could be frozen and just wait until it warms up. What else can I try right now, I heard about adding Heet to the...
  2. EVP Purge Solenoid

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    Thanks, the way you explained sounds easy but I don't have all the tools and haven't done this before. Do you think $400 is too much to pay for this job, or should I look at other mechanic shops?
  3. EVP Purge Solenoid

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    It's 2003 V6. Is it easy for DIY? Any instructions on how to go about it?
  4. EVP Purge Solenoid

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    The check engine light is on and I've to get the emission test done. I took to Meinike and was told that EVP Purge Solenoid needs to be replaced, it's not a critical component but have to fix this for the emission test. The estimate was $400 including parts and labor. Is this a reasonable price...
  5. Do you get poor mileage in winter?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Doesn't all the gas contain 10% ethanol by default, irrespective of the season? I'm just curious as to what changes in gas formulation are made for winter and why. Whats the point of subsidizing ethanol if it gives poor mileage?
  6. Do you get poor mileage in winter?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I had noticed that the Passat was giving poor mileage during winter even with heater off, based on the dash indicator it was showing ~16-20 MPG. but now in summer for the same travel it gives upwards of 22-24 MPG. Is this common that in winter the mileage drops?
  7. Steering wheel issues

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    I tried to turn the steering wheel when the car if off and it feels normal, the play kkis not more than an inch, however once the steering is locked, the steering wheel can still move a bit not as much as when it's locked, but I think earlier when locked it was like almost fix in one position...
  8. Steering wheel issues

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    all new tires ~ 33psi, alignment balancing was done alongwith new tires, tie rod ends and bushing. I first noticed funny steering yesterday and again today morning it was like that. How can I pinpoint whether its caused by TRE or bushing (both are actually new < 2months)
  9. Steering wheel issues

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    I had outer tie rod ends and bushing replced about a couple of months ago. Could it be related? I'll chacke on the free play today again.
  10. Steering wheel issues

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    It seems like I have to really turn the steering wheel all the way, even for regular left/right turns around the corner (not sharp turns) it requires complete rotation of the wheel, feeld weird. Is it time to change the fluid? BTW it 03 Passat GLX V6 auto.
  11. Door lock gone crazy? lock unlocks automatically

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    This evening as driving back, crossed over a bumpy railroad crossing, and then suddenly heard beep and the dash saying "Luggage compartment open". It happened 2-3 times, eventhough the trunk was not open. Weird, and that beep sounded really dreadful, its like driving and suddenly it goes "teeeee"
  12. Door lock gone crazy? lock unlocks automatically

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    Today morning as I was driving, I noticed that the rear right side door lock was locking unlocking by itself, happened 5-6 times in 10 mins, didn't drive long enough to test whether it was speed dependent but it looked like so, but that was weird, never happened before. Now, pls don't tell me to...
  13. Low gas mileage

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    Sleeperwagon, You mentioned above that you had to clean MAF, did you have similar problems (low mpg) with new K&N filter. and does mpg get back to normal after a few months of use?
  14. Why I won't mod my Daily Driver

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    I replaced stock filter to K&N to improve mpg, but it has actually dropped, and I'm seriously considering going back to regular filter. Probelms with K&N filetr seems to be wide spread, I wonder if our passats are allergic to it because everywhere (amazon and other places) you see raving reviews...
  15. Low gas mileage

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  16. Low gas mileage

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I am assuming that you are still using K&N filter, did you also have similar problem (low mpg) or any other symptoms and has mpg improved after using it for some time and if so, then how long it takes for mpg to get back to normal?
  17. Low gas mileage

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    Yes, I took it to a shop, which seemed to be familiar with working on VW. I had no previous experience with them, since I moved here three months back. I'm thinking, I'll just take it back there to find out whats going on and get a regular air filter.
  18. Low gas mileage

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Anyone? After reading the above link, should I still try to clean MAF even if there is no code for that or just replace K&N with regular air filter and leave MAF as it is?
  19. Low gas mileage

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Are there any instructions, pics of where exactly MAF & air filter are located?
  20. Low gas mileage

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Is it easy to clean MAF, can I do it myself or I've to take it to the shop. If K&N is oily and casues a problem with MAF, then why is it getting good reviews. Most reviews talk about improving mpg, but no one mentioned about MAF. anyways....
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