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  1. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    How does a person tell what type of shock absorber system they have? Parts diagrams show the same picture, so there must be a material difference between 'for sport' vs 'stock'. I need to buy this "Passat Shock Bumper Front 8D0412131" but I get the "for sport" - ECS is a good example. Thanks
  2. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hello, I own a 2003 b5.5 AWM w/90k I recently did an oil change and added a bit of injector cleaner into my next fillup. I installed a boost gauge the other day and during the test drive my CEL started flashing. So I changed the Coil Packs and Plugs (which were fried). Some of the plugs...
  3. CARiD.com
    Finding the right tire to fit on a vehicle is not easy. If you want proof of the difficulty, just look at the caravan of tire trucks that follow rally teams around the world. There are different profile tires, there are different rubber compounds and there are tire tread patterns for all kinds...
  4. B5 Garage
    My car has been out of commission for some time, as it started once but recently it only cranks but does not turn over. Long story short, the compression test & the leak down test showed low numbers and possible 4 of my intake valves were leaking. I went to get the head rebuilt & all was fine...
  5. Anything Auto
    Does anyone have recommendations for a book that is good at teaching the basics of how autombile engines (including turbochargers, etc.) and transmissions work? I'm fairly handy with tools and able to make lots of repairs around the house and on appliances since I'm pretty good at figuring...
  6. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I have to do this to help out my fellow :b5: s. I can't stand seeing all of this wrong information being posted so, I'll post some useful guidelines to help the handling impaired. Understeer- increasing the steering input doesn't change the direction the car is traveling. AKA snowplow affect...
  7. Mobile Electronics
    Hey guys, well i've reached the point in modding where im wanting to modify my sounds. Im getting a deal from a friend for a full Priemer sound system, deck, amps, satelite speakers, subs, cables, x-over and other components. I've installed my sound system on my 86.5 supra, but i imagine there...
  8. B5 Information-Base
    Edmunds has a great set of 4 articles covering suspension basics. Here are the links: Suspension Basics I: Shake, Rattle and Roll Suspension II: Still Rocking After All These Years Suspension III: Active Suspension Systems Suspension IV: Improving Your Suspension
  9. B5 Information-Base
    Here's a quick faq on engines and whatnot, hopefully someone learns something from this if you can make any sense out of it. Some of the info is just nice to know and I apologize in advance if parts of it are really basic, but I was instructed to include that. The three requirements of an...
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