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  1. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    We had a decent cold snap a few weeks ago and my car would not start. My buddy put his charger on it and all was fine until yesterday. I was using the accessory position with key and airing my tires up with an air compressor in the cigarette lighter. The compressor began to slow so I turned it...
  2. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Do you have to connect HID's harness to the battery? cuz i remember when i had my headlights hid installed, the guy didnt connect anything to the battery and it has been 1 year, my headlights with hid seems to be ok. I want to put hid on my fogs and im not sure if it necessary to hook them to...
  3. B5 Garage
    After some lovely subzero temperatures in Chicago this week, our '99 1.8T Passat wouldn't start. Replaced the old battery yesterday and still had trouble starting it. After some pedal-to-the floor cranking, the car finally started, but was shaking and throwing CELs, even the Stop Oil light...
  4. B5 Garage
    I was trying to take my old battery out since i bought a replacement and somehow stripped the bolt on the positive side. Any takers on how to fix this? The square end is spinning around because of the soft lead.
  5. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Please give me the link or something on how to take off the panel to replace the battery please....wifes 2003 Passat 1.8....Need Reply ASAP
  6. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I searched, maybe not long enough, but anyway my passat is a 2003 with the original battery. I haven't had any starting issues, yet, but I'm thinking I should replace it soon. What is the best replacement battery for a '03 1.8T? Thanks, Steve
  7. B5 Garage
    ok so i seen a few post and read as many as i could find but didnt find a solution yet.. i have a cheap scanner for vw/ audi got the usual code # 17953 (throtlle valve controller) . now it wont idle on its own and if i get the rps to about 1500 it cuts out... so my question is how can i get to...
  8. B5 Garage
    My brother recently purchased an '05 1.8T from a dealer in NJ. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to make the trip, which worked out well for the dealer. Apparently the plastic battery cover was off when my brother got there and popped the hood, but he didn't think to ask about it. He got the car...
  9. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hi all, my friend just got a 2 for 1 deal at Radio shack for pair of Garmin 1400's. Question for you all: my cigarette light is always "on" even after I turn my key off. I'm guessing that the GPS has an on/off switch, but if you leave it on, and you turn off your car, does it eventually drain...
  10. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I got a set of aftermarket HID's and it came with a free harness that connects straight to the battery. Do I really need this? Does anyone run their's without it? (This is not the ballast if anyone is confused)
  11. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Noob question... Going to to replace the thermostat this Thursday on my 01.5 1.8t variant (AWM). Do I really need to disconnect the battery for this? Or is this just a safeguard to make sure one does not start the car etc. during the repair? I'm just lazy and I have changed a lot of settings...
  12. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I tried searching to find the answer but I couldn't. I have a 2002 Passat GLS 1.8t. I am replacing the battery for the first time. I bought a 48-690B battery which was recommended by three different sources. I put the battery in my car and its about and inch too short lengthwise. Do I need...
  13. B5 Garage
    Hello All, I hope you can help me or confirm my thinking. I have a MY99 Passat with 1.8T and 174K on the clock. I had to disconnect the neg termlinal to the battery to do some work. When I reattached it I had a problem with the idle of the car. It would stall and dip. So I took it to a shop to...
  14. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    hey guys, last weekend while browsing thru batteries at a store i got the liquid from one battery fall on my jeans and jacket, destroyed my jeans (many holes on the front and badly torn from one place) and i just noticed that the leather jacket i wore that day has also been damaged the same way...
  15. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    It appears to be within the margins on the battery change thread, being not quite as wide, but just as deep, and slightly taller by about a quarter of an inch. The terminals are in the right place, and it would allow the use of the factory clamp as well. Anyone tried it? Don't know how much...
  16. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Yet another problem with my 99 V6 Passat... I've been reading alot of threads. All very interesting...My turn to ask for help...(again)! For the past month, after I turn the ignition off, a fan remains on (only once in a while). It sounds like a little fan or pump that is pumping air out. It...
  17. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    03 1.8T sedan,,, this morning I had to jump start my car,, yes it was hooked up correctly.. >.< I drove 2 work and put it on a slow charge for an hour and a half,, then everything was fine,, till i tried to unlock it,, only my drivers door respons to the fob,, and it will locks all doors...
  18. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    hi guys, last night the battery of my b5 acted up and I could not start the car. Have left the car in my garage. Wondering which size/dimension battery do I need for replacement, and do these new batteries come "ready to be used" or we need to charge them somehow? Appreciate your feedback!
  19. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    So I want to buy an HID kit for my car. The only thing stopping me right now is that I want to know exactly how I want to set it up before I buy it. Where is the best place to run the harness from the headlights through to the battery? I'm mainly concerned about water leaking into the engine...
  20. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I was completely bulldozered at the dealership 6 years ago when my battery conveniently failed ONE month after my 2 year warranty expired. They charged me $230 in parts and labor to change that sucker. When my battery died this morning after a good 6 years on the replacement battery, I decided...
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