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  1. The nozzle on the top of the coolant tank broke off, is it safe to drive?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    The nozzle on top of the coolant tank broke off as I was moving the tank out of the way to disconnect some sensors. Attached is a stock picture of the tank with the area that broke circled in red. There's about a 1/4in piece left that's reinforced with plastic bars on the top and bottom and that...
  2. Is it possible to temporarily drive with the the TURBO unit "dissabled"

    B5 Garage
    I need some time before I can take the car out of service to work on the Turbo Unit on my 2003 B5.5 Passat 1.8 Started to leak oil into the plastic tubes to the inter-cooler. It would allow me to use the car until I can find a "window" to take the Turbo Unit itself and see if I can rebuild it...
  3. Drive until dead or buy new used Passat?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I posted this on our Facebook page but want some more input if possible. My 2004 Passat is at 169K. Timing belt and water pump were replaced by dealer at 108K along with tranny filter/fluid. Radiator and rear coolant flange were replaced a couple years ago. I have some new minor coolant leak(s)...
  4. Drive Shaft Axle Seal Grease

    B5 Garage
    Hey Guys, Just getting back to my fun with the cat removals on the 2.8 with CA/NY pre-cat emissions. So I noticed gear oil leaking from the center diff. seal and figured it was best to change out while level on stands before I lower the subframe and engine tilt for cat pipe removals. The...
  5. Drive axle output shaft movement

    Volkswagen Passat B6 Discussion
    How much movement is normal for the output shaft? Video shows left/driver side. Passenger side was about the same. 2006 Passat 2.0T FWD auto
  6. Hard To Shift 2.8 w/ 5 Speed Manual & Front Wheel Drive

    B5 Garage
    Hi all, So the car in question has just over 200,000 miles. Amazingly the car still has the original clutch. There is no slipping; there is chatter sometimes when engaging the clutch, but the clutch looks to be working well enough. About 3 months ago it started to be really hard to shift...
  7. Occasional Harsh downshift into first gear (Drive selected)

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I've been trying to find information about how the auto transmission works on my 2004 GLX V6 B5.5, does anyone have a link to a transmission manual? There is a harsh downshift into first (only occasionally) and because it's not doing it every time i'm starting to wonder what is causing it...
  8. Drive shaft maintenance

    Volkswagen Passat B6 Discussion
    Hi all, Is there any maintenance required on the drive shaft? U-joints, vibration pads or anything? I am not finding anything on the inter-web and I don't see anything in the Bentley manual. I rebuilt the front end (shocks, axles, ball joints, bushings, steering rods/ends) and I am working...
  9. HELP - dropped a hex bit into an oil passageway under drive chain

    B5 Garage
    I was replacing my valve cover and cam chain tensioner gaskets on my '02 Passat 1.8L GLS and I'm almost 100% sure I dropped a 1" hex bit into what I'm assuming is an oil passageway right under the exhaust camshaft-side of the drive chain. I removed the cam chain tensioner and the intake...
  10. Clutch takeup or feel can change during the same drive

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I have a 2004 Passat GLX V6 5spd. One thing I have noticed lately is that the engagement point of the clutch can vary, sometimes during the same drive. Normally, the clutch starts engaging 1.5-2 inches from the floor. But occasionally I notice it engaging much faster - like within .75-1 inch...
  11. P1678 Drive By Wire MIL Circuit Short To Ground

    B5 Garage
    I had to R and R my instrument cluster and now I am trying to clear the EPC lamp. The code is P1678. ( I also have a P1690 with no CEL) When I go to clear it while car is running it will disappear for a moment, then right back on. Iv'e tried most everything I could do. Any suggestions...
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  13. can anyone near central Mass w/VAGCOM check my parking brake fault? will drive to U.

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    wifes B6 Passast just got the fault. I am able to disengage and engage the brake but it seems like it is only one side. replaced the switch. Will compensate.
  14. drive by wire VS drive by cable question

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    does anyone know if there is any difference in the physical structure of the drive by wire accelerator VS the drive by cable? im doing a custom project and my B5.5 wagon is a drive by wire setup, but I need to go back in time to the drive by cable assembly. does anyone have any info...
  15. 02 B5.5 shifts to neutral, but wont go further into drive?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    As mentioned, the car will shift down to neutral, but wont go further. When its running, reverse is fine, neutral is fine, stepping on the brake works fine to release the shifter out of park, it just wont go into drive. Feels like it wants to go, but will snap something if I force it. ( freakin...
  16. 1st winter drive in passat wagon

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    The other day there was a thin film of sleet/snow on the roads. I have good tires on wagen wagon so I took it out for errands. I don't drive dumb in bad weather, but this car impressed me. On sweeping turns I could tell when it was starting to under-steer and just left off the gas and all was...
  17. 2002 Passat 1.8T Removed Right Drive Axle Now Won't Start

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    New to this site. Tried searches but felt like a dog chasing his tail. Okay, the car has a manual 5-speed. I watched a you-tube video to remove this axle. The vid didn't explain what transmission was in the vehicle they were working on. I struggled to TRY to remove the axle to no avail. Came...
  18. Volkswagen v5 - 2002 - Drive belt replace without AC.

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Volkswagen v5 - 2002 - Serpentine belt replace without AC. Hello. Since my ac compressor is broken, i would like a picture how to replace the belt to bypass the aircondition pump. I have bought a new belt for engine without AC. Please reply with some info or some pictures, i dont find over...
  19. 1999 Passat 1.8t - Idles Abnormally and Does Not Accelerate After A Hard Drive

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hello all. I have a 1999 Passat, AEB, 1.8t. Just replaced the CAT which greatly boosted the response of the engine. However I found that when I got on it some the car would not idle well when I came to a stop nor would it accelerate normally. When I turned the car off and started it up again it...
  20. Help me out please, vw passat wont drive.

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    a 2002 Passat glx 4 motion automatic transmission wont drive at all, it makes a sound when I put in gears including reverse and it wont make it in park or N... I am lost, is it the transmission or the differentials... the car has less then 23000 miles. yes less then 23k miles.