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  1. Split steering rack boot on 1.8t FWD MT.

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    So this last weekend I discovered that the driver's side boot over the steering rack has split in two. I'm assuming it would be a good idea to replace it. Looking for input on what it would take to replace both steering rack boots. Details on the car: 2003 GLS wagon, 1.8t awm, 5sp MT, FWD...
  2. Roof rack / hitch rack

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I've always rode bmx so it was super easy to just toss a 20" bike in the back(or even a few) but I've gotten into big bikes lately and a 29" mountain bike just doesn't fit well. I have a b5.5 wagon with roof rails but I need the cross bars or a hitch... What's my cheapest option? Does anyone...
  3. How to Replace Rubber Power Steering Return Hose Cooler to Rack

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I spent more time trying to get the right tools to get that darned banjo bolt off the rack than it would take to do this whole procedure with an actual list of what I'd need. So I'm writing this up, with all the things I wish I'd known ahead of time. (I actually did this on my Audi A6 2.8L, but...
  4. Power Steering whine after new rack and hose

    B5 Garage
    Hi all, I have a 2003 Passat 1.8T with a whiny power steering pump. The question is if I should just replace the pump, or if there is something else that could be wrong that I'm not thinking of. The background is this. It all started about 4 months ago with a leak of power steering...
  5. Roof rack on 2015 1.8t sport

    Volkswagen Passat B7 Discussion
    Anyone running Thule roof rack, or any other brand of racks on their 2015 Passat? The Manual says no racks, but Thule sells after market ones for the car. Has anyone tried it? If so any issues, damage? All I want to do is haul a 80lb kayak, or canoe, and 2 bikes. Not all at the same time...
  6. What is the Roof Rack weight limit for Passat B5 1.8T Sedan

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Does anyone know the maximum weight the VW OEM Roof Rack can support on the Passat B5 1.8T sedan? I am planning to move soon, and trying to figure out the max weight I can safely transport cross country (weight including the racks, filled cargo box, and one bicycle on the side). I read the...
  7. OEM VW Roof rack with 2 bike mounts - $125

    Parts For Sale
    Lowering price $75 gets you this rack and 2 bike attachments! VW OEM racks with two bike attachments for 2001-2005 VW Passat. Rack VW part #3B0 071 126 A. Bike attachment is VW part #7M0 071 128B. Bike rack is fork mounted...
  8. New to Forum after absence - question about bike rack on 2008 Passat

    New Member Introductions
    Hello, Been a while since I've been here. Posting this here as required, but it may actually belong elsewhere. I've got a 2008 Passat that I'm looking to install a hitch and bike rack on. I've looked at bike racks that mount on trunk lids, but really don't like them. So, I'm thinking of...
  9. Replacing the Rack and Pinion 2003 Passat B5.5 v6 2.8 automat- Detour on this version

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Prior to doing my rack and pinion (R&P), I did a lot of looking for videos and information. There is a and detailed information about the steps. Both sources explain the process well, but, depending on your model, you may have more steps to deal with. Start by educating yourself with the...
  10. Can't get cat out of B5 2.8 which is necessary to get rack and pinion out

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I educated myself with the steps for removing the rack and pinion. Unfortunately, the b5 isn't always the same. When it came to removing the lower bolt (from below) on the rack and pinion. The cat and a heat shield were in the way. So to get access I need to remove the cat. I replaced the...
  11. Rebuild Rack and Pinion?

    B5 Garage
    I have a 2003 Passat GLX 5.5 v6 which is leaking power steering fluid from the driver's side tie rod boot. I was looking up rack and pinions and saw that they were around $300 for a new one. I also saw the gaskets to rebuild the rack and pinion for about $40. Is it difficult to rebuild the...
  12. steering rack inner tie rod

    B5 Garage
    So my wife hydroplanes the other day and slides into and embankment, she is fine and she used the cars front right tire to take the brunt of the impact. She made it to work ok, no issues with driving. Later on the tire went flat so i went and changed the tire and inspected everything as best I...
  13. FS: Roof rack for sedan B5 with ski/snow board attachment and SPARE (donut) for W8.

    Parts For Sale
    For sale, trade or rent: 1). Roof rack for B5 sedans 1998-2001 with ski/snow board attachment. Perfect condition. 2). Original spare tire ( tyre) for a Passat W8. 125/70D17. Used may be once, condition is very good. Local pick up in Edison, NJ preferred, but I am willing to ship, if...
  14. Rebuilding Koyo steering rack

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I'm rebuilding a Koyo steering rack in my 2000 passat. There is a spring cap that holds the rack guide in place that has a small rubber plug in the center of it. While I was taking everything apart this plug was destroyed. Does anyone know what is the purpose of this plug? Here is a document...
  15. Steering rack to cooler return line

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    My steering lines have been dribbling for a while where the rubber lines meet the metal cooler pipe. I was able to easily replace the short section between the reservoir and the cooler with some 3/8" line from AutoZone. I trimmed an inch off the other line (the return from the rack) and...
  16. FS: Yakima Whispbar S43 Rail Bar Low Profile Low Wind Noise Roof Rack

    Parts For Sale
    Used Yakima Whispbar S43 Rail Bar Low Profile Low Wind Noise Roof Rack Bought it for quite a bit more a couple years ago. Shows regular wear but works perfectly! Guranteed...(tested) Works on VW Volkswagen Passat Wagons made between 1998-2005 (B5 generation) Located in Norton, MA $200...
  17. OEM B5/B5.5 Wagon Roof Rack

    Parts For Sale
    OEM B5/B5.5 Wagon Roof Rack in original packaging with two keys, mounting torque wrench, and instructions. $150 shipped. SOLD!
  18. What/where is this roof rack clip?

    New Member Introductions
    b5.5 Passat roof rack, under the end clips are little white clips like this: Mine are all (except this one) broken, where do I get them?
  19. Yakima roof rack - came off my B5.5 wagon

    Parts For Sale
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  20. Airbag Fault after Steering Rack

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    As stated in title, I swapped in a new steering rack and pump, and when I start my car up now, the airbag fault light comes one. It does one flash, then stays on. I dont know if thats coding for something. I tried resetting the ecu by tapping the battery leads together, no dice. Ideas?
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