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  1. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    2003 Passat GLS wagon w/ AWM motor @ 178.5k miles. Replaced T-Belt; WP; A/C belt; Alt Belt & all tensioners & idler pulley. Toughest T-Belt job I've done yet; ~8hrs total although I did also do R&R plugs on a friend's 2003 A4 1.8t who helped me with re-installing the front nose. The amount of...
  2. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hello all. 2003 B5.5 GLX 4motion wagon, about 235K miles. Had an MIL light for some time, MAF sensor code. Replaced that, erased codes, light out. Sweet. Then a P0340 CPS code. Had already swapped out the one on passenger side, now did driver's side. Erased codes, P0340 came back after about 4...
  3. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I need to clean the carpet in the wayback of our B5 wagon. Is there an easy/nondestructive way to detach it? (Pardon me if I am being "thick." :) )
  4. Volkswagen Passat B7 Discussion
    Hi, how difficult is it to remove and replace the radiator core support on a 2012-2015. The bottom is broken off and the spoiler screws into it . Looks like doesn't take much to break everything in the front. Spoiler, inner fender wells and radiator core support. Looks like difficult to get...
  5. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I'm finally tired of a number of driver's door issues, and am going to take it apart and address them. Some are mechanical (I think there's a busted rivet in the window glass track mounting that causes things to rattle when the glass is mid-way), and the lock mechanism has all the symptoms of an...
  6. B5 Garage
    I thought it would be harder, but in the end it wasn't too difficult. Sorry for no pics, but I was busy working. Maybe we can add some if it's wanted. 1. Loosen rear lug bolts and jack the rear as high as possible. Release the parking brake. Remove rear wheels 2. Remove caliper bolts...
  7. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Am i putting in the wrong search words or are there aren't any in these forums??? (pictures preferred)
  8. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Well looks like it is my turn to change out the oil pump in my 2001 B5 with 1.8T (AUG). I know there was a couple really good write ups on here that showed the easiest way to do it but of course now I can't find them. Can someone point me to them. Appreciate it.
  9. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Just swapped my transmission - finally got everything back together. Started up, got to op temp, adding fluid and started hearing a clicking/clanging noise at the TC/flywheel area. When I pulled it, the bolt heads looked like they'd either been grinded on, or had the worst machining job in...
  10. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    So last night me and my buddy preformed are first steering rack replacement. It took about 10 hours :) We had 3 different write ups to consult with and it helped out a ton. So a much deserved thanks to my PW people for all the help once again. Are biggest struggle was that one bolt that holds...
  11. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I need a engine for my Passat 2.8 GLX. I found one in a junk yard that has approx the same miles that my car has. The say they did a compression test and it's in good condition and guarantee it. The question is the junk yard engine is from a car with automatic transmission, mine has a manual...
  12. B5 Garage
    OK, I'm in middle of replacing all 8 front control arms on my '03 Passat sedan 1.8T automatic, meanwhile the wifey's SUV loses H2O pump on way home tonite, so we're in a pinch for transportation. On the CA job, I'm at the point where I'm installing the passenger side front LCA. I cannot get...
  13. B6 Garage
    Anyone change their cam chain? I had the timing belt done 10,000 miles ago, but did not know about a timing chain. If I had known of this, I would have had the chain done at the same time. Since I did not, is it a easy job?
  14. The Showroom
    I didn't do much Rest or Relaxation while I was home from Afghanistan, but I did pick up a beauty of a passat wagon that was last Dyno'd at 504HP. Just a couple random pictures of the wagon and my sedan. I also did my timing belt / water pump on the sedan while I was home, too easy! Enjoy!
  15. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Well in about 40 days i'll be coming home on R&R from afghanistan and I plan on doing a few things to my car while i'm home. Two days before leaving for my deployment, my water pump decided to give up on itself, i'm guessing the impeller just crapped out, wasn't leaking any coolant though. My...
  16. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Howdy! Looks like I need to replace my exhaust manifold (unless I'm lucky and it's just the gasket). I'll be following the Haynes Manual, which seems somewhat limited but I think I can follow it clearly enough. I hope they didn't leave anything out! I plan to remove it, go to the wrecker's...
  17. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Planning to replace both tie rod assys on a 2001 Passat and have found some very helpful posts here complete with pics. My question concerns removeing the inner joints, no mention is made about holding the steering rack while breaking loose the inner nut, just wondering if this even an...
  18. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I need to replace the coolant elbow pictured below, it is located behind and slightly below the intake manifold. The front of the connection is leaking (not pictured) and there is a ring/clip that holds the front in place, I get that. However, the other end of the elbow connects to a soft...
  19. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Well, I couldn't find a write up so I figured I'd make my own. If you are needing to replace your A/C control unit this is how to do it. I seems like VW took this part and then built the car around it using cheap plastic. If you follow this write up and are careful though you should be able to...
  20. B5 Garage
    I am blessed with a very wet valve cover gasket set on my Passat. Dealer wants $800 to do the job. I figure I can do it for under $60 but before I start I would like some data on pulling the covers off. Anything unusual about gaining access to the gaskets and / or any special tools needed to do...
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