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  1. Other people wrenching on my vehicle - Rant with Parental Advisory

    Anything Auto
    It all started six weeks ago, just a few days before Halloween. I purchased a 1999 Chevy CT 1 ton dually with a 16foot cube on the back. 222k miles on the odometer. Pretty much the exact same as a U-Haul truck but in Chevy form. Paid $2k for the truck. Not bad. It's an AZ truck so ZERO rust on...
  2. Parcel service rant

    Off-Topic Forum
    So as some of you who know me on more of a personal level, are aware I made the move from the Milwaukee area in Wisconsin down to Phoenix just over 3 weeks ago now. Because of current living conditions in Phoenix (moving from a 3 bedroom house with garage to one bedroom room and no garage) all...
  3. TechShop Auto Bay Rant

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    I'm bummed that TechShop San Jose can't have an auto bay at the new location. And they had to stop work on the auto bay at TechShop MidPeninsula because of the construction in San Jose. I really want a place to work on my car without paying by the hour at Pit Row. I don't always need a lift, and...
  4. Coil Pack Rant 1.8t

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    So the other day, I had to do the coolant flange which had finally totally let loose the flood. Not too bad a job as what I had heard and read about. Hardest part there was getting the combi valve back on for some reason. To get a little more room at the back of the motor I just pulled all...
  5. Coil Pack Rant

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    D/W just called me. Wagon suddenly started running like crap on the way to kid's school. :thumbdown Auto Club to the rescue. It'll be sitting on the front curb at home shortly. Sounds like the AWM ate yet another coil pack. :mad: Why do these coil packs die so easily? :confused: If it...
  6. P0421 Catalyst warm up code (Plus rant)

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hi guys, I got a check engine light with P0421 again. For once I didn't get it for my secondary air system. However, I got an evap code (large leak) guess what? The wawa I got gas at didn't freaking put my gas cap back on and I lost it when she said we throw them out just get a new on at walmart...
  7. OT - Harbor Freight Rant.

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    What is it about Harbor Freight and 16 & 18mm tools. Their wrench and socket sets are always, without exception, missing both those sizes. I could see it being a smart marketing ploy is they sold those sizes individually, but they don't... I was in today and they have a really nice set of...
  8. ATQ Steering Rack replacement is no walk in the park! (Long raving rant)

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Long post, sorry. Just want to share my experience with this rack replacement and warn other V6 GLX owners that the rack is not so easy to replace. Passenger side rack seals blew out on my 2000 V6. Made it home from Santa Fe New Mexico adding a little Lucas Stop Leak every 200 miles. In all, I...
  9. Timing Belt Roller Bearing Failure - Short Rant

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    So about 1-1/2 months ago I replaced the whole front of the engine. All new belts, pulleys, hoses, CCT's both banks, water pump, power steering pump, yesterday another new CCT on the left bank. Now today the idler pulley for timing belt went to hell. (less than 7k on it) When does it end...
  10. part rant, part question...

    B5 Garage
    while trying to replace the valve cover gasket on my B6 A4 (with a 1.8T, AMB motor), I ripped the connector off the upper portion of the lower crankcase PCV hose. ideas? can I drive it until I can replace it?
  11. B6 A4 hood release lever rant

    Anything Auto
    the POS plastic hood release lever has a tendency to fracture right at the point where the hood release cable fits into it if there is any binding in the cable or release mechanism. a replacement lever is about $30 US. then to make sure it doesn't break again, you have to put the car up on...
  12. Fed up Rant

    Anything Auto
    So I'm a little peeved. About 3 weeks ago I went to go take my wife to work and what do I see? the front drivers side quarter panel just behind the corner light is squeezed in and white paint "accenting" my blue anthracite pearl. :mad: The paint was rubbed off easily, but the dent is still there...
  13. short rant: eBahn/electronic manuals

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Perhaps this is naive, but I just came to realize that those of us who keep cars beyond their usual lifespans should not invest in electronic manuals, even though they are in many ways convenient. I just completed a 2 hour war involving my new Macintosh OS and my old Bentley software (eBahn...
  14. my mini rant to match Pokey's window regulator clips one...

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    late last fall, Pokey and I put new control arms on my car. I've tried a few different brands, but this time, I decided to go with FCP Groton brand control arms. they were priced pretty well, and I thought what the hell; I've had the expensive Meyle HD sets on there before, and usually get 70K...
  15. Rant: Some b***tard's nicked my jacking point covers!!

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I discovered this yesterday when I went out to my car yesterday, which is parked on the street. I noticed one of my plastic jacking flap covers was missing, then I went round to the other side to see that the other one was missing. It's too concidental that they have both fallen off, and I...
  16. Verizon FIOS Trials And Tribulations... (Sleep Deprived Rant Warning)

    Off-Topic Forum
    Ok, so today I get home, everything seems normal. I do some small errands, and then go to sleep. 12:30 AM I am woken by an odd beeping noise. It is really loud, and apprears to be coming from another room in the house, although the beeping only takes place maybe once every 15 seconds, so it...
  17. Raxles (rave not a rant)

    Anything Auto
    So I'm going to "rant" on the quality service we hear about from "Raxles." It's not going to be very long, So, I've been communicating with Marty from raxles for some time now. I have read previous posts about how good his customer service is, and thus far, (still communicating with him as he...
  18. Brokerage Fee Rant..

    Anything Auto
    Well I just ordered a slew of parts for my mk3 Jetta from ECS Tuning (cheapest ground shipping selected) and got dinged HARD with brokerage fees. I've never in my life paid this much for nothing and I've ordered many parts from places like ecs, dubstop, etc before. Total package was $246 plus...
  19. Rant

    Off-Topic Forum
    I've noticed a lot of members, long time members, leaving the forum ever since the latest series of changes. I say, since our beautiful PW is going to SH*** why not make Christian P a moderator :thumbup: :lol: From every day posters to lurkers... bring the old Passat World back. No...
  20. just a short rant about wheel alignment...

    Anything Auto
    why the hell is it that when you drop your car off at a shop that does wheel alignments that they can't follow two simple requests? 1. "Put a zero degree toe on it." 2. "Straighten the steering wheel." WRT 1.) above, I got zero alright - the zero point between the range that is deemed...
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