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  1. Volkswagen Passat B6 Discussion
    Replacing front/rear struts including mounts and bearings for the front ones on a 06 Passat 2.0T. The shocks/struts came with the new nuts. Other than these are all other bolts reusable from the old assembly? If not, can anyone Pl. share the part #s for those. Just don't want to be running to...
  2. B5 Garage
    Hi everyone! I started a PCV system overhaul the other day and found the primary source of my oil leaks -- a large crack in the T-shaped hose that houses the PCV valve. There were ample carbon deposits in the housing too, but fortunately, none downstream of the PCV valve and suction pump. I'm...
  3. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I'm ordering some solowerks tomorrow and can't find what parts I re-use from my factory suspension. I'd like to have all new parts when I install the coilovers. Any input would be very helpful Thanks in advance guys
  4. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    If you are considering reusing stretch bolts, read this first: If you remove any torque to yield bolts (Stretch bolts), you SHOULD replace them with new bolts and torque to specification. If you reuse the old bolts, DO NOT torque to specification, this would take them way past their maximum...
  5. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I'm in a pinch. I don't have a new crush washer for the oil change tomorrow. I know that the crush washer was new at the last change...and that it's copper. Can I re-use it just this once? Flip it over? I just don't want a leak cuz I HATE causing leaks. It's an '03 V6 5 speed sedan...
  6. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    V6 2003. I didnt apply any RTV sealant, that plus the fact that i might have not cleaned the surfaces enough caused it to failed prematurely again i guess. Is it OK to redo the job using the same gasket (2 weeks old and less than 200 miles on it)?
  7. B5 Garage
    I am in the middle of installing Bilstein sport/Eibach Pro.. The Bilsteins came with a new top nut and large washer, and when disassembling the OE components, there was a small washer between the shock and under the strut bearing, no top washer needed because the nut has a large washer...
  8. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hello all, First off I would like to say thank you to everyone here for their great writeups and tech knowledge. :thumbup: This is my first post but i have been on here seemingly everyday researching something or another for about the last year. I decided to order a timing kit from ECStuning...
  9. B5 Garage
    Last week I changed oil and filter on my 99 B5 V6. Up to now the dealer has done all oil changes. Based on Passat manual I went with Castrol Syntec Blend 10w30. The car has 100k miles. After reading posts here I am having second thoughts about the Castrol Syntec Blend 10W30, doesn't look...
  10. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I did my TB and water pump last weekend. The water pump still has a small leak and so I had decided to pull the water pump this weekend and reinstall it. Problem is none of the area dealers have a gasket. Since the current gasket has only been installed for 6 days/125 miles, do you think it...
  11. Mobile Electronics
    I was just wondering if reusing the factory spacers is an option when I install my 6.5" Infinity Component set. They're pretty shallow and light, but I figured it wouldn't hurt to use a spacer. I know I can make one out of mdf, just wanted to know if the factory spacer was an option and if...
  12. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I recently received the springs / shocks needed to upgrade my 1.8T 4Mo suspension. I'm doing final prep for the install, and have a question. Do people replace all of the self-locking nuts and the few bolts (about 10 nuts and 2 - 4 bolts) that the Bentley recommends replacing while doing this...
  13. Mobile Electronics
    A recommendation was made to me regarding wiring my JL 4-channel amp and my Boston Acoustic components in the doors. He said to run the speaker cable from the amp to the location of the Monsoon amp, then splice into each run which will go to each door. Then, inside the doors, just connect the...
  14. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I'm going to install new dampers and springs this weekend. While reading through the various posts here about that process, I noticed at least 2 pictures of Bilsteins installed with what appears to be the VW lower spring plate rather than the plate supplied with the Bilsteins. I believe the VW...
  15. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    i just got a head from a salvage place and they gave me the head bolts and they look to be in good condition..not that i would know what bad condition would look like...but can i reuse them?
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