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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 this boost safe

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hi My car is boosting 1.5bar, is the good for a stock car? Details I have a standard 2005 Passat 1.8t Tip (engine code AWT). What was done Complete rebuild of motor bottom to top. I replaced rings, big ends, main etc.... The blocked was re-sleeved as the engineering shop messed up when the...
  3. No bushings on upper control arms.. Safe?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hours of trying to get the pinch bolt out, I finally gave up. I'm taking my car to a shop to get the bolt removed on Monday, so my question is how safe to drive it all weekend with almost no rubber bushings left on control arms? There's some up-n-down play in the left one now. Is it going to...
  4. Is it safe to run a B5 1.8T at lower oil pressure?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I am original owner of 1999 Passat GLS Wagon 1.8T, 144k miles. For the past few years the low oil pressure indicator would occasionally go off when driving up steep hills here in SF Bay area, but overall the car continued to run okay - I just attributed that to it being an old car. A couple of...
  5. Smoke test for vacuum leak - is it safe for car?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    2002 1.8t wagon I've been fruitlessly trying to pin down a leak that is throwing a P0171 code. So far I have found and fixed 2 leaks with a boost leak test, but now I'm coming up short. I've seen DIY smoke machines using an air compressor with a paint can with burning material inside to provide...
  6. Monsoon radio now in SAFE mode. Uggg!!

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Monsoon. Not Monon. I have read the posts on this topic. Some have issues and some don't. I do lol Radio is in safe mode. I don't have any original paperwork nor Manuel or radio code. I don't want to replace it but what are my options??? Thank you jj
  7. Are either of these safe for use with our G12 coolant?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Have a leak. Know where it is, (flange on back of head), but don't really have the time to work on it for a while. Are these safe to use in our G12 systems? And do they work? B5.5 1.8t
  8. Is it safe to place a USB battery pack in the car?

    Anything Auto
    Hey guys, I have a question can someone help me answer it? I got a spare 4G data sim via my wireless broadband package. I had a HTC one laying around doing nothing so I had a good idea! I put my HTC one in my car with the data sim and used an app to track my car via its GPS. I'm using an app...
  9. will this be safe to drive?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hello all, Im currently running a stage 1 generic map on my passat 1.8 turbo 2003 ( Awt engine code) But since the stage 1, ive fitted a brand new k04-015 turbo, fmic, audi 225 bam injectors and a 3" decat and full stainless steel exhaust My question getting it customed remapped...
  10. Is it safe to drive without a secondary air pump hose?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    2005 B5.5 1.8t I was doing some work today on my air box to try and remove some troublesome codes. While hooking the secondary air pump breather hose back in to the airbox it snapped off. But this is a good thing, I noticed that where it snapped was brown and cracked and very well may have...
  11. Safe to drive long distance with CEL on?

    New Member Introductions
    Hello there, I could use some advice from the forum and I didn't do a great job of advertising my problem in my first post, so I wanted to try again ... please don't kick out the noob for a double-post. :icon_eek: I recently bought a 2002 Passat off of Craigslist (~140k miles), and I am...
  12. Safe to run with MAF sensor disconnected? B5 1.8T petrol '98

    New Member Introductions
    Hi Folks, Just joined forum to say thanks for great help relating to problem I was having with my 98 B5 1.8T petrol. It suddenly started stalling, kinda falling flat on its face, then no power, then suddenly power... Tracked it down to possibly fuel pump (eek!) or maybe MAF... So, using...
  13. Safe to remove thermostat?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    how to extend my cars death? My cars dying, and its my only mode of transportation, and can only make the trip to work before it starts to overheat ( I talked with a VW guru and he said its one of two things, bad t-stat (which I just replaced a few weeks ago ) or a bad head gasket. To help...
  14. Water leaking through ECU box seal, Safe to unplug ECU?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hello guys, I finally found the leak in my car that's been bothering me for along time. The water is coming in from the seal below the ECU box, I wanted to ask can I just unplug the ECU as it's currently in my way to change the seal? Does unplugging ECU cause any issues? or resets or does...
  15. My poor sedan...

    New Member Introductions
    This was my 2000 GLS 2.8L 5-speed. I never thought about it in terms of safety but I found out quickly enough. I escaped with only two broken legs and some glass in my arm, but today with the help of titanium rods I'm already driving another manual B5 :thumbup:
  16. Are luggages in wagon safe for the passengers?

    New Member Introductions
    Hello; I really need some help with my B7 Variant. I've seen a dog/luggage barrier in the original accessories of VW. It says that the barrier keeps the luggages safe for the passengers. I wonder if I really need to buy one. We have a 3m baby which faces to the rear at the back seat in his...
  17. noob question: safe jack points for front end, 2002 passat wagon

    New Member Introductions
    sorry for the noob question, but I need to replace my power steering rack, and several searches have yielded conflicting answers on the best way to safely jack up my front end. the threads I've found have all been fairly old and inconclusive. I gather that the best approach is to purchase a...
  18. tdi Monsoon SAFE mode help

    Mobile Electronics
    Is there anyone out there that can help with the code to unlock my replacement head unit?? It's installed, but the stealership wants $55 to give me the code! Does 98greendash still work some magic for members in need? Thanks for looking!:( Kevin
  19. 01N safe mode.

    B5 Garage
    Hello everyone :) I did search 01N limp mode, did'nt find anything :( I think reason for this is that USA Passat's have'nt got 01N trannys??? So; 2003 TDI AVB with 01N autotranny goes very often to limp/ safe mode, and scanner gives 3-5 trouble codes; P0753 Shift Solenoid A Electrical/ 1-2...
  20. Crash Tests be safe on New Years Eve!

    Anything Auto
    Here are a few crash tests to make you think... The first is a 2001 Passat. Frontal crash is at 40mph, side impact by car at 30mph and side impact by pole at only 18mph. The second and third videos are at a little higher speeds and have startling results!