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  1. Anything Auto
    Ok, the gf has a 99 Camry 4cyl LE. We replaced the compressor (and dryer) last year, cause that was seized up. There was still a leak, so she took it to a shop to replace the condenser (or whatever is behind the glove box). Worked great for a few months Winter came and now it's getting hot...
  2. Anything Auto
    Saw this and knew it had to be his......
  3. B5 Garage
    Ok, so I haven't touched a VW in a bit over 2 years. The memory is fading fast. BUT: I can still read wiring diagrams, and apparently not many here can. It is a black art to do so correctly anyway. If there is someone who would like to donate a CD of the diagrams or something, I would like...
  4. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    So on a recent scan, I came back w/ this code: I had it at the stealership to look at my fading instrument cluster for possible replacement and asked them to look at this fault code. Of course they tell me that I need a new Brake Pump. No problem I think. This should be covered by my...
  5. Classified Archive
    UPDATE: All this stuff but the A5 Jetta material has been sold to Atomicalex for several good reasons: 1. She said she would scan the better stuff into PDFs so that everyone will be able to benefit from them, if not have the actual books in hand, AND 2. The amount she offered was maybe less...
  6. Volkswagen Passat B6 Discussion
    Ok Sharky I hear you the Man. WHatcha got on 2.0???
  7. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    i was wondering if there was a definitive "the pump's shot" symptom. my 2000 exhibits the classic turbine whine with a defined ending on cold starts. unfortunately it was HOT out the day i decided to buy it >:( and i thought they had fixed it since i mentioned it on the first drive a couple...
  8. B5 Garage
    Changed my tensioner gasket on my AEB about a month ago. Not a single leak there. Unfortunately I'm getting leakage from the other half moon seal. I pushed on the rubber half moon that is attached to the gasket and it doesn't feel very compressed (hope you know what I mean). What's the...
  9. Passat of The Month
    Camry of the Month - April 2006 Sharky (Sharky Sharkinson) Springfield, Missouri I’ve owned this modern classic Toyota automobile for years, but for some strange reason, I never felt like a true member of the Camry family until now. Needless to say, I was more than flattered when AtomicAlex...
  10. B5 Garage
    Got the t-belt back on and decided to rotate the engine by hand before closing everything back up. Engine wouldn't turn much more than 10 degrees in either direction. Then I noticed that the exhaust cam was only moving in one direction. The key broke off the sprocket. I'm pretty sure it's...
  11. B5 Garage
    Broke my chain tensioner- What would you do? Sharky? You know that part of the tensioner clamping instructions that says, do not over tighten clamp? Well, they mean it. I broke one of the ears off :cry:. Luckily I found the piece so it won't be floating around my crankcase. Would you still...
  12. B5 Garage
    (hey, my 100th post. Might as well make it a good one. :D) ...for gears to crunch when engaging them? I've been chasing this issue for almost 2 years now; the full time I have owned my Passat. I have a 2001 V6 5-speed (about 43K miles) purchased certified used with a whopping 23000 miles and...
  13. B5 Garage
    I've had my airbag light on for about a month now, and it's starting to drive me a little crazy:banghead: I’ve been getting this 00588 - Airbag Igniter: Driver Side (N95) 32-00 - Resistance too High When I did a search if found this thread...
  14. B5 Garage
    I always looked at these calling sharky threads with disdain, but now here I am... :confused: I have disconnected both VVT (variable valve timing) actuators on my supercharged V6. The reason is that over at superchargedaudi.com someone figured out that we get slightly better performance in...
  15. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Are VW dealers all linked to a system, or do they each keep their records on their own? I bought the car CPO at 45k, but only after calling the original dealer and getting the verbal service records on it from them. I'd like to get a paper copy of all of them and just wondered if it had to be...
  16. Anything Auto
    Because I know you ALL remain on the edge of your seat each time you read of the trials and tribulations of Sharky, here's some mo'. The VW dealer I work(ed) for got sold to another dealer here in town. They bought EVERYTHING, including car inventory, special tools, the lifts, benches, air...
  17. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    And all other VW mechanics on this board: I'm always a little too quick to come on here and complain after getting bad service from the local service advisor that I felt it was only fair that I compliment the to remain nameless mechanic who just gave me some of the best customer service I've...
  18. Anything Auto
    About a year ago, maybe a year and a half ago, my grandparents sold their Benz and bought a pristine CPO 2001 Avalon XLS. I get a phone call today from grandpa, and the car now has 80k miles on it and he (for reasons I don't understand) wants to get rid of it and get a newer car with as few...
  19. Anything Auto
    Damn! VW finally put a legitimately hot non-turbo engine in something light enough to take advantage of the torque curve. By this I mean every non-turbo VW I've ever driven has felt soft off the line, but this one doesn't. It feels like supercharged 3.8 Buick or something there is so much...
  20. Anything Auto
    I have long since outgrown my already pretty decent size Cornwell tool box, and I am therefore trying to summon the testicular fortitude to buy a new one. I am teetering between two boxes. This one: And this one: I like the Cornwell I have; it is very well made, powder coated, it is just...
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