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  1. New PS pump, stiff steering

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    98, 1.8t, SW I have had this stiff steering wheel and whining ps pump since I bought the car 7 years ago. I replaced the rack and pinion about 3 years ago with one from a 2002-3 1.8t due to a leak. Early this year, I replaced the ps pump with Meyle from FCP. Still stiff, still the whining noise...
  2. Replaced the power steering hose, now steering wheel is very stiff.

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hi all, 98', 1.8t, automatic, with 293.000 miles. I replaced the PS return hose because the PS system kept losing fluid. The other day I realized that the reservoir ran dry and I drove like that, without knowing it was empty, probably 30 miles. Replaced the hose today. Filled with CHF11s. Now...
  3. Stiff brake pedal and no turbo B5.5 variant 1.9 TDI

    B5 Garage
    Hi, I'm posting this just in case someone will have same problem. It was probably posted before but... every malfunction and symptoms are usually a bit different. ... driving on highway and "suddenly" the engine refuses to accelerate. In 4th gear I couldn't push it over 3000rpm, in 5th gear...
  4. Stiff gear changes after motorway driving and clunks but maybe unrelated.

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Not long had this so don't know what the norm is but after a 30 minute motorway run i notice gear changes had stiffened up slightly. Not much and no problems getting any of the gears but was a noticeable increase in the stiffness on the stick. Does this sound like an oil change is needed? Its...
  5. Cold Weather + Freezing Rain = Stiff brakes

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hi all, Does anyone experience real stiff brakes in the morning? It gets real cold here in Canada and a few times now it's been raining in the afternoon, which turns to ice overnight obviously. It feels like I have no power brakes - this morning was the 3rd time it happened, but it didn't...
  6. Really stiff clutch and Smoke at Start-up

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hello guys, I need some help. Maybe I am just paranoid but just got the cars and little things are poping up. First of all I got a 99 1.8t with 127 000km on it. I have an appointment to get the whole front suspension done this friday. This morning it was -20 and the clutch was hard to push down...
  7. Stiff Ride? Are you kidding me?!?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Here's the background: Approx 20k miles ago, I put aftermarket struts/springs on the (I have about 30k on the car now). Yesterday, I got the oil changed at the dealer. They mentioned WITHOUT ANY URGENCY that I should get my tires changed soon. The dealer is a ripoff, so I decline and plan to...
  8. Stiff Stearing Wheel And Hard Gas Pedal

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    So I got into an accident in end of june....the woman rear-ended me. The dilemma started when I got the back bumper changed....and the autobody shop changed my battery as well. I've had the car since saturday and the Stearing wheel is really hard to stear...i mean i can stear it but with two...
  9. Stiff gearchange

    B5 Garage
    Hi, I have an increasingly stiff gearchange on my 5 speed non tip, seems all of them are getting stiffer, or I am getting weaker! I noticed it first with second (huh?) gear. Some people have seemed to get better shifts after changing tranny oil. I'm at only 40k miles, seems los to change tranny...
  10. My car looks too bouncy!! Not stiff enough

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    So i let my friend drive my car today so i can hear what my car sounds like after the dv relocate job. anyways i noticed that when he accelerated the front end of the car was bouncing up and down a bit too much. the car has billstein shocks and Eibach coils. I dont know how much of a drop it is...
  11. Stiff suspension

    Volkswagen Passat B6 Discussion
    How smooth would you say is the B6 suspension? I own a 2007 V6 with 17 inch Pirellis PZero Rosso. The car has 2000 miles and I would say the suspension is very stiff. Not the smooth suspension of a sedan like this I thought would have. Another thing that makes me doubt is that I can hardly move...
  12. Stiff manual trans shifting...

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    99 1.8T 5 speed gents, and shes at it again. Lately i've noticed that going into gear has become a bit more ruff than i remember. I actually have to thrust it into gear rather then slide it. 68k miles, suspecting never had the fluid change, think that new fluid would solve the...
  13. 2nd gear stiff to get into 1.8T

    B5 Garage
    And again :) On my 2000 APU 1.8T B5 all the gears are fine except 2nd. Its stiff compared to the rest. Still fine to use but just a bit more difficult to get into than the rest. Is this standard behaviour or is my synchro on the way out?
  14. My Steering just gone very stiff

    B5 Garage
    hi, about a mile ago i noticed my steering getting a bit heavy then just pulling onto my drive it went heavy, like if you didnt have your engine on but it still steers but to heavy to drive... is it my pump? any help would be very appreciated.... if you know can you put me in the right direction...
  15. 4motion gearbox - stiff when hot

    B5 Garage
    Greetings from the UK. I have a 2000 model B5 station wagon, V6 4motion with a manual 5-speed box. The gear change has always been silky until couple of months ago. When cold, the change is still good, but after driving for around 10 miles, becomes increasingly stiff, to the extent that it is...
  16. trunk gas shocks -- stiff, or really stiff?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    The pair of gas (?) shocks that hold up the trunk lid on my '01 Passat are very stiff. How stiff? Takes two hands to pull up the trunk lid. Normal? Time to grease, swap them out? - Michael
  17. Trunk lid stiff

    B5 Garage
    My 2004 B5 1.8t trunk lid is really stiff. My friend has a 2003, his trunk lid is also very stiff. The dealer told him to just lubricate it. It appears that this is typical for the B5's, although I've searched and seardched and haven't found any reference to this problem. Does anyone have any...
  18. Koni Sport ADJ shocks on 2001 V6 Pass stiff

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I had some Koni Sports installed on my 2001 V6 Passat two weeks ago. The installer didn't know how to adjust them so we just put them on right out of the box. What is the setting right out the box? They are definitely stiffer than the originals. Will the soften with time? I have 40K miles on the...
  19. Bilstein too stiff?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    My struts / shocks are shot (65kmiles). I'm getting ready to install Bilstein Sport (they no longer make both HD and Sport apparantly, only 'sport'. Stock springs. Will these shocks be too stiff? Don't want the car to fall apart more than it has. Didn't want to lower, wife likes height as...
  20. I Like It Stiff

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Thats right, I like my stuff stiff. So in preperation for my first autocross meet on Sunday, Marko and I (Cav B5) got together this morning and get some stuff done today. I went ahead and adjusted my rear sway bar to the stiffest setting. I have been running on the middle setting since July...
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