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  1. Climatronic Theory of Operation?

    B5 Garage
    All: Is it normal for the A/C compressor to run all the time? We have had ongoing heat problems and I realized, this evening, that the A/C compressor is running all the time, so the A/C is competing with the heat and, when it's cold out, winning. We've been seeing single digit temps recently...
  2. Coolant Flush Theory w/o thermostat: Bad or Excellent idea?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hello! I need to perform a full coolant flush to my 98 AEB and while considering the best way of doing it, this "thing" just hit me: what if I drop as much coolant as possible by the radiator nipple, remove the thermostat housing, take the thermostat out and place the thermostat flange back to...
  3. Theory: Immobilizer activated due to new Fastrak toll tag

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Saturday morning, my partner and I got into our Passat (2002 1.8T Wagon) to run errands. Car starts, then dies, repeatedly. We notice the "immobilizer activated" text and emblem flashing, and both get on the internet to read about the problem. Everything else (including door looks, instrument...
  4. New theory

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  5. FS 19x8.5 et35 Konig Theory $400

    Parts For Sale
    Email me for pics, they are in excellent shape, currently have tires on but will be removing them. Shipping is extra, from Philadelphia area. email is: oreilly77 at
  6. DV vs. BOV theory

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I found this over at VWvortex. Long read but some interesting theories and results (and a lot of pointless bashing). Personally, I'm not looking for a loud blow off sound, but the results of this modification were interesting in that they illustrate intake dynamics during various throttle and...
  7. Bottom-up economic theory

    The Black Hole "The earnings of most Americans haven't kept up with the cost of living." "Adjusted for inflation, the incomes of nongovernment workers are lower today than in 2000. They're barely higher than they were in the...
  8. trickle down theory and Will Rogers

    The Black Hole
    Never realized where it came from or when, but i was following links out of the "GWB-worst president ever"-thread and found this by/about Will Rogers and Hoover. linky,
  9. My first CEL and theory why. LONG

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Today my first CEL showed up on the car. AUG 66,000 miles. However I have a theory on why. And it is the Coolant sensor. The first thing I asked when I came to the forum was MOD should I get first. Like alot of others I got the best answer, maintenance and VAG-COM. I got the timing belt along...
  10. Another scientific theory to be taught in Kansas schools

    The Black Hole I hope you all will support this and help contact the school board to approve it.
  11. I heard this conspiracy theory regarding control arm recall

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Ive heard that its the upper control arms that are failing with greater frequency, not the lowers. Then why recall the lowers? This is a huge products liability exposure if accidents start to occur from this defect. It is in VWs interest to inspect all affected vehicles. It was suggested that VW...
  12. Air filter idea (more theory)

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    A wacky idea came to me the other day as I was researching air filter replacements. It was mostly stimulated by the proven merrits of the stock air filter: Do you think it would be possible to swap in a bigger airbox from another VW/Audi product into our cars? It wouldn't be much, but since the...
  13. AM reception driving me batty - new theory

    Mobile Electronics
    Checked 'FERN', it was on...anyway... I have repetitive static, always chop-chopping at the same cadence (sounds a like a helicopter), wherever I drive (Boston, New York, it's all the same). Turning on the headlights adds a another continuous <<winginginginginginging>> ringing sound. BUT...