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  1. 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. 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. 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...
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    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 comcast.net
  6. 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. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
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