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  1. Need to reset my TCM/ECM manual tricks aren't working....vag com??

    Vag-Com and OBD11 Coding
    need to reset my TCM and can't find any Vag Com Users near me. any advice?
  2. installing lower rad hose -- any tricks?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    The last time I tried to replace the lower rad hose, I managed to remove it after working it for some time (what a pain). But, the new one wouldn't go in. I am going to try again next week. I am guessing the oring of the new hose is stiff and needs to compress more so that the clip can latch...
  3. Any tips/ tricks on replacing my PCV breathing system?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I'm replacing the PCV system on 01' V6 Passat. It's been pieced together by the previous owner and it doesn't appear that they ever replaced all the parts and what they did replace isn't right so I ordered the complete kit and will be doing it today. Anything I need to be aware of when doing...
  4. BF reservoir removal tricks.

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I am trying to R&R the break fluid reservoir but it's not coming off. I unclipped the connector, removed the clutch line and the 10pm hex screw from the front of it and tried pushing down on the clip underneath that hooks onto the master cylinder and pushed towards the battery but the ports...
  5. Republicans up to their dirty tricks again????

    The Black Hole
    I'm sure all of you were surprised with the sudden activity and action by congress at the end of the year. Some hailed it as bipartisanship at its best. Don't be fooled. One of things the new House passed yesterday was a rule that no bills can increase the federal debt. Sounds good right...
  6. Ordered new dipstick tube, Any tricks to not drop plastic bits in tube?

    B5 Garage
    Hi, 2003 Passat 1.8t wagon 120,000 I have been reading about the Passat Dipstick tube/funnel replacement. <RANT_ON> WTF, Cheap POS Plastic tube? I thought these were supposed to be well engineered cars? No other car I know of do you have to worry about your dipstick tube...
  7. Cool Garmin tricks for a noob? 1,400-mile roadtrip this weekend...

    Mobile Electronics
    I just picked up my first nav unit a few days ago, a Garmin nuvi 285WT. I've got a few favorite destinations saved, programmed the nice British man to tell me where I'm going, and got Bluetooth to work with my phone. Anyone have any particularly useful tips/tricks/hacks or favorite features...
  8. Tips, tricks, torque specs etc on CV boot replacement

    B5 Garage
    I just saw today while watching my car that the outer boot on the drivers side took a dump so I am just going to bit the bullet and do all 4 at the same time. What tool do I need to remove the bolts that go on the tranny, it looks like a 12 point but i can be sure. After I get those out, how...
  9. Just got vag-com, ohh yeahh. Tricks?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    So I've searched and searched. Haven't found complete information. 2000 B5 ATW AUTO 1.8t Been playing around with it, logging real time data, etc. Any new tricks that I can do? And specifically, I don't have a boost gauge yet, how can I see what I'm boosting? I've seen that I should log...
  10. Tips or tricks to replacing passenger side headlamp bulbs

    B6 Garage
    I can't seem to inside the low-beam light bulb housing. Any ideas how to replace this bulb? I looked in the manual and it recommends taking the car in to the dealership. Is it really that complicated? Do you have to remove the front bumper or something complicated like that? I tried to get...
  11. Any Cool Vag-com tricks for the B5?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Post the tricks you have for it. Like the sport mode trick and such.
  12. Box of tricks under front passenger seat?

    Volkswagen Passat B6 Discussion
    Hi, I was looking at installing the blue tooth system in my B6 Passat SE (no steering wheel controls and basic display). According to forums/threads the main "box" is placed under the front passenger seat and then covered with something to hide it. I went to look under my front passenger seat...
  13. Climatronic tricks?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I've seen things you do to get different displays on the Climatronic, but can't seem to find the threads now. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
  14. Clutch Slave Replacement - Tricks?

    B5 Garage
    Completed this fun job today. All started when I stripped the 9mm plastic bleeder on my original when I was rushing a routine job before the Indians-Red Sox. I got it out with no problem, fussed with the bleeder and thought I had it nicely resized to 8mm with a dremel. Put it back...
  15. VAG-COM Tricks

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    As a newbie, is there like a list of things of what VAG-COM can do? any useful things at all? is VAG-COM a must have to passat owners? thanks
  16. A Poll - Stupid Dealership Tricks - Let's Hear 'em

    Dealerships and Service
    :poke: Dealer sends out $59.95 coupon for synthetic oil change. Dealer won't honor coupon because I took it in for 25K maintenance. 25K maintenance IS oil change. Coupon not good for Scheduled Maintenance PACKAGE. $109.00
  17. Key fob tricks

    New Member Introductions
    Hi all! I'm new to the VW club, having traded in my '02 Audi A4 for an '06 Passat. I am *loving* this car! I really didn't think I'd forget about my Audi so quickly, but wow! How can I not with all the Passat has to offer? :) So I've read through my manual... certain sections I've read...
  18. Stupid Low Rider Tricks

    Anything Auto
    So last night I'm driving down Central Expressway in Dallas nearing downtown, and I see this pickup, dropped really low in front of me. All of a sudden the back end of the truck, going about 60-70 MPH hits the pavement and sparks start shooting up everywhere. Thinking the truck is gonna fall...
  19. Stupid garage tricks

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I used to laugh at my buddy that drove off the end of his ramps when trying to put his car up for maintenence.... and then two nights ago getting ready for an oil change. Thud!!!! Luckily the car isn't lowered and it was a plastic Rhino ramp. It just pulled right out. No Damage except for my...
  20. spark plug replacement tricks

    B5 Garage
    Having just changed the oil and spark plugs in my Dodge Stratus yesterday (Father's day activity with son #1), I realized that we have developed a trick for extracting and replacing spark plugs on dual overhead cam engines. My son wants to make a special tool by brazing a 3/8" socket extension...