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  1. Vendor Deals
    Because it's Friday, we're taking a look back at some of our favorite automotive/DIY/tool deals we spotted over the course of the week. Tools and tires were the big winners, though we also spotted a massive out-of-category deal that we opted to share at the bottom of this list. 64% OFF...
  2. Volkswagen Passat B6 Discussion
    Hi folks, Just wondering what size wrenches/tools I'll need to remove the turbo oil supply and return lines and also for the lower right side engine mount bolts. For the turbo supply and return lines I'm talking about the fittings on the right rear of the engine block. For the engine...
  3. B5 Garage
    Hi. I have just talked my wife into buying a 2003 w8. Pretty much immediately it started going into limp mode on the very first start of the day and sometimes when started after a short run. I have had it to the garage to have it diagnosed, which resulted in two trans solenoids being replaced...
  4. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hi guys, Another question for all you guys... I've been hunting for a good low range torque wrench but haven't come up with anything!! Specifically I'm looking for one that will get me that oh-so-dear 84-in lbs that the valve covers need....which is approximately 7 ft/lbs. Any suggestions on...
  5. B5 Garage
    So... I understand this a pretty newb question and has nothing to do with b5's in particular, but would anyone recommend the greatneck torque wrench? The craftsman one is nearly 8x more expensive, but is it worth it? Don't get me wrong, I want quality tools that will work for a while to come...
  6. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I pulled the exhaust from my V6 4mo today. What a PIA. The only way to access the flange bolts is to reach up between the tranny and the subframe. The space is barely large enough to get your arm in there and you have to reach up pretty far to get the top nut. There's also a tab for the...
  7. B5 Garage
    You know, it's high time I got my torque wrenches calibrated. I've got a 3/8" drive craftsman and a 1/2" drive Husky. For those of you who have done this sort of thing before, where should I take them, and how much should it run me?
  8. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Time for a timing belt and tensioner and a few other incidentals while that is going on. I'm a pretty fair mechanic on older motors and have read the DIY writeup on the belt change. I purchased all the parts recommended but they have been sitting in the garage now for 4 months just mocking...
  9. Anything Auto
    I bought a Cambell Housefeld impact wrench a few weeks ago and never really liked it. It was like $58 and rated at around 400 ft lbs max torque. It just didn't seem to have the power that it should. I returned it and bought a Husky (home depot) 600 ftlbs max. It also seems kinda week. Both...
  10. Anything Auto
    You've probably seen these. Sometimes part of an 'emergency road kit' - a 12Volt Impact wrench with supposedly up to 200 - 250 lbs of torque. The ones I have seen either have a 12 volts socket plug or alligator leads to attach to a battery. It's hard for me to believe these do a good job...
  11. Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I don't have a torque wrench but would like to do some of the work on my car instead of sending it to the stealership to get screwed. I've never used a torque wrench for any of the work I've done on my other vehicles. It's always been the "that's about right" method. Can anyone direct me on...
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