I put my '04 into service position.
Laundry list of To-Do's:
1) New timing kit plus from ECSTuning
2) Complete coolant flush
3) New plugs & wires
4) New idler pulley
5) new o2 sensors
6) Febi front end kit
7) New power steering pump
On my '98 GLS:
Replaced my cracked left rear tail light and as long as I was in there I did the brake light mod. Still trying to sleuth that pesky no chirping issue when I lock the doors.
I gotta say, for a car that is now 18 years old, this car is still in great shape. Absolutely zero rust on the body.
Stack that up next your Jap or American car. I like plenty of Japanese and American cars but nothing stands up to rust better than a VW.
Enlarging the hole for second 'brake light' bulb. I used a Forstner drill bit for wood working. Makes for an easy task of drilling through the plastic without having to jag around with a Dremel tool.
Did a few under the hood checks and tire pressure check before a full day of driving. Removed the slush screen from the air cleaner box. Pretty fuzzy from all that road salt dust.
2MPG's improvement to southern Illinois and back today.
Finally got around to fixing that water ingress issue with my '98 GLS.
I've had the carpet out of my car since last summer trying to figure out where the water was making it's way into my car. It was a very sporadic problem and was difficult to pinpoint exactly where the water was entering.
Also steam washed my carpet today. Had a few sodas spilled on it from last year, thought it would be great time to clean it all and not have to worry about water in the car.
This where some of the water was coming in. Dried out door seal.
Here is the back side of the passengers window regulator. Can't be seen in this picture, but the other source of water ingress was actually coming though the speaker. Probably why that speaker didn't work. The speaker voice coil was completely rusted solid. :thumbdown
Brand new window regulator.
Not shown, but bought a used replacement speaker, now I got stereo again. :thumbup:
Hung the carpet up to the overhang on my garage blasted the whole carpet with my heated pressure washer. It looks new again.
Cleaned the whole inside of the car out before carpet went back in.
Finally after years of talking about it and telling others how and why they should buy Raxles axles, I pulled the trigger on some for myself. :driving:
Talked with the owner down at Raxles today. I wasn't aware of the time when I called and he actually took my order after hours, plus we sat and traded war stories to boot. That is one cool guy. :salute:
Installed a brand new radiator to replace the leaking old unit on the 98 DD today.Hit some smallish size animal on the way back from AZ back in July. The weekly ritual of adding water was getting old.Plus I'm about to embark on a 1900 mile trip back to AZ in couple of days here, with a car fully loaded. Don't want to have a radiator failure in the middle of nowhere.
Washed and vacuumed out my car for the first time in about 2 months.
Then about a half hour after I came home, the landscapers showed with their back-pack blowers. :thumbdown
The dust flying around down here is ridiculous. Still better than snow Now instead my car being white with all that salt and slush crap, it's always brownish.