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I got my '04 scanned for codes today.
P0300, P0302, P0306.
And so it begins.
 

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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
 

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I cursed at my car today...
CEL came on again. And it was running so nice and such a pleasure not see that efing yellow light on my dash.
 

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Put brand new struts, bump stops in the rear on my '98 GLS. Feels new again :wrench:
 
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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.

 

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Yesterday:
Full service back brakes on my '98 GLS.
New rotors, hardware and pads. Cleaned up all the rusty areas of the caliper retainer and everything slides nice and smooth again.
 

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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.
 

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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. :p








Cleaned the whole inside of the car out before carpet went back in.




Carpet back in car since last year, finally! :)










Will finish it up tomorrow.
 
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Had new Hankook Ventus V12 evo2 shoes installed on my '98 GLS daily driver today. The old tires were getting soooo dangerous.
 

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Sunday morning I get to finish up with the RR door motor (bad module)
What, is that that time of year where door modules go out? I have to fix the DD module in my '98 GLS. Out of the blue, no lock, unlock, windows up or down with key.
 

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I stole the Leak Detection Pump off my W8 and put it on the '04 GLX that I sold to a friend at work. Now I get new Leak Detection Pump on the W8. :thumbup:
 

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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:
 
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Don't want to get into the particulars, it's all just a bunch of BS anyways.




I nice heavy garbage bag and I'm all secure and weather proof for the night.

 

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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.
 

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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 :p Now instead my car being white with all that salt and slush crap, it's always brownish.
 
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Yep, that damn hood release lever was the hardest part of my timing belt job! :lol:
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I know hey! It's just a simple plastic clevis. I'd like to see that station in the assembly line at VW. I betcha there's a lot of cussing going on.
 

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We'll also see if that initial 2-sec "rattle" on cold start goes away with the Euro Castrol formula.
Yeah I'm curious too.
Especially after that PQIA and API lesson. :D
See if that info is really worth anything.
 
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