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Generally speaking, the dealer should be able to adjust the cost to only perform maintenance on items that are actually needed. They should check the coolant, and other fluids, and only recommend replacing what needs to be replaced. The brake pads may have been replaced already, but the fluid does need to be flushed and replaced every few years, regardless ...
2011 jetta tdi 85k miles $2900.00 for particulate filter, egr filter etc. everything with this VW is CRAZY EXPENSIVE!!! Don't Buy!!
They should be; doing so thoroughly impregnates the surface with oil. If you simply assemble it dry, then oil will have a hard time getting to some of the friction plate surfaces so they'll run dry or nearly dry until the clutch has been used a number of times, and during that interval the clutch is likely to wear much faster than normal.
In general, if you have access to the battery when the engine is idling you can get a first-step diagnoses of whether the alternator is provided enough output. With the engine running check the battery voltage at, say: Idle (800~1000 RPM) 1500 RPM 2500 RPM You should have roughly 12.5-13.0 volts at idle, and 13.0-13.5 or more at higher RPM. If not then ...
Assuming you're buying the OEM filter from a Subaru dealer, they should be giving you a new washer with each one. It's an aluminum washer that's sort of folded over on itself so that it crushes. My understanding of the crush washer on your drain plug is that it's not a gasket -- i.e., not to keep fluid from leaking out -- but serves as a lock for the plug, ...
I've been changing my own oil since 1975 or so, Daniel, more often than not, several cars at a time (it's been a long long time since I've only had one vehicle). I've never changed a drain plug gasket - I've never seen one that leaked significantly enough to warrant replacement. Do wipe around the drain hole, and wipe the existing gasket, before putting the ...
Once you have removed rust, use vaseline (yep it's weird but it works :p) every now and then to protect the chrome parts. When you notice the parts starting to get opaque use light abrasive paste on a cloth to make the chrome parts shining again.
Chrome does not rust, its the steel under the chrome that rusts and flakes off the chrome. In the UK the number one product for chrome is Solvol Autosol. Does what is says on the tube.
For rust removal... my personal favorite technique involves a lot of distilled white vinegar and a green "scrunge" (like a 3M scrubbing pad) or a pad of steel wool. By "a lot" of vinegar, I mean never allow the surface to get dry - always keep it wet with vinegar or it'll "flash rust" while you work. This generally involves working only a fairly small area ...
One time-honored method is to rub the chromed parts vigorously with alumin(i)um foil. That results in the transfer of alumin(i)um ions to the steel surface, further protecting the surface. WD-40 is a lousy, horrible corrosion prevention agent. If you can get it to last for longer than about 24 hours, you're doing well. It does do some jobs very very well... ...
For logging purposes, the best smartphone app by far is Torque Pro for android. If you don't know anything about cars, DON'T mess around with fuel/ignition maps. You are going to push things too far and end up melting pistons and/or damaging your turbo. I guarantee it.
In regards to your second question, you can connect to your car with the Wireless Ross-Tech VCDS volkswagen diagnostic system. It is by far the best VW diagnostic tool. The wireless version supports iOS and Android, but isn't exactly cheap. However if you plan on working on your car it's a must. http://www.ross-tech.com/vcds-mobile/ VWs are very specific ...
I have a VW CC (gas mind you) and love it. Maintenance can be done by yourself for alot cheaper than the dealership. The VW dealerships near me are a total rip off, that said it is important to read the owners manual to find out what should be done at each interval and a simple youtube will walk you through it. VWs are very specific vehicles. Help grow the ...
For tuning purposes, you have several different options (and probably more): Bully dog Celtic Tuning Malone Tuning And many more And again, there are plenty of products on the market which will allow you to do what you want to do with the OBD2 system, at least I believe it does considering your real lack of description: Mobile Asset Solutions Amazon ...
Most of the claims made by a lot of 'tuning' firms are just too much hype. They rely on taking the EGR valve out of circuit, which whilst giving the extra horesepower the vehicle usually gives out excessive nitrides of oxides(NOX). This NOX output is a known killer. Here in the UK somewhere in the region of 5000 people die from or have attributable causes of ...
You should take your car to the dealer and have it replaced under warranty, and inspected for further damage. If a rock hit it hard enough to knock it out, then their may be other damage you didn't see, or the part was at least defective, because that should not happen. It is called a Lamp Bezel, and the list price is about $70.
I believe they are calling it the Outer Bumper Grill, Driver's Side .
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