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On every car sold (that I'm aware of) there is a sticker pasted, usually in the door jam of the driver's side, which states exactly what the car manufacturer suggests your tire pressure should be at. It will give a front/back pressure. This is what you should use and not what the pressure on the side of the tire says. The figure on the tire is the maximum ...


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Depending on who asked you, and why, I would assume they were talking about the special socket needed to removed locking lug nuts from the car. On cars that have them, one of the 4 or 5 lug nuts/bolts will have a smooth outside and a special pattern on the inside that only a certain key will fit. The lock can typically be found near where your spare tire ...


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CAUSE As it turns out, after further investigation a coin had fallen in to the lighter and caused a short circuit at some point in the past. FIX To fix it (at least in my case - the most common problem), you need a new 15A (blue) automotive fuse and a flat head screwdriver (or anything to prize off the fuse box cover). In my car the fuse box is located ...


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Diagnosing noises when you're thousands of miles away isn't going to be easy, but here are a few tips to help you out: remove the serpentine belt and run the engine If the noise stops, you know that the noise source is something that is running off the serpentine. inspect the belt for loss of tension Loose belts are notorious for squealing spin the ...


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In a car normal lug nuts or lug bolts in your case have some type of hex head. This can be easily removed with a lug wrench or a ratchet and socket. This also make wheels easy to steal. To counteract the theft there exist special lug bolts that have a non standard pattern. This pattern requires a key to covert the special pattern to a standard hex. This is ...


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Something else to be watch out for, if you filled the tire to 44 PSI while the weather is cold and the tire is cold from not being driven, as soon as it warms up, the tire warms up, and so does the air in it. For a temperature change of roughly 10 deg C the pressure will increase about 3 PSI. Which if you have filled up the tire to the max, already puts you ...


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"Blipping" the throttle just means giving it a very short (half a second) stab raising the RPM for a short time. It creates smoother down shifts because it raises the RPM to where it's going to be after the shift so the synchros have less work to do.


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The fact that you can here some noise from the door with the inoperational lock is an indication that the wiring is fine. There is a good chance that the door lock actuator has gone bad and needs to be replaced.


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If you dont hear any buzzing sound from the pump then. Check for a blown fuse. If the fuse is intact then remove the pump and take it to a mechanic to fix or replace.Also if possible check the wiring. Overfilling does not cause any problem as long as the pump is working. Fuse Location for VW Passat Note:Number 24 is the fuse for windscreen washer ...


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As the comment says, looking at the web site you posted there seems to be a couple of flavors of engine for your car. So unless we know the displacement (it would say 2.3L V6 for example) we can't say exactly for your car. There are 5 or 6 flavors listed for your car, from a 1.8L 4 cyl, to a 4.0L V8 ( would love to see how this is stuffed into a Passat lol). ...


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Sounds like a simple case of driving too fast in the rain. There's only so much water that tires can push out of the way, and the effectiveness drops as the tires wear, water depth increases, and speed increases.


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There is usually a fuse just for the cigarette lighter socket, this is the first thing you should check. You should be able to find it in one of the fuse boxes. Looks like there is a fuse box on both the driver's and passenger's side in the passenger compartment and different Passats have different fuse numbers, but it looks like you are looking for a ...


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PROBLEM As you can see in the photo, on the lock actuator replacement part for my car door there is a plastic part (left) and a metal part (right). The two parts, metal and plastic, are supposed to move as one unit. If the unit is rotated anti-clockwise then the door lock will be in the locked position. If the door is rotated clockwise then the door would ...


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The easiest way is to get wheels you know fit - i.e. ones specifically sold to fit a Passat ;) Otherwise you'll need something compatible - the key things are the PCD (bolt pattern), offset (ET) and centre bore (CB above). The bolt pattern is obvious, it's how many bolts you have (5) and how far apart they are (equally spaced around a 112mm diameter ...


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I went to the mechanic and he changed the ventil unit and the sound stopped. Thanx guys


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Visual Inspection CABLE HOUSING/SHEATH You can follow the brake cable back to the rear of the car. I'm not sure if it goes to the right or left rear. In so doing you can see if it has any damage. A bad kink in it, torn cable housing (if you can see the actual cable in the housing due to damage....that's not good) Parking Break Mechanism The cable ...


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I wouldn't risk it. If the water pump fails you can easily cook the engine, leading to no end of problems (failed head gasket, warped head, etc). The temperature gauge will only give you an accurate reading if the coolant is flowing through the engine - if it isn't you will end up with hot spots very quickly. A lot of modern cars have an ecu-controlled ...


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I agree, you don't want to take the seller's word for it. This could be a serious problem. If it is indeed an "oil pickup pipe" that's dirty, that means oil is not flowing through the engine properly. That means more wear on every moving part in the engine, particularly if the current owner has ignored the problem and continued to drive the car. Without ...


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The heated mirrors have a restive heat strip spiraled around the back of the mirror. It works much like the defrost "wires" on a rear car window but since its a mirror, you can't see them. The MkIII Jetta didn't have a control for the heated mirrors - they were always on, and would fail more often than the switched ones on newer cars, but failure does ...


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This PDF file seems to have good instructions: http://home.comcast.net/~slashpub/headlights/ReplacingHeadlightBulbs.pdf I haven't tried this myself on a Passat, though the final pieces seem vaguely similar to my New Beetle.


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You probably have a blown head gasket. The only other explanation is the car has an oil to antifreeze cooler that is cracked or damaged. What is happening is that the oil pressure is greater than coolant pressure and is forcing it's way into the coolant. The head gasket separates not only the combustion chamber but also coolant, pressurized oil and oil ...


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In a manual tranmission car, the clutch is 'meshed' only when both sides of the clutch - the engine side and the wheel side - are running at the same speed. Downshifting Example I'll make up some numbers for an example: Say you're at 3rd gear, going 45 miles an hour and the engine is at 2.5k RPM. If you downshift while still going 45 miles an hour, the ...


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Correct Tire Pressures As @Random832 mentioned in the comments, the information for my 2004 VW Passat B5 was not in the door jam of the drivers' side, but rather it was actually on the inside of my fuel filler lid. Here is what it looked like: As you can see, the pressure here varies for the approximate amount of weight that the car is carrying, but also ...


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While it is difficult to diagnose car sounds over the Internet, I would say pretty confidently that the sound is coming from the transmission for the reasons below; You have stated that the pitch of the sound follows the speed of the vehicle, which would lead me to believe this is specifically the final drive or 'differential' (inside the transmission on a ...


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EPC stands for Electronic Power Control ... it's the stability program which can be found on VW's. All manufacturers have different names for it and this is what VW calls theirs. As for the issue at hand, it means there is a problem with the system. Until you get the codes read which tells you what the issue is, I'm afraid we cannot help you further.


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I took the car to the dealership for a full cam belt, belt tensioner, idler pulley and water pump replacement and the noise hasn't happened since! I guess one of the parts that was changed during the maintenance must have been worn or damaged or the belt was rubbing on something that it should not have been.


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Yes it is reasonable. Remember, you only agreed to the cost of disassembly, which was the initial cost of $375. Taking things apart is usually far easier than putting them back together. Considering what is in their list of repairs, there was more than just the valve cover removed to figure out the issues. I'll almost guarantee you they removed the head as ...


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Refuse to pay - they're trying to coerce you to use their services... On most cars, removing the cam cover is a 5 minute operation, and replacing it would be similar. Even a really complicated one isn't going to take more than half an hour, unless loads of stuff needs to be removed to get to it. I'd therefore consider 1-2 hours labour (at however much your ...


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Engine internals can last a very long time. They are generally built to at least survive beyond the standard warranty term for the vehicle in question. This is typically 100K miles in modern vehicles. However, improper maintenance, driving beyond the normal parameters of the engine, and contamination can cause rapid deterioration of service life. Given the ...


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From your description, it sounds like your catalytic convertor is shot. If the honeycomb within the converter shatters, it creates a hug obstruction within the converter. The back pressure this creates will not allow your engine to rev to its potential. This really shows up when trying to accelerate. Depending on where the hole in the exhaust is, you may be ...



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