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That spring can rotate and rip out the tire - catastrophic loss when entering a bend could mean driver, occupants, other drivers, and/or bystanders could be singing with the angels... Ground the car instantly, it is not safe.


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In a word: No. To add more to it: Absolutely Not. There is one huge thing which you have not taken into account. That being carbon which deposits from the air/fuel mixture burning process. Where does it go? Right into the oil (among other places). A small amount of blow by occurs which also forces this mixture down into the crank case. Now you have it in ...


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My biggest concern with issues like this is causing additional damage since the spring is no longer being supported the way it was designed to be. Also, the rear suspension is (obviously) compromised, handling is going to be affected. My recommendation is to park it until it can be fixed.


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The basic issue from a mechanical point of view is that the spring (not the shock!) is what supports the weight of that corner of the car. Clearly, with a piece missing, it is not doing that as it was designed to. If the car "bounces" while being driven, the broken spring may end up further out of position and not carrying any load at all. Personally I ...


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No you cannot safely tow the Jetta as you'll exceed the towing capacity of your Outback. The Outback can tow (depending on the options) between 2,700-3000lbs. The weight of the Jetta by itself is between 2,892-3292lbs. When calculating the towed weight, you need to include any other thing which you may be putting into your Outback, such as people or things. ...


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The light comes on when the oil pressure is low. If the oil level is fine, I would say you have either a faulty oil pressure switch (or a bad contact to it) or a dying oil pump. I would hope for the faulty switch if I were you - it's a cheap fix. If the light is intermittent then the switch is also much more likely. However if the light only turns on on ...


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I'm betting that the cable responsible for front-back shifting has either come loose at a mounting point (transmission or shift lever) or has broken completely. You may be able to have someone operate the lever while you observe the heavy cables on the top of the transmission bell housing. It's also possible that a bracket that holds one of the two cables ...


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When I worked for BMW NA, I was the 'Merican engineer responsible for batteries, start, and charging systems on BMW vehicles stateside from about 1990-95. There was some bean-counter thing that also changed The Ultimate Driving Machine [cough] from Varta to Deta-Douglas on some vehicles. The issue was local sourcing of batteries... and money and profit... ...


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The last three quarters of a turn of the spring is flat, and coiled to a smaller diameter than the body of the spring, so that it can sit snugly around the locating nub welded onto the frame, with the rubber isolator between them. With most of the last turn missing, the spring is effectively resting on a single point. The first picture shows its proper ...


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There are a few ways to resolve this dent issue as the others have indicated. Another Possible Method glue these plastic ding tabs to the dents. You can find them by googling "plastic ding tab" You will use a hot glue gun and hot glue them to your various dents. Use a dent puller slide hammer. The tip should screw into the plastic ding pullers. Pull ...


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Dimensionally, the two tires are the same. The only difference between the two is the speed rating: H indicates that the tire can be safely used for speeds up to 130 mph (210 km/h) T denotes tire suitability for speeds up to 118 mph ( 190 km/h ) So in terms of compatibility the new 'H' tire should be fine. The low pressure may be due to: underinflation ...


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There are several places water can get into the cabin of a car, some of the more typical are: Through tired door and window seals. Through drain holes in the floor. Condensation from your breath and/or the air-conditioning system. brought in on your shoes, clothing etc. through rust holes, missing bungs, etc. Explicit leaks would result in more water when ...


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Your problem is going to be one of the following areas. Clutch, engine off, press the clutch pedal slowly to the floor. The resistance of the clutch is felt all the way until an inch or two before reaching the floor it should then go to a lighter resistence. This is the clutch diaphragm spring throwing over and it is what you want it to do. If OK you can ...


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A little research leads me to believe (aka I could be wrong) that reverse gear in this car requires you to depress the shift knob and move it far left-forward. It also seems that some, but not all '02 TDi Jetta owners have had complaints that the difference between finding first and reverse gears is vague. Seeing as the knob location for the two gears are ...


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Nick C pointed some good things to look but forgave one important thing in my opinion. First let me ask you a question : Do you have many trees near your house/where you park your car or near the parking at work? If so my bet would be clogged drain from the bottom of your windshield. In my short experience with car all the time a car was leaking inside this ...


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I think the focus of this question is an understanding of Volkswagen part numbers. The Volkswagen part numbering scheme is fairly straight forward to understand once you know more about it. Essentially all part numbers are in a fixed format and once you know the system, you will be able to work out which parts are interchangeable. The format is as follows;...


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Many modern cars have advanced traction control systems which aim to prevent a loss of control, most of these operate by adding computer control to each individual brake, with a central computer using sensor data to determine how much to brake each wheel. These systems are designed to fail in a way that allows your brakes to still work - they aren't simply ...


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It sounds like the steering lock is causing this. Have you tried turning the steering wheel either way a little while turning the key? By moving the car you are likely making the steering turn a little which will release the load of the steering lock. If this is the case, it is quite normal.


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If it won't go into any gear with the engine off, then I'd say it's almost certainly something in the linkage - problems with the clutch or synchros would go away with the engine not running. I did once see the same symptoms occur due to a gearbox mount failing however - it caused the box to move just enough to make the linkage bind. I'd suggest starting ...


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On older vehicles the alternator would give out a high rate until it became warm. This used to be known as its saturation point. The alternator output would then drop off to supply the demand put on it plus maybe a couple of amps. A later 'smart' alternator and its control system can carry out conductive tests while operating and will better re-charge the ...


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Your logic is way off. You should change your oil and filter at the manufacturers recommended intervals, with an oil of the manufacturers specification. The manufacturers cover many many miles under many differant conditions to decide a specification and in most circumstances the specification cannot be bettered for the intended use of the vehicle.


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Almost any amount of load you put on the battery is going to drop the voltage. How much depends on the capacity of the battery as well as the health. It would appear that 12.32V would put the battery into the 60% charge according to most of the State of Charge charts. State of charge charts are referring to open circuit voltage (without any load on the ...


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If this is a high mileage engine, in addition to a worn oil pump or a faulty oil pressure sensor, the fault could also be caused by worn bearings within the engine. If the bearings are worn, more oil can flow through them than is designed to, which can lead to a low oil pressure. How may miles/km has the engine done?


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Get a bunch of carburetor cleaner and some oil picks Really, it's not a big job but it's a little nasty. Having some metal mixing bowls to put the EGR into when you spray it down will help to contain the mess into a nice consolidated little package. Using some glovers as well is not a bad idea. How I've done it and I've only done one. Remove it Visually ...


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The number of times the oil and filter are changed in the process of cleaning out an engine is not a fixed number. We keep changing it until it stays clean. Two changes is a common average. The change interval also matters; we use an interval of 200 miles. There are too many variables to establish a set cleaning routine. The amount and type of internal ...


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Are there failure modes besides "stuck open" and "stuck closed?" Absolutely. This has been the bane of many an E39 M5 owner. If the coolant is able to navigate through an alternative flow path besides the path it is expected to take, a mechanical thermostat will modulate temperature at slightly lower than expected. So what could cause this? The ...


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I'm biased based on my experience, but perhaps it might be helpful. I spent time in the Army troubleshooting (and teaching mechanics to troubleshoot) vehicle electrical systems. After that job I worked for a US automotive manufacturer, first as a design engineer and then as a new model launch person, including countless hours spent troubleshooting ...


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I agree with everything you have to say here. The relay is going to create some amount of heat. How much heat is really unknown. I believe relays will cut out if they get too warm, but I'm unsure of how much heat buildup would cause it to do such. Considering the price of a relay, I'd highly suggest just changing it out. This is especially true if you are ...


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Had to do this for customers before : start by removing all the non-original stuff. Then with the key off use a meter and find the permanent live, next key to aux and find switched live, the ground or earth is usually brown - check by looking at the cigar lighter. How many speakers? Then there will be that many pairs of wires - usually recognisable as a ...


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The problem probably resides in a connection somewhere in your starting system. I would start by disconnecting at the battery, making sure all connections are clean, then re-securing them so they are good and tight. Move your way back on the cables to ensure all other connections are good in the same manner. While you are moving down the cables, ensure there ...


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