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by ct.p
Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: B5 & B5.5 PASSATS
Topic: CTS and thermostat change OK. Still heating problem ...?
Replies: 5
Views: 148

Re: CTS and thermostat change OK. Still heating problem ...?

If further bleeding doesn't yield any results then there are three things; 1, Head gasket, when they go on the PD TDI mostly they fail from a piston bore into a coolant passage massively pressurising the coolant system and stalling the circulation. This was common on the earlier 115hp PD TDI's but r...
by ct.p
Tue Apr 02, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: B5 & B5.5 PASSATS
Topic: Indicators
Replies: 4
Views: 135

Re: Indicators

Yes, flasher relay is built into the Dukes of Hazard switch.
by ct.p
Tue Apr 02, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: B5 & B5.5 PASSATS
Topic: Coolant drain for CTS and thermostat change?
Replies: 11
Views: 283

Re: Coolant drain for CTS and thermostat change?

You are all heathens. Go indoors and get the Mrs best colander, use that first to get the big lumps out, like big stones, baked beans and bits of twig. Go back indoors and get your Mrs best baking sieve, use that second to get the smaller lumps out, like sand and lentils. Go back indoors again and t...
by ct.p
Sat Mar 30, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: B5 & B5.5 PASSATS
Topic: Skitty Tdi
Replies: 18
Views: 393

Re: Skitty Tdi

Do a bit of reading up on 's' curve and or 'toe' curve, can make a huge difference to the way these cars handle. The B5.5 has height adjustable track rod ends, there is about 10mm vertical adjustment. However getting anywhere to even know this let alone adjust them is virtually impossible. Main deal...
by ct.p
Thu Mar 28, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: B6/CC PASSATS
Topic: New MOT rules regarding dpf (May 2018)
Replies: 220
Views: 13526

Re: New MOT rules regarding dpf (May 2018)

T2000 wrote:
Thu Mar 28, 2019 3:55 pm
I've got a map for you, gratis, must be done!!!
I know ! :-bd

We spoke and discussed this a year or two back, I bottled out as I'm worried about bricking the ECU.
by ct.p
Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: B6/CC PASSATS
Topic: New MOT rules regarding dpf (May 2018)
Replies: 220
Views: 13526

Re: New MOT rules regarding dpf (May 2018)

Mine passed yesterday blowing 0.30. 2005 AWX, 155k with the last 25k ish having 2 stroke in every tank and regularly giving it some hammer. Just a couple of cloudy headlights need sorting and a CV boot needing replacing soon needed. Pretty happy with that. 0.30 exactly the same as mine :-bd It is a...
by ct.p
Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: B5 & B5.5 PASSATS
Topic: A/C experts? Compressor
Replies: 18
Views: 944

Re: A/C experts? Compressor

Although the belt runs all the time when in "Econ" the compressor is not under load and the compressor pulley is free running and the belt has little or no work to do. When the compressor is under load the belt has to earn its living! The A/C belt and tensioner are not difficult to do but getting to...
by ct.p
Wed Mar 27, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: B5 & B5.5 PASSATS
Topic: Clonking noise from front suspension?
Replies: 18
Views: 472

Re: Clonking noise from front suspension?

I've heard of the odd case where the lock panel (the front end) / crash bar has the odd loose bolt or two causing an impossible to trace knock.

Has the front end been out / in the service position since you have had the car?
by ct.p
Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: B6/CC PASSATS
Topic: New MOT rules regarding dpf (May 2018)
Replies: 220
Views: 13526

Re: New MOT rules regarding dpf (May 2018)

Back in the day when these cars were new, I had MK4 Golf GT TDI and had that mapped and that thing would wheel spin through 1st, 2nd and then a screech in 3rd gear if you launched it. The in gear acceleration was immense and it was great fun. I am now 15+ years older, live in the congested South Eas...
by ct.p
Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:26 pm
Forum: B6/CC PASSATS
Topic: New MOT rules regarding dpf (May 2018)
Replies: 220
Views: 13526

Re: New MOT rules regarding dpf (May 2018)

Took the gracefully aging B5.5 1.9 TDI AWX engine for its MOT today. It blew a 0.30 straight off the bat. I didn't have time to get hot hot which I usually do along with some Italian tuning up on route. Not as good as last year when I think it blew a 0.28 or it might have been a 0.24 but still good ...
by ct.p
Sun Mar 24, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: CAR RELATED CHAT
Topic: Always learning..
Replies: 2
Views: 130

Re: Always learning..

That murky deez again.

Flog it, spend £500 on a makeover for Old Blue and live happily ever after.

No point having all the bells if the dingers frequently stop working and all those whistles can only be blown one at a time.
by ct.p
Sun Mar 24, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: B5 & B5.5 PASSATS
Topic: Tracking
Replies: 11
Views: 247

Re: Tracking

Also, always change suspension related things like springs and shocks in axle pairs i.e. both sides. Otherwise you can induce dangerous handling and braking characteristics. By the way, the rear springs and shocks are very easy to change on a FWD B5. Get a Haynes manual, it describes it step by step...
by ct.p
Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: B5 & B5.5 PASSATS
Topic: EGR valve covered in oil
Replies: 6
Views: 230

Re: EGR valve covered in oil

What is the smell ? Is it exhaust fumes or a hot enginy oily smell?
by ct.p
Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: CAR RELATED CHAT
Topic: Securing gutter trim..
Replies: 2
Views: 90

Re: Securing gutter trim..

Legend has it that in the high mountain passes, some bandits have used it to stick their gutter trims down.

I wouldn't though because I might want to take them out again.

In fact I run my car without them as they whistle like Otis Reading sitting on the dock of the bay.
by ct.p
Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: CAR RELATED CHAT
Topic: Reducing radio static from HID's ....What's best?
Replies: 10
Views: 265

Re: Reducing radio static from HID's ....What's best?

The thingymabob...

If you have an aftermarket HU and not one of these then radio reception will be cack. (assuming it is an OE aerial)
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-VAG-Car- ... 2624966065
by ct.p
Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: CAR RELATED CHAT
Topic: Reducing radio static from HID's ....What's best?
Replies: 10
Views: 265

Re: Reducing radio static from HID's ....What's best?

As above, a higher quality HID set (ballasts) is probably the answer. What have you got at the moment, where from, how much were they? Way back in the mid 00's most HID retrofit kits used 'dumb' ballasts, getting a modern canbus compatible set (although not needed on the B5.5) might help as the elec...
by ct.p
Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: GENERAL CHAT
Topic: Almost a full day without a single post
Replies: 4
Views: 156

Re: Almost a full day without a single post

Yes, it has been a bit wet and blowy.
by ct.p
Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: GENERAL CHAT
Topic: Almost a full day without a single post
Replies: 4
Views: 156

Almost a full day without a single post

So I thought I'd post a post.

Where is everyone?
by ct.p
Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:57 pm
Forum: B5 & B5.5 PASSATS
Topic: classifieds
Replies: 8
Views: 278

Re: classifieds

Yes, 10 years back they would have been snapped up for those prices.

I would love them but no way are they worth that on a £600 car!
by ct.p
Fri Mar 08, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: B5 & B5.5 PASSATS
Topic: classifieds
Replies: 8
Views: 278

Re: classifieds

Yes, have you seen the price of them though, £250 last time I looked. Back in 2007-2010 when B5.5's were still worth a few quid and many on here were heavily modifying them, then yes £250 would have been appropriate. Now though when most B5.5's are worth less than £1,000 and many at about £500, spen...
by ct.p
Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: CAR RELATED CHAT
Topic: Help needed to Identify what fasteners I need for here
Replies: 5
Views: 157

Re: Help needed to Identify what fasteners I need for here

Also, the undertray upstand bit needs to be tucked behind the arch liner. That can be a bit of a fiddle sometimes but there is sufficient bend'age in the plastics to allow some brute 33 force to be applied.
by ct.p
Wed Mar 06, 2019 11:34 pm
Forum: B5 & B5.5 PASSATS
Topic: Electric Headlight Adjusters on Estate
Replies: 3
Views: 138

Re: Electric Headlight Adjusters on Estate

First time I've heard of this on here, so not common. Are the leveller motors present? If the lights have ever been replaced new one come with plastic studs where the motors fit and the motors may not have been swapped from the old lights. Are the leveller motors plugged in? Is the leveller switch p...
by ct.p
Tue Mar 05, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: B5 & B5.5 PASSATS
Topic: herbaceous border
Replies: 8
Views: 242

Re: herbaceous border

Jetwash.

But keeping the old hector in a well ventilated garage helps stop it come back. In fact I can't recall ever having had this...
by ct.p
Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: B5 & B5.5 PASSATS
Topic: TIMING BELT KIT
Replies: 10
Views: 308

Re: TIMING BELT KIT

Yes, I was quite impressed with the kit I fitted.
howey wrote:
Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:21 pm
I like SKF as you get the water pump with the kit for about £80

That is the gold standard, an OE VW kit. I wonder how much they are compared to after market?
dave_1 wrote:
Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:25 pm
Dealer you get a 2 year warranty on the parts