frostheater

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  1. oztdi

    oztdi New Member

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    Has anybody installed the frostheater on the 2012-14 passats and have pics? i did it in my b5 but with this sideways engine it looks like space is tight.

    thanks in advanced
     
  2. ggbaas

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    Frostheater have pictures they can send you, atleast they sent them to me. When you buy the kit, they send you a detailed installation outline with pictures. The area you will be working in is very tight. Removing the heater hoses is difficult and needs special hose pliers. The frostheater is cheap, but not for your weekend mechanic in my opinion.
     
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    ramairetransam New Member

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    what special pliers do you need?
     
  4. mu2bdriver

    mu2bdriver Active Member

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    Is that your opinion for all of the models or specific to the 2012 Passat? I was thinking about one for my MK4 Jetta but was told that the installation gets in the way of timing belt change components and other routine maintenance items. Not knowing what the installation looks like I can't make my own opinion about that.
     
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    A lot of people say the cable type hose pliers help a lot. I think Craftsman makes some. Personally, I would not attempt this. Living at 40° N. L., I doubt I'll ever find it necessary to install a Frostheater, but if I do, the car will go to an indie guru for the job.
     
  7. Jetblu

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    I put one on my MK4 several years ago. it does not get in the way of timing belt change or any other maintenance change. Heater sits just under battery tray. It is not very difficult at all and has definetely been worth it.
     
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    Interesting, thanks. This may be a project next fall for me.
     
  9. ggbaas

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    I don't know my way around the WV tdi like I do other cars. Does anyone know where the thermocoupler/temp -sensor for the temp gauge is located on the 2012 tdi?

    My observation using the Frost heater is that it does a good job heating the coolant. However, when the engine is started, the engines temp-sensor does not see the hot fluid from the frost heater immediately. I need to drive +/- 500 yards before the engine heat sensor comes in contact with the heated coolant,, at which time the heat gauge jumps to about 1/3 of its range. It is like the engine's coolant temperature sensor is not located in the flow path of the coolant heated by the frost heater.
     
  10. jasonTDI

    jasonTDI New Member

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    Completely different animal.

    The NMS is a lot more difficult that the MK4.
     

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