VW mk3 how to for jetta and passat

Discussion in 'VW Mk3 Jetta, Passat TDI and other/older diesels' started by chittychittybangbang, Aug 19, 2007.

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    chittychittybangbang Administrator

    May 23, 2007
    2006 Jetta TDI
    Volkswagen MK3 turbodiesel "how to" index
    For 1996-1997 VW Passat TDI and 1997-1999 VW Jetta TDI

    From 1000 answered questions, see the top of the forum page for more "how to" FAQ and technical info, updated Aug 1, 2010

    Did you just get this car? Review the new owner checklist at 1000q: new owner checklist to see common service areas, immediate maintenance checks and VW quirks.
    VW mk3 ecu hose, vaccum line diagram, and "chip" replacement (every mk3 TDI needs this ecu hose replaced)
    Passat chirp noise on cold start fix (replace during timing belt change if not done)
    timing belt part 1 - removal (60,000 mile replacement)
    timing belt part 2 - installation
    (once you're done removing it :)
    water pump replacement
    intermediate shaft and seal replacement
    How to clean/remove the intake manifold (periodic carbon removal is needed)
    TDI EGR valve FAQ (exhaust gas recirculation valve FAQ)
    Diesel fuel filter change (20,000 miles or as needed)
    Engine oil change (10,000 miles or as needed)
    Oil cooler/o-ring leak fix and oil pressure sender replacement
    Injection pump removal or mk4 ALH injection pump conversion
    VW mk3 glow plug replacement
    Passat motor mount replacement
    Air intake and snow screen service
    Fuel temp sensor and Injection Pump top cover seal replacement
    Coolant flush and fluid change
    Alternator removal and charging system troubleshooting
    Starter troubleshooting and replacement
    1996 Passat supplementary 5th fuel injector removal (1996 models only)
    MAF technical info (mass air flow sensor FAQ and part numbers)
    Diagnosing and fixing limp mode (sudden loss of power)
    Diagnosing and fixing low power (constant low power and can't rev high)
    Adjust fuel injection quantity or hammer mod
    Fuel injector nozzle selection and info FAQ
    Fuel injector and nozzle removal and upgrade procedure

    Fuel tank venting FAQ and vent removal procedure (lets you add a few more gallons of fuel)
    Engine coolant heater installation (engine block warmer heater)
    Performance turbo upgrade guide for VW TDI (comparison chart for jetta and passat)
    Boost or vacuum leak check (air leak in the intake piping, can leave soot or oil in engine bay)
    Runaway engine FAQ (rare problem where the engine consumes its own oil and races)

    Car Detailing
    Car detailing index: wash and wax the proper way, polishing paint, using rubbing compound, clay bar treatment
    Washing/waxing your car - yes, there is a right way
    Polishing your paint/swirl mark removal - enhance paint shine and remove paint spiderwebbing
    Clay bar treatment - make the paint feel like glass
    Sticker removal - safely remove that sticker from the paint
    Headlight polishing - restore the headlight plastic to clear
    Wax stain removal - remove white stains on the trim
    Paint chip repair
    Small scratch removal

    Transmission removal (for clutch/rear main oil seal/transmission seals)
    Jetta Passat clutch/flywheel and rear main seal replacement
    Manual transmission/differential gear oil change
    TDI clutch and flywheel FAQ
    How to adjust the shifter to solve hard 1st gear selection (the plastic link often breaks at high miles)

    Wheel / tire / gearing calculator
    Wheel tire calculator - also shows wheel/tire clearance, offset, and final drive calculator

    Strut/shock, springs, and strut mount+bearing replacement front and rear
    Passat, golf, jetta front brake pad and rotor job
    Jetta, golf rear drum and brake shoe replacement

    Passat rear disc brake pad and rotor procedure

    Adjusting the parking brake and center console removal
    DIY pressure brake and clutch fluid bleeder
    Brake/clutch hydraulic fluid change/flush
    Brake tips and busting big brake myths
    TDI specific big brake upgrade FAQ and spec table/links
    MK3 corrado g54 brake "how to" (+1 upgrade)
    MK3 girling g60 brake "how to" (+2 upgrade)
    4 lug to 5 lug wheel conversion

    How to use a torque wrench and torque wrench FAQ
    Jack points on VW
    What the VW part numbers mean and how to read them in ETKA
    Adding soundproofing to the TDI and introduction to soundproofing theory
    Tips and tricks for the mechanic
    Mk3 jetta and passat keyless entry/alarm retrofit
    Alarm system troubleshooting
    Mk3 keyless remote trunk open capability
    Mk3 key FAQ and programming the keyless entry remote
    5th gear modification to lower the rpm (on mk3)
    -5th gear install by Audi5jim --- Audi5jim's installation pics (on mk4, almost identical)
    Adjusting a sticky door handle or latch / repair of the passat jetta door handle
    Window regulator replacement and repair
    Clearing the sunroof drains to prevent water in the interior
    VW/Audi central vacuum locking diagnosis and repair
    Passat headlight low beam upgrade with 9006 bulb
    Ecode headlights - what are they and how do you use them (for the mk4 generation but the same idea)
    Daylight Running Light (DRL) disable
    Passat headliner removal
    Center console removal and how to adjust the parking brake
    Sagging door alignment fix
    Passat wagon trim removal
    Passat door card/panel removal
    Jetta door card/panel removal
    Fender rolling to fit larger wheels
    MK3 vs MK4 generational differences - 3rd vs. 4th gen differences and interchangeable parts
    Jetta vs. Passat, differences and interchangeable parts between the mk3 jetta and passat
    How to compression test the TDI engine
    Making wood blocks to raise the car
    OEM VW/Audi wheel gallery, part numbers, and specs
    light bulb replacement reference table
    Wheel alignment specifications table
    Renault 1.6L injection pump rebuild part 1
    Renault 1.6L injection pump rebuild part 2
    Touch up paint code reference table

    More how tos at 1000 answered questions: turbodiesel FAQ and general "how to" index
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