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IDI Engine / Weird air issue on 1.6
« on: September 04, 2018, 12:58:38 pm »
So Ive been battling a rough running engine for the past 6 months. I replaced the injectors and headgasket only to find the rough running was back after a few hundred miles. I noticed a bit of diesel weeping out of the union on the delivery valves. Not a drip but definitely weeping out. I tried damn near everything to get the lines to seal. No dice... So after finding out the 1.6 hard injector lines for the 1990-1992 years are NLA I swapped my delivery valves for shorter ones and put hardlines on from an 84 caddy. This appears to have corrected the problem. My theory is that a minute amount of air was being sucked in through the hardlines when the valve in the delivery valves snapped shut after injecting the fuel on that cylinder. Any other ideas? Im just happy this is fixed... for now 

IDI Engine / 1.6 headgasket?
« on: July 02, 2018, 09:19:42 pm »
So I have been noticing black sludge slowly building up in my coolant reservoir for the past 3 years. About 2 months ago the car started to skip. Today I finally pulled the head to investigate. No visible issues other than the gasket starting to fall apart around the coolant passages. Is it possible the gasket separated internally to cause the misfire? Im surprised I did not have any water in the combustion chamber

VW Gasoline Engines / 1990 cutlass supreme injectors
« on: April 30, 2018, 10:47:47 pm »
Just an FYI that digifant injectors fit the Oldsmobile cutlass supreme. Saved a few hundred bucks by recycling my digifant injectors I collected over the years :D

IDI Engine / Thoughts on a recent compression test
« on: April 22, 2018, 12:03:33 am »
So my 1.6 started running rough recently and I thought the old injectors or low compression may be the culprit. So I pulled the injectors and did a compression check to verify the health of the engine. The results were cyl #1 350psi cyl#2 475psi  cyl#3 475psi cyl#4 375psi. Should I be worried about the lower compression in cylinders 1 and 4 ?

MK2 Golf/Jetta and Audi 5k / Strut mounts that dont suck?
« on: January 18, 2018, 03:33:20 pm »
Anyone know of any mk2 strut mounts that do not separate from the bearings that are pressed in? The febi strut mount bearing seems to separate from the metal insert before the rubber wears out

IDI Engine / Coolant overflow leaking fluid out the cap
« on: January 03, 2018, 11:42:57 pm »
My 85 golf decided to start leaking fluid out coolant expansion tank cap today. Do these caps normally go bad after 34 years or do you think I have bigger problems? Any way to test the cap?

General / Another year another Massachusetts inspection passed
« on: September 17, 2017, 09:45:31 pm »
So it was time for my yearly vehicle inspection yesterday. The guy at the inspection station said "Do you think its going to pass?" Of course I knew it would. The tech seemed to be surprised that my E-brake actually worked. He was even more surprised that all of the suspension components were tight. I really dont think this guy was confident that a 33 year old vehicle would sail through the process and have everything work the way it should. I also have come to realize that most people think the age of a car dictates a lack of maintenance where in reality it takes a good deal of work to keep an antique in a daily driver status. Has anyone else had any weird comments from inspection stations?

MK2 Golf/Jetta and Audi 5k / Shimmy shake and junk motor mounts
« on: September 11, 2017, 10:43:03 pm »
So as a preventative measure I installed new motor mounts in my car. What showed up from were a set of meyle motor mounts with 2 being hydraulic. After only 2 short weeks The front mount is shot and the passenger side rubber mount is most likely gone as well. I just ordered a rein solid mount from a different vendor to get me through the next week and hopefully through the next year.

Are the meyle mounts known to be junk or did I just get a batch of mounts that were sitting on the shelf for too long? Is Rein any better? Should I just order the genuine VW mounts next time?   

MK2 Golf/Jetta and Audi 5k / 020 swap now tranny grumbling
« on: August 29, 2017, 08:28:32 am »
So my 020 code AWY decided to toss a rivet a few days ago. I swapping in an AUG code tranny that has the identical gear set except the differential. Below a certain rpm the tranny make a horrible low grumbling noise, almost sounds like a noisy differential. Tranny has 200,000 miles on it. Any ideas?

Turns out the vw mk2 manual steering rack boots cross references with the porsche 944 manual steering boot. The rubber is much better quality than you can find for most MK2 replacements. sells the better quality boot.
Part number: PCG-419-831-C

Edit: This swap works in the same way the polo disk upgrade work except it's a bit easier to find parts because nobody wants drum brakes :) 
Drum brakes when fitted with new hardware are designed to last 200,000 miles. The polo 6n2 bearings are projected to last 100,000 to 140,000 miles. That means no more regreasing/adjusting the bearings ever again.

To give you an idea of what polo parts to buy here are some links

New Stub axle    VW part number : 6Q0501117

New bearing      VW part number : 6X0598477

New  200 mm Drum  VW part number : 6X0609617A

New 180mm Drum  VW part number : 6X0609617

Just find a set of mk3 200mm drum assemblies, take off the mk3 drum, use the drum backing plate and mk3 brake shoe internals, attach the polo stuff and blam! You have a full set

UPDATE: The MK2 standard backing plate and drum internals should work. I test fitted the stub and the polo bearing but did not have the part numbers for the 180mm drum until recently. Based off the part dimensions the 180mm drum should fit but proceed at your own risk. The 180mm polo drum has not been tested yet

Update will follow as the parts come in

GTG section / May 20th German Auto Parts car neet
« on: March 28, 2017, 08:32:21 am »
On Saturday May 20th German Auto parts is holding a car meet at their headquarters 10 corporate drive Clifton Park in NY state. I beleive the event will be going on from 9am to 3:00pm. Hope to see you there :)

MK2 Golf/Jetta and Audi 5k / Steering Wheel locking up. HELP!
« on: March 03, 2017, 12:27:51 am »
The vehicle is a 1985 vw Golf 2 door. Manual everything and No A/C. The odometer reads well over 300,000 miles. Sooo driving down the road a few weeks ago I noticed a groaning noise coming from somewhere in the steering system. Then all of a sudden the noise went away for a few day and then came back. On my way home tonight I noticed the steering wheel becoming progressively harder to turn. As I rounded a corner it actually was stuck momentarily.
The car has a brand new steering rack and new tie-rod ends. The front strut assembly was rebuilt about  100,000 miles ago with FEBI and Bilstein parts. Ball joints were replaced at some point in the vehicles life as they are stamped TRW  and not VW.
Where should I start looking?

IDI Engine / Banjo bolt questions
« on: February 26, 2017, 09:44:30 am »
The OUT banjo bolt on my other 1.6 IDI powered vw ended up being completely plugged up so I swapped out the bolt to a bolt without the mesh screen. I know the plugged banjo bolt was the issue because the car would idle poorly and die under acceleration and there was no fuel at all coming out of the return line. The question is how important is it to have the mesh filter banjo bolt versus just running with a regular non filter banjo bolt?

Upgrades (non engine related ) / Stand alone glow plug harness
« on: November 15, 2016, 10:28:08 am »
Well not sure if this is considered an upgrade but it is useful to have a standalone glowplug wiring harness when converting any mk1/mk2/mk3 vw. I took a vw fan relay holder, drilled it out and attached the correct terminals and wires. You can find the glow plug wiring schematic online. Here are a few pictures.

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