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Vantagemech

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realised I misdiagnosed my tandem pump / brake servo issue.... though I now know how to prime a replacement fuel pump :)

However I did fix the fault - after finding a diagram on line for the vacuum circuit.
I didnt give much thought to what else is under vacuum, but remembered there are some solenoids next to the N75.
Running the car i checked the hoses and I found a hose had popped off.......The brakes do feel much stronger so Im not too worried about changing the tandem pump.
 

Zacharias

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Today I Tore down the passenger door card with the door closed and opened upp the door to try to hack away the lock and mount my new door lock...just before I attacked the lock I put the cable on the new lock and it was nothing more then a series of clicking in the window module, then I checked the cables and all was looking good so I finaly tore down the plastic in the footwell and did a bit of wiggeling on the conector to the door and the lock laying on the seat clicked ! I moved the cable to the old lock in door and it unlocked! So now I have an open door, a spare lock and lots of stuff to put back in the door 🙂 it has allso been dark for about an hour and I am doing this with a flashlight outside but I am still happy ..ish
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ibizagti

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today I tried to make too many changes in my tdi ... and since I had problems recolocating the alternator I had to call my wife to go where i was working to rescue me with another car (I live 120 miles from where I have space to play the mechanics in the car).

It had time to change:

- rear shock absorbers
- front shock absorbers
- cups and cup bearings
- ball joints
- stabilizer braces
- stabilizer silentblocks
- fabia tdi dogbone
- oem gearbox oil
- air filter
- engine oil and filter
- febi thermostat
- front discs
- front brake pads
- left driveshaft

Next weekend I have to:
- replace the alternator (it has been impossible for me to put it in place)
- make distribution with water pump
- fuel filter with Depronman screw

I hope that everything goes well and I can test the car with everything renewed. Seeing how bad the old parts were, I think it will give a good change
 

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mcauleyj

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Today I decided to sort out my misted up fog lights. Removed the units, took apart what I could, cleaned and replaced. They look so god that I may need to attempt the head lights at some point.

Before and after shot and then back on the car.
They look great - did you polish the glass & if so what did you use?

Thanks,
John
 

Jeetesh

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They look great - did you polish the glass & if so what did you use?

Thanks,
John
I used a normal car glass cleaner which I would normally use on the windows. The outside is obviously easy, the inside however I had fashion a cloth attached to a brush head and feed through gap where the bulb goes as i didn’t want to separate the glass from the unit (it looked sealed). Thereafter I took a hair drier to it to ensure any moisture evaporated before reassembly.

Jeetesh
 

kp 115

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I used a normal car glass cleaner which I would normally use on the windows. The outside is obviously easy, the inside however I had fashion a cloth attached to a brush head and feed through gap where the bulb goes as i didn’t want to separate the glass from the unit (it looked sealed). Thereafter I took a hair drier to it to ensure any moisture evaporated before reassembly.

Jeetesh
Thanks for the detail mine have a similar misty
appearance to them , so I’ll be following your advice to improve their performance.
Thanks
Keith
 

Jeetesh

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Today I fixed the glove box.

Issues; light not working, pull handle operates right pin only and left pin end is broken.
Dilemma: buy a replacement/try to fix however my broken one is pristine (issues aside) and replacement may not match/potentially poorer condition.

Fix is my plan however the risk is not being able to fix or damaging it more.

Difficulty level in (); 1 = easy, 10 = very difficult

1. Remove associated panels (6), remove glovebox (2) disconnect light (3).
Surprised at how much plastic is welded and brute force required for panel removal.
2. Dismantle glove box by removing hinge pins (1), manoeuvre lid from soft close mechanism without breaking (4).
Light not working due to broken actuator (present), tested connections/bulb, all working, fuse is fine.
3. Split glove box lid (10) this felt like I was breaking it and my biggest concern. Knife/scrapers did the trick and happy I’ve not broken it. Definitely not for the feint hearted!
Again massive brute force required. Findings - 2mm diameter plastic pin holding gear broken, right hand pin missing about 7mm of length.
4. Clean parts, re-glue pin for gear and reassemble. Contact adhesive didn't work, surface area too small and comes loose again, needs a metal pin or metal bolt as depronman suggests. I opted for a strong metal pin (a drill bit is the strongest I could find, right size and tempered). It would also be visible on the inside of the lid so wanted something as invisible as possible. All you can see is a dot which has a bit of epoxy resin to hold in place. The innards don't need a bolt as the right prong holds the gear in place (6).
5. Left pin end fix - sand flat, fashion an extra 7mm (I used wood dowel), fix to the end (4). Again contact adhesive not as strong as expected and repeated use could break it. Since lid needs glueing back together, both this and the gear pin fix needed to be permanent and strong. I opted to drill the dowel, and the end of the sanded pin, glueing all together with the pin in the middle with epoxy resin (6).
Dowel I can paint and shape to the exact size and epoxy resin has sufficient strength together with the drill bit pin to add further strength.
6. Re-assemble mechanism (checking it all works and greasing) and glue lid back together (4).
7. Re-assemble glove box and check fitment/operation of all parts (4).
8. Glue light actuator in place with epoxy resin (4).
9. Re-fit all parts back into car (5).

On refitting I managed to break the actuator again by marginally leaning on the lid when screwing a torx screw back in 🤬, I took it all out and re-glued it however this time I removed the rubber gromot the actuator rests on when open, there is no chance this will happen again as there is now clearance. The soft close mechanism stop is strong enough to not need the actuator to rest on anything.
All parts refitted and whilst I started it yesterday the time taken was mostly for adhesive/resin to set. The original pin holding the gear and the light actuator is a design flaw in my opinion however feel my efforts I believe will last the test of time. Really really happy owing to it visually looking fantastic (in my opinion)😁😁😁😁😁.

Many thanks to Sarge, depronman, ajsellors for their ‘how to’ instructions, without which I wouldn't have attempted the fix. Pics below.
 

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depronman

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You could have had one of my glove box light repair pieces for the light for £3.50
Makes the light fix a 5 min job

I totally agree that the gear pin is a design flaw. I used a countersink 2mm dia screw as a new pin so the screw flush on the inside
Paul


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steve_c

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Today I filled up at Tesco only to discover that I'd left my 10p/litre voucher at home and picked up the 95p off a pomegranate one by mistake. Doh!

There was a really deep frost this morning, I struggled to change gear the first three miles... Brrrr.
 

Jeetesh

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Today I filled up at Tesco only to discover that I'd left my 10p/litre voucher at home and picked up the 95p off a pomegranate one by mistake. Doh!

There was a really deep frost this morning, I struggled to change gear the first three miles... Brrrr.
Doh! 🙁
 

damadgeruk

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Today I filled up at Tesco only to discover that I'd left my 10p/litre voucher at home and picked up the 95p off a pomegranate one by mistake. Doh!

There was a really deep frost this morning, I struggled to change gear the first three miles... Brrrr.
Ouch, I take a 20 litre Jerry can when doing the 10p off fill up. :) I have filled two cars before though my local does not allow this(one car either side of the pump). My V8 defender made a great job of maximising the discount with its huge tank, then throwing my 'savings' out the tailpipe.
Hope you enjoyed your pomegranate.
 
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