Lush mate. Would love to do something like this to mine, but I'm not sure I have the bottle! (Not the driving, more the bills if there were any problems
) Plus, mech knowledge is fairly basic, so would have to get someone else to do most of the work. Bought a westie to learn on. There's lots of work coming up on mine I think (nearly at 100k) but can't bear to part with it. Figure I will just keep it for a few years. Hopefully they will always sell...
Thanks, sometimes wish I’d kept it standard as where I could go and “play” on some the nice country lanes it’s now a bit too quick
Been following this thread from the beginning, Love mk4 r32's especially supercharged stock looking ones.
P.s Has it got the more sedate seats or some rs4 style ones?
It has the standard the half leather half Alcantra Konig seats.
The engine started making some “un-engine like noises” two weeks ago.
Video of sounds: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcrZLEWLtDk&fea...
The first is a metallic ticking (can be heard around 20 secs), the second (loud clicking) at 50 seconds I was able to narrow down to one of the belt idler pulleys for the super charger.
While trying to narrow down the source of the first sound I pulled the coil packs and found this
Coil packs 1-6
Yes that’s water down there
Cyl 6 coil pack, water was dripping out when I pulled it
Apparently this isn’t uncommon, moisture gets trapped down by the plugs and never gets out. The fix is to replace the cam cover gasket as it has seals to prevent moisture getting down to the plugs. Another job for the to do list…. In the meantime I cleaned all the coil packs and replaced the spark plugs (due for replacement anyway)
I decided not to use the car until I could get the engine checked out. While the car was off the road I wanted to tackle another little job. When I almost drowned the car last year, I noticed the connector to the MAF was full of water and needed replacing.
This is what I found when I started stripping the wiring down to replace the connector
Replacement connector and repair wires
Nice shiny gold contacts
New connector built
The rubber grommets supplied with the connector didn’t seal very well, so I filled the back of the connector with hot glue.
It wasn’t until I had cut and stripped the wires that I discovered what a poor state they were in. When I tried to solder the new connector wires to the wiring, this happened
I have ordered some replacement wire so I can remove the corroded wiring, In the meantime it’s all back together so I can get the car running.
On Thursday the car was loaded onto a trailer and taken to The Phirm to get the idler pulley replaced and the engine noise checked out.
Managed to catch the newly painted bumper on the trailer while loading
On route we thought this was quite impressive
When we arrived at the destination the trip was showing just over 40mpg! not bad as it’s pulling nearly 2,000kg of Golf and trailer. The Golf just about manages 20mpg on it’s own
The grumbling pulley was replaced, didn’t get any pictures as the camera was in the car while it was up on the car lift in the workshop.
The engine has been checked over, the feeling is that the noise coming from the top of the engine might be one of the hydraulic tappets sticking a bit as it comes and goes and is only really apparent at 1,100 –1,150 rpm only.
We decided it was safe to drive the car as no damage was being done. On the journey home it clocked up 90,000 miles!
Hopefully over this weekend (assuming it doesn’t rain) I can get the wiring to the MAF replaced.
Oh and I have booked a place on the VW Audi driver track day at Castle Combehttp://www.autometrix.co.uk/trackdays/index.html