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Posts posted by kbrandsma

  1. I recently chased down a noise on my '98 986.  


    With the belt off the noise went away.  Every thing like rollers, water pump, alternator all spinned freely.  With the belt back on and a $10 stethoscope from "Harbor Freight" , I deduced that the noise was coming from the alternator's front bearing.  I took it to a local auto electrical shop and had it rebuilt for $125.  Problem solved.  



  2. I'm pretty sure you meant the soft top or the canvas top.  A tonneau cover looks like the photo below.



    tonneau cover1.jpg



    The top transmissions can be adjusted with a cordless drill (set to a low torque setting). Here is a link by 1sChoir explaining the procedure in greater detail. These usually need to be readjusted after replacing a bad transmission or a replacement of a broken (or stretched) transmission cable.

    PRESS HERE for Adjusting Soft Top Transmission

  3. Remove the cluster and check bulb and replace if needed. You'll need to replace your clockspring which can be very spendy new. You may want to find a used one that is guaranteed to be in good working order. Used $50-$75, New $244-$310 depending on where it is purchased.  Part number 996.652.211.01


    Good price here:



    More info here:




    Make sure the little tabs or forks are there if you purchase a used one.



  4. You can switch coil pack #1 with coil pack #4 from bank 2. Clear the codes and see what comes back.  You'll need the Durametric to clear the codes.  I would drain the oil and remove sump pump cover and see what is at the bottom of the sump as well as dissecting the filter.  Also testing the oil could also help determine exactly what's going on.


    If you use the Durametric to check the cam angles, make sure to have the car up to temperature for a least twenty minutes or more to ensure you get the correct readings.

  5. It sounds like it.


    I've read on some boards that the Jetta (2006-2010) MK5 door lock mechanism is the same part. OEM VW parts are less than $50 USD shipped. Part number 3D1 837 016 AC or 1TD 837 016 A.


    Perhaps someone else has seen or tried this and can chime in.


    Good luck and keep us posted.

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