This is why I don't want to upgrade my 1985 Mercedes.

On Fri, Aug 21, 2015 at 4:35 PM, Curt Raymond via Mercedes <> wrote:

> The new Vehicle Speed Sensor (VSS) for my Golf came today. As I'd guessed
> its actually two parts and my old one had the top part broken off.
> Replacement is a pain, its on the side of the transmission, under the
> firewall. Its got big flats, I used a 7/8" wrench on it but theres very
> little space to swing the wrench, grrr, its nice to have a working
> speedometer though.
> Hopped in the car to get an inspection sticker and before I hit the end of
> the street the check engine light (CEL) came on. Grrr! Gotta get the VCDS
> (I dunno what it stands for but its the magic that connects my laptop to
> the car) and check it out but its in the Jetta that Angie has taken to work.
> About 1/3 of the way to Angie's office I realized I'd forgotten to plug
> the Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor back in when I put the air box back after
> replacing the VSS. Pulled over, plugged it back in and suddenly the power
> that was missing in 2nd gear is back. Still need VCDS to shut off the CEL.
> Actually I probably didn't, after picking up the VCDS I stopped for new
> windshield wipers, my local Car Quest gave me $10 off which is great since
> the Bosch wipers were normally $45. When I fired up the car again the CEL
> was gone.
> So I headed down to get the inspection sticker only to find the reverse
> lights don't work. A cursory search suggests its the switch which sadly
> lives UNDER the battery. So pull the airbox again (I'm getting good at it)
> then pull the battery. The bottom of the battery box is held with 4 bolts
> into captive nuts except one of the nuts isn't captive anymore. I ended up
> breaking out the bottom of the plastic box, theres still 3 bolts...
> The switch is indeed dead but there are none at any FLAPS or VW dealer for
> 50 miles. I ordered a replacement from ID Parts (where the VSS came from)
> and since I ordered before 4:30 it MIGHT be here tomorrow. The real
> advantage in ordering from an in-state source. Now the rain won't quit long
> enough for me to button things back up. I'm off to California (with an
> aching in my heard) Sunday so if the new switch doesn't arrive tomorrow it
> won't get fixed for a week...
> -Curt
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