[MBZ] Some days - The saga of the Golf.

2015-08-21 Thread Curt Raymond via Mercedes
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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Re: [MBZ] Some days - The saga of the Golf.

2015-08-21 Thread Andrew Strasfogel via Mercedes
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 
mercedes@okiebenz.com 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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Re: [MBZ] Some days - The saga of the Golf.

2015-08-21 Thread Curt Raymond via Mercedes
My Golf is the last of the 4th generation (my Jetta is the last of the 3rd) and 
is actually a really nice car. The doors close with a solidity you'd expect 
from an MB. VW worked hard to make the 4th gen much more refined than its 
predecessors.
I'm going to give my Indy hell, he probably should have checked that both of 
these were right when he did the transmission swap. In fact he probably broke 
the VSS during the transmission swap...
-Curt

  From: Andrew Strasfogel astrasfo...@gmail.com
 To: Curt Raymond curtlud...@yahoo.com; Mercedes Discussion List 
mercedes@okiebenz.com 
 Sent: Friday, August 21, 2015 4:40 PM
 Subject: Re: [MBZ] Some days - The saga of the Golf.
   
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 
mercedes@okiebenz.com 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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Re: [MBZ] Some days - The saga of the Golf.

2015-08-21 Thread Curt Raymond via Mercedes
I was just making a Led Zeppelin reference. I don't mind trips to California. I 
like sushi and its a good place to get it.
-Curt
  From: Curly McLain 126die...@gmail.com
 To: Curt Raymond curtlud...@yahoo.com; Mercedes Discussion List 
mercedes@okiebenz.com 
 Sent: Friday, August 21, 2015 5:38 PM
 Subject: Re: [MBZ] Some days - The saga of the Golf.
   


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


In my generation:  VCDS = viet cong dumb shXX

I'm off to California (with an aching in my heard)  I can understand 
a reluctance to go to the land of fruits and nuts.

Congrats on getting the speedo and the CEL fixed.

Waytago


  
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Re: [MBZ] Some days - The saga of the Golf.

2015-08-21 Thread Randy Bennell via Mercedes

On 21/08/2015 5:14 PM, Curt Raymond via Mercedes wrote:

My Golf is the last of the 4th generation (my Jetta is the last of the 3rd) and 
is actually a really nice car. The doors close with a solidity you'd expect 
from an MB. VW worked hard to make the 4th gen much more refined than its 
predecessors.
I'm going to give my Indy hell, he probably should have checked that both of 
these were right when he did the transmission swap. In fact he probably broke 
the VSS during the transmission swap...
-Curt


I was thinking along those lines too, as in, didn't he just have the 
tranny replaced?


RB

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Re: [MBZ] Some days - The saga of the Golf.

2015-08-21 Thread Curly McLain via Mercedes
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



In my generation:  VCDS = viet cong dumb shXX

I'm off to California (with an aching in my heard)   I can understand 
a reluctance to go to the land of fruits and nuts.


Congrats on getting the speedo and the CEL fixed.

Waytago

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Re: [MBZ] Some days - The saga of the Golf.

2015-08-21 Thread WILTON via Mercedes

Coming along, anyway.  ATTABOY so far.

Wilton

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Subject: [MBZ] Some days - The saga of the Golf.


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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