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  1. Lower Fuse/Relay panel

    Questions, Issues or Problems with the New Beetle
    trim removal to access relays--how? OP never got a reply. FWIW, I HAVE A HARD COVER BENTLEY, VCDS (non-applicable) and I've followed Bentey, about four hours worth, and can not remove trim to access glow plug relay. Yes, I'm old, senile, have arthritis. . . All of which makes me quite...
  2. Dixie cup holder?

    Questions, Issues or Problems with the New Beetle
    I tried this TURUS couple years ago. They let me take them out to the car to check fitment. None fit the grab bar on my '00 bug. May try Bed Bath. My application is large Starbucks cup. FWIW, REI has 12 oz. aluminum cups that do fit stock holders. Ward B
  3. Beetle towing another Beetle?

    Technical Modifications
    Of course you can make it. You're doing practice runs and skill-building exercises to tune yourself up. How are you driving in the mountains? I'm talking west of Denver either on I70 or 80. I70 is high adventure over Vail Pass. . . equally or more so over the San Rafael (say Ra-fell) Swell in...
  4. Rewire Your Beetle Headlamps (How-To) - Discussion thread

    Technical Modifications
    This thread is NOT dead. I posted to the pre-thread thread and so am lost in the ether. The fact that the wires near the bulb get so hot is because of insufficient insulation, or the wire gauge is too small. Both cause resistance overload, and HEAT as a by-product. I assume the reasoning is to...
  5. How To: Rewire Your Beetle Headlamps

    Technical How-To
    I have experience (elevator constructor) and would like to rewire my own. I can only imagine using a larger ga. wire would carry more current without heating up. If the OP was using speaker or 16 ga TW insulated wire, then a 16 ga. THHN would do the job times five. I've finished wrenching for...
  6. Headlights

    1.9 Liter TDI
    I have replaced both sides with Mexican Bosch headlights. They're cheap. I got them from autohausaz for $155 each. The wire retainer for the low beam fell out both times. I had to fish it out, replace it and then crimp the the hinge/swivel/connector correctly. During adjustment, I noticed the...
  7. Will These Wheels Fit a 2000 NB???

    Wheels and Tires
    OK, I'm going through Logan today. May look at the wheels. Pedro no habla Ingles. If I do the deal, I've have to mount all four and check for clearance. If you know anything about these wheels. . NOW is the time to come forward. TIA Ward B
  8. Will These Wheels Fit a 2000 NB???

    Wheels and Tires He doesn't list the offset. TIA PS I wonder how much to buy chrome lug studs to go along?
  9. Headlights Bulbs

    1.9 Liter TDI
    Are your headlights aimed correctly? I find that an H1 is adequate to dark mountain roads full of deer in the headlights if mine are.
  10. cargo box. wind issues?

    Questions, Issues or Problems with the New Beetle
    I'd love to see a close-up of the rear mounts. Yakima uses a stretch, but both clips attach to the door frame. Can you post a pic?

    Questions, Issues or Problems with the New Beetle
    I have a couple times. The parts are rated A,B,C,D. 'A' was very clean. . . C was greasy, but didn't affect performance. It's my online junk yard of choice.
  12. winter time coming, anyone blocking rad?

    1.9 Liter TDI
    Thanks Janitz, I'll use your method to block mine. My t-stat is bad. Did I read that some here mistake that problem for a CTS? The TDI board says to connect vcds to a cold engine. If the fuel temp sensor and coolant temp sensor read the same, then there is no problem with the CTS. Such was the...
  13. winter time coming, anyone blocking rad?

    1.9 Liter TDI
    Interesting, my blue temp. light goes out at just over 30C, and the heater puts out warm/nicely warm air. Your idea of blocking the grill from the outside sounds like the best solution.
  14. winter time coming, anyone blocking rad?

    1.9 Liter TDI
    Yeah, right. That works for a JETTA. I'm driving a NB and it doesn't.
  15. winter time coming, anyone blocking rad?

    1.9 Liter TDI
    Well the OP never did get his question answered. EVERYONE at Fred's blocks off the radiator. It is also posited that a TDI will reach operating temps 90C/194F at idle with the heater fan OFF. It was also stated the temp will drop off as soon as the vehicle starts moving if the radiator isn't...
  16. Resetting thermometer to Fahrenheit?

    Questions, Issues or Problems with the New Beetle
    Ambient air temp is one place F is superior to C. Also, a 'bar' as in barometric (approx. 14.5 psi) is utterly useless. . . even at sea level. Barometric pressure varies almost constantly. Ever air a bike tire up to 700 kilo Pascals. It borders. . . no, crosses the border if idiocy.
  17. winter time coming, anyone blocking rad?

    1.9 Liter TDI
    So, you vigin(ian)s are saying the vast majority of TDI owners are too stupid to check heating/cooling components? We're saying that you don't drive under the same conditions we do.
  18. Full time lighting

    Technical Modifications
    I don't know about rewiring the dash. I do know about driving, riding a mountain bike, or snowboarding in low light. At 41* N, our low light conditions (at least for old guys like me) begin around the Autumnal Equinox and the light comes back in March. I really should wire up the Euro fog light...
  19. Need Hood Latch Help!

    Technical Modifications
    Excellent five minute fix!!! Mine now opens easily. I'll check the latch tomorrow in the daylight to see if it needs adjustment. Will also do the fuel lid cable after removing the taillight. Thanks everyone for the great advice.
  20. Which oil brand do you use in your TDI?

    1.9 Liter TDI
    LOL, well the rude boys use a Pela 6000 oil extractor on their ALH TDI's. They generally use T6 or M1 TDT AND run a UOA (used oil analysis) to determine oil change intervals. Comparing tdiclub to Vortex is a way low blow. Fred's is the only place on the web that has the cumulative info one...
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