I purchased a manual 1.8t that has sat for a year after my automatic 2000 1.8t was totaled in an accident. I'm finding issues all over and I am concerned mostly about the thing sitting on top of the engine. I don't know what it is or it's function. The bolts that once held it on are missing and it is litterally just sitting on the engine. I did not notice this when I drove it the hour and a half home with a coolant blockage and an electrical problem. Can anyone tell me what this is, image attached. Assistance is much appreciated. Billy helped me a ton with my automatic and I'm beat having to start over, but am excited about the change up to manual transmission. If I didn't mess it all up driving it with this thing not hunkered down on top. Also I has suspicion the pcm or ecm is wonky due to water damage causing all sorts of strange electrical issues. I'm wondering if I can take the ecm out of the automatic (same year) and plug it into the manual without causing issue. I have seen that it would need reprogrammed to the new Vin but also have been told the swap would cause no issue. I want to use as much of the totaled bug as I can to fix the manual I just got. Saddly the missing screws from this thing in my manual will not come out of the automatic without stripping due to how tight they were put on. Stuck on what I can do to hunker this "thing" on the engine back down properly. I only just noticed it while attempting to clear the small return coolant line of debris that I believe may be causing a blo Kaye in coolant making the coolant boil out of the expansion tank. I think I can fix the blockage. Coolant I understand. But this thing on top not being set while I drove it home has me worried.
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