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Hi all - I am new and I dove in deep with an inexpensive 2007, 100k plus mile New Beetle (2,5 engine) for my daughter to get back and forth to school.

I have installed new struts & shocks and am putting in a new valve control body this week.

I have two issues that I could use your help with:

1. The first is simple but has me flummoxed - I can't figure out what to depress to pull the wiring harness connectors off the the ignition packs. I don't want to break them. Does anyone have a clear explanation or a picture they can share?

2. Worse is an unnoticed, small oil leak. I noticed it as it dripped from the bottom of the bell housing - ugh! I am hoping it is not a rear seal although that is the most obvious candidate. Are there common leaks that could trickle down to there? If it is the rear seal is it easier(relative term I know) to pull the engine? drop the tranny? pull/drop the whole deal. any advice, particularly what else to look for would be really appreciated. - thanks - HB on Northern CA
 

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Some good videos: that explain, how to remove the connectors and if they are damaged, to replace the housings.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJpgr58tqjc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrs8-KtJGus

As for oil leak; there is a common problem, the vacuum pump leaks on the 2.5L. There could be other reasons; for the leak but the vacuum pump, is a common issue (so, it is worth a check). You could try a oil dye kit and that could help you pinpoint, the source of the leak.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jauuj7OnJiw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvMWRCR7y_E

UV oil leak: dye kits and how to video:

https://www.google.com/search?q=oil...rome..69i57.4150j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
 

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Thanks Billymade. Upon further review the leak appears to be coming from the front face of the engine just left and above the bell housing. It seems your recommendation on the vacuum pump is a highly likely probability. I need to take a break after the last week's activities and will dive in a couple weeks when I a re-energized.
 

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The Vacuum Pump failure; on the 2.5L is a expensive fix, the pump being pretty expensive, the parts just by itself and something, that will probably happen again, in the future. Another option, is a USP Motorsports Spulen delete kit; not only is it cheaper but it will never happen again. Something, to consider; another way to go and a permanent solution:

Spulen 2.5L Brake Vacuum Pump Delete Kit

Replace your leaking vacuum pump for a fraction of the price

Complete vacuum pump delete kit
Removes leaking vacuum pump
Includes custom silicone hoses
Aluminum vacuum block off plate

$99.99
MFG# SE-095
SKU# 4653

https://www.google.com/#q=USP+Motorsports+2.5L+vacuum+pump+delete+kit
 

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can anyone report their experience with this kit?


If I have a leak and the pump is working - can't I just replace the gasket between he pump and engine?

Using the "easy method" can the o-ring behind the plate be purchased anywhere?

thanks - HJBondar
 

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Billymade - Thanks - I did watch them. Very informative and reasonably easy repair. The only part I am uncertain about is making sure the seal on the share cover does not leak. The mating gasket is readily available but the actual vacuum pump cover was not meant to come off. As such - the part does not appear to be available. RTS seems like the only option but I would prefer a purpose designed seal.

As you mention, The delete kit is an option and I would be interested in the opinion of someone who has installed it - Anyone???
 

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and - not for nothing - I still don't understand how to undo the VW electrical connectors. They seem so easy to break!!
 

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Check out the first 6 or so videos; there are a number of different vw style connectors but I do not know, which connector you are referring to?

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=vw+connectors

When it comes to parts, repair and the delete kit, I haven't done it, so I cannot comment. The only thing I have seen; are the above videos, you might find more info on vwvortex, in the 2.5L section?

Maybe, this would help?

http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthre...p-WITHOUT-special-tools-or-dropping-the-trans
 
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