Sunday, 20 March 2016

Replacing Split Vacuum Servo hose VW Golf MK4

When servicing my VW Golf I noticed that the servo vacuum hose had a split so ordered the new part from VW. This video shows how to fit the replacement servo hose to a VW Golf MK4 TDI PD130 but this should be similar for any MK4 Volkswage Golf

Saturday, 19 March 2016

VW Golf Coolant Temperature Sensor Replacement

VW Golf Coolant Temperature Sensor

059 919 501A new part green sensor
078 919 501C original black sensor

Monday, 14 March 2016

VW Golf MK4 TDI Review

I found this old review of a PD150 TDI from Richard Hammond

Sunday, 13 March 2016

VW Passat B6 Wiper Blade Replacement (2005-2010 models)

If your wipers aren't cleaning the screen properly then new blades is an easy fix. This video shows how to change the wiper blades on a VW Passat B6 2005-2010 model

Difference Between VW Golf MK4 TDI and GTI seats

Until I bought my latest VW Golf MK4 I'd not realised there was any difference between Golf GTI and Golf TDI sports seats. Even at a glance it wasn't obvious that they weren't the same as the material pattern was identical and they both have Recaro style sports side bolsters.

However when the seats are compared next to each other it's clear the TDI sports seats are much more squared off and have additional panels sewn in compared to the GTI seats.

VW Golf TDI seat
VW Golf TDI seat
VW Golf MK4 GTI seat
VW Golf GTI seat
You can see the additional stitching lines in the photo below of the VW Golf TDI seat and the photo below of the GTI seat that has a single piece of fabric for the side bolsters.

VW Golf TDI seat
VW Golf TDI seat

VW Golf GTI seat
VW Golf GTI seat

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

VW Golf MK4 Centre Console Removal and Replacement

When I bought my MK4 VW Golf part of the centre console was broken so one of the items on my list was to replace it. I managed to source a suitable part from a local breakers yard which also gave me useful insight in to how to remove it from my car. It's a useful tip - if you need to remove a part it often pays to do the work on a scrap car so you can work out the best procedure.

I found that the easiest way to remove the front section was with the rear centre console also removed as it gave much better access. In order to remove the rear console I also needed to remove the centre armrest which fortunately was something I had planned to do anyway as I find it gets in the way when I'm driving.

There are 4 Torx T20 screws that hold the rear centre console in place. Once these are removed the section can be lifted out over the handbrake, taking care to unplug the fuel flap button.

The front section of the centre console has 4 screws holding it in place but 2 of these are shared with the rear section and go through both, so only 2 more need removing to take the front section out.

Once those screws are out, unclip the gearstick gaiter, remove ashtray and the centre console will slide out.