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Old 08-05-2009, 11:53 AM   #31  
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Filled up yesterday. I got 24.4mpg on my last tank. That MAF cleaner spray in indeed miracle spray. Best $7 I have ever spent on my car.
What about all the time you spend taking it out, cleaning it the first time, putting it back together, taking it apart the 2nd time, putting it back together the 2nd time, etc... ?
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What about all the time you spend taking it out, cleaning it the first time, putting it back together, taking it apart the 2nd time, putting it back together the 2nd time, etc... ?
Sounds like time well spent to me.
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Filled up yesterday. I got 24.4mpg on my last tank. That MAF cleaner spray in indeed miracle spray. Best $7 I have ever spent on my car.
I think I told you that in post #7. Glad it worked for you.
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I think I told you that in post #7. Glad it worked for you.
You sure did, and was a big part of me getting the spray after my CEL came on after cleaning it with the alcohol. The light is still off. Even after a few weeks now, it still feels weird not having that light on.

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You sure did, and was a big part of me getting the spray after my CEL came on after cleaning it with the alcohol. The light is still off. Even after a few weeks now, it still feels weird not having that light on.

Thanks a bunch!
A can of the CRC MAF Sensor Cleaner has saved me thousands of dollars on my cars. The MAF sensor can even get fouled in a dry environment when the car is stored.
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Old 09-29-2009, 01:55 PM   #36  
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Had a scare yesterday. While stopped, waiting to merge into another lane, the car lost a lot of power and began shaking. About a split second fearing the MAF blew up, fell out, or something. But then I saw the check engine light began to flash.

Now, a blinking CEL is enough to instill panic into many (damage to the catalytic converter is possible), to me it was a relief! I was only about 2 miles from my trustworthy non-dealership VW repair place, and I knew exactly what was wrong. An ignition coil gone bad. Happened before, and it will happen again. Made it to the repair place and it was fixed by the end of the day. Only $160 including tax, 1 new coil pack and all new sparkplugs.
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Had a scare yesterday. While stopped, waiting to merge into another lane, the car lost a lot of power and began shaking. About a split second fearing the MAF blew up, fell out, or something. But then I saw the check engine light began to flash.

Now, a blinking CEL is enough to instill panic into many (damage to the catalytic converter is possible), to me it was a relief! I was only about 2 miles from my trustworthy non-dealership VW repair place, and I knew exactly what was wrong. An ignition coil gone bad. Happened before, and it will happen again. Made it to the repair place and it was fixed by the end of the day. Only $160 including tax, 1 new coil pack and all new sparkplugs.
It's great to have a dealer with a service department that knows what it's doing!
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Well, it isn't a dealer, just a few guys in a shop. But they do a good job, and are cheaper than other non-dealer mechanics. I got my Timing belt replaced and the water pump, for about $800. Another mechanic estimated $1,200 for the same.

On a side note, my passenger side rear door was not latching well. The door stuck out a bit when closed, and you could hear air coming in when driving. Been like this for weeks. It was getting worse and worse, so finally yesterday I really looked at it, fearing the latch mechnasim needed to be replaced. Not a big deal, but I have zero time. And if my kids are sitting in the back, I'd say it had to be a high priority. Turns out the latch is fine, but the U shaped thing bolted to the car that the latch latches to was loose. I tightened it with a screwdriver, and the door is perfect! Next time I fill the tank at a service station, I'll ask to borrow one of those star shaped screwdrivers to really tighten it. I am really getting to know this car...
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You can also buy one of those star shaped(torx) screwdrivers at a store.
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