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MK5 GTI on the Cheap

Das Gespenst

Go Kart Champion
Location
Glen Ellyn
That foam you found is actually between the body panel and interior panel. When I gutted the racecar I pulled all the foam out. I found it completely water logged and clearly an issue as the interior side of the body panel isnt treated to protect against water. You may want to pull you interior panels and get that foam out of there to prevent it happening again.
 

doc280

Ready to race!
Location
North Carolina
That foam you found is actually between the body panel and interior panel. When I gutted the racecar I pulled all the foam out. I found it completely water logged and clearly an issue as the interior side of the body panel isnt treated to protect against water. You may want to pull you interior panels and get that foam out of there to prevent it happening again.
Thanks for the info, I will keep that in mind if i have to go back in there. I do think is odd they placed foam in there with it`s ability to act like a sponge.
 

Das Gespenst

Go Kart Champion
Location
Glen Ellyn
Won't you get rattles by removing this foam? I have the feeling that this thing should not come in contact with water normally?
Well, mines a full built racecar so rattles are the least of my worries. But if you saw where they sat I dont believe you would. It's just sound deadening material. And yes. It acts like a sponge. If for any reason your sunroof drains clog, this is where the water ends up.
 

doc280

Ready to race!
Location
North Carolina
This past year I took the opportunity to join the grounds crew at the local minor league baseball team. It was a chance to be able to get a better insight to the game I have loved over the years. So this vastly ate into my free time and I neglected this post.
Obviously the GTI was mostly used as an everyday work car, but it did make a few long trips as well. This past year I did perform the recommended services and had to fix somethings as well. The GTI during this time made me smile, made me cuss, made bleed and once it almost made me cry.
I have no clue where I am at to reaching the goal of 10 cent a mile, so I will go over what I have done to the GTI, during our days of lockdown and then at the end, we will compare the cost to the mileage.
 

doc280

Ready to race!
Location
North Carolina
April 2019:

Time for the yearly maintenance:
Oil and filter change
Air filter and cabin filter check …. Ok
Rotate tires …… these tires are holding up well
Added water to the battery
Brake fluid … good
Coolant …. Good
A good look over under the car, everything looks great and there are zero leaks.
Purchased one of those Harbor Freight oil catch cans, for the garage. This was the first oil change using it and it makes things mess free.
When doing the oil change I always disconnect the intercooler hoses to drain the accumulated oil. This time there was very little oil compared to what I had removed the previous times.
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Liquid Moly Leichtlauf 5W-40. … 10 liters ….Napa …$64.00 … (purchased extra ,was on sale)
Mann oil filter … Napa ….$12.63
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Cost / Maintenance ---------- $5,266.97
 

doc280

Ready to race!
Location
North Carolina
April and plus, 2019

This repair, repair and the final correct repair took over 5 months.
The front right marker turn signal light went out, not a big deal, buy a bulb and all is ok.
Bought the bulb ( the guy from Napa gave me an extra bulb, thumbs up guy from Napa) and went to change it, only to discover the bulb socket was melted. The bulb socket is considered part of the headlight assembly and is not available for purchase. I attempted to repair the bulb socket, replaced the bulb and all was working well for a month and everything melted again.
The GTI MK6 uses the same bulb for its turn signal and the bulb socket is available for purchase, bought two. Just a simple mod with a dremel and wiring it and into the car. All is good for about four months and the bulb burns out and the bulb holder is melted.
The first two times this occurred I believed it was a weak spring in the bulb holder causing a bad connection between the base and the bulb, causing resistance and heat. With this new holder melting a knew my theory was incorrect. I started searching the car settings I had changed using Carista and found I had turned the marker turn signal lights (Carista calls these side lights) to 100%. I think these are supposed to be set at 30% and this is what there are set at now.
Installed the other bulb holder and bulb, all is good now, my bad.
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Genuine VW Audi H21W Turn Signal Bulb Sockets 2 pcs..... Ebay….$15.19
2) H21W bulbs …….. Ebay …… $6.98
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Cost / Maintenance ---------- $5,289.14
 

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