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Added one cube. Installed new timing belt, tensioner, top roller, valve cover gasket, water pump, thermostat, thermostat housing, o-ring, water flange.
In the process of getting at the thermostat housing, we fractured the “water flange” off of my 1998 VW Jetta TDI. It’s a bit annoying, because the elbow is made of plastic and there is no documentation on how to remove it. So pulled the pin out and then gave it a little twist. Not the right move. There is a hidden tab on the rim of the elbow, and if you torque it, you’ll bust it along the edge. The best move is to pull the elbow off without any twisting. There is a o-ring seal on the inside of the elbow and it connects to the thermostat housing. So just pull. No twist.
Here’s the damage:
It put us back a day, because we had to drive to Minneapolis from the north-central part of Wisconsin to the Luther VW dealer to get a new replacement “water flange” part. Nice place; normally I can’t stand the dealer, but these guys were very informative, prompt, and had all the parts they claimed to have. I can’t say that much for the VW dealers in Los Angeles.