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MK7 "Random / "Stupid" Questions Thread"

sterkrazzy

Autocross Champion
Location
United States
Car(s)
2018 R
My buddy bought a used tacoma and somehow got the previous owners number. I think the dealership didn't clean it out well enough so he found it in the truck. He gave the guy a call just to find out what he's done to it and maybe have a friendly chat about the truck. The dude was so pissed he called. Didn't give him any of his time and immediately said do not call this number again.
 

cb1111

Newbie
Location
Virginia, USA
Years ago (2001ish), I whacked a deer with my A6 wagon. Got it fixed and traded it in for a S6 a few weeks later. The dealership was in Maine (I was in MD) so we did the deal over email and phone and I drove up and swapped cars. I disclosed and signed the form that said that there was accident damage. Although the car looked good, the body shop didn't do a good job (one reason for me selling it).

I gave the dealer a stack of maintenance records and the info on the repair. They said that it wouldn't go to the new owner. A couple of months later, I get this angry call from the new owner about why I had not disclosed the accident damage. Luckily I still had a copy of the forms that I signed at the dealership. That took the wind out of his sails and he said he found a stack of maintenance records in the owner's manual. I think he sued the dealership, but I learned an important lesson - sanitize the car before you sell it and never give the dealer more than you have to.

Dealers are lazy. One of the Alltracks I bought early this year was a VW executive car. When I got it, the phonebook was packed with the names and home numbers of a slew of VW executives. I deleted them.
 

GenX Retread

Go Kart Champion
Location
Canada
Car(s)
2021 GTI Autobahn
Does the oil filter and housing completely drain when the car sits? In other words, is it trivial to spin off the housing and replace the filter more often than replacing the oil?
 

Strange Mud

Autocross Champion
Location
Small Town CT
Car(s)
Assorted
you can with no real loss...crack it open and you'll hear the oil in the filter draining down into sump. fwiw I would suggest doing both rather than trying to save $25 and 1/2 hr.
 

GenX Retread

Go Kart Champion
Location
Canada
Car(s)
2021 GTI Autobahn
you can with no real loss...crack it open and you'll hear the oil in the filter draining down into sump. fwiw I would suggest doing both rather than trying to save $25 and 1/2 hr.

LMFAO $25... If I could get the oil for anywhere close to that, I would. It's $16/L here. Scheduled maintenance is included on mine, but the interval is pretty long at 15K Km. I thought I'd swap filters halfway. I don't intend to keep the car beyond about 100K Km.
 

RuffledJersey

Passed Driver's Ed
Location
Northern Delawhere
Car(s)
2019 S DSG
How would it be to go through every day thinking everyone is out to screw you over.

To each their own.
Total misreading - never said, nor do I believe, that everyone is out to screw you over. Quite the opposite.

Most people are reasonable and, even if they don’t always succeed, try to do the right (or at least avoid the wrong) thing.

But there’s always a couple of loose cannons lurking about in the shadows so why give them an opening?
 

BadHombre760

Autocross Champion
Location
Vegas
Car(s)
Slow FWD VW Hatch
There's been a grinding/squealing noise from my front passenger wheel area when turning the steering wheel to the right.

The noise sounds like it's the brakes but it doesn't happen during braking, in fact I've noticed the noise doesn't appear to happen at all when turning and braking at the same time.

Any ideas?
 

BadHombre760

Autocross Champion
Location
Vegas
Car(s)
Slow FWD VW Hatch
Wheel bearing?
Possibly.. some of the things I'm reading sound like the issue I'm having but other things don't... for example I only notice it at low speeds such as when I'm driving through my neighborhood.

and the videos I've seen don't sound like what my car is doing
 
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krs

Go Kart Newbie
Location
Idaho
Car(s)
MKVIIS R
Yeah I guess a bearing really doesn't have a squealing sound, more along a deeper grinding noise.
 

BadHombre760

Autocross Champion
Location
Vegas
Car(s)
Slow FWD VW Hatch
Maybe a rock stuck in the brake assy. somewhere. Wheel bearings usually roar or rumble.
That was my first thought and i should've mentioned I've taken the wheel off twice and looked around but didn't see anything.

It seems to be a grinding sound that i can only hear sometimes when driving near a wall and then when turning the wheel it makes a squeak squeak sound
 
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oddspyke

Autocross Champion
Location
Middletown, DE
Car(s)
2016 GTI, 2018 ZL1
That was my first thought and i should've mentioned I've taken the wheel off twice and looked around but didn't see anything.

It seems to be a grinding sound that i can only hear sometimes when driving near a wall and then when turning the wheel it makes a squeak squeak sound
Any scoring on the rotor? If it's debris stuck on the pad or at the edge of the caliper, taking the wheel off won't help, but you might see it scratching lines in the rotor face. I have had that happen to me before. Usually going in reverse pops it right out, but I suppose it could be really in there. Did you ever check the CV boot?
 

GenX Retread

Go Kart Champion
Location
Canada
Car(s)
2021 GTI Autobahn
I've not had the wheels off mine to look, but.. do these have a metal dust shield on the inside?

I've had a stone get hung up between the rotor and dust shield MANY times on other vehicles. You wouldn't see it unless you took the caliper off to take the rotor off...

I got good at getting them out by tapping on the edge of the shield with a wooden drift and mallet, gently-ish.

ETA: Oh yeah, it's not the wear indicators on the pads, right? (Do these pads have wear indicators?)
 
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