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I just bougt an '89 Cabby and need to know what checks I should perform on the car. So far I have ordered:
All belts
water pump and housing
What's next? Are there any other major things I should replace before taking the car on as a daily driver? Any help would be appreciated.
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BTW: you guys are a lot more mature than the guys on the other forum I have to visit (MK IV and 1.8T tech). I have found myself in here more and more in the last few days. Keep up the good work! http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Re: JUST bought cabby...maintenance ?s (gotpsi)

Other things on my "gotta do when I buy a new car" list are:
Injector seats and seals
O2 sensor
Fix any axhaust leaks (these HELP!)
Flush the coolant
Oil Change with a GOOD oil filter
Oil pan gasket if it is leaking (I combine this with the oil change, as it gives me a chance to take a look at the "inside" of the engine to see what I am dealing with.
Check the CV's. If the boots are cracked, just do them all.
Check weheel bearings, and look for leaking wheel cylinders in the back. Wheel cylinders are about 10 bucks apiece.
Air Filter
Fuel Filter
That should cover it. Sometimes I do motor mounts, too, but I usually wait for clutch time for that, cause I am too lazy...
 

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Re: JUST bought cabby...maintenance ?s (gotpsi)

Here’s what I’d add...
brake master cylinder (when, not if it fails, it’s very exciting)
flush & bleed with quality fluid
ignition; cap - rotor - plug wires - plugs
inspect the coolant hoses, replace if not fresh
replace critical relays; fuel pump relay, ecu relay
timing belt & tensioner - if unknown vintage
transaxle oil, Red Line
water pump & thermostat
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Re: JUST bought cabby...maintenance ?s (fat biker)

This is not as critial as brakes, but here are some additional things to check:
Roof and door for leaks
Keys and locks and handles work
all lights work correctly (turn signal, head light, brakes...)
E-brake works
fuses are not blown
accessories (wipers + fluid, defrost, heater, dash lights...)
oil the door and hatch hinges and check for rust
check and/or replace air filter
check intake boots for cracks or leaks
Hope that gave you some more help.
 

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Re: JUST bought cabby...maintenance ?s (fat biker)

Quote, originally posted by fat biker »
brake master cylinder (when, not if it fails, it’s very exciting)
replace critical relays; fuel pump relay, ecu relay

You, my friend, are a man after my own heart!
 

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Re: JUST bought cabby...maintenance ?s (dbreid)

Thanks for all the help. Since I am mechanically insufficient I am having a local Euro shop here do the work. i talked to him and for an additional 50 bucks he told me he would do a full inspection on the car. Can't beat that for a non-wrencher like myself. He mentioned that he would check pretty much everything from front to back, so I feel pretty good about it. THe one thing I do like about this car compared to my 1.8T is that the parts are sooooo friggin cheap. THat makes me feel a lot better.
As an update I checked for leaks (roof, windows, etc.) and there were none.
I guess I should have also mentioned that I was going to change oil and all filters but thanks dbreid for the reminder.
Anything else that you guys think of though feel free to chime in.
 

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Re: JUST bought cabby...maintenance ?s (gotpsi)

Here's what I figure; owning an old VW and NOT turning your own wrenches can be pretty expensive.
Much, if not most of the mechanical stuff discussed here is within the reach of just about anybody.
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Quote, originally posted by dbreid »

You, my friend, are a man after my own heart!

Right back at ya'

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