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So I collected my newly painted monza rep alloys today. I couldn’t be happier, the place where I had them done, has excelled themselves.
I just can’t my head around how good the wheels look compared to how they was.
So I rushed home and decided to get the wheel fitted tonight. (8pm-ish).

All was going well, I’d got the old wheel off and was offering up the new wheel to the hub. I fitted 4 normal bolts and they fitted perfectly. When it came to the locking wheel nut, this is where things have gone sour.
The bolt goes in ok but the actual locking wheel nut key won’t go in enough to tighten the bolt up. The bolt holes diameter is smaller than my standard wheels.

Also to add insult to it all, the new wheel caps don’t fit either, they simply won’t click in the the center hole.

So the car is still on it’s 17” Porto standard alloys until I can get some smaller headed locking nuts.

I’m thinking the gti mk6 must have smaller locking wheel nuts, so I might have to buy them.

I’m gutted at the moment, but I’ll try get some locking nuts from Halfords or motosave or some other car parts store tomorrow.





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Here’s a sneak preview of the colour, I’ll post more pictures once I’ve got them on, hopefully later today.



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So new locking wheel nuts have been bought and finally the wheels are fitted to Gina.

Here’s a reminder of how bad the wheels was,


Wheels at the refurb shop


And now the good part


My Porto (standard alloys)


Monza reps fitted



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I haven’t driven the car yet with the new wheel/tyre combo, but I’ll know at 4am tomorrow on my way to work.
Obviously I need to check the bolts/nuts again after 100 or so miles, but I’ve always done that as a basic weekly check anyway.

Fitting the wheels on tonight has highlighted and issue though!, My undertray is missing afew screws and is flapping abit. I’m going to get the car on axle stands at the weekend and sort this out.
Also I believe my alternator clutch bearing is failing, it’s rattling when the engine is revved. Not sure if it’s something I can fix or a garage job.




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Looks brill mate. Bet you are super chuffed. Get the alternator sorted. Those under trays are so annoying. What are your plans now? They rims turned out so well
 

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I’m thrilled to bits with the quality of the refurb, and still amazed how cheap it was. I’m so happy with how Gina looks now.

The undertray needs 2 screws, one on each side, I’ll know more once I’ve had a proper look.

I’m going to nip to vw on Saturday, ask them to listen to the noise and get advise as what the issue is. I quickly googled earlier and it seams quite common that the bearing goes. Replacements are about £26-£35 but it requires a special tool kit to lock the alternator. If it’s the alternator itself, I’m looking at £300+.
I’ll know more soon.

I’m not doing anything else for a while, I’ve got my holiday at the beginning of next month and I’ve not saved any spending money for it yet.

Future plans for the car are, in no particular order,

A Matt black sunstrip,
Callipers painted red,
Remap (stage 1, 180bhp),
Upgrade the discs and pads,
Needs a service in the next 500 miles,
An R-line bumper, looks similar to my current one just slightly deeper at each corner.
And just general tweeks

I want subtle mods for this car, not loud brash in your face mods. OEM+ is what I’m going for.

But things change, plans change, who knows.



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Looking nice. Definitely try get some close ups of the wheel in th sun. Seems I've. Missed a few posts so your having a bad bearing noise?

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Yeah i think it’s the alternator clutch pulley/bearing. It’s not engaging when the engine is running, and it’s causing the alternator to not charge the battery.

I’ve spoke to a vag specialist today and he’s agreed to let me pop it down on Saturday morning to check it. He agrees with my diagnosis but still needs to confirm it.

So 8am on Saturday my car will be at LVS.


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I’m planning some updated pics on Sunday if the weather is good. I’ve got a location in mind near Newark, just praying it doesn’t rain.


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So I’ve just got back from LVS, they said the alternator clutch pulley/bearing is absolutely fine on my car, no play or give what so ever. I explained the noise I was referring to and even showed them.
They said the noise I’m hearing is the HPFP which is located (on my engine) above the alternator at the front of the engine. Apparently it’s a normal noise for it, and I don’t need to worry.
They opened the fuel filter next to the engine and found no shavings of metal, so they are saying there isn’t an issue with the HPFP.

To be honest, Gina is coming up to a service interval very soon (due in 500 miles), so I’ll get the fuel filter changed whilst its having a service.

So that’s all I can say really, I’m not 100% convinced but I’m aware HPFP’s can be noisy.

I’ve generally been using shell v power diesel, so I doubt it’s a fuel issue.

I’ll just have to keep an eye or ear on it and if it gets worse, I’ll go straight to vw with it.



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The issue with the flat battery, basically I’ve not been for a long run in the car for ages, so Gina probably needs a trip out somewhere to help charge the battery up.

He tested the battery volts without the engine running and it was where it should be.
When the engine was running, he said the alternator was charging the battery at the correct rate. So no issue there.

In fairness, I’ve only been going to work in Gina (9 miles there, 9 miles back), recently and no runs out anywhere. On top of that, I’ve been using my aircon loads due to the hot weather, so I’ve been loading the battery and it’s not had chance to recover/recharge.

So I might go for a drive out tomorrow, to clear out the engine and to recharge the battery.



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The issue with the flat battery, basically I’ve not been for a long run in the car for ages, so Gina probably needs a trip out somewhere to help charge the battery up.

He tested the battery volts without the engine running and it was where it should be.
When the engine was running, he said the alternator was charging the battery at the correct rate. So no issue there.

In fairness, I’ve only been going to work in Gina (9 miles there, 9 miles back), recently and no runs out anywhere. On top of that, I’ve been using my aircon loads due to the hot weather, so I’ve been loading the battery and it’s not had chance to recover/recharge.

So I might go for a drive out tomorrow, to clear out the engine and to recharge the battery.



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You should try upload the noise here via YouTube or something, get a few non basis opinions. You planning to service the behivle yourself?

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No I’ll be taking it to vw to have it serviced. I want this car to have the best I can get for it. Plus I want to keep the service history.

I might do the video thing but it’s so hard to capture a noise with a phone, plus people hear things differently. I might give it a go.


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No I’ll be taking it to vw to have it serviced. I want this car to have the best I can get for it. Plus I want to keep the service history.

I might do the video thing but it’s so hard to capture a noise with a phone, plus people hear things differently. I might give it a go.


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Fair enough mate. Just thought you doing yourself plus buying OEM parts will ensure the car is getting the best it can get really. Want something done right... )lol. Yeah i would take people's opinions with a pinch of salt bit you never know, may shine some light .

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So I went to another trusted garage, to ask about the rattling noise and also to have the battery retested.

The noise, has now gone! It seems to have fixed itself. Obviously, I’ll keep an ear out for anything that sounds off again.
The only thing the mechanic said, there was a loose connection on the solenoid that powers the HPFP, he unplugged it, cleaned the terminals and secured it back on.

I had the battery retested because once again the car nearly didn’t start. It turns out that it was at 9.7v on standby, and 13.9 when the engine was running. Also the little glass window in the battery was red, this indicates it was indeed dead.

My mate has managed to get me a replacement battery with a 3year warranty from his trade account for £42! It’s the same spec as the last battery but is a cheap branded battery.

I was getting quotes for £80+ for a new battery, so to get one for £42, I’m well happy.

So at the moment, all is well. I’m trying to find some replacement wheel caps but I’m having difficulty finding some that fit.

I’ve got some pics to post which I took afew days ago, I’ll get them up asap.



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Update time,

So I bought another set off wheel caps, this time I got standard black and chrome ones.
Also they fit!!!!

Here’s a picture of them, excuse the alloys being dirty, I’ve not been able to wash the car due to the crazy weather we have been having.


Actually did a mod to the car today aswell.
The mdi cable that plugs the iPhone to the radio, is under the arm rest, the problem with this, is that the cable is getting damaged by the arm rest.
My plan today was to relocate the cable so it doesn’t get damaged any further. It’s not completely finished as I need a rubber grommet to complete it.

So pictures of today’s work, excuse the roughness, I will be finishing it off very soon.


My mod

What I need but smaller to finish the job



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I might get another aux in plug like in the pictures, drill out the center of it and then have that located next to the other one. The problem is, the two wires would still come out of the center part. Hmm


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