1000 answered questions - VW, Audi TDI, Porsche diesel FAQ, DIY "how to", and help article index

Here is the main index of buying guides, generation/model specific "how to" articles for maintenance and performance upgrades, information about how your TDI works, and general troubleshooting for VW TDI, Audi TDI, and Porsche diesel.  See the button at the top for the TDI diesel forum. Registration is free so join today!

Overview for all years of TDI and why not a hybrid

General TDI buyer's guide overview and why not a hybrid page 1
page 2 with short list pros/cons of every model of VW or Audi TDI

Detailed model specific buying guide, new owner checklist, catch up maintenance, and quirks

1996-1999 mk3 VW Jetta, Passat TDI buying checklist
1999-2005 mk4 VW Jetta TDI buying guide
1998-2006 mk4 VW Golf, New Beetle TDI buying guide

2004-2005 mk4 VW Passat TDI buying FAQ

2005.5-2006 mk5 VW Jetta TDI buying tips and checklist

2009-2010 mk5 VW Jetta TDI guide for sedan and TDI cup edition

2009-2013 mk5-mk6 VW sportwagen TDI guide for station Jetta / Golf wagon
-----page 2
2009 vs. 2010 and mk5 vs. mk6 generational changes

2009+ Audi Q7 TDI buying guide
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2009-2010 VW Touareg TDI buying guide

2010-2013 mk6 VW Golf TDI buying guide and FAQ
  ----------------------------page 2
2010-2013 Audi A3 TDI buying checklist and FAQ
  -------------------------------page 2
2011+ mk6 VW Jetta TDI sedan FAQ and guide --------------- ------------------page 2
2011+ VW Touareg TDI buying guide
2012+ VW Passat TDI buying guide
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2012+ VW Beetle TDI buying guide
2013+ Porsche Cayenne diesel buying guide
2014+ Audi A3 TDI buying guide
2014 Audi A8 TDI buying guide
Will there be a Audi A4 TDI for North America?
2015+ mk7 VW Golf TDI buying guide

DIY maintenance "how to" articles, and modifications sorted by generation, model, and year.

(timing belt DIY instructions, brake jobs or brake fluid flush, transmission oil change, filter change, paint scratch and swirl mark repair, VCDS mods, and more)

Mk3
b4 1996-1997 VW Passat TDI
a3 1997-early 1999 VW Jetta TDI

Mk4

a4 late 1999 - 2003 VW Jetta and 1998-2003 VW Golf and New Beetle TDI (not pumpe duse)
a4 2004-2005 VW Jetta and 2004-2006 VW Golf and New Beetle TDI (pumpe duse)
b5 2004-2005 VW Passat TDI 
Mk5

a5 2005.5-2010 VW Jetta sedan, wagon, and cup edition
Mk6
a6 2010+ VW Golf, wagon, and 2011+ Jetta TDI
NMS 2012+ VW Passat TDI
Audi A3 TDI 8p generation

8p 2010-2013 Audi A3

Specialty TDI tool rental for myturbodiesel.com members

Diesel engine and mechanical basics

How a diesel engine works -------------What causes diesel engine runaway
Basic and advanced turbo theory -------------------------Turbo theory page 2
How a transmission works
How the DSG transmission works FAQ
------------how to change DSG fluid
VW TDI clutch and Audi TDI clutch FAQ
Basic tips for the mechanic
--------------How to use a torque wrench and FAQ 
The proper way to break in a new engine
What is pumpe duse, common rail, and direct injection?

Diagnosing constant no power or can't rev high on TDI engine-----fixing limp mode, sudden loss of power TDI 
DPF filter system FAQ and pictures (for 2.0L Jetta, Golf, and A3, 2009 and newer) - page 2
Adblue and diesel particulate filter explained w/pics (for VW Touareg TDI, Audi Q7 TDI, and Porsche diesel) - page 2
Tax exemptions and credits with the TDI  (have since expired but will stay up for reference)

Performance, economy, and modification articles

Tire, wheel, clearance, offset, and gearing calculator
power modifications: basic performance upgrades

power modifications: larger injectors/nozzles
(1996-2006 models)
power modifications: turbo exhaust FAQ

power modifications: advanced performance upgrades

brake FAQ and busting big brake myths

increasing economy with a 5th gear swap

What the VW and Audi part numbering system means and how to read them in ETKA 
car detailing and care for tips and headlight polishing
OEM VW/Audi wheel picture gallery, database, and part numbers
1.6L Renault diesel injection pump rebuild   ---- Part 1   ----Part 2

Biodiesel

Introduction to biodiesel 
Making biodiesel at home 

Maintenance intervals, fluid capacities, and technical specs

a3 1997-early 1999 jetta 
a4 late 1999 jetta (pre pumpe duse) 
a4 2004-2005 jetta (pumpe duse) 
a4 1998-2003 new beetle (pre pumpe duse)
a4 2004-2006 new beetle (pumpe duse) 
a4 1998-2003 golf (pre pumpe duse) 
a4 2004-2006 golf (pumpe duse) 
a5 2006+ jetta 
b4 1996-1997 passat 
b5 1999-2005 passat 

 

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