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Installed a trunk release button on my 97. Just to stick it to Ford for including all the wiring/actuator, but no button. Got the button off a 99 Escort at junkyard with my 5 finger discount. Thought it was only fair because I spent $6 on a heater cable at that yard a few months before and stupidly walked off leaving it on the counter. (Yes I know this was my fault lol)

When I came back I showed them the receipt and told them and they had no idea but I'm 100% sure I did leave it on the counter. As a business owner, I would have just let the customer get another one and take his word for it. Then I went to a different junkyard where I only had to pay $1.99 for the heater cable I needed. Ugh!

Only complaint is the trunk still opens if the car is driving. Anybody know if there is any way to disable it while in transit?
Don't push it while driving??!!??:roflmao:

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As Matt mentioned, the button should be installed in a panel that has a little recess for the button so that you don't bump it by accident. I have an extra one if you are interested message me.

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Well, I'M Italian... and I'd be willing to knock Gamer92 "upside the head" I guess, even though he's a nice helpful fellow feoa.netter...

Even though this is very stereotypical, should I roll up in my black Lincoln Town Car with my cousins Vinny, Carlo, Paulie, & Rocco??
Eh eh Ohhhh.....fogetaboudid......

I'm in Cali so you're going to have to take this with a grain of salt but my heater works GREAT!! Takes about a minute to warm up but it gets hot fast especially on those frosty 65* mornings!! Hahaha!

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I read that there are some really small bulbs that are a pain to get to in the radio bezel where the controls are located. I could be wrong but I seem to remember reading that on here.

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Wish you a speedy recovery. If one doesn't have their health, they don't have much. It's great that you're not idling and battling despite.

One of the side-effects of improving my grounding (engine to frame and frame to battery) is *much* brighter headlamps. I thought it was just the clouded lenses and halogen technology. I had the Sylvania Silver Star Ultras in the past but didn't like the fact that they only lasted for a year. (replaced a set under warranty even) So I went a step lower. Now these (more than a year old) seem brighter than the Ultras when they were new.
Where is the engine ground strap? If I remember correctly the negative cable on the battery is bolted to the frame correct? Do you think unbolting the negative strap off the frame and cleaning up the strap end and where it makes contact on the frame will help?

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Just remembered something...I had my PCV hose come off one time (I had not yet learned the importance of hose clamps) and the idle would flutter like this, but not just when coasting in neutral...so the problem isn't quite the same...but I'm still going to check that system first for problems.
Good idea. Could be a crack in the hose or the valve itself is mucked up with oil raising the pressure in the hose and pushing out pressure.

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Glad to hear about how it is to work on new beetles. Working on the original beetles was pretty much all fun.
I got into wrenching fixing V-Dubs! Their basically lawnmower engines with a couple extra cylinders! LOL!

The first VW engine I rebuilt was a 2 liter with dual weber 44 IDA's! I was 16 and it was the first car I ever owned. My mommy didn't want me getting grease all over the garage so I decided to just rebuild the engine in my room! LOL! She was so pissed until I got the engine in the car and it started on first crank. After that she said it was OK to work on the car in the garage! Hahaha!

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Nice.....I might need to do that! I have a 323 parking brake console that fits nicely but doesn't match up slightly with the front part. So the arm rest came out of an '02 focus? Did you have to modify anything to get it to fit? Does the lid open for stowage?

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So how did you actually mount it? The only mount holes I see are the ones in the picture above. Are these the two holes you drilled? How sturdy is the mount?

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Replaced the return Heater core hose. I wish Ford hadn't used those compression clamps. The limited room always makes for a fun adventure in regards to getting a set of channel locks to get them off. Worm clamp would've been much easier to deal with.

Yes...I replaced clamps with worm clamps. Even positioned the screw head to make it easy to get to if I ever have to replace it again.

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