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The Monk

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  1. What did you do to your VR6 today?

    For the past year or so, I've been sporting a RAMAIR cone filter. Today I put the Airbox with a fresh filter back in, in the eurocarparts car park. I know there's supposedly no difference, surprisingly however, after a few stall starts and then normal running, the bus did something I've missed or not noticed since doing the cone filter; she started pulling hard and the engine note changed at about 4k revs up. It's very cool to have that tug the engine gives you with a stock filter. The powerflow note has changed slightly too. Instead of the high loud trombone rasp she made, she sounds ever so slightly less like the above and more controlled.
  2. The spark plugs on my VR6 are the oldest service item by a year. I want to change them this week prior to my trip up north. There is no issue but I want to change them. I've looked on many different websites and they all supply different types of spark plugs for the Gal. I was wondering if anyone with a 24v 2.8 had a particular plug they look for or if anyone knows what to look for?. Cheers in advance.
  3. What did you do to your VR6 today?

    Had a pre MOT check done of the Galaxy today. Needs 2 x ball joints 1 x CV boot 2 x Tyres.... advisory 2 month old Power flow exhaust needs all joins re welding because they're all blowing and it sounds crud. 1 x Drivers outside door handle Both sills re welding £260 Once the stroke rectified itself, I did a quick search. 2 x ball joints ............ £10 each. 1 x CV boot ............... £10 2 x Tyres .... advisory 2 month old Power flow exhaust needs all joins re welding because they're all blowing and it sounds crud...... Into their shop on Monday for warranty covered repairs.... want it doing properly, the welding is splodged about and not professional at all. I'm waiting for them to do nothing correctly and just over splodge and fill everywhere with messy welding materiel. 1 x Drivers outside door handle ...... £10 - 30 Both sills re welding £260... now £50 Silver lining to a dark cloud
  4. What did you do to your VR6 today?

    Finally figured out why my exhaust is caked in soot. What do people/me with custom exhausts and these engines do?. 6k in 1st gear to 30mph is visited regularly when hot. Then the oil level check on Thursday confirmed it. Max oil level before exhaust fitted. Half engine oil level now, 2 months later. I hate how addictive that noise is.
  5. What did you do to your VR6 today?

    Carefully smashed my head into the steering wheel and hammered the dash earlier today, after three attempts at a hot start with cut out and misfires. Back to square one. Again.
  6. I'm looking for somewhere to have a custom exhaust made for my Galaxy. Don't worry, it has a VR6. All I want is a cat back system, just strait through pipe to a single back box with DTM outlets. The problem I have, is everywhere wants the better part of £500..... for a back box, some pipe and a few hangers. I know there's more to it than that, but near 500 is silly, especially as when I had my old AAA Golf, full systems from scorpion, Jetex, or milteck were less than 400. Does anyone have any experience or know of somewhere around the Midlands, excluding MIJ and Custom Chrome, that is reasonably cheap?. Cheers.
  7. Any custom exhaust shops in Midlands?

    Mine is now installed, I went with Powerflow. They put a middle box in at my request because I didn't want it too loud. It has a middle and back box and still sounds louder than my old VR6 Golf that had 2.5" strait through with Jetex twin outlet and decat. Thank you TFD.
  8. What did you do to your VR6 today?

    Had the auxiliary belt off the other day with the pulley theory in my head. All pulleys and bearings are absolutely fine. Tensioner was replaced last year and that spins faultlessly. Thanks for the idea. Was a good try. Shame it wasn't one of them.
  9. Had a powerflow stainless steel cat back installed on a 24v 2.8 a few weeks ago. Within 100 miles and small trips out, the inside of the outlets are caked in carbon deposit/soot. The noise has changed slightly, probably from said deposits. I do have an issue with the crank sensor and rough idle at cold and hot. Hot starts usually end up with misfire sounds and rough running or fire up and then drop to stall. Cold starts even with the fast idle, make the car feel unbalanced. Could the build up of soot coincide with the rough running/crank issue? No smoke of any colour noticed at any point, except condensation burning off after a night of cool air. Cheers all.
  10. Exhaust now caked in soot.

    Ah Pete. I was expecting some discolouration, just not a mm or 2 of soot. I've had a read that rich running and crap fuel can cause this too. Book states fuel as 95, not 97, so that's what she has, but I don't put known brands in, she has the 95 from the costcutter petrol station down the road. Never notice any difference when the occasional tank of BP goes in. On another note, the new crank sensor is preventing hot start issues, so that's a good result. Cheers for the reply either way matey. Hope you've sorted the belt.
  11. What did you do to your VR6 today?

    Well. I've just replaced the crank sensor. When hot starting, the car no longer drops it's revs below normal or misfires or stalls itself. That is great. The problem now is finding out why the car shakes if the revs are gently taken to about 1k and held there. Feels like a balance issue or misfire but all the plugs and Coil packs are less than a year old and it did the same prior to being replaced. The joys, eh?.
  12. What did you do to your VR6 today?

    Had a mid and rear silencer powerflow cat back fitted to the Galaxy today. I don't think the mrs will be happy when she's actually a passenger, with it being really loud, but it does take me back.
  13. Powerflow Exhausts. Any good?

    So I've decided to bite the bullet and sort the exhaust. One of 3 costly things I need to get her sorted.I've rang around 8 different custom exhaust specialists and Powerflow have been the cheapest. The cat back system will be £399 all inclusive.So I just wondered if anyone here had experience with Powerflow exhausts?. I know I can google reviews, but forum members are just as valuable for opinions.Thank you.
  14. Powerflow Exhausts. Any good?

    I've just read this 30 minutes after having it fitted. Thank you for the reply matey. I'm glad I clarified with them prior to leaving the car there. They were under the impression that it was to be a strait through with a non resonated back box. After asking them for a middle box, They put one in. Mine has gone on to a galaxy mk2 with 24v 2.8 VR6. It's loud. Very loud. Not exactly what I wanted to be honest. You know the deep drone you have from louder strait through exhausts?... that's what it sounds like at lower revs. I can live with it, but the Galaxy is the only car we own and I'm the only driver, so I don't know how the kids or specifically, my partner will act when they're in it. That said, the extra 12 valves certainly make the car sound so much better when flooring it. That notorious R32 rasp steps in just after 4k revs. Very addictive. It sounds overly loud when in narrow residential areas cruising at 30 or 20. I've also attracted unwanted attention from a van full of travellers who went miles out of their way and back on themselves trying to follow me. Last glimpse I had after losing them down country lanes and turning off at a junction, was their van doing the better part of 70 or more past the road I dived into.
  15. And back in a 6

    I didn't realise you'd gone through quite a few more VR6s Chris. Very jealous of the R32 matey. Oh yeah, "holy thread revival batman!".
  16. What did you do to your VR6 today?

    Something rather boring for this thread but still. Used 5th gear for the 1st time in the entire 16 months I've owned the 24v.
  17. What did you do to your VR6 today?

    Pulled coil packs on 3 and 4 yesterday. Sucked over 20 ml of oil from each slot. Desperately need to replace the rocker gaskets but I really can't be bothered to remove the front end, tensioner and alternator to do such a simple change. Stupid design flaw with the 24v, made even more annoying with the MPV 24v engine components costing almost twice as much as the SAME engine (cams excluded), as the gaskets for the Golf 24v versions.
  18. Likewise. Only cars I've ever had to have towed/recovered were both my mk3s. Both spent two occasions on the back of an AA truck. One was also towed a few miles. Both lowered more than 50mm. Unless their T&C have changed without informing me, I'm still with them and will continue until the above happens. That said, I may nip onto their website and check.
  19. Have a 24v VR6. AYL engine in a Galaxy. Past several months with increased frequency, I have trouble starting her when she's warm/hot. She fires up and dies. Takes one or more attempts to run but even then, she runs slightly lumpy. Other times she will start up after a few attempts and run smoothly. No lack of power noticed. New coil packs, full service and a new MAF within the past 7 months. It occurred occasionally before then but nowhere near as often as it does now. Anyone have any ideas please?. Thank you
  20. What did you do to your VR6 today?

    Changing the oil again, even after a few thousand miles doesn't bother me. It's the fact that most cars I've bought tend to be expensive to rectify. More so the fact that the sump off the AYL in the carriers is so much more expensive than any other engine of the same pedigree, that, or I've done a crap job of locating sellers. Probably the latter. I've also started to have more of an issue with hot starting now. Turning off and on is starting to drop the success rate of removing the lumpy idle immediately after.
  21. What did you do to your VR6 today?

    Found the sump plug has been leaking into the under tray, I'm guessing since I changed her oil the other month. Tried to tighten it up and found that the plug kept turning with little resistance. I'm guessing that's a new sump and another oil change. Rather fortunate that I've found lots of them on ebay. 12v at £40 24v at £50 My AYL £150 second hand...... how the hell does that work???!!!!
  22. Vr6 mk1 ford galaxy

    Thermostat is located at the front right side of the engine. Inside of a plastic housing with a brown, yellow and blue sensors. It is located under the coil pack on the lower part of the cylinder head. The ambient sensor though, I have no idea.
  23. What did you do to your VR6 today?

    Been having a look around for guides to put the Galaxy into a service position and wondering why the hell VW decided to do away with the two piece inlet manifold from the 12v and put a single piece manifold on the 24v. It means that the rocker cover gasket, specifically on the 2nd gen MPVs, needs the inlet off and the front end pretty much removing for replacement. We all know there would have been thought put into the AAA and removing the upper part of the manifold meant that it was an easier job to replace the rocker gasket. Instead, 24v owners need to remove the entire thing and that also means removing the auxiliary tensioner, belt and dropping the alternator to access the one pesky bolt that sits in/behind the alternator/auxiliary bracket. Great stuff. 30 minute job will now be a 3 or 4 hour job. Still, at least I can replace the thermostat, oil cooler gaskets, clean the throttle body and replace the coolant. She desperately needs a new dmf, clutch and the gearbox has a nasty whine so may need a rebuild. May aswell take the engine out and replace everything in one go. At least that means she'll fail on rust come MOT time I'm August but run very well
  24. What did you do to your VR6 today?

    I'm unsure on the location. It's sounded crap for a while now. Been about two months with my dashboard centre and the items there getting very warm. That along with the heat I can feel after a drive from the engine bay is now explained. Might be the cause of a knock I hear that isn't suspension related but occurs when I move back or forward. Glad I've caught it before it caused any damage. Just wierd how it's shown up today for the first time in the noise form.
  25. What did you do to your VR6 today?

    Can't beat the uni royals. Had all 4 corners on the old passat with those. It gripped in the wet!. Well. I went to the hospital today and noticed the exhaust sounded tinny. On the way back, it sounded louder, almost the same as when my exhaust on the mk3 came off the decat pipe. It's the downpipe. Fortunately that happens to be one of the least accessible parts of the car. EBay here I come.