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Old 07-17-2010, 03:05 AM   #71 (permalink)
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I can see the definite benefits of a foil insulator on the sunroof. With my car I could mount it to the moonroof.

But then again, I could install a solar panel there and reduce my dependance on the alternator, and maybe even wire it up so it could run the blower to keep the car cooler in the hot summer sun.

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Old 07-22-2010, 09:38 AM   #72 (permalink)
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More air!

We have a heat wave here that doesn't want to go away and tomorrow we're driving to the mountains again. Since we're taking our car I did a little math: Climbing hills + 5 people + baggage + 35°C (95°F) + A/C = more air going through the radiator. So I cut more holes in the grille block, doubling the open area in front of the radiator.



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I can see the definite benefits of a foil insulator on the sunroof. With my car I could mount it to the moonroof.
It appears to be working somewhat. Since the "reflective insert" spans the front 60% of the length of the glass roof, I touched the inside panels today after 6 hours in the sun. The rear panel was hotter than the middle and front panels. It's not much, but with the heat wave every bit counts. Hopefully by year's end we'll have a roof over the car, keeping both the sun and the snow off
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I love it! It looks like a message written in some ancient / alien script.
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I love it! It looks like a message written in some ancient / alien script.
You guessed it!

I won't reveal what alien language it is, but it's writen backwards and says "If you can read this in your mirror, you're driving too slow!!".

Just kidding I drive too slow for anyone to notice...
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I like the Kamm you built and think I will try to build a template for my car this weekend if the weather is decent. You have the benefit of having a hatchback so attachment is a bit easier. The route I will be going for final attachment is going to be double sided foam tape and adding tabs for attachment otherwise the template should turn out like your pre-bent kammback.
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Here is a close-up of the grille block's workings:



The screws in the above picture are only to hold the sliding parts in place. Normally they also hold the block itself on top of the sliding parts.



Here you can see that the screw holes are elongated to allow sliding. A small strip of aluminum attaches the sliding part to the power lock motor.
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Old 09-13-2010, 07:56 AM   #77 (permalink)
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And now, Ladies and Gents, I present to you the mod which will hopefully double my milage:



I mean the EM window cling. It's about time I put it on, been in the drawer for months. Since this is the side of the car that gets photographed most often, then hopefully this will get more poeple interested.

BTW, in case anyone was wondering about the green leaf sticker on the front and rear windows, I can admit that I am not a maple tree grower In Poland (not sure if there is something similar in the rest of Europe) the green leaf sticker means that others should watch out, because the driver recently got his license. I have mine for more than a decade, but the wife got her's a year ago and doesn't drive much. But the real reason is not that we just got our licenses, but for others to think we did. That way hopefully there will be less flashing and honking when we drive slow.
Plus you can always interpret it as an eco thing.
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Old 09-13-2010, 11:15 AM   #78 (permalink)
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A month from now I have to get the car examined (registration), plus the time has come to replace the cam pulleys and belt. The water pump and coolant will also get replaced. Since the mechanic will have to drain the coolant and almost lift the engine, that will be the best moment to install the block heater, which I hope to order today. I just can't wait! Why oh why is this taking so long?

After having a good, long look at my engine and comparing it to all sorts of official documentation, I've noticed that the newer version has three extras:
  1. An air doser,
  2. An EGR cooler,
  3. A diesel particulate filter.
The newer version of my engine passes EURO 4 emissions standards, while mine was designed for EURO 3.

Today I'll ask the mechanic if he can install an EGR/coolant heat exchanger from the newer model while he's fooling around with the engine. Hopefully, this will shorten warm-up times (when not using the block heater) while slightly cleaning up my emissions and reducing fuel consumption.

Installing an air doser is also on my list, but will take some time to figure out how to control it: it is usually controlled by the ECU in a very complicated way, to allow better warm-up, EGR and DPF use. My ECU was made for the non-doser version, and reprogramming it isn't an option.

Adding a DPF is out of the question, until a retrofit kit produced. Way too complicated, and way too many problems.

I am temped to ask the mechanic to replace my alternator with one with a field wire, but maybe next time...

I also found my crankshaft position sensor, opening the way to an engine kill switch (I was already looking for a 4-pole relay to kill the signal to all of the injectors).
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From what I have read a DPF seems more hassle than it is worth, especially if ecodriving with low RPM as it never gets 'blown out' to clear.

For example TDI Taxis on the Channel Isles sometimes have trouble as they never get to go over 30 MPH (the island limit) to blow it out.

Of course on the Isle of Man out of town there is no speed limit. Oooh.

For these (and other) reasons we specifically avoided a DPF on Mrs A's TDI.

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