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Re: [T3] Some things do not add up.

On 31 Mar 2004 at 9:32, wfoh8x9 Martinez-Ortiz wrote:

> I tookthe right tire off and notice the starter motor is some aftermarket 
> brand not a Bosch 12v as I tought I was going to find. 

I don't think you'll find a non-Bosch VW starter anywhere. What you have is 
probably a Bosch starter which has been rebuilt by someone else, and you're 
looking at the rebuilder's sticker. The starter itself will have the Bosch name 
ane number stamped into the housing.

VW actually made starters for awhile, but I don't recall if they ever made 12V 
ones. They were junk.

> I took the engine down and notice the throw-out bearing is a Sach's and so
> is the pressure plate. Are they suppost to be bosch, sachs is aBrazilian
> brand right? 

Fichtel & Sachs was an OE supplier to VW. They are german, but most of the 
replacements you find in the US today are Brazilian Sachs. The German Sachs 
parts are excellent quality. I believe the Brazilian Sachs items are almost as 

Bosch makes electrical items only. They don't make stuff like clutch parts or 
pistons, cylinders or bearings. The OE Bosch parts are excellent quality.

> I also wanted to ask about an alignment issue. When I bought the vehicle it was 
> lowered already and the left rear tire is closer to the fender that right side. 
> It just looks like the rearend is somehow shifted to the left of the vehicle. I 
> wonder if this was caused if it was in a collission and was hit from the right 
> shifting everything to the left in the rear. I just don't know.

There are many possibitities. It's also possible that it's just the fender 
which has been bent to a slightly different shape on one side. If you're 
concerned about the height, measure from the ground up to torsion bar housing 
on each side.

Jim Adney
Madison, WI 53711-3054

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