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    Maintaining your Amarok or other VDub in difficult times

    Iíll make it short and straight to the core of the problem.
    Save money, future headache and frustration - stock up on the vital parts NOW!

    It depends where you live but itís not only the stores around you that are running dangerously low on the common parts, but also online stores.

    Maintaining your Amarok or other VDub in difficult times-e9cd4346-f973-4372-a103-e45363686aa8-jpg

    Get your Amarok in order, get some spare tyres it may be a very long supply chain interruption.
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    Here is the list of the items that I consider a minimum that everyone who can afford should have and keep. Of course there’s more and you won’t be able to have everything that you may need, but the above is a good start. I welcome the comments what to put on the list from others. The back up to your car is a bicycle, so consider this as well. ��

    Engine oil
    Oil filter
    Fuel filter 2x (1x if you have a petrol engine)
    Air filter
    Serpentine (accessories) engine belt
    Transmission, diff oils
    Power steering fluid
    Brake fluid
    Coolant concentrate - for top ups
    Distilled/Demineralized water
    Fuel additive (fuel stabilizer)
    Jerry can
    WD40 or similar

    Brake pads (front and rear)
    Fuses
    Globes
    Insulation tape
    Spare Washers, Nuts and bolts M6, M8 a few of each
    Battery clamps
    Wheel bolts - always good to have spare
    Spare set of tyres (ideally complete wheels)
    Battery

    Jumper cables, Battery charger, 12V air compressor, tyre gauge, Digital volt/ohm/amp meter, Degreaser, Silicon sealant, Puncture sealant, Puncture repair kit (learn how to use it as well) tyre valve inserts+removing tool, Jack, Jack stands, Waste oil drain pan, Tarp. Good torch and headlamp, gloves, hand cleaner.

    Tool kit:
    spanners, sockets set and bits for every size of fastener in your car. The best way to find out is to look under the bonnet and under the car and try to fit them on every bolt and nut you can see, M9 hex socket (for replacing brake pads on T6 Transporter) get it from Bunnings (KINCROME). Set of screwdrivers (preferably thru tang), hose clamps pliers, good set of pliers, Wisegrips, Hammer. Hacksaw, Chisel, Wire brush, Permanent marker - I always have black and white one in my kit.
    Thick wall pipe - about 600mm long for just in case you need to apply more force on spanners. Pry bar, Telescopic mirror and magnetic pick up tool. Scan tool - even cheap OBD2 scanner is better than nothing, VCDS is preferable, the OBD ELEVEN is cheaper but it requires internet connection.
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    Service parts Amarok V6

    Oil filter MAN ... HU7012z , RYCO ... R2804P
    Air filter MAN ... C32013 or C32010 for dusty conditions. RYCO A1829
    Fuel filter RYCO ... Z1119 or WESFIL ...WCF360
    Cabin filter MAN ... CUK2842 , RYCO RCA112M
    Engine oil ... VW507 ... 8L
    Sump plug ... M14x1.5
    ATF ... PENRITE ... ATFBMW ... 10L dry fill
    Coolant ... 12L capacity
    Power steering fluid ... PENRITE ... LDAS
    Brake fluid ... DOT4
    Diff oil front
    Diff oil rear

    Engine belt
    6PK2565 ... DAYCO

    Front brakes
    Pads ... PAGID ... T2692 , BENDIX ... DB3290 , DBA ... DB15001XP , ATE ... , TEXTAR ... 2264401
    Disc ... DBA ... DBA2776E. 332mm x 30mm (option 2E4)

    Rear brakes
    Pads ... PAGID ... T2733 , ATE ...
    Disc ... DBA ... DBA2777E

    ABS sensor
    Front ... PAT ... WSS165 left ... WSS164 right , NTK ... AB0018 ... AB0017
    Rear

    Wiper blades ... BOSCH ... AP600U ... driver and passenger sides are the same length

    Battery
    W/o stop start ... DIN85LHMF
    With stop start ... DIN85LHAGM
    While there's nothing wrong with VARTA batteries, the CENTURY, EXIDE, SUPERCHARGE are reasonable quality and readily available

    Glowplug ... BOSCH ... 0250403009 (Tightening torque max.25Nm , the same glowplug is used in 1.6TDI, 2.0TDI as long as it's CR engine.
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    Diesel fuel filter alternatives.
    Quick solution to the diesel fuel filter not being available is to fit aftermarket brand similar filter or the CATERPILLAR filter. Available still should be RYCO Z980SK which is available as 10micron and 4micron

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    Amarok specific tool kit

    32mm socket for oil filter cap
    6mm hex bit for engine oil sump plug
    5.5mm 1/4"dr. socket for removing cabin filter
    Auto trans service re-filling plug/tool ... FTAUTO11N (NULON brand from Burson or similar car parts store)

    19mm 1/2”dr socket for the wheel bolts
    27mm socket 1/2" (3/4") drive and long breaker bar - front driveshaft to hub center bolt
    24mm socket 1/2" (3/4") drive - front brake caliper holder
    15mm socket - front caliper slide bolt
    Adjustable wrench
    Torx bits:
    T15, T20, T25, T30, T45
    Hex socket
    4, 5, 6, 7mm 3/8” dr. , 8, 10, 12, 14mm 1/2”dr
    Spline sockets
    M4, 5, 6, 8 3/8”dr. , M10, 12, 14, 16 1/2”dr.
    Extra 1/4”dr. Sockets 10mm and 13mm with small round strong magnet glued inside for removal of the M8 bolt that holds down the battery. Alternatively there’re sockets with what’s called “holding function”, the brand is WERA, they’re very strong, nicely made and are available from Amazon and eBay.
    1/4"dr. sockets - 7,8,10,12,13mm, 1/4"dr. ratchet, short and long extension
    Ring/open end spanner set 8,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,21,22,24mm

    I'm still adding to this list
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    Globes, fuses and electrical.

    GLOBES

    Headlight
    Low beam ... H7 12V 55W ... NARVA 48328
    High beam ... H1 12V 55W ... NARVA 48320 w/out daylight running lights
    High beam ... H15 12V 15/55W ... NARVA 4894 with daylight running lights

    Indicator light - front
    12V 21W AMBER ... NARVA 47384

    Fog/driving light - front
    HB4 12V 51W P22d ... PHILIPS 900R

    Side indicator light
    T-10 wedge 12V 5W NARVA 47501 or use Longlife 17177

    Parking/brake light
    12V 21/5W BAY15d offset pins ... NARVA 47380

    Fog light rear
    12V 21W BAY9s (clear) ... PHILIPS 12356

    Number plate light
    T-10 wedge 12V 5W ... NARVA 47501 or use Longlife 17177

    Parking light only
    12V 21W BAs / P21W ... NARVA 47382

    Reverse light
    12V 21W BAs / P21W ... NARVA 47382


    FUSES
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    Make your own solar generator with 120Ah LiFePO4 battery inside and 160W solar panel.


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    Affordable battery charger maintainer that’s also reliable and safe.
    NOCO GENIUS 10A
    It’ll also charge your LiFePO4 batteries with inbuilt BMS (Battery Management System)
    NOCO GENIUS10AU, 10A Fully-Automatic Smart Charger, 6V and 12V Portable Automotive Car Battery Charger, Battery Maintainer, Trickle Charger and Battery Desulfator with Temperature Compensation : Amazon.com.au: Automotive


    Cheap and safe, less chance to catch on fire than some of the $20 $30 knock offs.
    NOCO GENIUS1AU, 1A Fully-Automatic Smart Charger, 6V and 12V Portable Automotive Car Battery Charger, Battery Maintainer, Trickle Charger and Battery Desulfator with Temperature Compensation : Amazon.com.au: Automotive

    You can leave it on indefinitely, when you go on holiday.

    Hopefully this brand performs better than Ctek. So, if your Ctek died on you watch this video.

    CTEK MXS 5.0 Battery Charger Dead - Detailed Fault Diagnosis and Component Level Repair - YouTube

    CTEK MXS5.0 Updated Version Repair - YouTube

    I’ve also had one of the 5A Ctek die on me.
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    Reviving the old batteries.
    If you try this, make sure the battery has open filling points, is topped up with distilled water and leads are connected securely to the battery terminals, so you don’t do any sparks because the fumes are highly explosive, do it outside in save environment.


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