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Discussion Forums => Maintenance => Topic started by: jayryan on August 14, 2007, 12:06:14 PM

Title: Loose FMIC
Post by: jayryan on August 14, 2007, 12:06:14 PM
Looks like my intercooler is abnormally loose. I'll have to conduct some maintenance tonight!

I'm wondering too if it's the culprit of my odd sounds I have yet been able to locate. I only discovered it the other day after my mom backed into it (I don't usually poke around my FMIC for no reason :D She was really worried. I think she hit it at all of like 2mph.

My front end is so hammered by rocks...
Title: Re: Loose FMIC
Post by: jayryan on August 15, 2007, 06:46:44 AM
I have some photos I took and will try to get them up tonight. I left my camera cable at home ::)

Anyway, what I discovered was my whole front end was falling off. Whoever took it off last sort slapped it back together without securing the bumper bar, or the bumper cover. The bumper bar was almost completely off being held only be two small screws through shop-fabricated holes.

Annoying to say the least. How hard is it to put a car back together right? I think I need to order a few parts from Randy now  :P

I also snapped a couple photos of my blow A/C compressor so you see what a grenaded compressor looks like :o
Title: Re: Loose FMIC
Post by: jayryan on August 15, 2007, 02:47:14 PM
Here are the photos:

Here are two shots of the grenaded  A/C compressor:
(http://www.rmcb5.com/gallery/d/75333-2/Car+001_400x600.jpg) (http://www.rmcb5.com/forums/index.php?action=gallery&g2_itemId=75332)(http://www.rmcb5.com/gallery/d/75335-2/Car+002_400x600.jpg) (http://www.rmcb5.com/forums/index.php?action=gallery&g2_itemId=75334)

And last night's falling front-end debacle:
(http://www.rmcb5.com/gallery/d/75338-2/Car+003_800x533.jpg) (http://www.rmcb5.com/forums/index.php?action=gallery&g2_itemId=75336)

This is the culprit: The bumper bar was barely hanging on by two tiny bolts on teh bottom. It was supposed to be attached here, it's attached now but not OEM. I need to find out what's going on with these bolts:
(http://www.rmcb5.com/gallery/d/75341-2/Car+004_800x533.jpg) (http://www.rmcb5.com/forums/index.php?action=gallery&g2_itemId=75339)

And I've decided I don't like the "Gallery Image" options.
Title: Re: Loose FMIC
Post by: 92UrS4 on August 15, 2007, 03:00:04 PM
And I've decided I don't like the "Gallery Image" options.

The good news is there is an easy solution for that!
Title: Re: Loose FMIC
Post by: jayryan on August 15, 2007, 03:02:57 PM
The good news is there is an easy solution for that!

Yer mom!
Title: Re: Loose FMIC
Post by: Eric18T on August 15, 2007, 04:30:01 PM
it looks like your rebar might have been modified. there is usually a big bolt going down thru there.
Title: Re: Loose FMIC
Post by: jayryan on August 15, 2007, 05:28:08 PM
it looks like your rebar might have been modified. there is usually a big bolt going down thru there.

Exactly, and the blot won't or it isn't going through there. I wouldn't call it "modifed" either lol The FMIC has plenty of room to breath behind the bumper bar. I'm thinking it was killed by the yahoos at Eurocode when they installed the FMIC. The tiny bolts they used to keep the bumper bar attached to the bumper cover (yes, you did read that correctly) were small with small heads and no washers so they were slipping through the bumper cover holes causing the whole thing to sag.

Neither bolt housing looks the same in the rebar. I still need to investigate how it's supposed to look/work. It seems it's a one-time use deal? The housing in the slip-joint thing in the rebar appears to be stripped/broken.
Title: Re: Loose FMIC
Post by: gragravar on August 15, 2007, 06:08:35 PM
looks like you need a new big bolt, and maybe a BFHammer to get it back in there.  good luck.
Title: Re: Loose FMIC
Post by: 03Indigo on August 15, 2007, 06:32:21 PM
And I've decided I don't like the "Gallery Image" options.

because you can't do this? ;), haha

(http://www.rmcb5.com/gallery/d/75336-2/Car+003_800x533.jpg)
Title: Re: Loose FMIC
Post by: ianacole on August 15, 2007, 07:30:10 PM
because you can't do this? ;), haha

(http://www.rmcb5.com/gallery/d/75336-2/Car+003_800x533.jpg)

Or this...

(http://www.rmcb5.com/gallery/d/75339-2/Car+004_800x533.jpg)


Ahhhh, ancient chinese secret...;) ;D
Title: Re: Loose FMIC
Post by: jayryan on August 15, 2007, 09:22:33 PM
Yeah! See, I can do that, but don't know how to do it with the "Gallery Image" option. Oh well, I'll just be old skool.

The bolt's in there but it won't go up or down. It's a weird deal and nearly impossibly to describe. I should draw a picture in paint  ;D

I kinda hope Randy jumps in with some of his chinese er...New Belgium secrets. I know what it's supposed to do on the Passat, but it was a VASTLY superior automobile ;D
Title: Re: Loose FMIC
Post by: 03Indigo on August 16, 2007, 04:01:30 AM
Just make the hole bigger, with a monster metal bit, then put in a new bolt :)

Just kidding, hope you figure it out soon.  I know Randy is a little on the low side, he hurt his back the other day.
Title: Re: Loose FMIC
Post by: jayryan on August 16, 2007, 07:58:27 AM
Thanks Jon. I really don't need to figure it out soon, so much as I just want to figure it out. I was able to secure everything nice and tight and get it put back togther and it's better than it was. I just want to be able to make it OEM.

In any case, I need an oil change, bulbs, clear some codes related to said bulbs, and new front brakes followed by some winter tread. This winter I have only one thing on the agenda for the car...get that ultrasport front lip purchased, painted and installed. I need to get those guages in one day as well :P