[Vwdiesel] [Vwdiesel (& hill climbing)

LBaird119@aol.com LBaird119 at aol.com
Tue Aug 9 22:51:22 EDT 2005

  Don't recall just what an "E" 4 speed ratios are.  I believe 
4th is the same as a 5 speed 5th and 3rd is awfully close 
to a 5 speed 3rd or so. With my 5 speed, on a steep hill, 
I shift into 4th at about 60mph or just below in order to 
maintain speed.  If I don't mind losing a little speed then 
just below 55mph.  Otherwise I can't recover. This is with 
a 1.5 not a 1.6.
  Make sure your air filter is good and clean, bigger exhaust 
would likely help.  If ambient temps aren't ridiculous then you 
might want to check things like your radiator, injectors and 
timing.  So long as you're moving the temps should only get 
as high as they get idling and cycling the cooling fan.  A tad 
above with high ambient temp and load.  If it's hotter than that 
then you're either making more heat than you should, or can't 
properly get rid of the proper amount of heat you're making.
  Poor pattern injectors run hotter generally.

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