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12-05-2014 10:16 AM
nikoloz Glad for you mate, regards, nikoloz
12-05-2014 08:15 AM
burton123 Great that your problem is solved. It will shift much smoother though... At least that is what i also felt after changing the pumps. and MPG might be a little bit better as well...

BTW did you show your mechanic the videos and info what we shared? If yes, tell him that he needs to donate $ to ClubTouareg
11-30-2014 09:57 AM
Originally Posted by tharlan505 View Post
He tested fuel tank with some kind of paste on a stick
This is standard routine in oil industry to find and measure water dips/cuts in storage tanks. The paste colour changes from original to red if any free water or traces present. And this is most commonly used brand Kolor Kut Water Finding Paste - powered by

tharlan505, I see you are from Louisiana. So, freezing temperatures are not an issue for you. Recently I read some tips (things to be avoided during Winter time). Just in case, beware of empty tank effect at subzero temperatures. The more empty space you have in your tank, the more volume for condensation is available. Ice crystals at low temperatures adversely affect your fuel pumps. Keep your tank full, wherever possible.
11-26-2014 12:50 PM
tharlan505 Thanks Nooby. It felt great driving off in my Touareg.

After driving a 2002 Toyota Tacoma, 1999 Ford ranger, 2008 Scion xD, and 2012 GMC 2500 delivery van, I really appreciate the Touareg for what it is and isn't. Damn it is a nice ride!

Touaregs have their faults, especially with repair costs, but I would buy another after a couple years. I think it's the perfect vehicle for me.
11-26-2014 12:39 PM
noobytoogy I am pleased that, all being well, you are sorted.
11-26-2014 12:16 PM
tharlan505 Ok, the mechanic ended up replacing both fuel pumps and seal rings.

The Touareg runs PERFECTLY now.
He tested fuel tank with some kind of paste on a stick and they also looked in it with a flashlight while both pumps were out. He said there was no water in the tank, It was clean. The water he found before was left over in the small bucket from when the tech washed it.

Everything is working perfectly now. No evidence or white smoke (which usually means condensation/water in the fuel).

It seems to be running much smoother now too... but that could be a mental effect of spending $1,384-USD and borrowing three different work trucks for the 10 days while mine was in the shop.

I'm really embarrassed.
A) I should have done this work my self. I Would have saved a ton of money. He charged $366 for each pump and $12 for each seal ring. Labor, tax, and towing was $628.

B) I thought for sure the gas station was fault somehow. And maybe they were in some impossible to prove way. Maybe it was just time for the fuel pump to go. I was talking so much trash about them before I really knew what was going on with my Touareg. That is really embarrassing.

Thanks to nikoloz, andy205wrc, Njord, noobytoogy, and burton123 for solving this problem, giving excellent advice, information, and insight.

I hope this thread helps others.

Thank You!
11-25-2014 12:59 PM
tharlan505 I should have an update tomorrow. Thanks for checking and giving all the great advice and support. From your info it turns out this was something I could have handled myself, at home.

If I had done this myself, i would have finished a few days ago, and saved about $700.
Mechanic talked me into changing both fuel pumps. $330 for each pump, $25 O-ring kit, and about $400 in labor. ($90 towing).

I felt too uncomfortable taking the Touareg back from the guy so I can the work at home. He would have charged $200 for time spent trying to diagnose it, and He recently began Cancer treatments. I know he's been having a hard time. He is adjusting to Chemotherapy and antidepressants. His wife has cancer too. I've taken my cars home from him before, and I just couldn't to him again.

However, in the future, I'll always have the Touareg Towed (on a flatbed truck) to my house and go to this forum first. That's what I've always done and it has always worked out. I brought it to a mechanic only because I was hoping to be reimbursed by the Gas Station.

They are finally testing the contents of the gas tank in the Touareg today. I'lll have results tomorrow.
11-21-2014 03:13 PM
burton123 any update tharlan?
11-20-2014 05:42 PM
tharlan505 Good advice, Always mark.

When I do something using more than three types of fasteners, I get a box of "Snack Sized" Ziplock bags and a permanent marker. I mark each bag with a step number in the order I removed them. One bag for each step (and each size if in the same step). I also add a note about location or backwards thread, etc.

That way I have "bread crumbs" to trace back wards, and I don't loose screws. You never know, you might have to order some hard-to-find part that takes two weeks to arrive. It's a good way to prevent brain damage.
11-20-2014 05:34 PM
tharlan505 Wholly Crap!!!!

I am so grateful! You might have saved me so much time and money!

I'll give it a shot.

Nooby, I used a flatbed truck. Thanks for the heads up though. I'm sure many of us have learned that the hard way, involving lots of angry tears and financial devastation.
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