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Hi all from sunny Manchester UK(well it has been, back to normal rain now). Just picked up around a week back, an 08 v6 tdi altitude(i might change that to attitude!).

As i always do with a little OCD, everything has to be perfect! Other than air con which will be looked at again Saturday(no leaks found, but only lasting an hour or so before the fridge becomes and oven). So as i do with all my cars, K and N panel filter fitted, i noticed what seemed to be and taste like coolant sat in one of the grooves of the filter box. Now its right next to the wind screen wash which has been topped up with berry flavour. This looks like coolant though(orange ish) and tasted sweet.

Has anyone got any ideas how it could have got there, the coolant bottle is dry, defo not coming from the cap. I dried it up, then ran and got warm to 90oC where it sits. Revved, watched, inspected, nothing. Allowed to cool down, checked level and pretty much where it was 150 miles ago, just at max.

Help help help, i get paranoid to *beep* with my motors, i do a daily 20 mile round trip for work, also a family bus for 2 kids and a cane corso(think horse).

Thanks for time and reading this, any pointers would be greatly appreciated.

Just off to have a look around, not new to 4x4's, i use to have a heavily modded shogun(pajero/montero USA side). Wont be doing quite the same in this bus, but i love it! Comfy, very nice drive and all mechanical side seems good so far!.
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Well just been out for a little run(any excuse haha) and 90oC sits there, maybe 15 miles or so. No coolant to be found on air box..........weird. Might pressure test system at weekend. Going to take a bit to get it to a standard..............hopefully not too long though.

Still any ideas of how coolant could get on air box is welcome, still scratching my head.
 

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Others have found that the oil from K&N filters can bugger up the MAFF so don't be surprised if you get fault codes. Keep the paper filter to hand!

There have been water ingress issues in Generation 2 cars' air filters but not Gen 1.
 

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Thanks for the info nooby, yes i actually had to wipe it down as it was a little too oily. Previous car had one, the WRX are also notorious for oil/maf issues............i had to get an ear bud and clean the wire inside carefully! Will keep an eye on things, also have kept the new paper filter at hand. I was kind of hoping the VW would be less fussy. Its kind of a habit for me with filters, then take out and clean every 6 months(not oil again).

It was a pita as well, i already had the air box opened(would have been easier to disconnect pipe thinking back) to check filter(like new). But damn, my poor knuckles and patience haha. I will update if i get any issues and have to refit OE filter.

I am all new to VW and diesel , please ignore my stupidity.

List to do after i have proved reliable(any thing fixed basically), wheels re-furbed diamond cut. Been quoted £360 which is not bad at all, and only round the corner. New boots as well, then hopefully the only spend will be fuel(other than service). Of course the air con as well, found a compressor for £230 ish , rads around £100. Will probably be one of those unless a well known issue for leaks that i am not aware of. The subaru 17yrs on was very cold, disappointing the VW isnt. But that could be down to previous owner/s.

Thank you for time and reply, appreciated
 

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22 inch wheels don't do it for me on a 4x4 but we're all different!

The Touareg must always run with 4 identical tyres - same size, same make, same model, same tread pattern and no more than a couple of mm tread depth difference otherwise it's possible to burn out clutches in the autobox due to transmission wind up.

Having said all that, if you wanted a bit more comfort with deeper sidewalls on the new rubber you can go up to 30 inches overall diameter when the speedo will be accurate, or 31 inches when it will read slightly slow.
 

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They dont do it for me either, not fully decided on what to do yet, refurb or change. If refurbed, i am also pondering a little larger side wall, 265/35/22 is crazy stuff. Maybe a tad wider as well, i could get away with 285 on these rims easy with a little rim protection to. Decisions decisions, surprisingly, it actually drives and feels fine on our terrible roads, no bumps or crashes! I can only presume its part to the decent suspension set up.

Thanks for info, so far i like it here, friendly and quite active! As i see near 20k posts, Touaregs are in your blood!!! I will certainly be taking all advice on board. I dont have too many plans , my main one is simply a reliable family chariot. Only time will prove that one. A good dog guard is next , ideally with a divider, however these seem to be from 2010 on. No big deal, just a preferred choice if i had it. The Travall 2003-2010 appears to fit over the pull out parcel shelf , this looks like the one i will be getting so far(and a none spill water bowl).

When the oldest was born, 12m later we got a caravan(tourer), used for maybe 8-9yrs of some great holidays. As this has a detachable tow bar(stored near spare wheel),we are considering another one down the line. Good times! i hope...............

Love the car, if i had to pick holes, would say visibility is not the best with the large pillars up front, rear not best either. Other than that, its quite possibly the nicest drive i have had. But with any new to me vehicle, i find it quite stressful at first, if anything rears its head. So after any 10m drive or once a day, bonnet is up and looking haha. Yes i am that bad for a few weeks till i get confidence.

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As for wheels, these were on my shogun, 35's on 15x10 rims


Had to allow 7mph at 50(so i was driving at 57), mpg took a big hit, but nothing ever stopped it.........ever.
 

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A set of 18s will give you comfort and a wide choice of tyres at sensible prices if you ditch the 22s and, after all, you're not going to be hooning the Touareg like you might a Scooby!

Don't buy 19s as the tyre choices are limited and expensive.

20s also offer more choices at okay money.

The downside of going oversize above the standard 29 inches overall diameter is the increased weight of the tyre which can take the edge off acceleration.
 

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Yes agree, will ponder over it whilst I get confidence mechanically ,in a new (to me) car. I don’t want to start spending £400(code reader) here and £600 (wheels)there just yet in case I get bit by any surprises . Thanks for advice, all appreciated and your time. :)
 

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Regarding OP, it seems so far to be washed fluid. It’s getting a little pressurised , when I take kid off, I can see the fluid go back down the neck! Yes I filled it up, took 5L of berry flavour, although i gave in as it appears to not stay full. Presume some over flow . It’s smells Berry anyway, and because it’s purple , I can see purple stains near by.
What is confusing me, is some very slight steam from the front. No coolant, nothing on the floor or on the actual under covers. It has been washed though, and it is wet (not coolant). It’s very hard to spot it’s that little.
Can not see any rad damage, or any sign of leak . Don’t seem to be using coolant or it’s not easily measurable being so small.
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Going in tomorrow anyway for inspection.
 

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Steam from under the passenger side on cold day?

If so that could be the exhaust from the Webasto heater.
 

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Thank you noobytoogy for reply, the steam is very slight and not constant. It appears around centre of the grill(almost through the VW badge at times). But i guess it could be from over passenger side and coming over. I can not find the source or where it starts. There appears no fluid on the tray(is wet though, but water tasting if makes sense).

So its in front of the grill, no wet stains, looks to be no damage on the rad fins. I just parked up running at temp, fans have cut in so those work ! Stared at it and used a torch for a few mins, nothing.

If i was to say a side, more central/drivers than passenger thinking about it. I parked at McDonald's this morn, could see a little steam in front of the drivers side headlamp. Defo a head scratcher, i was thinking pressure test tomorrow, but i dont think it would give anything more away than it would do at temp/running.
 

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I am not sure if anything in there gets hot enough , so if say rain/moisture hits it, it would give off a fine steam. Its very hard to see, so minimal , but of course i need to find out asap if anything is untoward. Dont know the car enough yet, with the subaru, the exhausts run bellow/under the rocker covers. Hard to make out on the touareg if anything hot runs down there.
 

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The heater is very cool, read manuals with car but never found any info! Now i know what the rest button is for then. I am going to be learning something new every day for years haha.
Maybe it is that then, there seems lots of rads there, the front might be coming off anyway if the air con leak is from the condenser.
Thanks again
 
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