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  • rwgarman
    rwgarman - 2003 Volkswagen Beetle - Body & Interior - 10/10/2013
    Unpleasant smell inside the car.
    When the car warms up and especially when using the AC or heat, there is what my wife describes as an "electrical smell like a wire that is melted, et cetera." The smell is not noticeable outside the car or under the hood or from the engine. It causes her to have a ...
    • John's Auto Repair
      10/10/2013 John's Auto Repair
      Could be anti-freeze your smelling. Anti-freeze has a some what of a sweet smell to it.
      John's Auto Repair
      10/10/2013 rwgarman
      Will check, but the coolant level seems okay.
    • Walter
      10/10/2013 Walter
      It sounds like it can be a few components either the blower motor is getting ready to burn out or the blower resistor (they can cause the smell you described) I recommend you take your car to a air conditioning and electrical specialist in your area.
      10/10/2013 rwgarman
      Makes sense to me. Thanks! May have been the smelly Saturn that was in front of us right before the smell started up. The smell has lessened substantially.
  • rcurtis801
    rcurtis801 - 1985 Volkswagen Jetta - Body & Interior - 9/16/2013
    Dash gauges not working in my 85 Jetta diesel
    I removed the dash to install a new heater core and when put back none of the lights or gauges work on the dash. All wires and plugs have been double checked and are installed and secure. Any ideas?
    • Jimm
      9/16/2013 Jimm
      Remove the instrument gauges printed circuit (PC) board and examine the board for a broken / corroded copper trace. It could be the copper trace was braoken / disturbed during the instrument panel removal / replacement steps.
      Other than this possibility, there are the fuse holders being loosened, not gripping the fuse(s) tight. Also, check the ground cable and straps from the instrument panel.
  • mikelabow
    • Jimm
      6/12/2013 Jimm
      Best to check with the headlight company for the application, installation steps and fitment for your vehicle;
  • webberdt904
    webberdt904 - 1996 Volkswagen Jetta - Body & Interior - 5/28/2013
    What caused the car to go in alarm and the sunroof to open and not close.
    146k T-belt tensioner seized. Replaced t-belt & tensioner. Drove few days, idle fine but ragged accel. Set timing @ bell housing, not crank. got in car one day & alarm went off and sunroof opened and would not close. Had to manually crank it closed. Power roof ...
    0 answer
  • vet2be63
    vet2be63 - 1997 Volkswagen Jetta - Body & Interior - 6/7/2013
    How do I remove the interior driver's side door panel
    • CVO
      6/7/2013 CVO
      Door Panels

      Remove the window regulator handle.
      Remove the arm rest.
      Remove the door lock knob.
      Remove the inner door handle cover.
      Using a flat screwdriver, gently separate the door trim panel clips from the door.
      Lift the panel to remove it and disconnect the speaker or mirror wires as required.
      Installation is the reverse of removal. Make sure the sheet of plastic behind the panel is properly sealed against the metal to keep drafts out of the interior.
  • raddracer2004
    raddracer2004 - 2002 Volkswagen Jetta - Body & Interior - 6/2/2013
    Where is the turn signal flasher relay?
    • stackcar
      6/2/2013 stackcar

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    • CVO
      6/2/2013 CVO
      The flasher relay is located behind the lower left side dash panel/knee bar.

      Remove the lower dash panel/knee bar to access the flasher relay.
      Remove the relay from the electrical connector and replace as necessary.
  • bloom159
    bloom159 - 2004 Volkswagen Beetle - Body & Interior - 6/1/2013
    Why does the seatbelt bell keep dinging even when seatbelts are fastened?
    The seatbelt bell doesn't stop dinging even when the seatbelts are fastened. It does it all of the time.
    0 answer
  • dstn_ktchns
    dstn_ktchns - 2001 Volkswagen Jetta - Body & Interior - 5/30/2013
    Why does my fuse keep blowing whenever I start my car?
    My mileage is about 170,000 and the fuse goes to the power windows, sunroof, trunk, power mirrors, inside lights, and i think that it might be affecting my locks on my doors because now when i unlock my doors it locks itself and the front passenger side window does ...
    0 answer
  • JulieBee
    JulieBee - 2012 Volkswagen Passat - Body & Interior - 5/27/2013
    I need to replace a broken passenger side mirror. VW Dealer will charge $736! Any ideas to get it done cheaper?
    Parts are $537; labor $165. I don't want to botch it up myself. Unable to find used part online. Thanks!
    • Jimm
      5/27/2013 Jimm
      Check the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; www.autopartswarehouse or for the replacement parts. For example, they (RockAuto) list the outside mirror from around $157.00 for your vehicle.
      5/27/2013 JulieBee
      Thanks! I'll try it. I found and they have much better prices too than the dealer. Now hopefully I'll be able to find a mechanic who'll install the new mirror that I will provide. Thanks again.
    • frankiedonnn
      5/27/2013 frankiedonnn
      If you do decide to attempt it yourself buy a repair manual on your model.I never attempt anything on my vehicle without checking in the manual first.
    • Jimm
      5/27/2013 Jimm
      Try the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website for the general instruction to replace the outside rearview mirror.
  • JulieBee
    JulieBee - 2012 Volkswagen Passat - Body & Interior - 5/26/2013
    I need to replace passenger side mirror. VW Dealer estimate is $740! Any ideas to do it cheaper?
    Parts are $540 and Labor is $165. Yikes! A friend searched junk yards for used parts and was unsuccessful as it's a new model. Need cap, housing and mirror, and to take door apart. I can't do it myself and supposed to take 1 1/2 hours. Thanks for any help and savings!
    • HouseCallAuto
      5/25/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Tell me the color, tell me if it has memory option or not.
      5/26/2013 JulieBee
      it's black and it has memory option.
    • HouseCallAuto
      5/26/2013 HouseCallAuto
      This place has your mirror for $125 + shipping >> Midway Auto Parts, Inc. - MO (Kansas-City) 816-242-0500
      5/27/2013 JulieBee
      Thanks very much. Trying to get thru to order...could they be open on Memorial Day?
  • lvandale
    lvandale - 2001 Volkswagen Jetta - Body & Interior - 5/12/2013
    How do I replace left outside mirror?
    • CVO
      5/12/2013 CVO
      On manual remote control mirrors, unscrew the adjusting knob.
      On electric remote mirrors, carefully pry the control out of the door and disconnect the wiring.
      Remove the inside door panel.
      Remove the cable control lock-nut or disconnect the wiring and remove the screws to remove the mirror from the door.
      Installation is the reverse of removal.
      For more information, see this
  • lvandale
    lvandale - 2001 Volkswagen Jetta - Body & Interior - 5/9/2013
    How do I replace left outside mirror?
    0 answer
  • uhmhalo
    uhmhalo - 2005 Volkswagen Golf - Body & Interior - 5/5/2013
    My windows suddenly stopped working along with my doorlocks, sunroof, keyless entry, my roof lights also dont work.
    There doesnt seem to be any warning lights on.
    • serhatbuyruk
      5/5/2013 serhatbuyruk
      look at the fuse box in your often exists near the cluth pedal.chech the fuses(you will take out every of them from place if it is burnt you have to change is cheap and you get away ) but if the problem come out the electronical brain there is nothing to do.go to car repair so these vehicles are complately have to be checked by expert.don't stop to go if cannot find anything the place that I said so this can cause another electronical problems.
  • jonh423
    jonh423 - 2001 Volkswagen Passat - Body & Interior - 4/2/2013
    WHen i tried getting the code for the check engine light, the code scanner could not link with the OBD plug,whats wrong?
    2001 volkswagon passat GLX 2.8l V6 manual
    • HouseCallAuto
      4/2/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Did the scanner come alive when it was plugged in to the connector? The power source for the scanner comes from the connector and there is a fuse that oowers the diagnostic connector. Fuse #12 in the instrument panel fuse box. 10 amp
  • HunnersJ
    HunnersJ - 2000 Volkswagen Golf - Body & Interior - 3/27/2013
    How much would it cost to get my flat black painted car to a nice shiny gloss painted car?
    I'm just looking to take my car to a shop and get it done. I know shops charge different. I have a 2000 VW Golf GTI. I'm just looking for a ballpark answer.
    • Jimm
      3/27/2013 Jimm
      Check with the local auto body shops in your area for an estimate, or you can try the 'Find-A-Shop' feature on the AutoMD website.