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  • PUSHTRUCK1
    PUSHTRUCK1 - 2001 Volkswagen Beetle - Preventive Maintenance - 3/10/2011
    2001 BEETLE COOLANT EXPANSION TANK KEEPS GOING DRY
    JUST BOUGHT THIS CAR ABOUT 3 WKS AGO. I AM HAVING TO PUT ANTIFREEZE IN DAILY AND WHEN I CHECK IT THE NEXT DAY I CAN BARELY SEE ANY IN THE BOTTOM OF THE SMALL TANK. THIS HAS HAPPENED 3 DAYS IN A ROW NOW. CAR HAS ABOUT 102K MILES ON IT
     
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  • Taholarry12
    Taholarry12 - 2001 Volkswagen Jetta - Preventive Maintenance - 3/3/2011
    The coolant flange is leaking coolant rapidly and overheating. How can I fix this?
    I just replace the coolant flange today and it's leaking just like the old one.
     
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  • betty
    betty - 1995 Volkswagen Jetta - Preventive Maintenance - 3/2/2011
    Rattle noise underneath car when driving
    103,000 also a burning smell oil like when i start heat
     
    • J and K AUTOMOTIVE TOWING AND REPAIR
      can you pinpoint where the rattle noise is coming from is it up front? left or right side?middle of car or the back of the car ?
      does it rattle in gear?
      does it rattle in park ?
      when do you hear it?
      burning smell of oil.....check for oil leaks around your valve cover
      You're leaking oil onto your exhaust, and the oil is cooking on the hot pipe. Since your heater draws in its air from the from of the car, it's pulling in some of the stink from the burnt oil.
  • Eliseo Gonzales
    Eliseo Gonzales - 2000 Volkswagen Passat - Preventive Maintenance - 3/2/2011
    How do you change the belts on a VW Passat Wagon 4 cylinder Main Serpentine belt , Alternator belt and Ac belt
    I need advice how to un install or remove the 3 belts on a vw passat wagon, do i have to remove the radiator
     
    • J and K AUTOMOTIVE TOWING AND REPAIR
      go to advance auto parts and pick up a haynes manual for your car $25.00 there it will show you how to replace your belts and the book is a good investment you will have the book for future reference when you need it..................good luck
  • TOM
    TOM - 2000 Volkswagen Beetle - Preventive Maintenance - 2/27/2011
    Battery drains out in a week
    pulled out the fuses one at a time but cant seem to stop the battery from losing charge when sitting.replaced battery with new one and still drains dead in about a week
     
    • Bobby
      6/1/2010 Bobby
      have you tried all the fuses including the relays under the hood. try that fuse panel see if you can find the draw by pulling those fuses.
      Bobby
      6/1/2010 Bobby
      check the alternator amps also it could be possible it is not charging strong enough
    • 01NBtricked
      2/27/2011 01NBtricked
      Check your grounding system, this can cause unusual voltage draw from the battery, just from having a bad ground
  • velveeta bowe
    velveeta bowe - 2004 Volkswagen Beetle - Preventive Maintenance - 2/27/2011
    Water pump shot and they sugges we do timimg belt also
    need water pump replaced mechanic stated that i am at the time frame to have timimg belt chaned 80,000 miles but the belt is fine what do you thing
     
    • velveeta bowe
      4/14/2010 velveeta bowe
      will some one answer me
    • 1910jdl
      4/14/2010 1910jdl
      how do you know the belt is fine. Ive seen perfectaly good looking belts break , YES you should do the belt and the tensioner pulley . hope this helps
    • 01NBtricked
      2/27/2011 01NBtricked
      Yes you ALWAYS replace the timing belt when you put a water pump in, you HAVE to do it, or you will have problems
  • rickie stinson
    rickie stinson - 2002 Volkswagen Beetle - Preventive Maintenance - 2/27/2011
    They said it is tps and it would cost 140 dollers for the part where can we find the part cheaper and located at
    the epc light comes on then it will go off and come back on 2or 3 times and then it won't hardly pull.It sounds like it cutting out.
     
    • Jerry
      10/16/2010 Jerry
      Well I'm sure you can find the part visiting my site, there are four blocks that come up to watch a video if you are intirested in the company, but if not, look at the bottom of the page, and click on the site to visit my personal site, then look for the the red box that says BIGN Market place, look to the left and find auto, there are a whold bunch of sites that you can choose from, and to the left is what the company pays for a commision to the member. www.bign.com/jerrylhowe
    • 01NBtricked
      2/27/2011 01NBtricked
      140 bucks is not bad to have the Throttle Position Sensor replaced (or to purchase the part). I would check JCWhitney or Oreilly Auto Parts
  • bethanydiane
    bethanydiane - 2004 Volkswagen Beetle - Preventive Maintenance - 2/27/2011
    The Driver Window is suppose to go down about 1/2 inch when door is open. Whats wrong mine won't go down?
    The passenger door works fine. On the driver door the light for the lock doesn't come on.
     
    • 01NBtricked
      2/27/2011 01NBtricked
      I have no idea where you got this idea from, but I can help you with the lock light for the passenger door...There isn't one, it only exists on the driver side door to deter thieves, to let them understand that the security and immobilizer system is activated. The driver window is not supposed to go down when the the door is open, this doesn't happen on any car anywhere in the world
  • 2002 TDI Jetta
    2002 TDI Jetta - 2002 Volkswagen Jetta - Preventive Maintenance - 2/24/2011
    Any helpful advice on how to repair a 2002 Jetta TDI 4 spd automatic with back-up lights (both) that don't work?
    Bulbs are ok. No voltage to back-up light sockets. Any helpful advice on how to repair a 2002 Jetta TDI 4 spd automatic with back-up lights (both) that don't work?
     
    • HPI Vorza
      2/24/2011 HPI Vorza
      Well have you checked the fuse? Remove the cover panel from the fuse box located behind the radiator. Locate the fuse labeled "Tail Lamp." If the fuse is broken, it will have to be replaced. A fuse is broken if the metal piece inside the fuse is damaged.
  • ICEMAN
    ICEMAN - 2002 Volkswagen Jetta - Preventive Maintenance - 2/21/2011
    To pass va. inspection the repair shop says the tail pipe needs replaced along with one of the catalytic converters
    looking for a reasonable costto repair in No Va.
     
    • Bender
      2/1/2011 Bender
      Well the only way for you to find a shop that charges reasonably is to call a couple of them and compare prices. If you are looking for cheap parts, go to Autopartswarehouse.com

      This link will help you, just put your zip
      http://www.automd.com/shops/
    • Roberto
      2/21/2011 Roberto
      Try not to pay more than 900? If your car has less that 100 K It might be cover under guarantee It was extended for several cars Jetta. I had mine replace by the dealer when my car had 99 k For free in the dealer.
      My car is a 2001 jetta gls 2.0
  • bunyun
    bunyun - 2008 Volkswagen Jetta - Preventive Maintenance - 2/19/2011
    Where is the oil filter located on a 2008 volkswagon jetta
     
    • Joe
      2/19/2011 Joe

      It is inside of the oil filter housing that is located on the driver side of the engine block above the oil pan. Slide the oil catch pan underneath the oil pan.
      Push the small knob on the bottom of the oil filter housing to drain the oil from the filter.


  • rick
    rick - 1998 Volkswagen Beetle - Preventive Maintenance - 2/9/2011
    Radio will not work after re-programing it out of safe mode?
    speakers will not work, radio also just keeps scaning.
     
    • Bender
      2/9/2011 Bender
      You need to remove the radio back up fuse for at least 2 minutes (yeah, I know they say 30 seconds, but it hasn't always worked for me), then reinstall the fuse. It should show 1000 or something similiar on the digital display. You need to have the 4 digit code to unlock the radio and depress a couple of buttons after entering the code.

      Remember that you push the radio pre-set station buttons to enter the code; button 1 for the first digit, button 2 for the second digit and so on. You will then need to push another button on your radio to enter the code. The button that you need to push will depend on which type radio you have.

      If you don't have the radio code, look on the trunk floor to see if the radio serial number or code for the radio is there. If the PDI was done correctly and the radio wasn't replaced, then there should be a sticker on the trunk floor area with the serial number of the radio and/or the code. If it isn't there, then the radio needs to be removed from the vehicle to see the code that is stamped into the metal body of the radio. This plus the VIN number are input into the VW information system (done at the dealership only) to obtain the radio code.

      The instructions for inputing the code should be in the owners manual or radio suppliment as supplied by VW, when the vehicle was sold new. If you have the code but aren't sure about how to input the code, see the local dealership, they can do it on the driveway in a manner of a few moments.

      If the radio requires to be pulled to obtain the code, expect to pay between .5 to 1.0 of labour at the dealership's posted labour rate to obtain the code and input it into the radio to make it function. At the VW dealership I was last at, we used to do it for free until we ended up doing something 10 or more of these a day, because everyone else was charging upto $120! to unlock and programme the radio!
  • fred
    fred - 2009 Volkswagen GTI - Preventive Maintenance - 2/7/2011
    I want to change my spark plug on my gti 2009 vk
     
  • lduket
    lduket - 2003 Volkswagen Beetle - Preventive Maintenance - 2/2/2011
    How to install a cabin filter
     
    • Bender
      2/2/2011 Bender
      The filter is located under the passenger side of the dash and is moderately difficult to access and change.

      To remove the passenger side section of the dash it's first necessary to remove the raised center section, which requires sliding it towards the windshield. I did this by positioning the corner of one end of a small block of wood in the gap and gently tapping the other end with a hammer. Once loose it can be slid forward and lifted out of the way.

      Next remove the torx screws and funny washers nearest the windshield. The passenger side dash can then be detached by slowly lifting the left side of it straight up and then sliding it to the left. After disconnecting the speaker lead this section of the dash can be moved out of the way.

      Still another layer of plastic to take out: remove the 5 torx screws (2 forward, 3 aft) and jiggle the plate loose to expose the filter assembly.

      To get the filter out push the tabs of the frame slightly forward, lift the frame up, and pull it towards you. With some jiggling the frame the filter will come out.

      A couple of notes about installing the new filter: the arrows on the filter that indicate air flow should be pointing down when installed; the left and right sides of the frame extend down into the first and last pleats of the filter for proper positioning; the filter should be in the frame before placing it in the dash; it can take some finesse to properly position the filter and snap the frame in place.
      Bender
      2/2/2011 lduket
      Thank you for the info, I greatly appreciate it.
      Lou