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  • frank
    frank - 2006 Volkswagen Jetta - Preventive Maintenance - 8/25/2010
    How do you change air filter
     
    • AC130 Spectre
      8/25/2010 AC130 Spectre
      Make sure the car is off and the key is out of the ignition.
      2. Make sure the engine is cold.
      3. Pull the engine cover straight up - there are 4 rubber-suspended "legs" holding it. Pull the fronts first, from the corners. Pull the rears up too - wear gloves, can hurt yourself due to the force required.
      4. The air filter is in the back section of the engine cover, on the underside. There are 5 screws to undo (no need to take them out, just unscrew. The air filter cover swings on rear hinges.
      9. Put back in reverse order (filter, cover on engine)
  • frankie
    frankie - 2002 Volkswagen Beetle - Preventive Maintenance - 8/24/2010
    All four signals don't work and all the fuse's are good.
    But the four ways don't work either.
     
    • Jason
      8/24/2010 Jason
      Sounds like the flasher switch.
      Jason
      8/24/2010 HouseCallAuto
      It is the flasher switch that is bad like Jason said. The hazard switch IS the flasher unit for both the hazards and turn signals. Replace the hazard switch. It may be a dealer part only.
  • jsmorris68
    jsmorris68 - 1999 Volkswagen Jetta - Preventive Maintenance - 8/24/2010
    What is the plastic cover that fits under the car that keeps the car from overheating
     
    • Bobby
      8/24/2010 Bobby
      There is the plastic engine shield t that is just a cover under the vehciel to help keep debris and junk from getting all over the engine.
  • Jose Bonilla
    Jose Bonilla - 2002 Volkswagen Beetle - Preventive Maintenance - 8/21/2010
    When should the timing belt and water pump be replaced?
    I have 93k miles on the car,runs good just want to know when I need to replace timing belt and water pump.
     
    • nick digioia
      8/21/2010 nick digioia
      I have a 1998 jettagls with 133,000 miles. I just had mine replaced. but look at your belts, if there are small hairline cracks replace it.
    • Oxides
      8/21/2010 Oxides
      the owner's manual should offer that information if you have it.
  • ?
    ? - 2000 Volkswagen Passat - Preventive Maintenance - 8/19/2010
    How do i replace the coolant reservoir?
     
    • yboy82
      8/19/2010 yboy82
      You can remove your reservoir drain and wash it. Install it and then fill it with new coolant.
  • jimmy franco
    jimmy franco - 2000 Volkswagen Jetta - Preventive Maintenance - 8/9/2010
    Car turns off will not start sounds like out of gas wait then will start
     
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  • Jackie
    Jackie - 2004 Volkswagen Touareg - Preventive Maintenance - 8/5/2010
    Took vehicle to VW dealer, said it needed front differential replaced. Is there such a thing?
     
  • Tony
    Tony - 2000 Volkswagen Jetta - Preventive Maintenance - 8/3/2010
    I hear a clicking sound when the door is opened but the engine will not turn over .
    The key was left in the ignition all night IN THE OFF POSITION. When I opened the door I could head a clicking sound.The engine would not turn over. What happens when the key is left in? What wold cause the battery drain?
     
    • rick
      8/3/2010 rick
      In newer VWs if you turn of the car key and do not pull it out anything that was on like the radio will not turn off all the way. {If you park the car in the garage} - you pull the key out and then put it back in- it will not drain the battery, if you like keeping keys in the car.
  • Roses
    Roses - 2003 Volkswagen Jetta - Preventive Maintenance - 8/3/2010
    When I turn on the a/c pieces of black stuff came out of the vent in the dash. My a/c is cooling still.
    VW Jetta 2003, 57,300 miles
     
    • rick
      8/3/2010 rick
      Your car should have a AC carbin filter, have it replace . Most peaple dont know thay have them in the newer VWs
  • lou
    lou - 2002 Volkswagen Passat - Preventive Maintenance - 8/3/2010
    What is a cvc boot?
     
    • Blackwater
      7/29/2010 Blackwater
      Its just a boot to keep all the oil in a cv joint. If it get ruptured oil will leak out of it and your joints will fall apart
    • rick
      8/3/2010 rick
      If yours cv is leaking replace as soon as possible or it will be more $ later on
  • tdanly
    tdanly - 1999 Volkswagen Passat - Preventive Maintenance - 8/1/2010
    Just put new headlight in and it went out, on driver side.
     
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  • Ralph
    Ralph - 1996 Volkswagen Passat - Preventive Maintenance - 7/22/2010
    Want to know if the problem is with the starter.
    the car recently has not been starting on occassions, i thought it was the battery but i have strong power. i called AAA for a tow , he tried to give me a boost but did not work. But when he slammed the hood down the car started up. another time i wqs home the ...
     
    • Blackwater
      7/22/2010 Blackwater
      1. Check your battery cable conn.s. Turn the vehicle's headlights on high beam, then insert the blade of a flathead screwdriver between the battery post and the clamp on the end of the battery cable. Gently twist the screwdriver and observe the headlight beams. If the beams brighten, remove the battery cable from the battery post with a wrench and clean the post and clamp with a battery terminal cleaner, then install and tighten the clamp.



      2. Test the starter solenoid by connecting a jumper cable to the battery side of the solenoid. The solenoid has two large posts and two small posts. A single large post is located on either side of the solenoid. Attach the alligator clip of the jumper cable to the large post on the battery side of the solenoid. Touch the opposite end of the jumper cable to the large post on the other side of the solenoid. If the starter turns the engine normally, the problem likely lies with an ignition override switch, such as a clutch start switch or a neutral safety switch. If the starter produces a buzzing sound, the starter is likely defective. If there is no response at all, the solenoid is defective and must be replaced.
  • panaroma
    panaroma - 2001 Volkswagen Passat - Preventive Maintenance - 7/17/2010
    My jeep has lost Horse power.Why?
    I got my carr in the fllod once. it was not a big flood but a small street flood. and after that i had to chenge tps sensor and now the car is running okay. I also changed the oils and filters bu my car when try to i drive over feel likee it is shaking.
     
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  • HarryPotter
    HarryPotter - 2003 Volkswagen Jetta - Preventive Maintenance - 7/14/2010
    Could an over carge of r-134 prevent cooling
    cool not cold
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      7/13/2010 HouseCallAuto
      Yes, of course.
    • MORRIS
      7/14/2010 MORRIS
      I AGREE WITH HOUSECALL AND IT ALSO CAN BLOW HOSES AND SEALS BEING OVER FILLED WITH FREON
  • H.kidaji
    H.kidaji - 2008 Volkswagen GTI - Preventive Maintenance - 7/13/2010
    Malfunction indicator light doesnot go off even while driving, it some times goes off for little while and comes back
    When the malfunction indicator light comes back it stays steadily. I also experience wooing sound sometimes when i start to move the car in the morning, especially in a raining season or cold whether generally. The Engine oil gets shortened too, and i have to be ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      7/13/2010 HouseCallAuto
      When the MIL is on, this is the next step >>

      Hook up a code reader to the diagnostic connector under the dashboard on the driver side. This is the way vehicles are diagnosed. The codes will lead to the repair necessary. The cost of the tool is not that much considering that a shop will bill you a similar amount PLUS parts and labor to fix the problem. There are instructions that come with it and it is easy to do. After you read the code or codes, write them down and repost with the codes and we can tell you what parts to buy to DIY if you are up to it. http://www.autopartswarehouse.com/.../E203030.html
 
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