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  • chris
    chris - 2008 Volkswagen Jetta - Preventive Maintenance - 9/16/2010
    Wrench light stays on. Car has 44,000 miles
    Car purchased in 12/09. had 42,00 miles. Was told car was certifed used car?
    • Jason
      9/16/2010 Jason
      Check your vehicle owner's manual for the definition of the wrench light.
  • Marlene fischer
    Marlene fischer - 1984 Volkswagen Vanagon - Preventive Maintenance - 9/12/2010
    Bus makes intense continuous highpitched sound.
    I had my fuelpump replaced and now it makes this sound. It gets more intense when the car heats up. It is more audible when bus is at a stop. The mechanic can not explain, can you help identify the problem ???
    0 answer
  • HoboHamlet
    HoboHamlet - 2004 Volkswagen Touareg - Preventive Maintenance - 9/8/2010
    Windshield washer fluid
    How much windshield wash fluid should I add
  • 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.
      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
    0 answer
  • 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.
    0 answer
  • 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.