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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
  • Floyd Faulkenberry
    Floyd Faulkenberry - 2000 Volkswagen Beetle - Preventive Maintenance - 7/8/2010
    On the ac has no fire going to compressor or ac fan and where is the ac coolint fan control Module.
     
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  • bbcarino
    bbcarino - 1989 Volkswagen Jetta - Preventive Maintenance - 6/25/2010
    A/C does not work in on position!
    My A/C does not work normally when is on position. The compressor does not activates. It will work only if it is applay direct (bridged) to the pos. side of the battery... nicee and cool inside!
     
    • yboy82
      6/25/2010 yboy82
      You should try to check the condition of your AC relay it maybe busted or just loose, replace AC relay if needed. Also try to check fuse in your HVAC system.
  • Amit
    Amit - 2001 Volkswagen Passat - Preventive Maintenance - 6/18/2010
    What is the Ideal pressure recommended for tires per PSI for 205/55 R16
     
    • testdrive
      6/18/2010 testdrive
      check the manufacturer's tire pressure located on the driver side door. ideally for 55 series tires , maintain 29-33psi(depending on vehicle's load) of tire pressure if using normal air and add 10% if using nitrogen.
      testdrive
      6/19/2010 Amit
      Thank you, I checked with VW dealership mechnic as well he mentioned 35 psi
      will be fine for that kind of tires.
  • Tommy
    Tommy - 1999 Volkswagen Cabrio - Preventive Maintenance - 6/14/2010
    Can front wheel drive CV joints be lubricated or must they be replaced?
     
    • HAYES
      6/14/2010 HAYES
      replaced,if you turn your wheel when driving and a clunking noise comes from the front end you should replace your cv joints
      HAYES
      6/14/2010 Tommy
      No cluncking sound, just a metal to metal sound. Rotor and brake pads are leaa than a month old. Where could that be comong from??? Thanks for your help!
  • Ashley
    Ashley - 2004 Volkswagen Passat - Preventive Maintenance - 6/6/2010
    When should the timing belt and water pump be replaced?
     
  • Monroe  Major
    Monroe Major - 2004 Volkswagen Passat - Preventive Maintenance - 5/7/2010
    I can not turn the key to start the car
     
    • JephandJess
      5/7/2010 JephandJess
      You probably need a new ignition. My husband had a Focus and they are notorious for that. He would put the key in and it wouldn't turn. The steering wheel wasn't locked. Then finally after trying over and over again it would do it. Then eventually (he was about an hour from home) he had to leave his car in some parking lot because he couldn't even get it to start. Took a taxi home.

      This fix requires you to take the airbag off and your steering wheel off. Just make sure your battery is disconnected.
  • wayne hecker
    wayne hecker - 1999 Volkswagen Passat - Preventive Maintenance - 5/2/2010
    Timing belt scheduled replace
    timing belt
     
  • traciegau
    traciegau - 2000 Volkswagen Beetle - Preventive Maintenance - 4/28/2010
    Need a bulb were blinker is ,running light when i turn on the head lights
    light on drivers side some sort of running light were blinker is,blinker works light in the same spot does not come on,is it a fuse or bulb?
     
    • Mac
      4/28/2010 Mac
      its a bulb, dual fillament
  • Jdub
    Jdub - 1995 Volkswagen Jetta - Preventive Maintenance - 4/28/2010
    Car will not start, shift lever and steering wheel do not lock
     
    • Mac
      4/28/2010 Mac
      first insert your key , then turn it. is there a click ? - does the engine turn over ?
  • HoboHamlet
    HoboHamlet - 2004 Volkswagen Touareg - Preventive Maintenance - 4/14/2010
    How often should I change oil
     
    • gwynne
      4/14/2010 gwynne
      every 3000 miles or so
    • HouseCallAuto
      4/14/2010 HouseCallAuto
      Every 5000 is perfectly fine. There seems to be the prevailing belief that it must be done every 3000. Not true at all. As a matter of fact, many vehicles have an oil life % remaining indicator and the mileage traveled on average runs around 5000, sometimes more.
  • LenS