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  • Ted Hartley
     
    • jdl
      4/26/2012 jdl
      I would use what your owners manual reccommends. With a high mileage engine, I don't reccommend changing. That is just my opinion.
      jdl
      4/26/2012 koko
      If burning a little oil, or even if not, you may want to move to a higher viscosity oil and use platinum plugs for sure to prevent fouling.
    • koko
      4/26/2012 koko
      Ask the folks at Amsoil.com, for a recommendation on a proper weight, it is one of the best synthetics made and the higher mileage saves on oil changes. I go a year now using their filter and oil.
    • monteur
      4/28/2012 monteur
      For 2002, Volkswagen used synthetic oil in the turbocharged engines only.
  • ks
    ks - 2004 Volkswagen Beetle - Preventive Maintenance - 4/26/2012
    Centric rings
    I bought tires at les schwab and took car to get tires balanced at another shop. Was told need centric rings for the wheels. Why didn't les schwab put them on? Will they do it now. Is it extra?
     
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  • bill
    bill - 1993 Volkswagen EuroVan - Preventive Maintenance - 4/26/2012
    What weight oil should be used
     
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  • Parccog
    Parccog - 2001 Volkswagen Passat - Preventive Maintenance - 4/25/2012
    Dome lights are not working, I changed all the fuses and still no lights
    130,000 miles
     
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  • David Gordon
    David Gordon - 1999 Volkswagen Jetta - Preventive Maintenance - 4/16/2012
    How many oz of ac oil does it take to replentish an empty system?
     
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  • socloudy
    socloudy - 2011 Volkswagen Golf - Preventive Maintenance - 4/13/2012
    Possible Causes of Low Oil Pressure Warning Light and how to diagnostic
    if the engine oil pressure warning light is on, it may mean your engine has lost normal oil pressure. STOP driving immediately and turn the engine off. The engine can be severely damaged if oil pressure is lost. Possible Causes of Low Oil Pressure Warning Light: ...
     
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  • bigguy55
    bigguy55 - 2000 Volkswagen Beetle - Preventive Maintenance - 4/13/2012
    Where is the freon valves located at
    and which is the low side and where is the high side located.
     
  • socloudy
    socloudy - 2011 Volkswagen Golf - Preventive Maintenance - 4/10/2012
    How long does the water pump work and how much is it.
    The water pump circulates coolant between the engine and radiator to keep the engine from overheating. By the time an original equipment water pump reaches 70,000 miles or more, the incidence of failure due to coolant leaks goes up sharply. If the pump has over ...
     
    • yboy82
      4/10/2012 yboy82
      Nice information about the water pump socloudy.
  • gideon
    gideon - 1995 Volkswagen Jetta - Preventive Maintenance - 4/6/2012
    What kinda if oil does my car take?
    What kind of oil does my car take?
     
    • Mike
      4/6/2012 Mike
      Engine oil specs are TYPE SF,SG,SH 5w-30 Check the owner's manual to verify.
  • dakota
    dakota - 2004 Volkswagen Beetle - Preventive Maintenance - 3/28/2012
    Change air filter and location of 2004 New beetle
     
    • J and K AUTOMOTIVE TOWING AND REPAIR
      are you asking about the cabin air filter;

      The filter is located under the passenger side of the dash and is moderately difficult to access and change. My old filter was black so am glad I invested the 2 hours to figure it out, though.

      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 + 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; replacement filters can be purchased at a NAPA store, or online at www.micronair.us if you prefer OEM

      J and K AUTOMOTIVE TOWING AND REPAIR
      1/16/2011 dakota
      I need the location of the air filter not the cabin filter and how the change it. Is it a simple change or is it buried in the back of the engine block.
    • marie
      3/28/2012 marie
      2004 valkswagon beetle runs for a few days then will not start for a few days it will draine the battery when off the horn will go off when car is stopped
  • cyndi
    cyndi - 2008 Volkswagen Jetta - Preventive Maintenance - 3/24/2012
    How to reset the airgbag warning light
    I changed the clock spring in my 2008 Jetta. After reconnecting the battery, all systems are working fine, but the warning light for the airbag remains on. How do I reset the airbag light?
     
    • Me
      3/24/2012 Me
      try driving a mile or so - if your lucky that will reset the warning light. if that doesn't help you'll need somebody with the right computer equitment (probalby your local vw-dealer). He'll have to reset the error log in your car (it'll take only a minute or so)
  • scottg
    scottg - 2005 Volkswagen Golf - Preventive Maintenance - 3/16/2012
    Central locking stopped working yesterday,put new battery in key fob,still dont work any suggestions please,
    its a 2.0 55 plate vw gti had it 12 months never had a problem with central locking before
     
    • yboy82
      3/16/2012 yboy82
      Does the power window switch in the driver door still control the passenger side door? You should check the condition of your switch. To have an idea how to remove the main window and door control check out this link http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php)&highlight=golf+window+switch+door+lock
  • scottg
    scottg - 2005 Volkswagen Golf - Preventive Maintenance - 3/16/2012
    Central locking stopped working yesterday,put new battery in key fob,still dont work any suggestions please,
    its a 2.0 55 plate vw gti had it 12 months never had a problem with central locking before
     
    • yboy82
      3/16/2012 yboy82
      Does the power window switch in the driver door still control the passenger side door? You should check the condition of your switch. To have an idea how to remove the main window and door control check out this link http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php)&highlight=golf+window+switch+door+lock
      yboy82
      3/17/2012 scottg
      thanks for your advice yboy82 if i press it ,it locks all car,when i open door manually obviously,alarm goes off after about 15 secs,when i put key in ignition and start it central locking sounds like its locked,and if i press lock or unlock on the key fob theres a clicking noise coming from near glove box,surely its somat and nowt.
  • Dréa
    Dréa - 2006 Volkswagen Beetle - Preventive Maintenance - 3/12/2012
    Do green valve caps on tires mean the tires are nitrogen and not air filled?
    When I bought my 2006 VW New Beetle about a month ago, there was only one valve cap on one of the tires, but it was green. I went into Kragen today to get a set of 4 caps, but the employee said that green caps usually means the tire is nitrogen filled. Is that true? ...
     
    • 63 Volvo
      3/10/2012 63 Volvo
      Yes it does on Michelins forsure.
    • CVO
      3/12/2012 CVO
      I agree with 63 Volvo.
      Recently, colored plastic valve caps have appeared. Certain automobile tire dealerships are promoting the use of dry nitrogen to inflate tires. Dealers claim that eliminating oxygen and water will prolong the life of both tires and wheels. These dealers install green caps to signify that the tires are filled with nearly pure (typically about 95%) nitrogen. In contrast, regular air is approximately 78% nitrogen. The moisture in the air-filled tires condenses in below-freezing temperatures and causes a sudden drop in tire pressure. Dry-nitrogen filling helps prevent this problem. As an alternative to green nitrogen-ID (nitrogen-identification) caps, green nitrogen-ID O-rings to be installed on valve stems under the caps, while still using black- or metallic-colored caps, are also available [3].
  • socloudy
    socloudy - 2011 Volkswagen Golf - Preventive Maintenance - 3/9/2012
    SBB VS MVP VS T300 VS AD900? Which better?
    SBB VS MVP VS T300 VS AD900? Which better? I want to buy one !So if you know the good store ,that's best to me.
     
    • Spoon Sports
      3/9/2012 Spoon Sports
      Could you at least tell us what these are, headphones? camera?. Im sure this is not a car, but hey, im here to help
      Spoon Sports
      3/13/2012 socloudy
      sorry,i forgot something.
      my problem had been solved.~!~
      thank you all the same.
      i just bought the AD900 for my car.because i have old key.
 
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