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  • bert
    bert - 2003 Volkswagen Jetta - Preventive Maintenance - 1/5/2012
    Why is the accessory belt tentioner vibrating ?
    replaced it, replaced belt, cleaned pulleys, still does it what is next,
     
    • Jimm
      1/5/2012 Jimm
      Check the belt alignment - follow the belt routing over all the drive pulleys where it makes contact - insure the belt is routed and mounted correctly. Next, be sure the tensioner is properly mounted and tightened securely, and the tensioner engaged with proper tension on the belt. Then, check the other belt-driven components; the alternator, water pump - to be sure these bearings and pulleys are secure (not loose or worn). Finally, be sure you have the correct belt part number (length) for your application. Try the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; www.RockAuto.com or www.autopartswarehouse.com for the replacement part.
  • birgit
    birgit - 1999 Volkswagen Beetle - Preventive Maintenance - 1/2/2012
    My back up lights and license plate lights do not work does anyone know what i can do to fix it
    my beetle has 165000 miles on it , the lights will not come on , i checkd the fuses and they dont seem to be broken
     
    • Spoon Sports
      1/2/2012 Spoon Sports
      Aside from checking the obvious which is the fusbox. The switch is located underneath the battery tray. So you have to undo the power steering reservoir, remove the battery and the battery tray. It is a bit of a PITA. After removig those things and locating the switch, come to find out that someone cut the cables going to the switch. Why would someone do that is beyond my comprehension at this time. To make matters worse, the cables were cut right at the switch making it impossible to fix at site. I had to remove the switch form the vehicle and work some of my electrical magic. I had to solder new cables to the switch and then to the vehicle wiring. Once that was accomplished, everything works like a charm.

      For the lecense plate bulb, the only thing i can think of is a busted bulb or a loose connection somewhere
  • nondew
    nondew - 2003 Volkswagen Passat - Preventive Maintenance - 1/2/2012
    Are the ignition coils suppossed to be too hot to touch? whats the best kind of spark plug to use?
    chk eng. light keeps coming on after service. misfire,rough idle, replaced plugs and coils
     
    • Jimm
      1/2/2012 Jimm
      First step, have the check engine light scanned - for free - at any local auto parts store such as; Advance Auto, Auto Zone, NAPA - for the stored fault code. Having the specific fault code will assist to pinpoint the problem or issue you are having.

      Ignition coils will operate at a raised (underhood) temperature. The best spark plugs would be OEM (original) equivalent or better - those listed below are correct for your vehicle and application. The NGK spark plug is what your engine was origninally equipped with from the factory.

      AUTOLITE Part # 3923
      DENSO Part # 3145
      ACDELCO Part # 41602
      CHAMPION Part # 344
      NGK Part # 6458
  • regroc
    regroc - 2000 Volkswagen Beetle - Preventive Maintenance - 12/23/2011
    How do I know if my heater core is bad I have 2000 be new beetle
    Heater just stop getting hot all of sudden and car is overheating
     
    • monteur
      12/23/2011 monteur
      Check coolant level.If it is low, check for coolant leaks. If no leaks are found have a technician check whether the water pump is circulating the coolant in the engine.
  • Ernesto
    Ernesto - 2000 Volkswagen Golf - Preventive Maintenance - 12/19/2011
    How to replace windshield wipers
    Wipers
     
    • Bill
      12/19/2011 Bill
      A reputable Parts store where you purched them will probable do it for you. The only thing I can say is theinstall exactly the opposite of how you think you would install. :)
  • Tiffany
    Tiffany - 1992 Volkswagen Cabriolet - Preventive Maintenance - 12/14/2011
    I would like to get my cabriolet running again
    It's been garaged for five years!!!
     
    • Nick
      7/3/2010 Nick
      First replace oil and filter, coolant, battery, spark plugs check up....With strong battery will work right away Good luck
    • cheif
      12/14/2011 cheif
      a shot of light oil i.e. wd40 in each cylinder would ensure no ring damage when first starting
    • don
      12/14/2011 don
      change your gas before starting your car if the gas ben in it for 5 years it bad and will mess up your fuel injectors change your fuel filter to
  • Albert
    Albert - 2004 Volkswagen Passat - Preventive Maintenance - 12/13/2011
    How much will spent on changing heater core? Thank you!
    I could not get heat and a shop said to me that is because of clogged heater core...
     
    • yboy82
      12/13/2011 yboy82
      Try the AutomD Negotiator ( http://www.automd.com/negotiator/) feature on this site it is free. They will call local shops for the repair that you needed and send the multiple quotes from your local shops. So you can compare job prices within your area.
    • monteur
      12/13/2011 monteur
      You may want to try this.Check the direction of coolant flow through the heatercore then carefully remove the coolant hoses from the heatercore. Use a garden hose to flush the heater core for about 5 minutes.Now,using an air hose,force compressed air through the heatercore in the opposite direction of the coolant flow..This should force the sediment out of the heatercore. Flush with the garden hose.Repeat with compressed air.Flush and check water flow through the heatercore. If satisfied with the fiow reinstall coolant hoses,refill engine coolant,then check heat level.NB. It!s worth a try..may save you a few bucks
  • ainswoc
    ainswoc - 2003 Volkswagen Jetta - Preventive Maintenance - 12/11/2011
    When i start my car i hear a high pitched noise like a bad fan or pulley for ten seconds or more then it cycles off .
    150 k Ive replaced idler pulley timing belt and both fans . also replaced the alternator.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/11/2011 HouseCallAuto
      You are describing the sound of the electric air pump which is supposed to turn on and run for a short time and then shut off. You have not detailed anything abnormal yet.
  • deeb
    deeb - 1985 Volkswagen Vanagon - Preventive Maintenance - 12/11/2011
    How do I replace the O2 Sensor & where is it located?
    Trying to get van up and running due to recent impound of usual family vehicle. Heard sensor greatly effects gas consumption - soooo. . . but if can wait on it awhile would appreciate knowing this also. Mother of five where fixin' the ol' van is gonna have to be ...
     
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  • yerruf
    yerruf - 2002 Volkswagen Jetta - Preventive Maintenance - 12/10/2011
    I notice 2 service bulletins, for the transmission and heat shield-is this at the dealers expense
    43000 miles all services performed transmission is automatic and seems to be "confused" at times heat shield rattles at various times check engine light came on 24 hours ago it is due for the 40000 miles FULL SERVICE the oil and spark plugs were changed at 40000m
     
    • Bill
      12/10/2011 Bill
      Service bulletins are different from factory recalls, Ask your dealer about your concerns to start with.
  • Joe
    Joe - 2007 Volkswagen Jetta - Preventive Maintenance - 12/9/2011
    HOW IS THE OIL FILTER BOWL RETAINED
    I TRIED SPINNING IT OFF WITH BIG CHANNEL LOCK PLIERS NO LUCK
     
    • Spoon Sports
      12/9/2011 Spoon Sports
      Use a big ass pair of vice grips and use them to get the old one off. Usually, most shops, just break the thing and replace it with a new assembly.

      I know it sucks but thats what happens when its too tight on the previous oil change. just rub a little oil on the threads and the o-ring if there is one. When tightening it, just put it hand tight, then snug it a little. It doesn't need to be all that tight... and that way next time it will come right off
  • JULIO1987
    JULIO1987 - 2003 Volkswagen Jetta - Preventive Maintenance - 12/7/2011
    My 03 VW jetta wagon 4 cyl 1.8T is over heating
    i warm up my car it gets to the middle it runs good just until i drive 7-10 miles my cars needle moves closer to the red when its a line away from getting to red . i changed the water pump,timing belt,mass airflow sensor why does it overheat??? i recently changed ...
     
    • yboy82
      12/7/2011 yboy82
      Did you check if your radiator fan still operating well? And if possible perform a radiator and cap pressure test to detemine the condition of your radiator and cap.
  • pete a campillo
    pete a campillo - 1997 Volkswagen Jetta - Preventive Maintenance - 11/30/2011
    Would it be the ignition switch that needs replacement?
    Whenever i try to start up the car it seems to try but then dies time after time untill all of the sudden it starts then all is good till i stop and kill the motor then have to do the same thing as stated above and when i bought it a couple of weeks ago the seller ...
     
    • Jay Giron
      11/30/2011 Jay Giron
      1. It could be the dead battery cell that means a bad battery
      2. Corroded battery terminals and cables
      3. A bad starter or starter solenoid.
      4. Bad ignition switch
      5. last It wouldn't hurt to do a tune up to the car (Bosch wires, Bosch Platinum +4 spark plugs, fuel filter, air filter, synthetic oil and oil filter).
  • jasonb
     
    • yboy82
      11/30/2011 yboy82
      If your vehicle is equipped with automatic transmission you should use AFDexron III.
      yboy82
      11/30/2011 jasonb
      thanks a major parts store said it needed pentoise mineral oil ? ..at 15.99 a pint vw of course recomends theres at 19.99 a pint.. i live in a college town and every one seems there going to sell you the most exspensive... one tech said i could use a syntheic ?? thanks again . this is a avenue i will look into thanks again
  • Canopr360
    Canopr360 - 1998 Volkswagen Golf - Preventive Maintenance - 11/28/2011
    Problem with the Lights (Tailights,Fog ligts and Signal) in the driver side only any ideas it could be?
    I recently replace a bulb from the driver fog light that wasent working it work 4 days and now happen this. I replce some fuse that were blown, but still the problem.
     
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