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  • goose
    goose - 2001 Volkswagen Beetle - Steering & Suspension - 2/27/2011
    deep knocking noise r.rear when going over a mild or strong bump sounds like if your trunk is open
    • 01NBtricked
      2/27/2011 01NBtricked
      The rear suspension in the 2.0L is setup differently than the other cars. When you hit a decent bump, the rear end of the car, having practically no weight in it, bounces up and down quickly, making the sound that the trunk is open. Also, check to make sure your trunk is sealed, had mine replaced twice because it wasn't closing all the way.
  • sarah123
    sarah123 - 2001 Volkswagen Beetle - Steering & Suspension - 2/27/2011
    When my steering wheel is straight up and down, my car moves to the left, what's wrong with it?
    I got a flat tire the other day from hitting a curb, and ever since that, my car will not drive straight.
    • HouseCallAuto
      6/10/2010 HouseCallAuto
      You bent something in the steering linkage from the impact with the curb (it happens alot) and you will now have very poor handling and you will wear out tires very rapidly. Get the steering looked at asap.
    • 01NBtricked
      2/27/2011 01NBtricked
      I would have to say that you messed up your alignment when you nailed the curb, this can be fixed at most repair garages. Check the ball and camber of the tire wheel you hit to the curb, it may be off and may be causing pre-mature wear due to improper ball and camber position.
  • broc
    • HPI Vorza
      2/21/2011 HPI Vorza
      The only way to find out is to jack your car up, shakes the components for looseness (Control Arms, Tie Rod Ends, Shocks etc.) For all you know it can just be worn out bushings. I mean we can never tell until we got the car jacked up.

      "seems to be coming from the strut" - well id check the strut for looseness, i will also measure the play of the car when i push it down from the fender. In other words, we need to simulate the event.
  • Carol J. Williams
    Carol J. Williams - 2002 Volkswagen Golf - Steering & Suspension - 2/8/2011
    What causes a bubble to occur in a tire?
    • Bill
      2/8/2011 Bill
      Generally a broken or weakness in a tires radial ply. Either a manufacturers defect or a road hazard damaged tire. Most bubbles occur in sidewalls where tire is the weakest. Hope this helps.
      If the sidewall separation/bubble appears after six months of on-vehicle service, prolonged driving on overloaded/under-inflated tires or a road hazard are the most likely causes. However it may take weeks or months after an impact for a separation/bubble to appear as the damaged or bruised area continues to weaken. Unfortunately the time differential between the impact that caused the initial damage and the delayed appearance of visible evidence often means that the driver has forgotten about the impact that damaged the tire in the first place.
  • denny
    denny - 1995 Volkswagen Jetta - Steering & Suspension - 1/30/2011
    Passengrr side steering rod bent how do i remove it
    0 answer
  • gino
    gino - 2001 Volkswagen Jetta - Steering & Suspension - 1/14/2011
    Oil pressure light goes out when key is on motor not running why?
    • Nissan Technical Advisor
      For me it's normal because oil pressure will appear only when the engine is running. Oil pump will only work when the engine is running as well as the oil pressure sensor.
      Nissan Technical Advisor
      12/22/2010 gino
      so the light should be on not out
      Nissan Technical Advisor
      The light should be out not on while the engine is running because if it is on you have problem with your oil pressure and must be checked.
      Nissan Technical Advisor
      12/23/2010 gino
      engine is NOT Running key is on
      Nissan Technical Advisor
      Check battery condition if has a good charge to crank the engine. The engine should be cranking and if not inspect battery cables if loose and if cables are fitted good perform a bench test for starting motor.
    • md help
      1/14/2011 md help
      Just adding a note Gino; I read your question to say that your key is in the on position only, not started or running? If that is the case power is available to your dash and sensors as well as your accesories, radio etc... I myself have owned vehicals where after the sensors activate with the key in the on position the oil sensor light went off after a couple seconds. While most sensors remained lit until car started or key turned off. I've also driven vehicles where the oil symbol/lite remained on with other sensors with the key in the same stated on only position. These vehicles never had any oiling issues so I suspect that this must vary between different makes and models???
  • darnelle21
    darnelle21 - 1996 Volkswagen Jetta - Steering & Suspension - 1/6/2011
    Do the HD solid rear control arm bushings from the Audi TT fit a MK3 Jetta's control arm?
    My stock rubber bushings are shot, and I don't want to replace with poly and came across the solid rubber TT bushings and can't find if they'd fit or not. Thanks.
  • funsho
    funsho - 2008 Volkswagen Touareg - Steering & Suspension - 12/14/2010
    Why does the car make noise from the front wheel
    the car is making noise when driving from the front suspension starting 20km/h . the front bearings are good we change front axle the driving shaft are good but the ESP indicator is on and when put diagnostic it read esp sensor defective and the car is not air ...
    • Nissan Technical Advisor
      What noise it depicts? Do a simple bounce test to tell if the shocks or struts are weak. A bounce test is not a very scientific test because it requires a certain amount of judgment. Worn shock absorbers and struts that allow more than one or two gyrations after rocking the bumper up and down and letting go have reached the end of the road and should be replaced.
  • Mark B
    Mark B - 2004 Volkswagen Jetta - Steering & Suspension - 12/8/2010
    How do I add power steering fluid to a 2004 VW Jetta?
    • Jason
      12/8/2010 Jason
      Did you already check the fluid level? The power steering pump reservoir is located next to the coolant recovery tank.
  • s1020tay
    s1020tay - 1996 Volkswagen Jetta - Steering & Suspension - 12/8/2010
    When I turn the key on the lights don't work or the wipers . The brights work, no driving lights. why?
    We found the problem in the steering colum when you turn the key the cluster doesn't get a connection. I don't know what the part is called ,to replace it. Can you help me with this ?I also need a price on this part. The lights are supposed to come on automatically ...
  • Irishmanb4vr6
    Irishmanb4vr6 - 1996 Volkswagen Jetta - Steering & Suspension - 11/24/2010
    Side to Side shake in steering wheel felt when decelerating; not related to brake application
    Symptoms occur when traveling at speeds above 45 mph. When letting up off the throttle, the steering wheel begins to shake from side to side as the vehicle decelerates. Applying the brakes does NOT induce this symptom. Vibration is worse if decelerating from a ...
    • yboy82
      10/17/2010 yboy82
      Did you already check the condition of your steering stabilizer bracket and wheel bearing (rear)?
    • Irishmanb4vr6
      10/26/2010 Irishmanb4vr6
      Rear wheel bearings are less than 3 months old. As for the steering stabilizer, I'm not entirely sure if this car has one, but I'll look into it. What its looking like so far though are worn inner tie rod ends, as other symptoms are becoming more noticeable such as wander, vibration at highway speed, and general lack of stability.
    • yboy82
      11/24/2010 yboy82
      Check the condition of your engine mounts and transmission mounts worn mounts can cause excessive vibration in your vehicle. Also check the condition of your wheels and tires.
  • Lakevia Rogers
    • RC
      11/16/2010 RC
      The engine will lose power if the converter is clogged.
  • derekroy
    derekroy - 1999 Volkswagen Passat - Steering & Suspension - 11/4/2010
    Why dose my rear power window in my passat go up but not down?
    So I can hear the motor working in the rear passenger door and I can use the driver control button or the button on the door its self, and the window will not go down! but you can slide it down with your hands at this point.....but it will go up with power switch!!! ...
    • SharingKnowledge
      11/4/2010 SharingKnowledge
      Sounds like one of the cable ends has pulled out of the plastic bracket that attaches to the bottom of the window. The bracket is pulled in either direction to put the window up or down. I ordered the bracket from a seller on eBay for less than $10. Much cheaper than the $175+ rear door window regulator panel. You'll need to inspect the parts to determine the extent of the damage. You may need addtional parts (cable, motor spool, etc.)
  • chain
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  • Toddot1st
    Toddot1st - 2000 Volkswagen Beetle - Steering & Suspension - 10/13/2010
    Loud Whining sound when vehicle is moving
    My Beetle has a very loud whining sound on the front left side. When you turn right around a curve it goes away, but when you are going straight and turning left it is there.