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  • hklatush
    hklatush - 2000 Volkswagen Passat - Body & Interior - 4/18/2012
    Why wont my car start and alarm wont work nor does the windows or door locks? what do i do if there is water under carpe
    of the passenger footwell where the ccm is and what do to fix it?
    0 answer
  • socloudy
    socloudy - 2011 Volkswagen Golf - Body & Interior - 4/18/2012
    How to repair the engine noise yourself
    To repair yourself. 1. Loosen the alternator mounting bolts, move the alternator until it is fully loose, allowing you to remove the belt. 2. Examine the belt for cracks or fraying. 3. Examine the pulleys for excessive wear. 4. Replace/refit the belt to the ...
    0 answer
  • bugs7721
    bugs7721 - 2001 Volkswagen Beetle - Body & Interior - 4/15/2012
    My passenger door power window sometimes stop when closing it or when closing window it will reverse go go down instead
    Power Window is very slow when closing it.
    0 answer
  • rich
    rich - 2001 Volkswagen Passat - Body & Interior - 4/14/2012
    How do i install the hood strut
    just received new strut
    • Jimm
      4/14/2012 Jimm
      The hood strut (air spring) simply pop off the locating pins. Use a flat blade screwdriver, then simply pry or pop off the air spring. The new ones install in the reverse method - simply pop on by hand.
      4/14/2012 rich
  • kamaxcy
    kamaxcy - 2011 Volkswagen Golf - Body & Interior - 4/11/2012
    How do you remove the exterior door handle from the door?
    I have the door apart. The new door shell has arrived but, i can't seem to figure out what is holding the door handle on the outside of the door?
  • Adam
    Adam - 2004 Volkswagen Beetle - Body & Interior - 4/10/2012
    My convertible top won't go down.
    My top on my beetle will go back but not lock in place and the wings won't go down. When I try to bring it back up, it won't even go. The switch is fine, and the relays and motor work, but I have no idea what is going on with it.
    0 answer
  • socloudy
    socloudy - 2011 Volkswagen Golf - Body & Interior - 4/9/2012
    Where to download ELSAWIN free?
    Do you know ELSAWIN? I have been searching the software for a long time. But it is usually not free in the web. Does someone know where to download ELSAWIN free? ...
  • Dave Tidy
    Dave Tidy - 2011 Volkswagen Touareg - Body & Interior - 4/8/2012
    I tow a travel trailer. Can I add a camera on the trailer to the standard screen
    Also can I override the reverse only so I can see behind when driving?
    0 answer
  • Sean
    Sean - 2004 Volkswagen Passat - Body & Interior - 4/6/2012
    When im driving with window open or half open fumes come into the car from the rear
    0 answer
  • gary
    gary - 1998 Volkswagen Cabrio - Body & Interior - 4/4/2012
    Speedo and Tach not working all the time
    Sometimes the speedometer and tach work and other times when I start up neither work. All other gauges work. What would be best to look for. No constant pattern when this happens, could work for a week straight then not work 1 time and go back to working, other ...
    • EG9 K20A3
      4/3/2012 EG9 K20A3
      Try cleaning up the speedometer sensor on the transmission. This may be done by pulling the unit from the transmission housing, then cleaning and lubricating the moving parts. I used to have almost the same problem, no speed signal (Tach OK) I found an instrument cluster at a junkyard and now it works fine but very high mileage on it, of course kept it in but if I ever sell my car I guess I'll change it back.
      EG9 K20A3
      4/3/2012 gary
      I will try that this weekend. Thanks for your help.
    • EG9 K20A3
      4/4/2012 EG9 K20A3
      Good luck and hope that takes care of it.
  • mohammed
    mohammed - 2005 Volkswagen Touareg - Body & Interior - 4/4/2012
    My bottom plate leaks oil. How can I stop it?
    This happened after I changed the engine oil
  • socloudy
    socloudy - 2011 Volkswagen Golf - Body & Interior - 4/3/2012
    Hey guys, when your truck get the problem,what will you do?
    Hey guys, when your truck get the problem,what will you do?to goto the garage or repair it by yourself? Are there any good diagnostic tool to recommend? i haven't checked my little truck for a long time. next week,I have to go away. So I want to do a thorough ...
    • EG9 K20A3
      4/3/2012 EG9 K20A3
      Depends really. I only go to a garage to get a diagnosis, sometimes online works but sometimes it doesnt, there are problems which can be diagnosed online. But you cant deny the fact that some of the problems cars have a are simple and whatever way you look at it, nothing beats personal face to face diagnosis.

      NOW, after the guy in the shop tells me what the problem is, i ask myself if its worth the time and effort. If it is, i do it myself, otherwise i just pay someone to do it. ERGO, I'm lazy so i ask someone else to do it with my supervision to avoid getting scammed. Although i fix cars here and there, i use most of my knowledge to avoid being scammed. Besides, in my country, labor is dirt cheap, cheaper than Mexico infact (One of the perks living in a 3rd world country) in the US they charge you an arm and a leg for an hours service not to mention they follow this book for labor hours to squeeze more money from you.

      For the scan tool, i go with Ross Tech VAG

  • elias
    elias - 2002 Volkswagen Passat - Body & Interior - 3/31/2012
    How do I take apart the headlight to rewire it ?
    I need to install the passenger side wire harness inside the light
    • EG9 K20A3
      3/31/2012 EG9 K20A3
      Wasnt able to see the video due to restrictions in my computer, i just based it on the title.

      Anyway, it requires an oven so the silicone or whatever adhesive will melt so you can explore the innards of your headlight

      Source: Thats what i always do and i hope the same thing applies to your vehicle.

      How to (Just in case)

      First off, the screws holding on the pan cover on my car aren't there so I didn't have to worry about that. I don't know how important the screws (#6 on the illustration) are for this process, so do what you think is right.

      1. Get a #25 Torx screw driver and a #30 (or a metric hex key set for one screw). You could use a socket, but put it on the end of a nutdriver. An extension might be nice for a couple of the screws.

      2. Remove the screws from the wheel wells first and replace them last. You don't need to jack up your car, but it helps to turn the wheels in to remove the screws. After you remove the screws, set 'em where they'll be easy to find.

      3. No need to completely remove the grille (or the emblem) from the car. Two screws on top of the grille will let you take it mostly off to get at the four bumper mounting screws below.

      4. After you remove all of the screws, slide the bumper out, but not all the way off. It's flexible so you can work around it.

      5. In addition to the obvious screws holding the assembly in, there's a bracket underneath each headlight assembly. It's a #27 Torx or you can also use a 3mm hex. You can probably leave it in place, but it takes only a second to remove and the assembly will slide right out.

      6. Unplug the assembly as you pull the assembly out.

      7. With the old assembly and new side by side:
      Adjust the screws to match.
      Check for ALL bulbs
      Put all covers in place
      Swap out the turn signal lamp making sure to use the old sockets

      8. Slide the assembly back in, connect the wiring.
    HUSKRZ - 2006 Volkswagen Touareg - Body & Interior - 3/29/2012
    How hard is to change my Zenon headlight bulbs?
    Drivers side flickers every now and then and goes out, but comes back on.
    • Spoon Sports
      3/15/2012 Spoon Sports
      The only person that can tell if you have HID (xenon) lamps is you. Do your headlights look like normal headlights or is the light that comes out of there really blue and bright like daylight? These have problems with failing bulbs that cause this so I'd be weary of that diagnosis. I've usually seen the bulbs cause this problems although the technical bulliten that deals with it does say the connector can cause it. Regardless VW probably doesn't just sell the connector most likely you have to replace part of the harness if that truly is the problem. I would live with the flickering until you can swap the bulb from the drivers to the passenger side and see if the flicker stays on the driver's side or not.

      Another thing I've seen cause this is where the headlight isn't completely seated into the car and you can get out and push against the headlight assembly and it stops flickering.

      Anyway, heres how to do it
    • GTI MKV
      3/29/2012 GTI MKV
      Its very hard, I replace my own and took me about 1 hour.