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2000 VW Golf heater won't blow hot air

My 2000 2.0L Golf GLS won't blow hot air at operating temperature, the air is only lukewarm at best. This started a few months ago inexplicably. The car isn't overheating or underheating, it reaches ...
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Why check oil when engine is at operating temperature?

The owner's manual to my VW Golf Mk7 states With the engine at operating temperature, park the vehicle on a level surface to ensure that the engine oil reading is correct. Why is it important ...
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Modern cars and diesel warm-up time

First of all let me say that I already read this question and its answer, so it's clear to me why diesel-powered cars need a warm-up time. My question is: do modern cars need it too? I have VW Golf ...
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My car's diesel exhaust smells really bad

First of all let me say I apparently have no exhaust leak. For a long time I've been asking myself how was it possible that the exhaust of my car smells so bad. It does it when in the morning, I ...
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Coolant expansion tank issue

My coolant tank is filled up to the correct level before driving off but I've taken a half an hour drive and it is very low and warning light comes on. Once stopped it cools down and the level rises. ...
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Briny/salty smell from fuel tank?

I've had some trouble with my lifter pump and so I removed the back seat of my Mk1 Golf/Rabbit to access the pump and fuel tank. As I was removing the 'lid' to access the tank the aged seal/gasket ...
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How to reach the fuse box from Mk1 Golf Cabriolet?

On an 91 Golf Cabriolet (Mk1), the fuse box is hidden behind the knee bar, and has no access hatch. I need to have a look at the top of the fuse box to see if fuse 19 (indicators) is broken. Is there ...
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fuel consumption is high

My VW Golf 3 is over-consuming fuel, I use 10 liters for 45km, My mechanic ask me to change the automatic gear-box because it is not selecting gear above gear 3 I change the automatic gear-box but ...
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Golf mk3 TDI has pressure in the cooling system

I have an interesting problem on my VW Golf MK3 TDI. Basically, sometimes the pressure cap on the coolant reservoir lets out some coolant. Here's what I know: It happens when the car is under ...
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Golf MK4 Window Motor Click and Window wont open

First of all sorry for my english. I have a Golf mk4 1.4 16v 2 doors There are about two weeks that it started to make this click when i try to open the window and it just wont open. I tryed to ...
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Has wrong glow plug damaged piston?

I recently had the engine on my VW Golf TDI replaced with a reconditioned engine. After having start up problems for a while, I asked an independent mechanic to have a look. He found that one of the ...
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What is that sound?

I have a 2004 VW Golf Variant. There's no problem, I'm just curious. Just after I have opened the driver's side door, a small motor runs for about one second, then stops. This also happens if I stay ...
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Reading OBD2 too fast

I'm writing a software to make a telemetry application for my 2001 VW Golf mk4 reading parameters from OBD2 using an ELM327 compatible cable. I succeeded so far. The problem that I have now, is that ...
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Car stalls when braking (VW Mk1 Golf)

I have bought a Mk1 Cabriolet that has been sitting for over a year. I am trying to get it road worthy. So far so good, but I am having an issue with the engine and braking: The engine stalls when I ...
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Strange cooling circuit problems in a 1997 vw golf mk3 tdi

Driving across Europe, i noticed the car was using water. I drove slowly and got to the destination. Since then, the symptoms have been getting stranger. The water loss is caused by excess pressure ...
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Is it possible to paint my Mk1 Golf Engine in either Matte Black or Grey? If so, how?

I am currently doing up a Mk1 VW Golf and I have reached the stage where I need to make a decision on my engine paint. It will be at shows so I want something nice (but not Chrome). Is there any way I ...
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How can I diagnose gradual electric power loss in a VW Golf Mk5?

I'm experiencing loss of electrical power to my Mk5 Golf. It seems to happen mostly when the car hasn't been run for two or three days. We changed the battery a few months ago. More recently, there ...
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Electrical issues: where are the grounds on a 1997 vw golf mk3 tdi

When I have the ignition switched on, if I press the brake pedal, or use the headlights, the foglight gets turned on. I think this is an earthing issues so I have checked the grounds in the two ...
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VW Golf MK4 1.4 16v 1998 - Steering wheel hard to turn after Power Steering Rack change

Sorry for my English, I had a problem with my power steering rack that had some fluid leaks and some noise when the fluid level was down. I never used the car without fluid. Except the steering noise ...
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Unknown actuator on golf mk3 tdi 110hp

I own a 1997 golf 3 TDI, motor code AFN. At the back of the engine, there is a vacuum actuator which looks like a N75 but isn't. It isn't connected to anything on the actuator side, but is connected ...
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Steering suddenly has become very loose

I have a Mk1 Golf (no power steering). Today I was pulling a hard right to do a U turn and heard a slight clunk. Now the steering is very loose and unaligned. You almost have to turn the wheel 45 ...
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VW Golf TDI makes a 'sneezing' sound on startup

I really don't know how else to describe it. Car has no issues starting or running, but for about the last 2 months every time I cold start it, the engine makes a sharp, high-pitched noise like a ...
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Engine sputtering, not accelerating. Left for 20 mins and is now fine?

The car is a Mk1 Golf (1993, 1.8lt, mechanical injection). I was driving up a medium incline and suddenly my car starting sputtering and I lost acceleration. I pulled over and started the engine ...
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golf mk1 1990 clutch problem

I was driving my golf and the clutch pedal was creaking a bit but working ok, suddenly i pushed the pedal down it clicked and went to the floor i got recovered and the mechanic showed me the cable ...
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VW Golf IV Possible Engine Misfire

I guess I better start with a few details on the car in question: VW Golf IV 20 valve V5 petrol engine (2.3L) ~80k miles on the clock Now the problem, it feels to me as if the car is down on power,...
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VW Golf fuel filler cap will not unlock

The fuel filler flap on my 09 VW Golf estate (diesel) will not unlock. I have tried locking and unlocking the car which should relase the filler flap but it remains locked. The owner's manual says ...
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Hydraulic pump receiving power but not running

I have a Mk1 Golf Cabriolet with an hydraulic roof. Today I went for a drive and whilst the roof lowered as normal, I could not raise it again. I checked the fluid levels and they're fine. There is ...
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No ignition lights and spark

I have a VW Golf 3 GSX 1995 carburetor. Yesterday it just died after a few attempts cranking the engine. I noticed the ignition lights were not lighting up. I then checked all fuses: all OK as well as ...
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Volkswagen Golf MK4 - Oil temperature sensor coding out

I have a Volkswagen Golf MK4 TDI 85kw (AJM). After driving for a while and stopping, when I turn the ignition on I get an "Oil sensor workshop" message. After connecting VCDS I got this fault: ...
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VW Golf mk4 stereo no longer has power

I recently swapped my Kenwood stereo for a new one, also Kenwood. As the adapter was the same it was relatively easy to swap them over. Everything was fine for a day. However, the unit always asks ...
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VW Mk1 Golf - Best way to clean injectors that are free from the engine block? [duplicate]

I'm replacing the O-rings on my injectors (Mk1 Golf - K-Jet mechanical injection) and so will have them free from the engine block. I thought I should clean them at the same time. Is there some ...
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Should I try radweld on this pipe or just replace it? Mk3 VW Golf

I have a leaking pipe in the cooling system of my Mk Golf. It leaks about a litre in 5 miles. I'm not sure if it's worth trying Radweld with this rate of flow or if I should just try to find a ...
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WV Golf IV '98 - Right side blinkers not working on signal

I own a used VW Golf IV, 98, 1.4. I am facing a really strange issue the last few days. When I turn my hazzards on, every bulb works well and on time. When I signal left it works too. The problem is ...
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AC Recharge- What did I do wrong?

I drive a 2010 VW Golf. The AC has not been working at all lately. Before taking it in to the pros, I bought an AC Recharge Kit and only got to step 1 on the directions. When I hooked it up to the "...
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How can I secure this rear hatch panel?

I'm curious if anyone knows how to reattach the rear hatch panel on a 1996 VW GTI which houses the license plate shown in the photo below. This panel additionally contains the lock and release ...
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VW Golf (04, MK5) NOx sensor issue

Shortly after buying my 04 VW Golf, the engine check light came on indicating a fault in the NOx sensor. The engine error code is as follows: 17478 - NOx Sensor (G295) Heater Control P1070 -...
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Can I place a mechanical water temp sensor within the radiator hose pipes?

I have a Mk1 Golf. The previous owner has put in the 3 GTi console gauges but didnt connect them. I want to connect up the water temp gauge (which is the mechanical type with a heat sensing bulb) but ...
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My 2002 vw golf keeps dying?

Hi Just wondering if anyone can help on this subject before I give up and sell it for spares! My VW golf (2002) had battery problems where I was going out to start the car and it would attempt to ...
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Mk5 Golf TDI with battery drain and brake lights coming on on their own

I have a 05 Mk5 Golf TDI. I have to jump it in the mornings as its battery is dead, but it will last all day if I'm driving it. It will start straight up if I stop for a hour or more, but if left over ...
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2008 VW Golf - no ignition lights on dash

I have a 2008 Golf 2.0 TDi GT with no ignition lights on the dash. I put the key in the switch and turned but nothing happened. The battery is fully charged, the key fob has a new battery and locks/...
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Would changing to an air suspension give a smoother ride?

The road here can be a little bit rough sometimes, so I was wondering how I could improve the ride. How about upgrading to an air suspension system? Would that improve the ride? How much would such a ...
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2015 VW Golf TSI Standard accelerating automatically

The car keeps accelerating after shifting to 3rd/4th gear at random times. I would shift, take my foot off the pedal and the speed would, in one occasion, accelerate to 40kmh and maintain speed. The ...
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Front info panel in VW Golf Estate Diesel 1,9 TDi 2008

I bought a couple of days ago VW Gold estate diesel 1.9 TDI Bluemotion from 2008. Unfortunately, the previous owner did not provide a manual for it and this is insanely expensive to order the ...
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Light shudder on idle speed

I have a 2003 Golf 1.9 TDI pd 100 with 120,000 on the clock. When I have the engine running at idle , after a about 30sec to a minute, it starts to shake a little, like as if an injector is not ...
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Golf 4 water loss

Hello I have a Golf 4 and the I had to refill the box of water every month and this is not a normal case cuz the car shouldnt use the water , so i change the box and now it gets empty every 2 days ... ...
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Automatic - Cold engine uses tons of gas to move

so I recently purchased a Volkswagen Golf MK4, 2002, Automatic. 1.6 SR running on Gasoline and LPG. When I start the car in the morning (Usually 2-7 Celcius outside),starting it with Gasoline ...
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How do I silence squeaky springs on a 2006 VW Golf?

I have a 2006 VW Golf and my front two springs are squeaky like bedsprings. I have tried spraying them down with WD40 but it doesn't help. Some seasons they are quiet other times (I believe more in ...
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Golf VI - September 2009 - Replace halogen headlight with Xenon

I really do hope the someone can help me since I'm getting all kinds of feedbacks from colleagues and the web... And all of them are different! I currently live in Germany and some days ago I was ...
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Golf MK3 battery drains, rapid clicking on start, glow plug light flashes

Does anybody know what would cause the following symptoms? I have a 1996 Golf MK3 diesel (not TDI). I drove the car with no problem three days ago. Today I went to start it, and the battery is ...
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How can I identify which alternator is the right one?

I need a replacement alternator for my 1993 VW Mk1 Cabriolet (aka Rabbit). Unfortunately, the identifications on the old alternator are painted over. I cant ID it. On sites I've looked at there ...