VW, or Volkswagen, is a German automaker with worldwide presence, producing vehicles such as the Golf/Rabbit, Jetta, Passat and Eos.

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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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2000 Jetta runs rough, shutters on cold start only on wet days.

This is an issue I've had off and on for, embarrassingly, at least a year: On misty or wet mornings, everything starts out fine but, a few minutes into the drive (like clockwork. I even know the ...
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How is “outside temperature” measured in a car?

Most cars have a display for outside temperature and I wonder how it is measured. In other words, where exactly is the sensor and how reliable is it?
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AC blower won't turn on after replacing battery

I have a U.S. 2011 Volkswagen GTI. After the car wouldn't start (starter would crank but engine would not turn on) I decided it's probably time to replace the battery, and did. Car starts fine, but ...
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What are the brake specs on a 2008 VW GTI?

I have a fairly new to me 2008 VW GTI (US model, aka "Golf GTI" in other parts of the planet) and am trying to figure out the specs for the brakes. Specifically, I'm trying to determine the exact size ...
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How severe is a bad oil seal on a used car?

Okay, go easy on me. I'm a bit of a vehicle lightweight. I can do basic maintenance, but in terms of "how bad is this," I'm usually lost. My boyfriend bought a 2010 VW CC a few days ago. Two days ...
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Clutch pedal on 1995 VW Golf is sticking

The clutch pedal on my 1995 VW Golf 'sticks' in the half-way-depressed position after I release my foot from the pedal. I believe that the clutch is fully engaged (unclutched) at this point, but a ...
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Car is sluggish, jerking and idles rough.

I have a VW Polo Classic, 1.6L. Just recently it started to be slightly jerky when in idle and whilst driving. There is also a loss of power, a strong fuel smell, and sounding slightly like a VW ...
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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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01 gti not going into reverse 1st 3rd or 5th after I changed the clutch

So I changed my clutch a few days ago and now it will not engage reverse 1st 3rd or 5th gear but will engage 2nd and 4th no problem with the car on and off. I readjusted the cables but still nothing ...
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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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Reverse difficult to engage with manual transmission

I have a 2000 VW Jetta TDI with a manual transmission. In the past few days, I have not been able to push the gear shifter into reverse without letting up on the clutch. I get about halfway from ...
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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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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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Parking brake suddenly slack but cable not broken

The handbrake on my VW Passat estate B5 has suddenly become slack. Lifting the centre console, I can see from the equalizer that one-side is slack Looking at the "slack" calliper, the lever ...
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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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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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Oil leaking from spark plug socket

I have oil leaking from a spark plug socket on my 1981 Volkswagen Rabbit pickup truck. Before you ask, it's swapped with the 1.6 gas motor instead of the 1.6 diesel. The oil leak appears to only be ...
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Thumping from rear of car after shutdown: EVAP system?

In a 2004 VW R32, after shutting down the engine, a repeated thump is heard approximately 2 times a second from the rear of the car. What are the likely sources of this noise? My first thought is ...
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Polo TDI 2004 - intermittent power, smoke, turbo issue

Car: Polo TDI 2004 1.4 with 190,000 km (118,060 miles) on the clock. While Issue: driving it intermittently (distance/time are not factors it seems) it starts to spew black/dark grey smoke and all ...
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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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How can I remove heating blower fan from the blower motor - Mercedes-Benz 308D van?

How I can remove the plastic fan from the axle of the heating blower motor? The vehicle is a Mercedes-Benz 308D van from 1992. The blower motor is a Bosch part number 0 130 007 027. I know that also ...
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Buzzing noise or whining noise from center of car while driving, not related to engine speed

My 2003 Passat B5 TDI with 6-speed gearbox is making a buzzing/whining(?) noise while driving and it appears as if it comes from under the gear shifter. The noise is: Dependent on road speed (more ...
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Could a fuse be responsible for my VW Jetta not shifting while in drive?

Issue with my VW Jetta (2001) Automatic transmission, gasoline engine My tail lights were out because of a missing fuse. So in the dark I looked to find a good one to replace it with (of the ones ...
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How to remove chipmunks from a car?

My friend is getting desperate - he thinks there are chipmunks in his car (Jetta 03), the cabin intake air filter has some holes, there was some food around, pieces of insulation etc It looks like ...
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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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Lights randomly coming on in middle of the night

I have 2011 Volkswagon Jetta 2.5 and have been having an intermittent issue where my lights seem to come on randomly in the middle of the night. This only seems to happen in the winter. When I came ...
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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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Can a heavy key-chain damage your ignition?

I just bought a 2012 VW Jetta TDI. The dealer asked me to do a 2,000 mile check-up to make sure everything is within tolerances. At the check-up the service representative said my key-chain was too ...
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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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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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Why would a manual transmission intermittently get “stuck” in reverse?

I have a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 4Cyl 1.8L Wagon with a manual transmission. I had my clutch replaced about a year ago. A couple months ago, it started having intermittent problems getting out of ...
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2000 VW Golf TDi (Mk. 4) grey smoke from exhaust before engine has warmed up

I have had my Golf for 8 years. It’s had good maintenance and a the record is kept by my dad. It’s just passed its MOT (Ministry of Transportation) test, and the mechanic mentioned that the tappets ...
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VW Golf 2.0 SDI (2005) - smokey when pulling away

Over the last 12 months I have noticed that as I pull away and put my foot down a little more, there is often a bit more of a cloud of smoke left behind. Its not thick smoke but still it seems like ...
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How to fix stuck electric sunroof on MkIII VW?

The electrically-operated sunroof on my Mk3 (1995) VW Golf has trouble operating under its own power. When I push the button to open/close it, it moves a fraction of an inch and then gets stuck, with ...
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Coolant below minimum every 6 weeks - Mk4 VW Polo

This is about my VW Polo (mk4). It's been a cat C in the past after taking a knock to the front bumper. It needs the coolant topping up every six weeks (ish). I've been carrying a bottle of water in ...
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Trouble reading oil level, 2007 VW Rabbit

This is a bit embarrassing. Since I got the car I've found it hard to read the oil level. The dipstick takes a turn as it enters the engine, and no matter how gently I pull the thing up, it seems ...
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Gear Linkage repairs for VW Polo Mk3 (1997)

I had a problem changing gears on my Polo (1997, 1.4 petrol, 3 door, UK). It was hard to find the gears especially 1st and 2nd, and reverse would grind, and it was worse when the car was warmed up ...
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Volkswagen Jetta Oil Pan Change

So recently I hit a speed bump and cracked a small section on the oil pan. I ordered one and received it. The problem is getting off the oil pan. On opposite sides there are about 6-7 screws which my ...
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What effect will removing my EGR have?

My 2003 Jetta TDI check engine light recently came on, and a scan by Advance Auto revealed code P0401 -- EGR insufficient flow. I took the vehicle to the local TDI guru, who gave me the option of ...
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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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How to attach PCV breather hose on MkIII Golf?

The old "breather hose" on my Mk3 VW Golf became cracked and fell off. I bought a replacement tube, which connects to part of the PCV apparatus on top of the engine via a hose clamp, but it is not ...
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2004 Jetta - Secondary Air Injection System Incorrect

My check engine light came on and I took it to the parts store to get the computer read. The error that came up is Secondary Air Injection System Incorrect. and the probable causes listed were: ...
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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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How often do I need to change my oil in a VW TDI?

The manual for my 2003 VW TDI says to change the oil every 12 months or 10,000 miles. My dealer says every 6 months or 5,000 miles. Are they just trying to make twice as much money off my oil ...
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Intermittent no crank issues

My girlfriend has 2003 VW Beetle (2.0L, 5-speed manual). Sometimes, when you turn the key to crank over the car it tries to turn over but then hits a wall. No clicking happens at all. It starts to ...
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Replacing hub bearing repeatedly - 2007 Jetta

I had my brake pads replaced at about 100k miles. I was hearing a noise that I thought was a bearing, and the mechanic came to the same conclusion, so I also had the bearing replaced. I drove the ...
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Volkswagen A/C Intermittent

I want to repair my Volkswagen Passat '07 A/C. I've taken it to two shops (dealer and independent) and they both say the entire a/c system needs to be replaced. The strange thing is, that sometimes it ...
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Jetta intermittent starting problem

I have a 2007 Jetta with 75k miles on it. What I'm running into is that out-of-the blue, the car will not start. Generally, it turns over, but never starts. One time, it started but shut itself off ...