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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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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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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2004 VW Passat B5 Peculiar Engine Noise

Recently I have noticed that whilst driving there is a very high pitched whining coming from the front of the car. On closer visual inspection with the engine running I opened the bonnet to try to ...
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Seized brake caliper following brake pad & disc replacement - what could be wrong?

Took my 2006 VW Touareg in for servicing and had the dealership replace the rear brake pads and discs. In a post-replacement test drive the dealership discovered that one of the sides has a stuck ...
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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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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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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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2002 golf dead battery - Was able to jump - Bad alternator or Battery

I have a 2002 Golf. I put the car on the drive on Friday night and tried to use it on Wednesday and it was dead. No lights, no display nothing. I came home and jump started and it ran fine. No stalls ...
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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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2013 VW Jetta tdi

I'm trying to replace the rear brake pads and rotors on my 2013 VW Jetta TDI and I'm completely baffled by what type of screw this set screw or alignment screw is in the rotor face. It's 6-pointed so ...
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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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Are mutliple oil and filter changes necessary to 'clean' an engine?

I was having low oil pressure issues on my 2007 VW Jetta. The oil pump filter was dirty because the previous owner didn't did the minimum oil changes. I took it to a mechanic and he did an oil ...
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Can the throttle position be high during idle

I used an OBD to get data from one of my friend's car - Volkswagen Polo 1.5L Diesel. But the car was idling at around 900 rpm, while the throttle position I got was around 22%. How is it possible? As ...
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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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Jetta Part Identification

I just bought a 2013 VW Jetta SE with a 5-speed manual trans. I'm new to Volkswagen, and I found this part in my glovebox. Does anyone know what it could be?
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1998 VW Beetle - Clutch and Electrical Issues

I have a 98 VW BEETLE. I had to change my clutch all the way from the master cylinder to the clutch pedal. Still have no clutch. Then when I tried to start my car all the lights come on even radio ...
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VW Beetle Distributor Identification/Timing Specs

Can anyone tell me what kind of distributor this is? I'm specifically trying to find out what the timing specs are. I was told it is electronic. I had a mechanic a while back tell me it needed to have ...
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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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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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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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Can you replace only the rubber in 2008 Jetta (Mk5) wipers?

Is it possible to replace only the rubber part of the windscreen wipers on a 2008 Jetta SE 2.5L? I know that the original wipers are always made in Belgium (those sold in Ontario and in Northern ...
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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 Passat diesel fails to start when the engine is warm

My car will start OK when cold, on the first or second attempt. It will start on the 1st attempt if the engine has been running, and the engine has only been shopped for a few minutes. However if ...
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VW Jetta GLI making intermittent grinding noise on launch

I just saw a 2007 GLI with 120,000 kms that I was interested in purchasing today. There were 3 issues that I need help with: Upon launching the car (gas pedal floored) I could hear some kind of ...
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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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VW Golf TDi smoke

My 44k miles 1.6 TDi after a 2m down hill drive from cold and stopped at lights began to smoke - burning the oil smell which lasted fo several miles.Engine has now apparently returned to normal. Any ...
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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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What does it mean when soot is coming out of my exhaust?

I have a 2001 Jetta Wagon (Golf Variant is caller in my country). Petrol engine. Usually rides school and back (15 miles) with engine between 2000 and 3000 rpm. Just did a 300 mile trip at 3500-...
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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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What's an acceptable battery power drop on light load?

After an overnight rest in the warm weather (above 16 degC), unlocking my 2008 Jetta 2.5L SE, my OEM battery with the minimal "welcome" electronics -- remote open of the driver door a few seconds ...
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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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Jetta mk2 petrol, reasons for loss of power other than fueling & ignition

I'm planning on buying a 1989 VW Jetta A2 with a 1.6 carb engine and automatic transmission. The particular car I'm interested in is generally in very good condition, except for being low on power and ...
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obtaining Remaining Fuel Level from a 2004 VW Polo (Mk4)

If I have a 2004 VW Polo and this uses a K-Line Bus (I think), how can I retrieve the fuel Level in the tank if the information is not made available as part of one of the standard OBDII PIDs (I think ...
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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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VW Mk4 TDI (ALH) – Suggestions for Removing Stuck Water Pump

I'm in the middle of replacing a leaking water pump on our 2002 ALH TDI and have finally gotten to the point where I'm trying to remove the old pump. So far no joy... I got the new pump from ...
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Unable to move in first and second gear in VW Polo

I am facing a problem in first and 2nd gear in my VW Polo diesel car. I am unable to move car in these gears, I tried it so many times. So for the time being I used 3rd gear to move the car & ...
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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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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 Bora - Misfire on cylinder 2

It starts every time and the engine shakes badly in higher gears. However, if I turn the engine on and off MANY times it will eventually kick back in and run as it should. So frustrating. Any ...
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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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Mixing Coolants

I have a Volkswagen Jetta 2008 S, and I recently noticed that the coolant level is near minimum. My user guide told me to get the purple G12 coolant and that was what the auto parts store made me buy. ...
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Is it reasonable to charge the customer $1000+ to assemble the top of the engine?

I recently have an engine overheat issue and see my previous post for details: How long does items in the engine last in general for standard size cars? This is an interesting follow up on that at ...
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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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Transmission sticky for first 10 mins of driving

I have a 2003 VW golf with the 2.0L petrol engine and a manual transmission. I recently had the transmission fluid changed as part of a regular maintenance. Ever since shifting into 2nd gear has ...
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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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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 ...