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As a first step to helping you answer your question it will be helpful to familiarize yourself with the cooling system. I would recommend this video as a short introduction. There are several components that may fail in the cooling system. Here is a list of places where leaks can typically occur. A cracked ...


The smell is certainly the brake pads bedding in, it's pretty normal. As is the brake dust - you can upgrade to lower dust pads, but you'll find that it's a common thing amongst nose-heavy cars with disc brakes.


I don't know about the other brands, but VAG cars have two different oil and filter intervals: 15.000 km (~ 10 k mi) and 30.000 km ( ~ 20 k mi, called "LongLife" service). Which interval is required for a (VAG) car depends on year, engine type and oil (a LongLife compatible oil is required). Also the timing belt needs to be changed after 120.000 km (~ 80 ...


I used to own a VW and it looks like a switch cover like for flashers,heater, etc.


Finding information on the service required: call a dealer and ask them. Look online at forums. Etc. How to tell if it's been neglected, that's the more important part of your question IMO. You can tell a lot from the car physically, more so in my experience than from service records. Service records are only as useful as the record keeper, and in my ...


nox has nothing to do with acid rains. sulfur dioxide does, that is produced by the converter in exghuast pipe. egr recycle hot gases that eat away valves and plug the the intake. delutes the incoming air by occuping space that could normaly be used with good air.


If your battery has the ability to add water to it. Do it only after the battery has been charged overnight. Never add water to a dead battery prior to charging. When a battery charges the plates thicken and as a result the water level rises in the cell. Filling a dead battery results in leaking electrolyte (water and acid mixture) which would have to ...


New cars are good in hot or cold like others have said .Most old american stuff is good because the USA has big temperature extremes .Car manufacturers wanted the cars to go to Texas or Canada .Old British cars were primarilary designed for the British Isles .When they went to warmer climates like NZ and Australia there were overheating problems .Some ...


I have a 2001 Pontiac Sunfire that HAD a similar issue. After having been looked at by far too many people, one mechanic figured out how to recreate the issue by pouring water on a certain part of the engine while running (sorry I'm not sure where exactly), but even that didn't shed much light on the issue since it was supposed to be acceptable to do that. ...


The engine will be fine - cars are designed to work in all conditions anywhere in the world. VW has a testing center that can theoretically test their cars and engines to work from -40 to 150C (saves on flying development cars to Finland and the Sahara) There will be some differences in the car trim levels; for example, cars in hot countries probably ...


I'd imagine that just swapping the coolant and potentially installing a block heater would be good enough, even if there were differences. Like purchasing any other vehicle, though, it certainly wouldn't hurt to have it inspected, and make sure that it runs without issue prior to purchasing it.

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