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Volkswagen model. Produced from 1979 to present. Named Vento and Bora in Europe for one generation each.

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Damp leaking cabin, tips to trace leak and advice to dry it out

On my 2003 ('04 Model spec) Right Hand Drive Volkswagen Bora (Jetta) Mk4 PD130 TDI SE (Comfortline) I have wetness both on and under my floor mats and in the carpet. The damp seems to be concentrated ...
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how fast does the alternator charge the battery?

It would appear that the common word of wisdom is that car alternators provide 50A of output. I actually looked at the supposed specs for my 2008 Jetta 2.5L on the internet -- a compact car -- and it ...
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Shift “Grinding” Issue?

Lately I've been noticing a grinding/resisting force and sound when I shift from first to second gear in my 2003 Jetta GLI. It is ruining driving for me because every time I shift from first to second ...
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Reverse is now 1st gear on manual transmission

Reverse no longer works...when I shift into Reverse it goes into 1st gear. All other gears work fine. 2002 Jetta TDI 1.9 what could the problem be?
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Clutch “catch” point has changed, along with distance needed to engage

I was headed home the other night, accelerating up to highway speeds, when suddenly I felt the clutch pedal completely change under me. It previously started to catch at about the 1/4 way release ...
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Is topping up the oil enough of an oil change?

If you use synthetic ester-based oil in a relatively new petrol engine, top it up regularly, and the engine runs very quietly and basically without any noise whatsoever (especially after another top ...
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What would be the best and cheapest way to fix these dents and scratches?

I have a 2012 VW Jetta. The other day I was pulling into my garage and hit the side of the car. There are several dents and paint scratches. What would be the cheapest and easiest way to get this ...
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Broken Coil Spring - How urgent is the repair? [duplicate]

My 2005 Jetta TDI Wagon started making a "spring like sound" that was coming from the right rear corner - I pulled the wheel and found this: I'm trying to decide if I need to "ground" the car or if ...
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2006 VW Jetta TDI EGR cleanup

I am going to cleanup the EGR pipe in my VW Jetta TDI. Are there any special considerations on how to remove the carbon which might be blocking the flow?
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Thermostat behavior and failure modes

If Zaid's excellent How can I test my thermostat? is "Thermostats 101" then this might be the beginning of "Thermostats 201"… My VW Jetta TDI (diesel) has been running cold (about one or two marks on ...
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Error Stabilization Control (ESC)/ ABS warning shown on my car dashboard

My Volkswagen Jetta shows Error Stabilization Control (ESC)/ABS warning message on the dashboard. The problem first appeared a few weeks ago. At first it only appeared randomly, but for these few days ...
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Hard shifting on 2003 VW Jetta 1,8 with manual transmission

After unrelated repair in the shop, my car began to have difficulties going into 5th gear. Gradually over the next couple of days, it was noticeable that the car refused to engage into 3rd, and now ...
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VW Jetta 2003 GLI 6 Speed manual stuck in gear.

My 2003 VW Jetta GLI VR6 6 speed manual is "stuck" in gear. ATM stuck in 2nd gear as i was about to back into my driveway and as i went to shift into reverse it wouldn't shift and basically is stuck ...
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Hot air only flows to vents, not to defrost?

I have a 1995 VW Jetta GL, 2.0 engine, 5 speed, a/c. My heater won't switch between defrost, floor heat or vents. It's stuck on the vents and I can't seem to find out why. I have torn apart the ...
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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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2010 TDI Jetta Strange A/C Pressure Readings

I recently replaced the compressor and dryer at the suggestion of a nearby shop. I've charged the system and the high side reads a solid 100psi the low side cycles between 70 - 110. Cycle time is ...
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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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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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My battery was too low, and now my check engine light is on

I've noticed it in the last year (2013) that my 2008 Jetta with the original OEM battery would be taking a little longer to start than before, sometimes (but very rarely) not starting in the amount of ...
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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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Identifying fastener on 2013 VW Jetta TDI brake rotor

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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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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Oil evaporates/burns-off (becomes thicker), should top-up be thinner?

I read somewhere that when the oil evaporates, the leftover oil is effectively thicker, e.g., to extrapolate, 5W40 may be closer to 5W50 after the evaporation takes place than before so. I use ...
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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 ...
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2012 vw jetta rear brake shoes

I replaced rear shoes and drums on my 2012 jetta got the shoes on but new drums will not go on is there any kind of adjustment to get the drums to go on freely
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What does an actuator part look like?

I found out that one of my actuators is broken. I found this part corresponding to the door that needs to be fixed. It's called 'door latch', so not sure if this contains the actuator. I'd appreciate ...
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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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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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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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Resonant humming noise at 118km/h

I have 4 years old VW Jetta and when I am on highway going exactly 118km/h (73mph) I hear low pitched humming noise. It is specific to this exact speed (hence why I suspect it's resonant in origin), ...
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How warm should a relay get?

I'm chasing a number of DTCs on our 2002 Jetta TDI (ALH engine, 3rd generation, late production, controls with 4-wire glow plugs). Most of the codes are from components that share a common power ...
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Turning Off VW's Hill Hold Assist

I have a 2019 Jetta S (US version), and find VW's Hill Hold Assist just awful. I'm an experienced manual-gearbox user, and would much prefer that the brakes release when I take my foot off the brake ...
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How to Remove Volkswagen Jetta 2007 Wheel

Can anyone tell me what to use to get this wheel off? I have a breaker bar but the lug bolt seems to be missing from the car. It has 9-points, so it is not an XZN triple square like I thought.
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VW Jetta parking brake loose after rear brakes replaced. Is it related?

I had my 2007 VW Jetta rear brakes replaced, including the rotors. When I picked up my car I noticed the parking brake was very loose, I almost have to take it at a 90 degree angle for the brake to ...
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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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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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Electrical issue 1997 Jetta 2.0 [closed]

I just bought a 1997 Jetta 2.0 and had to replace the heater core. As you may know, you need to take off the entire dash and unplug everything in order to get to the heater core. So I replaced the ...
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Negative surface charge?

At about 20°C, there has been a situation that the OEM battery in my '08 Jetta was not capable of starting the car at all (virtually no movement of the starter at all), after being used for at ...
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2001 VW Jetta 1.8T oil light on, but oil level is full

Basically the situation is as described in the title, the oil light comes on intermittently, but when I check the oil it appears full. What could be causing this?
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How can I flat tow a 2003 manual Jetta 5 speed?

Moving across country and need to tow a manual 5 speed transmission, 2003 Jetta with a 2014 Subaru Outback. Already got the hitch for the Outback. Can I flat tow this Jetta? What parts are ...
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why does the VW dealers in NA have a different battery than OEM?

My 2008 Jetta 2.5L SE came with the following OEM battery in North Carolina: e ENERTEC EMC 1J0 915 105 AD 12V 61 Ah 330A DIN 540A EN/SAE (Note that some appear to come with VARTA as the OEM vendor, ...
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Dealer put on a different tire than the rest, is this bad?

I got a flat a few days ago and took it to the dealer to be fixed. He asked if I wanted the same tires and I said yes. I just got it back yesterday, and saw today that it is not the same tire. My ...
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how much water can be safely added to a battery?

My 2008 Jetta SE 2.5L has the battery as follows: ENERTEC EMC // 1J0 915 105 AD // 12V 61 Ah 330A DIN // 540A EN/SAE. It would appear that the battery can no longer hold the starting charge after an ...
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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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Name of a plastic piece on a VW Jetta on front and back door

I have a 2007 Volkswagen Jetta. She has an approximately 5 inch wide plastic piece on the front and back doors. These are faded now and would like to replace them. I wanted to research whether I can ...
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Just bought a 2001 Jetta, the radio wiring is super screwed up… no clue what to do

It has a wiring harness in there but it’s not right, only one speaker works and there are several wires not attached to anything. And what is the blue and green connection? I’ve been trying to figure ...
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timing belt pulleys

On my 2001 Jetta GLS 2.0 SOHC im replacing all pulleys for timing belt and i was wondering how to know the correct position to put new ones on. I will also be putting new belt. i know there are ...
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Remove/Replace engine wiring harness on '02 VW Jetta TDI

I'm trying to figure out what's involved with removing and replacing the engine wiring harness on our '02 diesel Jetta. The harness appears to be available as a spare part and you can find them on ...
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What is the cost of general maintenance on VW Jetta TDI (diesel)

I am looking at purchasing a new, 2014 Volkswagen Jetta TDI car. I have a 35 mile commute to work on pretty much all highway. I want something good on gas mileage, so I heard the Jetta TDIs get ...
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Jetta 2005 won't go past 20 mph

My Jetta GL 2.0 2005 automatic transmission, struggles to start and it wont go past 20 mph when it does. It only starts if I step on the gas pedal while starting. It makes a weird sound just after the ...