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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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Is it mandatory to change oil once a year?

I drove only 4000 km in a year. Volkswagen advises that I change the oil in 15,000 km kilometers or 1 year. In this case, what do I need to do, because I have driven only 5000 km.
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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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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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“Always Replace” (torque-to-yield) Bolts

I'm working on a VW Jetta and have pulled one of the suspension ball joints to replace a drive shaft. The three bolts holding the ball joint to the lower control arm are marked in the Bentley service ...
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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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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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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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How to synchronize a VW Fox remote fob?

A few months ago my remote key fob stopped working. Although the light on the remote was flashing when I pressed any button, I tried to replace the batteries. However, this didn't help. Then I tried ...
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Heavy condensation inside car during winter. Tried multiple things, but no results!

Before you comment, read below to see what I've done and why most answers are not helping me. Also, my native language is not English, so I apologise for not using the proper words. I have an old ...
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VW Passat B5 Rear Door Central Locking Issue - Door Lock Actuator Replacement

My 2004 VW Passat has an issue where the nearside rear door will not always open when the corresponding button is pressed on the car key. When the other doors are unlocked, the faulty door makes an ...
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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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Shake while braking at certain speeds, intensified with steering input

150k miles 2.0l gas mkIV Jetta, 5-speed manual. Braking at speeds of around 40mph down to 20mph there is shake in steering and overall jerky stopping. If slight steering is added(say gentle off-ramp-...
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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 for ...
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How do manufacturers detune engines?

This related question is concerned with why manufacturers de-rate engines. But how can they get an engine to produce less torque/power? As an example: the VW W12 Phateon (2010-2011) produced 450 hp ...
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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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Engagement delay when shifting from neutral to drive or reverse

My 2001 VW Eurovan (T4) has automatic transmission and about 160k miles on the clock. When I use the transmission selector to move from N to D or from N to R, there is a noticeable delay until I feel ...
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Hit a curb today, taking a chunk out of the tire and some damage to the rim. Is it still safe to drive? [closed]

Pictures: As you can see, it took a good chunk out of the tire, next to the rim. Unfortunately there's also quite a lot of scratch damage on the edges there. Is this still safe to drive, or should I ...
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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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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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2004 VW Passat B5 Cigarette Lighter Broken - Common Problem

The problem I have been having with my VW Passat was that my cigarette lighter was not working in the car. It is the only one in the main part of the car (there is another one in the boot) and it ...
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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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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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Sticking Injector or dead CIS?

I have an VW 83 gti (mostly stock except for MSD system) that is having some troubles starting. Basically, when the engine is cold, it starts like a dream. I was previously having some very rough idle ...
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How long does items in the engine last in general for standard size cars?

I have a volkswagon passat wagon. It just reach 70000M and it is 2007 model. I recently check the engine at the dealership. Now they asked me to replace all the following items to fix engine overheat ...
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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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Aftermarket Pneumatic Suspension - Pro's and Con's

I am trying to estimate the feasibility of installing an after market pneumatic suspension (called sometimes air bags suspension?) for a VW Tiguan. The Touareg, for example, has a factory optional ...
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VW Golf 2001 Mk4 Diesel ASR Engine Problem

I've spent a crazy amount of money on my car lately and I still have the same problem. I've replaced the: Catalyst Converter Radiator Starter Motor EGR Valve Track Rod ends & Wheel Bearings The ...
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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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Considerations for a successful VW 2004 Jetta 2.0L engine swap in place of a 1.6L engine

Vehicle make: Volkswagen Model: Bora Year: 2004 Issue: Swapped the 1.6L for a 2.0L. No programming of the ECU was necessary neither was a change of ECU necessary until vehicle started misbehaving - ...
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5th gear slipping of 5th gear at 3000 revs, but not into neutral

I'm planning to take my car to Mr Clutch on soon, but I wanted to see what every else's impression is of my car's problems. Last night I was driving along the motorway, accelerating to 70mph, when ...
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AC alternates between blowing hot and cold in hot weather

When the temperature outside is cooler, say less than 80°F, and I turn my AC on, everything works great and I get nice cold air in the car. In the late afternoons however when the temperature is ...
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Car stalled. Brake pedal fully depressed and will not release, car engine will turn over but will not start

VW GOLF TSI (gasoline) 2015. My car recently stopped working. It had been running for less than 5 minutes. I stopped at a stop sign and the brake felt a little stiff. I thought it had to do with the ...
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Seat belt / airbag light ON polo 2013

Hello I have a polo from 2013. I just inherited it from my grandfather, whom has not driven it that much. Most of the time it has been in garage. Only done 28.000 km After I got it a lamp started ...
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Air distribution map of a 2012 VW Passat?

My 2012 VW Passat has dual AC zones. The passenger side AC is not blowing cold air. The Driver's side does. in my slow debugging routine, I am looking at the Wiring Diagram, but I cannot figure out ...