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Broken Coil Spring - How urgent is the repair?

That spring can rotate and rip out the tire - catastrophic loss when entering a bend could mean driver, occupants, other drivers, and/or bystanders could be singing with the angels... Ground the car ...
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Broken Coil Spring - How urgent is the repair?

My biggest concern with issues like this is causing additional damage since the spring is no longer being supported the way it was designed to be. Also, the rear suspension is (obviously) compromised,...
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Broken Coil Spring - How urgent is the repair?

The basic issue from a mechanical point of view is that the spring (not the shock!) is what supports the weight of that corner of the car. Clearly, with a piece missing, it is not doing that as it was ...
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How can I flat tow a 2003 manual Jetta 5 speed?

No you cannot safely tow the Jetta as you'll exceed the towing capacity of your Outback. The Outback can tow (depending on the options) between 2,700-3000lbs. The weight of the Jetta by itself is ...
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why does the VW dealers in NA have a different battery than OEM?

When I worked for BMW NA, I was the 'Merican engineer responsible for batteries, start, and charging systems on BMW vehicles stateside from about 1990-95. There was some bean-counter thing that also ...
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VW Jetta 2003 GLI 6 Speed manual stuck in gear.

I'm betting that the cable responsible for front-back shifting has either come loose at a mounting point (transmission or shift lever) or has broken completely. You may be able to have someone ...
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Broken Coil Spring - How urgent is the repair?

The last three quarters of a turn of the spring is flat, and coiled to a smaller diameter than the body of the spring, so that it can sit snugly around the locating nub welded onto the frame, with the ...
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why does the VW dealers in NA have a different battery than OEM?

I think the focus of this question is an understanding of Volkswagen part numbers. The Volkswagen part numbering scheme is fairly straight forward to understand once you know more about it. ...
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Error Stabilization Control (ESC)/ ABS warning shown on my car dashboard

Many modern cars have advanced traction control systems which aim to prevent a loss of control, most of these operate by adding computer control to each individual brake, with a central computer using ...
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Key won't turn unless I physically move my car (2001 Jetta)

It sounds like the steering lock is causing this. Have you tried turning the steering wheel either way a little while turning the key? By moving the car you are likely making the steering turn a ...
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manual trans really hard to get into gear

If it won't go into any gear with the engine off, then I'd say it's almost certainly something in the linkage - problems with the clutch or synchros would go away with the engine not running. I did ...
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2020 VW Jetta SEL air distribution map

More than likely a blend door actuator which affects the vents you're talking about has died. The blend door actuator is a motor which turns the flap and directs air from either the hot side (heater ...
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2006 VW Jetta TDI EGR cleanup

Get a bunch of carburetor cleaner and some oil picks Really, it's not a big job but it's a little nasty. Having some metal mixing bowls to put the EGR into when you spray it down will help to ...
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Are mutliple oil and filter changes necessary to 'clean' an engine?

The number of times the oil and filter are changed in the process of cleaning out an engine is not a fixed number. We keep changing it until it stays clean. Two changes is a common average. The change ...
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Thermostat behavior and failure modes

Are there failure modes besides "stuck open" and "stuck closed?" Absolutely. This has been the bane of many an E39 M5 owner. If the coolant is able to navigate through an alternative flow path ...
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Remove/Replace engine wiring harness on '02 VW Jetta TDI

I'm biased based on my experience, but perhaps it might be helpful. I spent time in the Army troubleshooting (and teaching mechanics to troubleshoot) vehicle electrical systems. After that job I ...
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How warm should a relay get?

I agree with everything you have to say here. The relay is going to create some amount of heat. How much heat is really unknown. I believe relays will cut out if they get too warm, but I'm unsure of ...
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Just bought a 2001 Jetta, the radio wiring is super screwed up... no clue what to do

Had to do this for customers before : start by removing all the non-original stuff. Then with the key off use a meter and find the permanent live, next key to aux and find switched live, the ground ...
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VW Jetta parking brake loose after rear brakes replaced. Is it related?

They are lying to you. The cables attach to the same calipers they worked on. This leads me to believe they either forgot to reconnect them or failed to adjust it properly. I would suggest you ...
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VW Mk4 TDI (ALH) – Suggestions for Removing Stuck Water Pump

So what ended up working for me was to cut a piece of 1x2 lumber (I couldn't fit a bigger piece from above) about 24" long and I braced it against the pump drive cog and pounded on it with a five ...
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Oil evaporates/burns-off (becomes thicker), should top-up be thinner?

Suggest you ask the person who wrote the article. While oil is a liquid and all liquids have an evaporation point, engine oils are designed such that the evaporation point is higher than any temps ...
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Can you replace only the rubber in 2008 Jetta (Mk5) wipers?

You change the whole wiper Nobody makes just the rubber and sells it. They fit it to various wiper frame components that fit different models and sell the to the owners of the vehicle the wiper ...
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Jetta mk2 petrol, reasons for loss of power other than fueling & ignition

I eventually bought the car. After a bit of searching it turned out the issue was caused by wrong choke plate setting - the bimetallic spring tension was to low and sometimes the choke was kept open ...
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Jetta Mk4 TDI 1.9 - Hard to start when cold

There are a few things that could be going on: If the battery is cold, it could be unable to get the engine up to speed. On the ALH engine, and maybe the BEW there is a minimum speed before the ECM ...
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my engine over heated

I am fairly confident the plastic cover you are talking about is the oil deflector that sits above the camshaft under the valve cover (not sure if you have the 1.8l or 2.0l engine, but I believe they ...
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Resonant humming noise at 118km/h

Turns out it was caused by one of the tires. All of them were pretty old but one was damaged a bit. I got new tires and the car now runs smooth and quiet. Thanks for all the help
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How can I flat tow a 2003 manual Jetta 5 speed?

Yes, you can flat tow a VW Jetta. You will have to purchase all the hardware to install a tow bar on the front of your VW. This includes the base plate that mounts to the car, a rigid "A-frame" tow ...
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What should a mechanic charge for a breather valve replacement?

I looked around a little, and it looks like you have 2 options. The shop is probably quoting you the cost of replacing the entire valve cover which does have a built in vent: Valve cover on Amazon ...
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How to Remove Volkswagen Jetta 2007 Wheel

It's a plastic cap that covers a 17mm wheel bolt. There should be a little hook tool with the tools that came with the car to remove them. Or you can use a small screwdriver.
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Turning Off VW's Hill Hold Assist

I have a 2019 Jetta 1.4T S and the Hill Holder was very slow to release (the manual says it is a delay of 2 seconds). I've owned two previous Jettas (2014 and 2016) and the hill holder just worked. On ...
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