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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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Is topping up the oil enough of an oil change?

In a word: No. To add more to it: Absolutely Not. There is one huge thing which you have not taken into account. That being carbon which deposits from the air/fuel mixture burning process. Where ...
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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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2001 VW Jetta 1.8T oil light on, but oil level is full

The light comes on when the oil pressure is low. If the oil level is fine, I would say you have either a faulty oil pressure switch (or a bad contact to it) or a dying oil pump. I would hope for the ...
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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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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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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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What would be the best and cheapest way to fix these dents and scratches?

There are a few ways to resolve this dent issue as the others have indicated. Another Possible Method glue these plastic ding tabs to the dents. You can find them by googling "plastic ding tab&...
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Dealer put on a different tire than the rest, is this bad?

Dimensionally, the two tires are the same. The only difference between the two is the speed rating: H indicates that the tire can be safely used for speeds up to 130 mph (210 km/h) T denotes tire ...
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Damp leaking cabin, tips to trace leak and advice to dry it out

There are several places water can get into the cabin of a car, some of the more typical are: Through tired door and window seals. Through drain holes in the floor. Condensation from your breath and/...
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Reverse is now 1st gear on manual transmission

A little research leads me to believe (aka I could be wrong) that reverse gear in this car requires you to depress the shift knob and move it far left-forward. It also seems that some, but not all '02 ...
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Damp leaking cabin, tips to trace leak and advice to dry it out

Nick C pointed some good things to look but forgave one important thing in my opinion. First let me ask you a question : Do you have many trees near your house/where you park your car or near 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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Is topping up the oil enough of an oil change?

Your logic is way off. You should change your oil and filter at the manufacturers recommended intervals, with an oil of the manufacturers specification. The manufacturers cover many many miles under ...
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how fast does the alternator charge the battery?

On older vehicles the alternator would give out a high rate until it became warm. This used to be known as its saturation point. The alternator output would then drop off to supply the demand put on ...
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What's an acceptable battery power drop on light load?

Almost any amount of load you put on the battery is going to drop the voltage. How much depends on the capacity of the battery as well as the health. It would appear that 12.32V would put the ...
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2001 VW Jetta 1.8T oil light on, but oil level is full

If this is a high mileage engine, in addition to a worn oil pump or a faulty oil pressure sensor, the fault could also be caused by worn bearings within the engine. If the bearings are worn, more oil ...
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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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2015 jetta on highway in wrong gear

I doubt you have caused your Jetta any permanent damage, though the "flapping noise" has me a bit confused. Driving in second gear is not a good thing to do on a regular basis. In most cars, if the ...
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What would be the best and cheapest way to fix these dents and scratches?

The sheet metal on your door isn't terribly strong (which is why is is fairly easy to dent). Here's how I would approach the problem if I were looking for a "good enough" solution: Remove the door's ...
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