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Volkswagen Passat Maintenance and Repair



  • janemo31janemo31 Posts: 2
    my passat makes a clicking noise at the front wheels when turning left or right...sounding like there is a stick under the wheel...but there isn't. any ideas what it could be? bearings? i have no idea
  • altair4altair4 Posts: 1,469
    CV joint(s) would be my guess. Do you have an weird looking grease splattered in the front wheelwells? Or you might see it on the inside surface of the rim. What year? How many miles? Passats are known to have longevity issues with the outer CV boots.
  • hwoodallhwoodall Posts: 2
    Help! My 2006 VW Passat suddenly is making a high pitch Noise (Like a jet engine) during idle/park and deceleration, when I accerelate higher than 2RPM it goes away but as soon as I left off the gas peddle it continues even after you turn off the car engine and then slowly fades away. The sounds almost appears to coming from between the transmission and engine (weird i know). Any ideas any one? We pulled the transmission out and we do not see anything unusual (thought might be torque converter)......I have over 100k miles on this car.
  • bwrpwrbwrpwr Posts: 3
    I just bought a '01 passat glx 5 speed, its got a 100k and seems to be in great shape. but today a "STOP CHECK MANUAL" warning light came on with beeps and an ABS BRAKE FAULT message following. does any one Know what this means? The pads rotors and fluid levels all seem to be ok. Any help would be much appreciated. I just want to know whats up before I any where.
  • krzysskrzyss Posts: 845
    I do not know the definitive answer but it looks like ABS system is malfunctioning.
    Does anybody know if ABS computer is under one of front seats?
    Water intrusion problem?

  • bwrpwrbwrpwr Posts: 3
    no water damage, int. is perfect, I was thinking the ABS module, but don't really know. not so familiar with this car?????????
  • altair4altair4 Posts: 1,469
    You might want to google "passat ABS rebuild" for diagnosis help and solutions.
  • bwrpwrbwrpwr Posts: 3
    thanks for the tip altair4, much appreciated
  • vwdawgvwdawg Posts: 162
    bwrpwr: Sounds like an ABS system problem as someone suggested. However, don't rule out the water intrusion problem that krzyss mentioned. There could be some minimal seepage due to a clogged sunroof drain channel that has corroded the under-carpet computer. Best bet would be to have your car scoped and see if you can find the correct code. Good luck, vwdawg
  • I just ate $6,000 in negative equity to get out of a 2003 Passat because I was so tired of being at the shop every couple of weeks. That Passat was among the biggest automotive disappointments I've experienced in my life.

    I have owned Volkswagens all my life, new and old, but I will never buy another new one again. Pre-1975 bus, squareback, or notchback, maybe . . . but nothing new!!!

    Signing out . . .
  • nnejinneji Posts: 3
    My VW Passat 1999 model car has been flashing oil light when the car is used with the air conditioner for about 30 minutes. If however I use the car without AC, I hardly notice the Oil light flash.
    I have replaced the Oil pump, Oil switch, Oil filter and Oil but it continued.
    I have just replaced the top cylinder gasket and have even washed the radiator, but it persisted. We have scanned it with VAG-COM (VCDS) software, but no fault was seen.
    What do you think could be the likely fault? What do I do?
    Please help.
  • altair4altair4 Posts: 1,469
    Which engine?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,604
    how many miles on this engine?

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  • I am not getting any power to the fuel pump of my passat. I replaced it thinking it had burned out but still no juice to the new pump.
  • nnejinneji Posts: 3
    118000 Miles on the Engine
  • nnejinneji Posts: 3
    Check the fuse connecting the fuel pump. Maybe it is blown.If so, then replace with the correct fuse. Goodluck
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,604
    Are you using the oil recommended by VW?

    Are you using a high quality brand-name German filter?

    Has anyone plugged in an actual analog gauge to get a PSI reading (to make sure the sensor is not defective?)

    If the gauge shows an actual low reading, and if you are using the exact oil specified by VW (probably a synthetic?), and a good oil filter, then you may have a big problem here.

    The oil pump does not control the oil pressure, only the oil flow. The oil pressure is controlled by a number of factors, one of them being the clearances of your engine bearings.

    The only other thing I can think of is if your engine has an oil pressure relief valve, and if that is stuck open. (in other words, completely bypassing your filter).

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  • altair4altair4 Posts: 1,469
    We still don't know which engine - turbo or v6.

    I'm betting on coked oil clogging the oil pickup tube in the sump, but that only a WAG (if it's a turbo).
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  • Greetings - my 1999 turbo v 4 1.8 liter engine (166K) has a flashing oil pressure regular mechanic who has been looking after since I bought it used five years ago, says "Uh oh!" and that I have a choice replace the engine or the car. Another mechanic who works on geratic VW's says it might be the screen in the oil pan might be clogged and that is fixable.

    My question is "Can they both be right?" At what point to a say good bye to the car...the Blue Book is about $1500. I have never had a car this old before and some guidance would be appreciated. I know the water pump will probably be going soon!
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,604
    Unless one of them actually inserted an oil pressure gauge into the engine and read the "real number", then in fact nobody really knows what's going on.

    Since it's a 1.8 Turbo the first thing I'd check for is oil gelling problems.

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  • campermancamperman Posts: 53
    Rejoice, Rejoice: the car which was/ is the worst car I have ever owned is now someone else's problem. The 2000 Passat is no longer in my driveway and I will never, ever, own another piece of Volkswagen garbage. Good luck to all you other owners. I am out of here. BYE............
  • vwdawgvwdawg Posts: 162
    Hello All: Need to replace front upper control arm and CV joint on my 2002 Passat. Tried to remove the pinch/clamp bolt so I could remove the control arms, but after eight winters in the north country, it seems to be frozen in place. I have soaked it liberally with PB Blaster, hit the thread end with a small sledge, even tried a MAPP torch to no avail. Anyone had any success with other methods of getting this little bugger free? Thanks for suggestions...vwdawg
  • dsox1dsox1 Posts: 1

    Did you find out the issue, I ahev the exact same issue, dropped the car at VW yesterday and they can't seem to figure the issue out, will update when finished, 87K miles,
  • jimbo92jimbo92 Posts: 20
    My daughter's 2005 passat 1.8t,has a check engine light.she changed oil/filter at vw service,it did not go away,and they did not even notice or tell her about it.light was on before she took car in for service.does any body have any idea what the check engine light could be for.thanks.
  • tommy8stommy8s Posts: 8
    edited May 2010
    My 2002 has the same situation. From others helping on this site, it would appear - IN MY CASE - to be 1 or both of the sensors needing replaced. My check engine light has been on for the past year - 10,000 miles or so. YOUR DAUGHTER'S CAR MIGHT BE DIFFERENT.

    Search past engine light posts and you might find where someone indicated the sensors are left and right and cost approx, $300 each.

    I am open to anyone correcting me.
  • jimbo92jimbo92 Posts: 20
    thanks,tommy8s,also when she took the car for service,they gave her a list of things thats needed to be done to the passat.change timing belt/tensioner,$1000.00....4 new tires,$720.00.....brakes,$800.00....inner driver side boot,$ has 55,000 miles.5 years in april,2010.had check engine light last year,they changed heater core,said it was leaking,under warranty.she is in sacramento,anybody know a reliable private vw shop there.
  • krzysskrzyss Posts: 845
    What is the milage?
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