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Volkswagen Jetta Maintenance and Repair



  • jh1968jh1968 Posts: 2
    I just started having the same problem in my 2001 Jetta TDI. What happened with yours? My dealer says it's the differential & they want to charge me $5K to fix it. I found TSB 370102, but they said this was not for the issue I'm having.
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    You may be asking for troubles by having them "open it up" and perform surgery on your differential. For $5K - Perhaps it is not really a "problem" and you can live with it.

    My Jetta still humms a bit somtimes... but it works just fine and that is the main thing.
  • im having the same issue, did you find out how to remove the huge plastic engine cover?
  • im new to this forum thing, but where are the answers to all the questions? or do i wait and see if anyone has an answer to my specific question??
  • hey!! my mom has a 2003 Jetta and her car was making a humming noise when she turned too!! We had to add some power steering fluid to the car and the noise stopped. try that...or at least check your power steering fluid. If it's low then add some.
  • my car is doing that right now.. yes, a 94 vw jetta 3. its so aggrivating, it hasnt stalled out since ummm, proabbly three months ago and it has been working good.. normally it will vibrate when raining until it dries a bit but now it wont catch gear or will just stall out now. i dont know what you to do about it.. there was corrison or something in the sockets.. fixed that.. but i dont know what else we can do about it.. any ideas? :sick:
  • i own a 99 wolfsburg edition and i've managed to put 220K on the odometer with only minor repairs but now i think i may have a couple of more serious problems.

    when i accelerate hard, my engine does a stutter kinda thing and shakes the whole car. my cat conv needs replaced badly but i don't know if that would create the kind of back pressure that would cause that.

    the other issue is just yesterday my car became very difficult to start and again this morning. i have to crank it for two or three mins before the engine catches. once it has been running, i don't have anymore starting issues. one other thing...if i run thru a puddle, my engine stalls and it is an absolute pain in the butt to start again.

    anyone have any advice? besides buying a new car? i love my car and i love having no payment even better.
  • I JUST BOUGHT a 1999 jetta with a 2.0 liter motor and 98,789 miles on it runs great no smoke or any problems..was that a good deal for 6,000 dollars
    color is silver
  • the motor is awesome, like my msg said, i have 220k on mine, and am just now running into some glitches. the price i'm not sure about. i got mine with 120k on it for 2000.
  • jh1968jh1968 Posts: 2
    It turned out to be the right front hub & wheel bearing. Thanks.
  • 2001 Jetta 1.8 Turbo: All of a sudden one day multiple instrument panel warning lights and sounds appeared. Basically the ABS on, the ASR on, the check engine symbol and the word "brake" in red blinking along with the oil can symbol in red blinking. Occasionally the EPC would light up and the tachometer was not working or intermittent along with all instrument warning lights flickering or going on or off at random. Wow! what a nightmare. Car driveable but ABS system disabled. Looked at master cylinder fluid level indicator switch but tested ok. Cleaned battery terminals. Recently installed a cd player/radio in place of factory audio. Do you think this installation would have any bearing on problems. This device installed two weeks prior to this problem, it was installed by a local audio vendor. Would like some advice on what course to take. Thanks!
  • my vw jetta has been in the shop for almost 3 months. i ran over a dead deer and ripped the o2 sensor off. had it towd to a shop that works on vw. the O2 sensor was the only thing to show up on the computer but now after having it replaced as well as the cam sensor, ignition coil, cam pack? oh and my computer had a couple fried modules there is still some mystery problem.
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    I hope your insurance covers "Acts of god". I know somone who had an accident because a bee stung her while she was driving.... it was covered under the "Acts of god" clause. I know somone else who hit a moose on a foggy night while traveling 65MPG on the highway.... this was also coverd under the same insurance clause.
  • Buy a new ignition coil from your dealer and install. After about 5 years they start to arc b/c of age. Don't use after market part b/c it will not stand up to the requirements of a VW.
  • Sit and wait to get an answer. Sometimes right away or sometimes never. To find previous questions that may be related to your new question search the old questions.
  • I'm not sure what the problem is, but my 03 Jetta 1.8t has the EXACT same problem on cold days. I thought I was the only one. I am getting it checked out at the dealer tomorrow. I'll let you know what they tell me and maybe it will help you as well.
  • i got one used from a junk yard. it was do that for $80 or dealer for i think $600. did i do it wrong? i have a guy working on my car but i am getting nervous becouse it keeps going from 1 thing to the next. i am starting to think either he has no idea and is just replacing things trying to get it to work or my car is that messed up.
  • i took my jetta to the dealership to have it checked out. running rough, not wanting to start. they told me they could find nothing wrong with my car. then 2,000 miles later warrenty up and i ran over the dead deer. does anyone know if i can make the dealer fix the ignition coil after warreny ran out because i was trying to get them to do something before it ran out and they wouldn't. at the time i didn't know that my car had the syptoms of a bad ignition coil but i am sure they did.
  • The brake light switch is more than likely the culprit. There is a recall on this for the 1999-early 2005 Jettas, so I would have the dealer check for this recall, and other Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) for your Jetta.

    A faulty brake light switch will affect the ABS, ASR, and cruise control functions. I had the switch replaced on my 2003 Wolfsburg Jetta 1.8T.

  • Instructions provided with parts tell even idiots like me how to do a brake job on the Jetta but they omit information on HOW TO ADJUST THE PARKING BRAKE.


  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    Assuming you "wound down" the internal guts of the rear calipers using the proper tool -
    Adjust the parking brake, using the following procedure. (car sitting still!)

    1) Pump up the footbrake until it is solid. (remove 'slack' from calipers by seating the pads to the rotors.)
    2)With foot off of pedal, apply and release the parking brake lever about 7-10 times.

    The above should set the internal guts of the rear calipers so the parking brake is adjusted correctly.

    NOTE: If the rear calipers were NOT wound down correctly to reset the parking-brake mecanism.... most likely the rear calipers are now junk and need to be replaced.
  • Thanks for the feedback. I am in the process of making an appointment as I send this reply. Some other issues plague this car and if you have an answer it would be appreciated. !. No significant shift from 3rd to drive. 2. Air bag warning light on since purchase. 3. Check engine light on and off since purchase. I think the O2 sensor is involved with the check light, goes out when refueling with premium. Other than that all else seems ok. And again, thanks for your input.
  • It only doesn't want to start when i'ts cold. Do you know of a way to isolate the ignition coil to see if its bad?
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    With engine idling, hood open, engine-cover removed... Use spritzer-bottle to slightly moisten the coilpack(s) and ignition wires. If engine stumbles at all... your coilpack or ignition wires are leaking high-voltage. (Causing sparkplug(s) to misfire)

    Same conditions, In the dark. (no spritzer bottle this time) Look for arcing/sparking under the hood near the ignition components.
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085

    1) Use VagCom to isolate problem
    2) Use VagCom to isolate problem
    3) Use VagCom to isolate problem

    For your question #3 - I suspect the MAF is the problem.
  • thanx, i preciate it. that'll help alot. where is the coil pack at? i have no prob finding wires and distributor cap. is the coil where the center wire from distributor goes to?
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    I am not sure your 99 VW has a distributor. In any case - follow the ignition wires from the sparkplugs. Wherever they emminate from is the source of the high-voltage (the coil)
  • I didn't realize the date of your post so I guess it's probably fixed by now. Oh well, I just got my car fixed with the same problem. It was the electrical portion of the ignition switch.
  • amacdamacd Posts: 1
    I stupidly put on my wipers before removing some heavy snow. They stopped functioning. I pulled the fuse out and saw that it was blown. I replaced it, and as soon as I turned on the electrical system, the fuse blew again. What should I do next?
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    You can try unplugging the wiper-motor and see if the fuse blows again. If not... the problem is the motor - or the moving-parts are sticking.

    The 'rotor' where each wiper rotates is known to get corroded. Your 1998 is right on schedule to need some lubrication.
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