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Volkswagen Jetta Maintenance and Repair



  • bmrichbmrich Posts: 10
    I am thinking of getting a 2007 2.5 automatic Jetta. I have not liked the reviews I have read so far with brake and electrical issues. Are these issues really that numerous? Is there any atypical maintenance that this car needs? Thanks!
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,905
    The manual indicates a brake system flush every 2 years. That is atypical for most cars but not for German cars. Not sure why the frequent flushes are prescribed.
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    Brake fluid is hydroscopic (attracts water like a sponge). It is like this ON PURPOSE in an effort to 'suspend' the moisture away from critical hydrolic components. HOWEVER: once it is saturated, the water starts to form droplets inside the hydrolic system.

    ALL automobiles should have the brake fluid changed every 2-3 years (milage does not matter at all).... lest corrosion will eat the hydrolic system from the inside-out. No vehicle is immune to this. The corrosion starts in the LOWEST parts of the system (calipers) and works up into ABS components and master-cylinder.

    Dont be fooled by carmakers who do not recommend this change to happen. This has been discussed several times over in the "brakes" forums and the best conclustion I have seen is that some carmakers hope you will trade it in before all the brake-problems start to occour due to not channging the fluid regularly.
  • Thanks for the brake info. When inspecting used Jettas then, how can I tell if the brakes have been properly cared for? I have learned not to take the previous owners word.
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    Although not a precise predictor of fluid-changes.... brake fluid should be almost water-clear. Brake-fluid which is dark or black has not been changed for many years.

    (Some specialized brake fluid may be colored blue to help with changing looking for color-change when bleeding the brake-fluid.)
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    If you are looking at 2007's, it's only going to be 2-3 years old, anyway. So if there is no proof that it has been changed, just get it done after you buy.
  • Good Point. But what about the electrical problems I have been reading about with the Jettas? Most were in the 2006 reviews but some crept into the 2007.
  • I have a 2007 Jetta. The only problem I had was because some electrician short circuited the system and burnt the alternator when he was installing a video system. The average mechanic and repair shop usually do not know much about these cars. They do not understand the problems and they even dont have the equpment to repair. If you get it serviced and repaired at an authorized dealer you will be fine. My previous VW served me 10 years and I only had to change oil. But I was the first owner of that car and I did not let anybody touch the car except my authorized dealer. My advice is just make sure you know about the cars past. Car dealers are usually good in hiding the problems. And if the car had been at some point auctioned, do not buy it. After an auction many things about the cars history are lost.(my experience)
  • I have a 2005 jetta tdi-i absolutely loved this car in the beginning, but it now has 97000 miles, we hae the extended warranty until 100000 question is my car has been at a volkswagen dealership getting repaired at least 5 times in the past 3 months....the latest started 3 weeks ago, flywheel broken which caused damage to my clutch plate which the warranty would not cover. So, my cost for repairs was around $500.00. My husband went to pick it up and they said there were more problems. When they washed it prior to us picking it up, they couldn't get it re-started. They gave us a loaner for 5 days and then claimed that the car was fixed and ready to be picked up. That was last Friday. I picked it up in the morning but the car was back at the shop because it would just die on me for no apparent reason. I am extremely leary because they have had it since last Friday and have had to call Volkswagen of America because they cannot find out what is wrong with it. I am afriad that my car that was running a little rough when I brought it in (due to the broken flywheel) will never be the same and I am going to be stuck with it

    Anything I can do?
  • The larger of the two fans doesn't work. When the car is off and I spin the fan blade a few rotations it then gets hard to spin like its rusty. I heard that it might be a fan relay, or a fan switch but I just hope that it isn't that fan motor itself. It still blows cold air, but once in a while it gets a little warm, and the temp gauge went up to 190 but that was just once.I just would like a few opinions before I start replacing switches and relays and what not. Thanks.
  • The larger of the two fans doesn't work. When the car is off and I spin the fan blade a few rotations it then gets hard to spin like its rusty. I heard that it might be a fan relay, or a fan switch but I just hope that it isn't that fan motor itself. It still blows cold air, but once in a while it gets a little warm, and the temp gauge went up to 260 but that was just once.I just would like a few opinions before I start replacing switches and relays and what not. Thanks.
  • I'm guessing that this is a VW Jetta/Golf. What year? The easiest way to check the fan motor is to supply battery voltage to jump it. This way you bypass all the switches and relays involved. Get or borrow a repair manual if you don't know how to do this. It does explain how to do it.

    Sounds more like the fan motor or bearings have went bad. Unplug the wire harness from the fan motor. If you spin the fan and it gets hard after a few turns, it's probably not the switch or relay.

    Warning.....The fans are always "live". Don't mess around with them when the fans are connected or if the battery isn't disconnected. The fans can come on without warning.

  • Dear all need your help, about a couple of weeks now i have been noticing an un ususal shaking in the car while driving. i had the engine checked in the dealership and they have recomended to change the catalyzer(lambda sensor) and it costs a fortune. also i have changed the tyres with new continental tyres and checked the alignment and still this problem persists. i feel when am driving that there is something pushing the car slightly and you look at your arms or legs and you feel they are vibrating. its not sever but still alarming. the car have only 28K KM on the milage only.
    I need your recomendations to what might be the problem and what do i need to check.
    I feel it might be the spark plugs but the the symptoms are not visible when the car is still.
    awaiting your feedback, thx
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    "the dealership and they have recomended to change the catalyzer(lambda sensor) and it costs a fortune"

    It's still under the full 4 year 50K mi warranty, isn't it? Wouldn't this repair (whatever it is) be covered by the warranty?
  • unfortunatelly the warranty for Egypt covers only two years and it ran out last May.
  • I am taking my 06 Jetta TDI to the dealer in two weeks for the 100,000 mile service. I've read in posts that while changing the timing belt it is wise to also do other items. Can someone tell me exactly what parts I should replace?
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    There is a "kit" available that contains ALL the necessarry parts. To get a sense for what is in a "kit", you can go to TDI parts and click on "Timing belt Kits".... then click on the "kit" for your specific 3-letter engine code. There is a complete list of the kit contents.

    Essentually, there are 'must be replaced' bolts, pullies, tensionors, waterpump and even the seals for the crankshaft and camshaft. (many quality kits come with BRASS IMPELLER waterpump!)
  • So my car finally died.... It shut down at a stop light and the EPC light came on. It started up again after sitting for 20 minutes and I drove the 2 miles necessary to get it home. There was nothing left, even the remote locks wouldn't work. I got a jump start and it drove 40ft before it died again.
    I caved and had it towed to the dealership. They said my two year old battery was bad and needed to be replaced. They also needed to reset it once installed. Well, that was two weeks and $400 ago. So far it seems fine but I can't help but drive with some trepidation. I think it is too soon to tell as the problem was always intermittent. I will keep you posted if the problem returns. Keep your fingers crossed that this was it. Thanks for posting.
  • Stop worrying. Jetta died. Battery replaced and reset. Jetta is fine. What's the problem? What am I missing?
  • I'm still trying to figure out the reset. I've replaced two batteries in my '00 Jetta and didn't need a reset. Also had the battery disconnected for about a week when I did some head work. Didn't need a reset then either. Maybe it's an '02 thing.

    I do agree, stop worrying. Batteries don't last forever. Just smile and enjoy your Jetta.

  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    $400 for a battery :confuse:
  • Is there a trick to replacing the two rear hydrolic struts, I have done this before but my hands don't remember the "trick" to it. I have them here and before I detach anything thought maybe I would try you folks to limit my struggle.

    Jetta TDI..

  • Have a quick question for you guys. Long story short, my 2002 Jetta 1.8t keeps dying and i think i have narrowed it down to the coolant fan. I now plan to start with the relay and replace things in order up to the coolant fan until my car works again. The concern i have is i don't know which relay to replace. I see the numbers on the top, but i don't know which one is which. My second problem is i try to find these relays online and i cant seem to locate where to purchase them. Any suggestions?
  • dm,

    What keeps dying? The engine? The cooling fan(s)? A little more info please. Do you have a repair manual?

  • Does anyone know how to repair the gove box handle? I tried opening my glove box and it just snapped off - I see some broken plastic and two metal pins? The door actually closes - Do I have to get a whole other glove door? thanks.
  • Brooklyntech,

    Mine broke a bunch of years ago. Same thing happened. Sorry to say that you will have to replace the glove box cover. The way I did mine was to use a Dremel with a cutting wheel on it. You have to cut little openings on each side of the glove box. This so you can get needle nose pliers in there to move the latches over to release them. Now the glove box will open and it's a matter of taking out the screws that hold it in the IP. You can use the new cover as a guide as to where to cut and where the screws are located. You will have to take the old lock out and put it in the new cover. That isn't too hard either. Cost is about a hundred dollars from VW. Not cheap, I know!!!

  • Hey everyone,

    I must admit one thing first, the new Jettas are great. I love the new smoked taillights and revised dashboard for 2008+. However, my 2008 seems to have a series of minor issues. It just hit a year old last week and have already had a couple problems but nothing major. First of all, the gear selector in my automatic jetta has many flaws obviously for the leather part around the shifter (added to give it that "luxury" look) actually like snapped off and is falling apart currently. its not a huge deal but its bugging me. i havent really though about getting it fixed at our vw dealer but if you are a picky person, this would really annoy you! Lastly, just about 1 month or so ago, i tried to use the horn and it was completely busted. the horn stopped working after 1 year and the airbag lights were on. I wasnt sure what happened so i tried changing the fuses but that did nothing. I lived without a horn for 2 weeks or so and then i finally got it fixed at vw. Supposedly, this is common in 2005+ Jettas. The spring seemed to have came loose or broke inside the steering wheel throwing off the airbag as well as the horn. Well, now my jetta is back to being brand new (with the exception of the gear selector issue). Once again, the jetta is a great car!!! if you want german engineering and speed, go with a Jetta or GLI without a doubt (unless you can afford the BMW, Audi, or Merc C class.) haha :D

    Hope i helped you out,
  • I have had a never ending problem with my alignment and tires. I have taken it to 3 different places (including the dealer) and have spent about $3,500 trying to fix it. According to the tire specialist, I have a damaged alignment that they are unable to fix; as such, my tires are wearing incorrectly. This is known as cupping(?) and causes the steering wheel to vibrate when driving in the freeway and quick balding of the tires. I have to replace the tires every 18 months at this point. It is a 2003 Jetta with on 70k miles and on its 4th set of tires. This doesn’t seem right? My pocket book can’t afford this anymore, I’m ready to trade it in! :cry:
  • 16518
    O2 Sensor Circ.,Bank1-Sensor1 No Activity Detected

    Random/Multiple Cylinder Misfire Detected

    Cyl.2 Misfire Detected

    Cyl.4 Misfire Detected

    Contr.Module Locked

    My instrument panel lights up like a christmas tree with the check engine light, the epc light and that lovely triangle light all coming on.

    I can feel a slight change in the idle with the idle being a little rougher now, there's also some hesitation and I can feel the care misfire even at highway speeds.

    Where should I start with my diagnostics?
  • eliaselias Posts: 2,120
    it's definitely not right!
    apparently your car's front suspension got damaged and is still damaged - and you have not been able to find a competent mechanic to repair it even after spending $3500.
    Did you hit a major pothole or curb 70k miles ago!?
    Which parts were replaced for $3500? !
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