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Volkswagen Beetle Maintenance and Repair



  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 7,965
    Perhaps the switch that turns the light on when you open the trunk is sticking at random. Since you changed the bulb and the wiring seems to be OK, that's the next thing I'd look at. I had a dome light that was not coming on randomly and it was simply the switch in the door frame being gunked up and sticking a bit.

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  • where exactly is the switch located? i've looked but can't find it. Thanks for the help!
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    I beleive the switch is in the latch... just like the passenger-doors have all the switches for the alarm-system and interiour lights. (In-fact, the Hood and Trunk are part of the alarm-system too!)
  • Annoyed with about 40ml clear water dropped from the middle bottom. What happened to my car ? Please anyone help ?
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    Do you mean UNDERNEATH the vehicle? This could be the AC condenser drain or the sunroof drain. Both of these should be considerd normal for any car.
  • Hi bpeebles,

    It is underneath my car the water drops from the bottom middle location. Thanks.
  • Im trying to fix up a 1968 VW Bug, and I want to change the oil filled canister/filter that is placed on top of the carburetor into a pleated air filter. How do I do it?
  • How do I wire in new Alternator with an internal regulator? I have the original one still in the engine. From a 1968 VW bug.
  • rmd122rmd122 Posts: 21
    I ahve an 08 convertible. Is there any way to disable the auto door locks? Only the driver's one unlocks when you put it in park which means the passenger door has to be unlocked every time there is a passenger.
  • bullwinkle54bullwinkle54 Posts: 1
    edited December 2010
    I had a wire short going to my rear passenger side blinker. Resolved the issue and replaced the fuse. All works well now except when I use my keyless entry the lights don't flash any more. Is there another fuse I should be replacing and if so does anyone know which one? I have check about 20 fuses so far and can't seem to find any that are shorted. Thanks
    Sorry forgot to mention it is a 2005 Turbo Diesel Beetle
  • Same thing happened to me in my 2000 beetle for a while. then, when the alarm was going off one day, the water heater melted...
    turns out there was some sort of hose or something not hooked up precisely.
    it was about 2000 dollars to fix.
  • The headlight warning chime is no longer working on my 99 Beetle. I discovered this after leaving my lights on one rainy day. My mechanic (not dealer) says I need a whole driver door lock assembly. Is the chime warming really in the door lock/handle/latch?

    There are other small things not working which are related to the latch and the only thing I really want repaired is the headlight on chime. I'm posting to ask for verification that replacing the door latch will restore the warning signal.

    I bought it new, love this car, and have taken good care of it.
  • My daughter is the proud (I think) owner of a 2002 beetle with approx 70K miles. The car seems to be in good shape but last week the 3 small, drivers side motor mount bolts broke and the motor dropped approx 2" down. The aluminum bolts broke off inside the trans. housing. The dealers I contacted for new bolts said they have seen this before but wouldn't admit how often. The nightmare began as two bolts came out with and easyout, while the 3rd had to be drilled and tapped because even heat wouldn't remove the bolt which could have been fatal to the tranny. The steel skid plate covering the tranny didn't show any significant signs of running oversomething on the drivers side.
    Appreciate anyone who had this drama respond, needless to say the CVC joints had to be replaced . The aluminum bolts seem way undersized to carry half the engine. Thanks
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    edited January 2011
    My daughter has 2001 NB (New Beetle) with over 100K miles.

    tisk tisk.... Those are very special Torque To Yield bolts that MUST be replaced if they are removed. (Using only the replacement bolts supplied by VW) This is becasue they are designed to s-t-r-e-t-c-h when they are tightned. The bolts end up in an elastic state. This ends up with a constant tension on the connected components.

    BTW: These bolts are not aluminum! The xmission housing is Aluminum.

    The reason they break is because someone has REUSED them after they were removed.... perhaps to perform a timing-belt replacement. They get stretched agan beyond the point of yielding (to the breaking point). Or some of them loosen and put all the stress on the other bolts.

    If a VW dealer does not know why they break... then I would be wary of that shop. (They should know why)

    A situation like this would make me suspect that a timing belt change was perhaps done "on the cheep" and may not have replaced all the pullies, seals, waterpump and other items that should be replaced during a timing-belt change.

    For a 2002... I beleive the timing-belt should have been reciently replaced at your 70K mile mark.
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    Here is another link specificly discussing the New Beetle motor-mounts.

    One appender to the above suggests that dealerships are notorious for NOT replacing the TTY (Torque To Yield) bolts.... and then charge people for the resulting bolt failure.
  • Does anybody know where the air bag computer module is on a 05 VW new beetle convertible with a automatic on the floor!
  • my 2003 turbo beetle had a similar problem. my mechanic said that i didn't use the correct spark plugs and that's why it was missing. they replaced with plugs and it seems ok. mechanic says vw's like certain spark plugs....maybe bosch.....they could be right. german cars can be finicky! have you had other problems w/ the bug? my gas door won't open....
  • csmyliecsmylie Posts: 1
    Hi!...did you ever find out what was causing the problem? Was it ever finally fixed? I just bought a 2006 VW new beetle convertible and the red temp light comes on when I start it (sometimes), then flashes, beeps, and stops after a minute...hasn't come on when driving (yet) and the coolant level seems fine, no obvious leaks anywhere... I'm terrified something is wrong, but hopeful it's nothing since the beeps stop, it drives fine and others seem to have had the same issue... :confuse:
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    edited May 2011
    That is not a big deal. Most often this is caused by the antifreeze being a little low in the resivour.

    1)When you 1st start the car, the antifreeze is so low that it triggers the alert.
    2)After running the engine for awhile, the antifreeze heats up and expands. This expansion "fills" the resivour enough to turn off the alert.

    Since VWs REQUIRE special "G12" antifreeze and there is no substitute... I would suggest you add no more than about 1/2 cup of distilled water to bring the level up a bit. (or purchase and mix with distilled-water your own batch of "G12" antifreeze)

    Of course - do this when engine is stone-cold so your level-reading is accurate. As the engine warms up, the antifreeze level goes up.
  • angeloaangeloa Posts: 1
    My daughter's 2007 Beetle's park frame's lights all go on instead of just the light reflecting the position of the transmission eg. park or reverse or drive, etc. It seems to be an electrical problem that also prevents the manual mode on her automatic transmission from working. Has anyone encountered a problem like that, or does anyone know of sombody who has?
  • ">I bought this car used about 2 years ago, and wish I had never bought the darn car. I have had so many problems with it and make $360.00 payments on it. The convertible does not work at all and the car only has 69,000 miles on it. I have an anti-freeze leak, vacuum leak on engine, heated oxygen sensor, left speaker does not work. The back window separated from the convertible top, passenger side windshield wiper does not work. Had to replace fuel pump and battery last year and cost me a fortune. This car is a piece of crap. I am going to the dealership with my list and complain. The extended warranty expired in June and before it did expire, I had it at VW dealer and they would not fix the convertible. What a shame to be paying all of the money to be cute!!
  • A freaking men. Thank you for this. I too have experienced horrible problems, and like you and your $1.00. I wouldn't drive a brand new one even if it was given to me for free. I am serious. Since owning my Beetle I have had starter issues, chipping of interior plastic, non working rear view mirrors, botched plastic engine protectors(no matter how careful I drive.) Three different batteries, a burned fuse box, non working air conditioner, non working stereo(then when I replaced it with an after market it has cost me double to have smog checks etc because the Smog Check Check Battery line is ran thru the stereo WHO DOES THAT?) Also random broken parts thru out the car(like the electric window switch.) Tail lights always break(thank got we figured it our ourselves. ) This caused me a fix it ticket from a cop which made me take time off work to fix. I have also had problems with musty odors smelling like crayons, and chipped interior paint. GROSS! Oil burning issues(that YOU DARE TO SAY ARE NORMAL?) ARE you kidding me? I get to spend 20 to 30 bucks a month filling my low levels of oil because you say it's normal for cars to burn oil? PLEASE. I NOW HAVE TRANSMISSION problems which will in fact cost me close to 6000 and they aren't even going to guarantee it will work after that because they are saying that the transmission problems can also be computer issues that even a rebuilt new one won't fix. Got the car used at 39,000 miles NOW it only has 70,000 and it's not drivable. I just paid it off and now it sits. How unfair is that? I have to go into another loan for NOTHING. What a waste. The steering is wobbly too and the sound of clanking when I break down on the breaks is really noticeable and has been for years. Apparently nobody knows what that noise is but I have heard people have the same problems on here. VW should be ashamed of themselves. I can't believe they still put cars on the market.
  • kssdkssd Posts: 2

    I am having the same problem and this only happens when the weather gets under 30 degrees or about there. Now once the weather warms up it will start , did you ever find a solution to your start up issues? Thanks for your reply.

  • yea my gf had the same problem she had a coolant leak looking from the front the right side of the engine is the coolant flang it just lookes like a junction piece it bolts to the engine block also on top of the part is your coolant temp sensor if its not green replace it they updated it and do you have a coolant leak?
  • Do Beetles have a history of catching on fire? I saw one on the side of the highway two nights ago in Chicago that was going up in blazes, and have seen a few others on fire when I googled this question. I'm worried about its safety if this is something that happens very often. Does anyone know?
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 7,965
    Not sure that I'd use a Google search as a basis to decide whether something is common or rare. I would wager that Beetles catch fire at the same rate as pretty much any other vehicle. I'm always cautious when I see a "trend" on a supposed problem on the internet.

    Owners experiencing problems or issues with a vehicle are certainly more likely to make noise about it than those who simply like their car. That can sure make it seem like more cars have an "issue" than they really do.

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  • I'm looking to buy a new car and need's between the new VW Beetle, Mini Cooper, Chevy Cruise and the Chevy Sonic. Any opinions out there re. what I should buy new?

    I'm concerned about expensive repairs once the warranty runs out. I've heard bad things about the Cooper and VW re. expensive repairs

    Also concerned about gas mileage - not good with the VW Beetle.


    Cost...The Chevy Sonic is much less expensive to purchase than anything else, and repairs are probably less too. Mileage is great. But the VW and Cooper are so much cuter and more fun.

    I need some advice! Thanks!
  • rbugchicrbugchic Posts: 2
    I liked the mini coopers too but alot of people have told me they need a lot of time in the garage. Garage here that repairs them told me to set aside $3,000/year for maintenance. Luv my bug! Have had it for 10 years and now the repairs are starting but it is 10 years old so I definitely got my money's worth. Never owned a Chevy before. Japanese cars before my bug! Good Luck
  • While all these suggested cars are good, I own 3 VW's (one New Beetle Convertible - 2008, and two Jettas (2007 and 2009). Soon will have a 2012 Passat in the garage (trading one Jetta). For fun to drive - tight bodies- no rattles- a joy to drive ----- go with a VW! I enjoy all three and all drive as good as the day they were new. Also - VW's have great seating comfort and although a small car, I would not hesitate driving one for a very long trip. I routinely drive my Jetta for sales calls, and will drive 3-6 hours without issue or back fatigue! I cannot say that about some previous cars I have owned, including two Toyota Camrys (terrible seat comfort for long trips).

    Bel Air Cary Guy
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    I can 'second' that ... for long trips (over 6 hours), my VW Jetta TDI is astounding.

    We once went from Vermont - Colorado - Vermont and the engine never cooled off. 3 drivers taking turns on the way to CO. and 4 drivers coming back to VT.

    The 750+ miles per tank of fuel made the trip not too expensive either.
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