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#4406 of 6655 2004 Jetta 1.8 Turbo Anti Freeze Light
Feb 13, 2006 (9:53 am)
I have a 2004 Jetta 1.8 Turbo that the Antifreeze reservoir Light keeps coming on.
The VW service could not find a problem after doing they said a system pressure test.
At first the reservoir was below the minimun line, so we have added 20 ounces of fluid to the reservoir in say three months. You can smell antifreeze at times when the car is parked. It appears to be slowly going somewhere. Now the reservoir is above full and the light for needed fluid is coming on again.
Anyone have any ideas before i go back to the dealer and they say it's ok?
#4407 of 6655 Re: Jerking wheel downhill [chrisnh]
Feb 13, 2006 (12:23 pm)
The next morning all was wonderful on 10 mile trip into the big village. No jerking, of course. My non-VW but trustworthy mechanic listened to me, did a road test etc. and called me back.
"Did see some oil from the front struts. But struts seemed to work fine, axle, CV joings etc and rest of front were tight. Rear wheel bearning were grinding and while new suspension put in rear 9 months ago seemed to be knocking a bit but nothing serious. All the roads are horrible this time of year. Next spring you might budget for some new front struts. Chris I would definately put new rear wheel bearings in but that would not cause the jerking."
Just drove the car back home, no problems. It is quieter with new rear wheel bearings. Am thinking, cold (its been a lot colder), snow, small frost heaves, weight of car balancing to the front.....strut frezzing to cause a jerk?
One of those mysteries. Still will entertain some ideas.
#4408 of 6655 Re: Keyless [rosas1]
Feb 13, 2006 (1:52 pm)
That would be the KEY STARTING ENGINE.
#4409 of 6655 Re: Squeaky Brakes [allhorizon]
Feb 13, 2006 (10:00 pm)
Thank you!! I will have them switched out because it is really really bad and it makes me CRAZY!! Thanks for your advice.
#4410 of 6655 Re: Jerking wheel downhill [chrisnh]
Feb 14, 2006 (3:29 am)
Last winter, I developed an awful "Shimmy - Shake - Vibration" in my passat (not a jerking as you describe, but a huge difference in a normally smooth ride). It could be felt at slow speeds and prevented me from going much over 30 mph. It turned out that during a snowstorm, hard packed snow froze on the inside of the alloy wheels. This block of snow was like a wheel weight on one portion of the wheel and as it rotated with the tire it caused the car to really shake or jump. It was not obvious at all as it was on the inside of the wheel: I really had to look carefully to notice the snow. A trip to the car wash solved the problem (I was surprised it hung on so well, but it was the right combo of ice and snow).
Mike (also in NH but far enough inland to have missed the blizzard of '06)
#4411 of 6655 Re: 2004 Jetta 1.8 Turbo Anti Freeze Light [robalo76]
Feb 14, 2006 (1:49 pm)
I have an '02 1.8T and was having similar problems. No leaks, but when the temperature was below 40 degrees the light would come on. However, the coolant level was between the full and low lines. I found info on this forum that mentioned that the only fix for this was to replace the Coolant expansion tank (reservior). When I mentioned this to the dealer, they said that they would have to have the car overnight to try to reproduce the problem and that it could be any number of things causing the problem.
Long story short, they added some coolant and said the problem was resolved. Not so. And sadly, I found out after the warranty ran out.
Bottom line - I ordered a new expansion tank online for $18 + tax, installed it and haven't had a problem in over 3 months. It appears that the sensors in the tank were defective.
This maintenance is very simple and it was worth the cost not to have put up with dealership. Afterall, my time is worth much more than this repair cost me.
If you do a search on this forum or on vwvortex you can get the diy for this maintenance and save yourself a lot of worries. I did! Let me know if you want the online parts store I ordered the tank from.
#4413 of 6655 Re: Jerking wheel downhill [mrjette]
Feb 14, 2006 (8:17 pm)
Thanks. Well I went to the Dentist in St. J this morning from my home in Franconia. Not much going, on the way back I could feel it. Nothing grabbing like down in my test run in Lincoln after my daughter parked it. But still there. As you know it is an almost balmy near freezing.
I was coasting in neutral, and could feel a tug to the left on the downhill. Strut, bad power steering assist unit, one of those Vermiters hiding out of sight trying to mess with what is left of my mind. I could call it the Bode thing but...it is too small a village
Think I am going to have to take it to the "good but fix everything" foreign car garage. Want my car back from the daughter, although I will miss the heated seats.
#4414 of 6655 01 VW Golf 1.8T Manual
Feb 14, 2006 (8:18 pm)
I'm posting this for my friend who today had this happen to her:
i've noticed recently that every now and then when i flip on my high beams or a turn signal the radio will turn off for a split second, then come back on but at a very low volume. today i was backing out of my parking spot (my car had been sitting for a day and half) and my car stalled. i turned it back on and noticed that as i continued to back out it was idleing very very low, and i felt the car losing power. when i pressed on the gas to try and keep it from stalling it felt like there was no power going to the gas pedal. i managed to pull it back into another spot before it could stall again. at that point it began to idle normally again. i backed out of the spot without a problem and parked it down the street a little further. my friend noticed that my daytime running lights were not on at that point. i let the car sit for a few hours then drove it a few miles with no problem. Thanks
#4415 of 6655 Re: Jerking wheel downhill [chrisnh]
Feb 15, 2006 (3:08 am)
I wish you luck in the great north woods (also far enough inland to have only experienced the Fizzard of '06).
My gut reation to my car's problem last year was that something major had let go. It was sudden, noticeable and quite shocking. In reality, it was a minor issue that was solved with a $9.00 car wash (and a bonus clean car). I would not have thunk it so simple (and an unscrupulous dealer or repair center could have taken me to the cleaners!). It only happened once, and was the perfect combo of rain, snow, ice and wind that resulted in big blocks of snow and ice forming inside the alloy wheels.