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#5418 of 6655 ABS light, dim lights on 2003 Jetta
Nov 10, 2007 (4:42 pm)
Recently replaced the battery on 2003 2.0L Jetta due to strange stalling, dash lights/guages going crazy, etc. Car ran good for a couple of weeks. Now, periodically, the ABS light will come on, radion will go off, headlights get dim if on, and the car will lose power. Stop, turn off the ignition, restart, and all goes well for another week or so. Then same thing. Can't find any other correlating data. Took it to a local mechanic (retired VW dealer mechanic) who found no faults, no computer codes, and nothing to indicate there was a problem. He wouldn't let me pay him.
I fear if I take it back in without the actual condition being present, it will be the same "no problem" diagnisis.
Has anyone seen this at all that can guide me on a course of action?? Can't have my 16 yr old girl wondering when its going to stop and I certainly don't want her stranded!! Much thanks!
#5419 of 6655 Re: funny smell in car when starting from stop [bpeebles]
Nov 10, 2007 (8:09 pm)
So, any suggestions as to what it might be if not gear oil? It is definately not from rustproofing.
It really is'nt an oily smell.More like something organic that is rotting..
#5420 of 6655 Re: ABS light, dim lights on 2003 Jetta [scottylw]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Nov 11, 2007 (12:00 am)
Check for a loose or corroded ground cable on your battery. Clean the terminals thoroughly. Check also for a loose alternator belt.
#5421 of 6655 Re: ABS light, dim lights on 2003 Jetta [Mr_Shiftright]
Nov 11, 2007 (11:21 am)
Much appreciation Mr Shiftright. Terminals look good as I cleaned them when I changed the battery. But I'll give the belt a look. Thanks!
#5422 of 6655 Re: ABS light, dim lights on 2003 Jetta [scottylw]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Nov 11, 2007 (11:23 am)
Well okay then good job, now check the OTHER end of the ground cable, where it actually grounds to metal.
The symptom of the lights going dim definitely point to an alternator/battery issue.
#5423 of 6655 Problem with Driver's seat adjustment
Nov 14, 2007 (5:53 am)
Hello, my manual tilting mechanism didnt work, instead of giving it to the shop to fix it I decided to try my luck and accidently ripped of entire handle from my jetta 99 driver's seat. I was just wondering if there is any way to fix it or perhaps to tilt it without the adjustment knob to my desire. Also, If anyone had the same problem? How much was it to fix it?
#5424 of 6655 Re: Problem with Driver's seat adjustment [cpental]
Nov 14, 2007 (6:12 am)
Is there maybe a metal shaft still there that you could clamp some locking (vice-grip) pliers on?
#5425 of 6655 Re: Problem with Driver's seat adjustment [jeffyscott]
Nov 14, 2007 (6:48 am)
There is still a piece of shaft but I think the problem lies in that shaft. The way I ripped the part off is because the piece of that shaft broke by blocking/locking my tilt adjustment.
Thanks for a quick response
#5426 of 6655 Re: Problem with Driver's seat adjustment [cpental]
Nov 14, 2007 (8:21 am)
I see, so the mechanism itself is broken.
I wonder how difficult it would be to find a used seat from a junk yard and install it and how that would compare to the cost of fixing, if it is fixable?
For fixing or having it replaced, I'd check with a body shop. They generally have much lower labor rates than dealer or independant mechanics and I would think that they would be able to do this sort of work and might even locate a used seat for you, if you want them to.
#5427 of 6655 1997 VE JETTA Seat cusion reapir
Nov 14, 2007 (10:55 am)
Hello. Thanks for such a great site. It took awhile to find you guys and gals but now you're here to stay. I have a 97 jetta thats front seats cushions are starting to sag. It's the raised part of the bucket seat when exiting the doors that seem to have collapsed. Can anyone tell me how and if I can fix it?