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Volkswagen Jetta, Sedan
#5437 of 6655 Re: ABS light, dim lights on 2003 Jetta [erin2002vw]
Nov 21, 2007 (10:00 am)
No, no resolution yet. I got a reply to clean the serpentene belt. I am going to try it once I figure out where it is. I hate taking the car to a dealership if there is something I can do myself. I hope to keep the car running long enough to trade it in. It seems this problem occurs in most of the Jettas out there and the VW mechanics don't know how to fix them.
#5438 of 6655 Re: ABS light, dim lights on 2003 Jetta [isae]
Nov 21, 2007 (1:25 pm)
Well, yesterday afternoon my car did what our cars do. At a busy stoplight when the car came to a stop the engine just cut out. A weird buzzing started on the inside (never happened before), the battery became unusually hot, and it would not start back up. The battery acted like it was completely drained, after a short while even my hazards wouldn't work. Usually if I clean the contacts, it will start shortly after. But this did not work! I had to have it towed to a mechanic (there is a really reputable import mechanic in our town). If he discovers the problem I will relay that to you. Just be careful driving and my suggestion to you is unload it ASAP.
#5439 of 6655 VW Jetta 2002 - ASR light and Oil Light
Nov 21, 2007 (9:34 am)
Hi. I have a 2002 Jetta 1.8L, and recently my ASR light came on. While it was on and I was driving, the car began jumping, (almost as if something was popping) and it made my car lurch forward slightly. This happened about a year and a half ago as well. Both times, the day after this happened the light did not come on and it drove normally. When I took it to the shop they could not find the problem. Today both my ASR light and the Oil light came on simultaneously and it began jumping every time I switched gears.
What should I do and what could this problem be?
Thanks in advance for responses.
#5440 of 6655 Coolant Level for 1999.5 Jetta
Nov 22, 2007 (6:56 pm)
can someone tell me what the coolant level should be in my jetta?, My coolant level is at half right now (right between min and max.) i have a friend who has the same model as me and his is the same thing.... is this the level it is suppose to be kept at or should it be right at max? if it has to be topped off can i just put the coolant in or do i have to worry bout putting in distilled water too...?
if someone can let me know that would be great, thanks
#5441 of 6655 Re: Coolant Level for 1999.5 Jetta [joker55]
Nov 22, 2007 (7:15 pm)
If you had read your owners manual...BOTH of your questions are clearly answered within. ("what the level should be?" and "what liquid to add?")
Incase you have misplaced your owners manual, I will answer both questions below;
The coolant level will fluxuate depending on the temparture of the antifreeze. When hot, it expands and rises. As it cools, the level will go down. That is why the airspace in the resivour exists... to allow for this expansion. (If you recall from 7th grade science.... a gas can be compressed but a liquid cannot be compressed.)
The level (with stone-cold engine) should be between "min" and "max". When I have to add fluid, I always put it closer to the "max" while I am at it.
If you do need to add some fluid it MUST be distilled water. If you need to add more than a cup of liquid, it MUST be a 50/50 mix of G12 antifreeze and distilled water.
IMPORTANT: Use only G12 antifreeze!! Introducing even a small amount of any other antifreeze can cause gelling and eventuall plugging of the cooling system.
The good news is that G12 antifreeze has been proven to be VERY good at doing its job for a long time. There is rairly any need to "change" the G12 antifreeze because it resists breaking down or depleating its protective qualities.
#5442 of 6655 Re: Coolant Level for 1999.5 Jetta [bpeebles]
Nov 22, 2007 (8:13 pm)
hey thanks for your help bpeebles,i dont have the owners manual so i am thankful you were able to answer my question.
i've got another quick question for ya, i noticed a few posts back that you mentioned how to check for brake drag, i took your advice and checked it out, but wasnt too sure if what i found was normal or not
i put the car in neutral and had the e brake off, i popped the car up on the jack at each wheel, i spun the front wheel using both my hands and as soon as i let go, the wheel stopped immediately, same went for the other front wheel, i checked the rear wheels they each spun maybe about a 1/4 to 1/2 turn before coming to a stop, as i spun the rear wheels i could hear a slight "tsst" noise and when i tried to spin the fronts i could hear a slight grind. not sure if thats because its front wheel drive
if you can give me some advice on this that would be greatly appreciated
thanks as always
#5443 of 6655 Re: Coolant Level for 1999.5 Jetta [joker55]
Nov 23, 2007 (8:02 am)
Before you add G12, you should check to be sure that is still what is in there. If you are not the original owner it is possible that a previous owner flushed the G12 out and put ethylene glycol in (green coolant).
Nov 23, 2007 (11:19 am)
OK i have a problem i think should be easy to solve. I own a 1994 jetta # its 2.0 and has a slight problem. I have gotten my key stuck inside. it will still crank the car but it will not releease the key. which i a perfectly fine with. but the other day i left my lights on and my battery went dead. So i did wat every american does i found some randomn person to cuss out while i tryed to re charge my battery. but when i hooked the jumper cables to the car battery my alarm (which i didn't even know i owned) went off. so since i couldn't hook it to the battery while it was in the car i simply removed the battery from the car and then charged the battery. but now when i try to hook the battery back to the car my alarm goes off.
so is there anyway to disable my alarm. i dont really care if it every works again i just want my car to run. thanxs?
and no i do not have a users manual and the neariest dealer is most likely a couple hundred miles away seeing as how i live in the country.
#5446 of 6655 2004 Jetta 1.8T clutch problems
Nov 23, 2007 (4:53 pm)
I have a 2004 Jetta 1.8T with 40.5k miles. Over the last 500 miles I noticed that the engine would rev up with no corresponding increase in speed, mostly in the 4th and 5th gear. Over the last 50 miles I noticed this problem in the 1st and 2nd gears too. I figured this was clutch slippage.
I was planning on getting my 40k service done and this problem prompted me to go get my 40k service done at the dealership. Took it to Russel VW in Baltimore, Maryland today(the cheapest quote I got in the DC metro area - $500). Got a call a bit earlier that the "clutch kit" needs to be replaced for $1300. It seems the kit is mostly the cable leading to the clutch. Was told that the clutch itself is in good shape, but that any delay in replacing the "kit" would damage the clutch which would cost about $3000. Gave me such a shock that I didn't ask much, but just told them to hold off on any repairs. I will call tomorrow and ask about the exact problem, but in the meantime I want to check on this "clutch kit" problem. Never heard of this before. I had braced myself for problems with the clutch, but this is really ridiculous.
I am not going to get any work done at the dealership. Any suggestions for a good VW repair place in the Columbia/Baltimore area? How much should I expect to pay for replacing a clutch or the "clutch kit" if that is a legitimate problem?
I have been driving a stick for the past ten years. Previous car was a 98 Jetta that I drove for 75k.
Thanks in advance.