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#5690 of 6655 Re: 2004 VW Jetta EPC/ESP/Traction Light [Mr_Shiftright]
Jun 26, 2008 (12:03 pm)
I agree with you... if a dealship tech were to take the deliberate time to actually DIAGNOSE each problem... the dealership would be selling less parts and getting fewer cars thru the shop each day.
That is why I have migrated from fixing computers (the kind you walk inside) to developing software to earn a living. Now, I just fix cars, TVs and other electronic devices for fun. (because it does not pay the bills to do it for a living and be honest at the same time.) I just could not bring myslef to sell somone $200 of parts if they only need a component lubricated. (like a trunk latch for example)
On the other hand, some folks would argue that they want their car fixed FAST and not be charged a lot for labor. This approach would mean a tech should just replace all suspect parts as fast as he can. (and hope he fixes the problem)
Somtimes, you end up paying either way.... labor one way -or- parts the other way.
Each approach has its pluses/minuses and either of them could be the less-costly.
#5691 of 6655 Re: 2004 VW Jetta EPC/ESP/Traction Light [bpeebles]
Jun 26, 2008 (1:04 pm)
some folks would argue that they want their car fixed FAST and not be charged a lot for labor.
And in particular, they probably do not want to be charged for a lot of diagnostic labor.
#5692 of 6655 Re: Problem with Speedometer [eddyrodr]
Jun 26, 2008 (4:22 pm)
I hope this helps someone, because when I was looking for the answer no one posted their fix! All it takes is a few minutes to create a post and cut/paste it to several forums. Let others know what worked for you! Please post solutions too, not just questions!
I purchased a 1999 VW Jetta. Speedometer & Tachometer didn't work. Tach sat at zero... speedo "bounced" on zero. Odometer, cruise control, and all other gauges worked fine.
I removed the instrument cluster. It's really simple, a couple of plastic covers, the light switch, and four screws. It was MUCH easier than removing the gauges from my F150!
I opened the speedometer and found no servicable parts. Some posts will tell you there is a gear inside that is stripped. That may be the case, but I didn't want to risk breaking anything else!
I found DNA Speedometers by searching the internet. They're in Tamp, FL. I packaged the gauges and shipped it allong with a check for $129. Turn around time was GREAT! The received it, fixed it, shipped it back. That's it. I didn't have to call or send nasty emails... nothing. They litterally turned it around in one day! Round trip took a whole week... that's UPS ground!
When it arrived I installed it and took it for a test drive. It worked like a champ. They even replaced the blown bulb in it. DNA Speedometers even garauntees their work for six months!
There are other places on the internet that repair speedos... I went with this one and had a GREAT experience.
#5693 of 6655 2001 jetta replacing glovebox problem..
Jun 28, 2008 (9:23 am)
can anyone help me to get my glovebox out and my new one in??i bought the car and thehandle and lock were missing on the glovebox..i bought a new one $117.00 at dealership. i have three screws out along the bottom out side and three out inside the glovebox but i cant get it to come out..the two hinges at the bottom are holding it...anybody know what else is holding it in????any help will be greatly appreciated and thanks in advance...
#5694 of 6655 98 Jetta K2 - overheating/biting the dust?
Jul 06, 2008 (4:34 pm)
Let me preface this discussion with the fact that I know little to nothing about cars. Which I guess would explain why, on the tight budged I have (read: no money), I was "smart" enough to purchase a VW. Which I still owe quite a bit of money on.
ANYWAY. I have a 98 VW Jetta K2. It has about 125000 miles on it. I drove it from Wisconsin to Connecticut, but before I did so I had an oil change and had it checked out. The mechanic told me I had a coolant leak and that my transmission may have some problems, but that it'd be ok for my trip. That was about a year ago. Since then I had one mechanic look at it after it overheated and broke down (scary!), and he suggested I use a coolant stop leak system and keep some coolant in my car. So that's what I've been doing. Because I can't really afford repairs.
However, my car has been running like crap. It has barely been accelerating, and today it overheated and started smoking and coolant spewed everywhere and was dripping out under my car onto the road. I didn't know what to do, so I called a couple people who know cars, and they suggested I put water into the coolant tank just so I could get the car home. I did this, but noticed that as I was driving home my power steering wasn't working.
Does anyone know what any of this means, or if it's something I can have fixed by someone other than an overpriced dealership or garage? I really need to be able to get to work, and I sincerely do not have the money to spend on repairs (or a new car). I have about a half hour commute and would be interested to know if my car is fixable, or if anyone has some general idea of what the problem could be.
Thank you in advance for any help you can offer me.
#5695 of 6655 2003 Jetta GL Rattle on Passenger side door at Hwy speeds
Jul 07, 2008 (2:18 pm)
I don't know if anyone else has this problem, I have a squeak/rattle at Hwy speeds on my 2003 Jetta GL. It sounds like its coming from the passenged door. Should I just have someone try to take a look at it. If anyone elsa has this problem please let me know. It's driving me crazy!!!
#5696 of 6655 Should I use Premium for my Wolfsburg
Jul 07, 2008 (6:15 pm)
HELP! I just recently bought a 08í Wolfsburg Jetta. This being the first time that I have ever owned a car Iím somewhat new at what high performance engines require. As I was gassing up the other day I noticed that the gas cap said PREMIUM gas. Despite mentioning to the sales men several time that I wanted to SAVE on gas prices he neglected to tell me that VW recommends 93 octane for the Wolfsburg. With PREMIUM gas being $4.50 a gallon I donít want to go down that road, the whole reason I bought a Jetta was to save on gas.
My question is, will it hurt the engine to use regular? Another option I thought of was using mid-grade with an octane buster. Will either of these options damage the engine over the life of the car?
#5697 of 6655 Re: 98 Jetta K2 - overheating/biting the dust? [samsaway]
Jul 08, 2008 (6:18 am)
Yeah, it probably means you've blown the head gasket, and with it any hope of dealing with this inexpensively. If you'd dealt with the cooling problems before, that would have been a minor expense. Fixing the engine will be a major expense.
You're trying to keep something running that needs an investment, without making the investment. If you can't afford it, then park it. Fixing it now is going to cost nearly as much as another very used car....rebuilding the head, and the cooling system, is going to be [by my experience] at least a couple of thousand $.
I know this sounds brutal, but the reality is that the car needs a lot of mechanical attention. If you're not a mechanic yourself, it simply cannot come cheaply.
#5698 of 6655 Re: Should I use Premium for my Wolfsburg [kneebs1]
Jul 08, 2008 (7:12 am)
I am fairly certain that they design the engine so that it will adjust timing, etc. if you use lower octane gas. You'll know if it doesn't as it will knock.
However, you will get less power and lower mpg, as the engine is designed to run optimally on the higher octane. If mpg drops 5%, and I have no idea if it will, and premium costs 5% more, you will not save anything with cheaper gas, anyway.
I guess for the future you have learned that you need to do your own research, rather than count on a car saleman to do it for you. You could have bought a Jetta with the 2.5 engine that uses regular. But then, according to EPA, the 2.5 engine uses 4% more gas than the 2.0T so the fuel cost per mile is almost the same. EPA gives an annual fuel cost estimate of $2598 for the 2.0T and $2565 for the 2.5, based on 15,000 miles.
#5699 of 6655 Re: Should I use Premium for my Wolfsburg [jeffyscott]
Jul 08, 2008 (1:07 pm)
Yeah, I'm puzzled by this query...you really can't use regular in any recent, modern, turbocharged engine of which I'm aware, and I'm a serious car nut. Unlike a normally aspirated engine, using regular when premium is called for risks more heat [from retarded timing] than the turbo, oil, and coolant will want to put up with in the long haul.
Wrong choice of engine, and maybe wrong choice of car altogether if high mileage on regular gas is the goal.