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#6610 of 6655 Door Latch Failure - All Doors
Oct 27, 2012 (4:34 pm)
Just wondering if anyone else has had all four door latches in various stages of malfunction at the same time. I have a 2010 Sportwagen: driver's door will not lock at all, left rr pass door won't unlock if locked and won't lock if unlocked. Front pass door won't unlock, and right rr pass door won't lock. For the rear doors I've had to pop out the little access plug and manually lock the door by pushing the small red lever inside the hole in the door. I'd like to mention I feel like an idiot doing this day in and day out. Today is when I discovered the driver's door won't lock at all, and when I removed the access plug to push on the little red lever there, I discovered there is no little red lever present. Not sure if there isn't one there by design or what.
I drive a little over 100 miles per day for work, so I drove the car out of warranty in a little over a year, although I don't use the door locks any more than anyone else. I've talked to my dealership about the locks and they pretty much just shrug at me and tell me how much new modules cost. I find this to be unacceptable since door latches are safety parts (of which I have reminded the dealer) but apparently Volkswagen doesnt' care about that.
At any rate, if anyone has figured out a way to fix these things without simply replacing them all, I would appreciate hearing about it.
#6611 of 6655 Re: Door Latch Failure - All Doors [notquitejetta]
Oct 27, 2012 (8:15 pm)
Before you replace anything, run a diagnostic scan to determine what the fault code is. I would think that the dealer would at least have offered to run a diagnostic scan before telling you how much something you may not need costs. I use the Vag Com tool from Ross Tech. If you do not have access to one, an independent VW shop could do a diagnostic scan for a fee.
#6612 of 6655 Re: 2006 VW Jetta 2.5 - Airbag warning light [lok888]
Oct 31, 2012 (5:57 am)
I have the same problem. curious what you did?
#6613 of 6655 Jetta wheel problem
Nov 02, 2012 (11:31 am)
#6614 of 6655 Jetta wheel problem
Nov 02, 2012 (11:36 am)
Has anyone had problems w/ tires fallling off? I had the tires replaced in June and in late Sept. started hearing a noise from the front driver's side wheel/tire. Some co-workers said it sounded like a tie-rod problem. After a couple of weeks, the sound got worse. there was a very loud noise, the car stopped and smoke came out of the front tire area. It was dark, so I didn't get out but the tow truck person said the tire came off. Apparently, the lug nuts came loose. The shop that replaced the tires said this wouldn't have happened after 4000 miles, but they are the only ones who worked on them. If this isn't something that has happened frequently w/ Jettas, then I feel that it is their problem and they owe me the cost of repair and towing.
#6615 of 6655 Re: Jetta wheel problem [lynne21]
Nov 02, 2012 (3:24 pm)
All aluminum wheels should have the lug nuts/bolts RETORQUED after about 300 miles after the wheels are installed. This is because aluminum tends to flex and loosen the fasteners.
This is true for ANY type of car with aluminum wheels.
#6616 of 6655 RPMs going crazy when at a steady speed and staying in the same gear.
Nov 04, 2012 (4:24 pm)
So a friend borrowed my 2002 VW Jetta and when I picked it up from him the car would take some time to get into gear. While driving the car was revving up pretty high even in very low gears when I was going the correct speed for that gear. On the way home I was on the highway in 5th gear and going about 70 when the RPM needle was going crazy. All the way to 7 then back down to 2 then up to 6 and so on and so forth then the car just started slowing down but no light ever came on and fortunately I was able to get off the highway and park it but I haven't gotten it towed yet. Also, when I was got out of the car I noticed what I would call a burning smell. I was just wondering if anyone else has had the same problem or knows anything about a situation like this?? Also, if it was something that was waiting to happen or if the "friends" driving was the cause of the problem?? Thank you and any advice would be greatly appreciated!
#6617 of 6655 Re: RPMs going crazy when at a steady speed and staying in the same gear. [ventkm]
Nov 04, 2012 (6:18 pm)
What kind of xmission do you have? (manual or automatic)
If you have a manual, then I would say the clutch is slipping.
If you have an automatic, then the problem may be the xmission itself.
#6618 of 6655 Re: RPMs going crazy when at a steady speed and staying in the same gear. [bpeebles]
Nov 04, 2012 (6:41 pm)
I have a manual xmission, if it is the clutch that is slipping what kind of repair would that take and is it something that someone who has some knowledge of vws would be able to tell without taking it to a repair shop first?
#6619 of 6655 Re: RPMs going crazy when at a steady speed and staying in the same gear. [ventkm]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Nov 05, 2012 (8:16 am)
The clutch is shot I'm afraid, if it's slipping that much. Hard to say how much of this relates to your friend's driving, but if they are very unskilled with a manual transmission, a bad driver can burn out a clutch that was, shall we say, on its last legs perhaps beforehand.
He would have had to be extremely abusive to burn out a perfectly good clutch--it can be done, but would require some pretty radical burnouts, etc.
So perhaps your clutch was worn---did you notice beforehand that the clutch grabbed only at the very top of the clutch pedal travel?
There's a small chance that some kind of adjustment might help this, but with all that slipping, there's been a fair amount of damage already to the clutch disk. and given that your clutch is hydraulic and not cable driven, there's not much to adjust.
Labor to replace a clutch is about 5 hours. Normally one installs a "clutch kit", which includes disk, pressure plate, throwout bearing and pilot bushing--and any guide pins, etc that might be required. Have it done right--you don't want to go in there 2X.