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#312 of 411 Re: CCM destroyed [nckappa]
Apr 26, 2010 (3:03 pm)
My wife had a similar problem. Turns out there is a problem acknowledged by VW.
Her car is a 2003 Passat Wagon V6 4Motion. If not for the recall we would have had to replace 8 modules and the carpet out of our pocket. Our son has asthma and it is critical for no mold in the car. I don't know if I can post it here or not. I copied it into a PDF file to give to Edmunds but they can't receive attachments and told me to post it here. I have not been able to find this recall anywhere on the net. It was sent to us by VW as we are the original owners.
VW Recall for Heat shield and water Damage.pdf
Let me know if the file doesn't come through.">
#313 of 411 Re: CCM destroyed [nighthawk7]
by KCRam@Edmunds HOST
Apr 26, 2010 (4:41 pm)
What you will need to do is upload the PDF to a web server (most ISPs allot web space for their customers for such use), then provide a link to the file.
kcram - Pickups/Wagons Host
#314 of 411 03 Passat Water in Driver's side floor & electrical issues!
Apr 27, 2010 (10:55 pm)
2003 Passat GLX 4 Motion
Problems started about a year ago.
Wet Driver's Floor after rain
Took to a VW dealership and they cleaned out the moonroof drains. As soon as it rained, the floors were wet again washing away that $175.
Took it back to VW dealership and told them the car still was leaking water somewhere and that everytime it rains the drivers side floors are wet, we aren't talking damp, we are talking several inches of water standing in my floor. Naturally I had to vacuum it out, which took several times because everytime I do so, a few minutes later, there will be yet another puddle, especially in the back, so it usually takes three or four attempts to get it all out. Well, they state that they can't tell what's going on with no water in there when they get it! Are you kidding me? So anyway, a third trip back and they say they still can't find the problem.
Well, over time I have been having electrical issues, such as cruise control, moon roof controls, trunk pull, key control, etc. all work sporadically, and the alarm goes off randomly and will not shut off. To the point that something was draining my battery down every night and I would have to be boosted off daily even with a new battery in place. All of the above issues are more pronounce after a heavy rain.
So I was blaming it all on a leak, however, also going on in almost the same amount of time, more like 9 or 10 months, I have been losing coolant from the reservoir. During the winter months I was replacing the coolant on a weekly basis but in the summer months I have been just replacing with water instead as the vw coolant is extremely expensive plus I assumed it would be ok during the moderate weather. I can't find where this fluid is going. But as of today I am having to add at least 1/2 gallon for every trip out of the house whether it is 1 mile or 10...pretty much every few miles I am adding water now. I had just put water in it today, and no sooner than I could get out of the driveway the STOP light comes on saying to add coolant! I give up! I filled it back up and did a little bit of driving, mostly just 30's and 40's, only stopped for a couple of seconds at a redlight, and soon there is steam coming out of the vents up by the windshield and from under the hood up around the firewall mostly on the driver's side. And even though I am only putting water in it, it kinda smells like coolant. When it starts getting warm like that you will hear a gurgling type sound from under the dash.
Any ideas? I took out the battery casing and cleaned out the drains there which weren't completely blocked by any means. Now I'm back to no power windows, locks, blah blah blah.
I'm thinking possibly heater core? But I was thinking most cars have water in the passenger side floor in that case. This is my first VW so I wasn't sure if things were 'backwards' or not...lol. I truly love my Passat! It runs absolutely great (motorwise) and I really don't want to get rid of it but this is starting to get to me and I just don't trust the VW dealerships anymore.
Is there anyone out there in Cyberworld who can help a girl out???
And thanks in advance!
PS. The Pollen Filter Recall issue was supposedly already fixed...by the same dealership that I refuse to trust!
#315 of 411 Re: CCM destroyed [nighthawk7]
May 03, 2010 (8:01 am)
my daughter was just told that her 2003 passat wagon must have been in a flood (it was not) and that she needs three computer modules replaced for $2500. Can you send the pdf on the vw recall for heat shield and water damage.
thanks so much
#316 of 411 Re: 2002 Passat 1.8t Driver Door open signal [sd73]
May 04, 2010 (12:31 pm)
$400... my mechanic of the last 4 years showed me everything - simply put, I guess the drivers side door is the brain of the car... and my brain had a serious problem! Hope yours is/was less!
#317 of 411 Re: 03 Passat Water in Driver's side floor & electrical issues! [ldenisep]
May 05, 2010 (6:37 am)
I may know your problem/solution. We have a 2002 VW Passat, and had a great deal of flooding in the driver's side floor this spring (up to 2+ inches at a time). It was a great mystery and I spent a lot of time dry vac'ing it out, but it wouldn't stop and I could smell the mold beginning to form.
We learned of a guy who specializes in repairing water leaks/issues in cars. He came to our house for a free inspection, and determined that because we have a sun roof, it was clogged up due to dust and small debris that can clog the four rubber hoses that normally should allow water to run through the sunroof and empty at the tire wells.
To test this, he simply opened the sunroof, poured a cup of water down each corner of the well in the sunroof (on the metal), and looked at the tire wells to see if the water was freely pouring through (with the front doors open). It wasn't - it was just a trickle coming out near the tires. At the driver's door there is a small black rubber hose that ends there, and if it gets clogged it won't work properly and water backs up into the floor of the car. He said he sees this ALL THE TIME with cars and it's a simple fix. For some reason the ends of these rubber tubes, where the water and silty debris is meant to run out, are tapered, instead of having a larger opening. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the ends of the hoses so the opening was larger than the small slit it originally had (poor design). Then he poured the water down that corner of the sunroof again, and the water poured freely through the hose, to the water well, bringing a bunch of black gunk with it. He then did it for the other 3 hoses - The rear ones are harder to get to - He had to take the trunk lining out.
HE CHARGED US ONLY $75 AND THE CAR HAS BEEN DRY EVER SINCE. Had I not found this guy, I'm sure we would have spent thousands at the VW dealer trying to determine the problem. This company is called Water Doctors, and I believe they are in several states. We are in North Carolina. I'll bet this is your issue! Good luck!!!
#318 of 411 Re: 03 Passat Water in Driver's side floor & electrical issues! [susanr2010]
May 05, 2010 (1:15 pm)
Thanks for the input but I have already had these drains cleaned and the ends taken off...and I've also cleaned out under the battery....still no luck...I had another 6 inches or so of water in the driver's side floor after this last rain.
The alarm finally gave out but the windows, locks, gas release, mirrors, lights, and trunk buttons don't work anymore....
I guess I am going to have to get another car and take my losses on this piece of crap. I called VW but they didn't even want to talk about helping with these issues. I will definitely never buy another one. Everyone told me how great VW is and how they work with you on issues....NOT
#319 of 411 Re: 03 Passat Water in Driver's side floor & electrical issues! [ldenisep]
May 05, 2010 (5:06 pm)
Okay, let's get a little more useful information.
Answer each of these questions:
1) When exactly does this water collect? Obviously in the rain, but in the rain just sitting, or while the car is in motion?
2) Has the windshield ever been replaced?
3) Has the car ever been in an accident?
4) Does the car sit any any particular angle that makes this worse?
5) Does it have to be a heavy downpour to get the water pooling?
If it collects while standing still, then it's simply a matter of running a low volume water hose around these areas:
Around the door to check the door seals.
Around the sunroof to check the drain tubes.
Around the base of the windshield to see if the water is entering via the HVAC.
Around the rest of the windshield to check it for integrity.
There is the possibility that the A/C condensate drain is clogged. Does running the air conditioning have any impact on the water situation?
There is also the possibility that one of the sunroof drain tubes has become disconnected, allowing the water in the car, via the A pillar.
#320 of 411 Re: 03 Passat Water in Driver's side floor & electrical issues! [ldenisep]
May 14, 2010 (9:41 am)
I found this on another forum (which shall remain nameless):
Here is my top-ten list of possible causes on Passat water ingress issue in the order of the most likely to the least likely IMHO:
1) Water leaks into underneath the A pillar and get into the rear footwell due to disconnected or clogged sunroof drain tube.
2) Bad window regulator/assembly carrier seals in rear door caused water seeping through the door seal.
3) Leakage through degraded or improper installed outer foam gasket of the pollen filter housing.
4) Leaves clog 2 drain holes under battery tray, makes the water backing up and leaking through the firewall.
5) Clogged door drain holes.
6) Leakage through the bad rubber seal for hood cable.
7) Leakage through the degraded ECU box gasket.
8) Bad roof antenna gasket.
9) Leaving your sunroof open in the rain.
10) Accidentally disconnecting the drain tubes for the sunroof in the A-pillar while following the Bentley recommended procedure for cleaning out the sunroof drains with a piece of throttle cable.
#321 of 411 The DREADED Windows Regulator - 2000 Passat
May 16, 2010 (7:50 am)
Anyone else w/ a 2000 VW Passat having this problem? Now ALL of my window regulators are broke.
Does anyone have an idea of good online dealer where I can purchase these for a lower cost? I'm afraid that if I take my car to the VW dealership, they will charge me too much. I do understand that their regulator might be better quality, but at this point, it's an older car that I'm hoping to get rid of in about a year or two.