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#339 of 411 Re: CCM destroyed [nighthawk7]
Sep 14, 2010 (3:13 pm)
My husband just bought a 2002 VW Passat W8 in May of this year and a month later was experiencing deep puddles of water in the back driver's side seat. We lived in Seattle at the time, so it rained often. Shortly thereafter, he began haviing electrical issues with the car, such as the trunk not opening, and the automatic door locks not working.
He bought an extended warranty from the dealership in Oregon where he bought it, and just brought it into a VW here in Minnesota for the 60K miles routine maintenance. He asked then to check out the electrical issue as well since it was already in the shop. The mechanics just told him that it would cost $4000 to repair the electricacl system since water had flooded and corroded the system. He said the the extended warranty would not cover this repair since it wasn't a common or acknowledged problem.
Could you send the pdf for the recall again or a link so that we have proof that this is a common enough problem that a recall has taken place? I would really appreciate your assistance and would be forever grateful. This car really was my husband's dream car, and now he calls it "Christine" (from Stephen King's movie) because it's been nothing but trouble since he purchased it. Thanks so much.
#340 of 411 Re: my light switch [krzyss]
Sep 14, 2010 (5:05 pm)
Do you mean the light switch on the dash or the switch on the brake pedal, under the dash? Just curious. My brake light switch went bad once, but it kept the brake lights on all the time, even when the car was off. I had to pull the fuse to stop it from killing the battery before I could get it fixed.
#341 of 411 Re: my light switch [altair4]
Sep 16, 2010 (11:03 am)
The switch along the knob in the dash.
It started a few months ago with lights not turning off after turning the switch and burnt plastic smell.
I ended up replacing (or rather paying mechanic to do this) the whole switch in the dash.
#342 of 411 Re: CCM destroyed [tammyka]
Sep 16, 2010 (11:16 am)
VW issued recall to fix moonroof drainage piping. Somebody got bridght idea that leaving the pipe open will probably splatter too much so they made the ends much narrower so water would trickle drop by drop.
Well this design is prone to clogging and when it clogs water gets into the car and expensive electronics is on the floor under the driver's and passenger's seats.
For more water fun there are drains under the battery, which when blocked allow water to enter the passenger side through cabin air filter opening.
I think you can try to call VW and ask them for recall notices to be sent to you.
PS This is recall for plenum - battery/cabin filter
NHTSA recall link
#343 of 411 95 Passat Sudden Electrical Issues
Sep 23, 2010 (6:49 pm)
I have a "new" to me 95 Passat. Tonight the interior dome lights, the power locks, the sun roof won't work. The clock resets to 12:00 every time you start the car. Could not find any fuses that we bad. Help?
#344 of 411 my 97 passat
Sep 27, 2010 (9:45 am)
had its clock reset itself when battery was weak. Check battery.
#345 of 411 1995 VW Passat Electrical Draw
Oct 11, 2010 (12:45 pm)
Have a 95 Passat VR6, Got from a guy who got from another guy that got it from the owner. Know nothing about the car. Battery goes dead after sitting for a week or two. Not tagged. Daughter getting ready to drive and want it reliable. Slow draw somewhere? Any ideas where to check first? Heard I can disconnect the ground to the battery and use a test light on each fuse? Also saw a TSB on the radio drawing too much. Solution for that? Thaanks , Jeff
#346 of 411 Re: 1995 VW Passat Electrical Draw [folb]
Oct 12, 2010 (3:56 pm)
I would start with the obvious. If the battery is over three years old it probably does not hold a charge that well anymore. If the battery is good try connecting an ammeter in series with the positive battery terminal with everything on the car turned off. It should read no more than 1 microamp and only because of the car's dashboard display. If the ammeter reads more than this then there is a draw somewhere. The next step is to try and isolate the source of the draw. How? With the ammeter still in place, pull the fuses one by one and reinstalling the fuse if it does not stop the draw. Once you locate the fuse that stops the draw, you have found the circuit where the draw is coming from. The next step now is to locate the component in that circuit that is causing it. If you cannot locate by visual inspection, do the same thing as you did with the fuses. Disconnect each component until you find the one that stops the draw.
#347 of 411 my 98 VW passat shut off while driving?
Oct 15, 2010 (11:57 am)
My car shuts off at random. It could be stopped at a red light or at a stop sign or driving 30 mph. I have no idea what is going on. Now i don't want to sound stupid, but I'm a 22 year old girl who knows nothing about cars. So i cant really tell you much other then that it stops when it feels like it, and I have to restart it again. It has never stopped when i was going over like 45mph though if that helps. I hope you can help me before I go to a mechanic and they screw me over for all my money. WHATS WRONG?? HELP??
#348 of 411 Re: my 98 VW passat shut off while driving? [allyjo095]
Oct 15, 2010 (12:51 pm)
Do you get any warning lites? What engine?