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Volkswagen Passat, Electrical, Sedan, Wagon
#364 of 411 Re: 97 Passat TDI Headlights,fan, wipers keep going out [mike97passat]
Jan 03, 2011 (11:31 am)
I just fixed this problem on my 1999 Passat, it was the key switch. About $60 at VW or $15 at NAPA parts.
#365 of 411 Re: Passat - Vanity and Dash Light Problem [ally100570]
Jan 04, 2011 (4:06 am)
Did both problems start simultaneously?
There are online directions for replacing the bulb behind the HVAC plate (assuming this is the manual control not the climatronic one). Google "HVAC light Passat" and you'll find those.
Does your vehicle have the homelink system built into the visor? There is a relationship between that and having the vanity lights go out.
Does the rest of your electronics work, like the cruise control?
Post more info and let's see what we can figure out.
#366 of 411 Re: Passat - Vanity and Dash Light Problem [altair4]
Jan 04, 2011 (3:59 pm)
Thanks altair4! We'll check out your suggestion regarding replacing the bulb. We just recently got the car so it was already a problem we didn't discover when buying it. The dealer said they would fix it but I'd like to have an idea what it entails before bringing it. If it was a simple fix like a fuse or a bulb, we can just take care of it. We do have the homelink but haven't programmed it and so far, everything else is fine.
#367 of 411 Re: Passat - Vanity and Dash Light Problem [ally100570]
Jan 05, 2011 (5:23 am)
Ally, are there any other electrical issues? Check your horn and heated seats. There is a known issue with the insulation fraying in some homelink equipped Passats; it is caused by the movement of the visor. You might specifically want to check fuse #4 and #5, too (seems there's some variance in what was used or at least what has been mentioned on the interwebz.
Jan 06, 2011 (3:54 pm)
a have 2000 passat v6 and i have a problem i dont now where is the windows relay any one now where is the relay
#369 of 411 Passat - Battery Drain, random alarm, brake lights...
Jan 17, 2011 (11:48 am)
Goofy electrical symptoms and no apparent single cause....
* Battery drains overnight
* Brake Lights remain on when headlights are on (work normally with headlights off)
* Alarm goes off randomly (and annoyingly according to my neighbors!)
Wet environment, but no apparent leaks. Please share your thoughts!
#370 of 411 03 vw passat glx 4 motion remote
Jan 26, 2011 (8:41 am)
I am hoping someone can help. Two days ago my vw had to be jumpstarted due to -26 degree weather. Once started, I had to reset my presets on my radio and the clock in the dash - that seemed to be my only problem. However, both of my remotes for the car aren't working fully. I can start the car, lock all the doors, and unlock only the driver's door. I have tried resetting by using the info in the manual and even brought it to a shop who works with VW's but they had no luck. I was told the tech attached a scan tool but there was no communication to diagnose? I am trying not to bring it to VW, as they are waaay overpriced (and I'm a woman...which makes them think they can charge twice as much) and would appreciate any help with my issue.
PS....I also noticed that the wipers "swish" the windshield once when the car turns on...not sure if this is related...
#371 of 411 Re: Passat - Battery Drain, random alarm, brake lights... [mattkirk]
Jan 26, 2011 (10:42 am)
Update on this issue:
The tail light problem was caused by a 17-year-old that replaced the bulbs with the wrong type (single element rather than dual element). : )
The battery drain and random alarm were caused by a shorted control module (computor) that controls the door locks and alarm system. $500 repair. Woof.
#372 of 411 another issue
Feb 07, 2011 (3:37 pm)
ABS and traction control lights are on.
Before system shutting itself down the brakes were activating ABS even on dry surface. It made stopping interesting.
Space under seats seems to be dry so I do not think it is water damage. Could it be ABS sensors being blocked by debris? The car was driven through some deep snow.
#373 of 411 Poor radio in 2010 Passat
Feb 11, 2011 (8:24 pm)
I can "t get AM radio to come in on my 2010 Passat. Certain areas of New York are fine, bit I get little or no reception around my home in NJ The Dealer put in a new radio with no new results. Any one have this same problem???