Dec 202017

2009 VW Jetta

We are considering purchasing this 2009 VW Jetta 2.5 with 76000 miles on it. First of all it had the EPC light on the instrument cluster when we got to the dealer. So they said they replaced 1 spark plug & coil pack & the light went out. Does this repair sound appropriate or should we be concerned there could be something more serious wrong with the car?
Thanks Phil

Seems like you should be concerned that there is something more serious going on! I would move on to a different vehicle for sure. Most of all the EPC light has nothing to do with the spark plugs or coil packs. Therefore I would suggest looking at something else unless you are completely in love with it. And the dealer is willing to WARRANTY the vehicle.

EPC Light – Electronic Power Control Warning Light

If a malfunction is recognized in the EPC system, the ECM switches on the the EPC warning light.

For EPC, the throttle valve is not operated by a cable from the accelerator pedal. There is no mechanical connection between the accelerator pedal and the throttle valve. The EPC is a system containing all components that contribute to recognizing, controlling and monitoring the position of the control valve.

EPC loation diagram 2009 VW Jetta

Dec 122017

1999 VW Bettle

I just bought this car and it will not idle. It runs down the road but when you let off the gas it dies.
The check engine lite was on and indicated multiple cylinder misfire. I cleared the code and while the lite has not returned the problem persists.

Some times it takes a while for a light to return where misfires are concerned. This is because the engine requires a misfire to occur a certain number of times inside a set amount of time in order to set a code. I would guess a vacuum leak of some kind. If you have the exact trouble codes feel free to post them in the comments.

VW Code P0300 – Random Cylinder Misfire Detected

VW Code P0300 Probable Causes

  • Faulty spark plug (s)
  • Faulty ignition coil (s)
  • Clogged or faulty fuel injector (s)
  • Intake air leak
  • Fuel injectors harness is open or shorted
  • Fuel Injectors circuit poor electrical connection
  • Ignition coils harness is open or shorted
  • Ignition coils circuit poor electrical connection
  • Insufficient cylinders compression
  • Incorrect fuel pressure
Sep 132017


Noise when I’m driving

Noise when I’m driving but not at idle. I’ve been told its probably a gearbox bearing or gearbox issue. The gears change very smoothly and the car is running well except for this noise.
Is this a serious problem and expensive?? Thanks

About the only way to know for certain what it would take to repair the transmission would be to take it apart and inspect it.

Aug 012017

2010 VW Beetle

Speedometer quit working

My speedometer quit working on me. The code says speed sensor A. But I cannot seem to find it anywhere on the transmission. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Vehicle Speed Sensor Testing

Use the provided diagram to help locate the electrical connection at the speed sensor. You may also want to test the sensor since you are already looking at it.

VSS Location 2010 VW Beetle

VSS Diagram

Need help with pulling a 2000 Volkswagen Passat transmission!!! anyone !!

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Jul 312017

Volkswagen Passat

I have never done a Volkswagen transmission before. I have done a few R&R s on Chevy’s and Ford’s but no Volkswagen’s. So if any one can help me out with a few tips or what I need to do or don’t do I would be grateful. I have heard a couple of things that I may have to do to pull this transmission like pull the starter to get to a bolt from the starter hole. and had someone told me that you can not get to the the torque converter bolts too pull the trans. I am a little lost on this so if anyone can help me out I would be grateful… thanks   gene

Volkswagen Passat Transmission Removal

Not sure of any tips or tricks for this one myself. I will add the auto repair manual procedure for reference and post in case some others may have something to add.


Cooling Fans 2013 Volkswagen GTI

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Jun 182017

2013 VW GTI

Cooling fan stays on

Hello, thanks for your time. I have a 2013 VW GTI and whenever I turn it on, the radiator fan starts running, and it starts making a really loud noise. Imagine the noise as when you have a car in idle, and the fan starts for a while, and then it stops. Mine, on the other hand, keeps going and doesn’t stop until I turn off the car. Also, only one of the fans seems to be running, the one of the driver side, I haven’t seen or heard the smaller passenger side fan run. What could be the problem and what should i do?

It sounds to me like a relay is sticking. This would cause the fan to come on and stay on until power is cut from the relay(key is turned off). It would appear from looking at the wiring diagram of the cooling fan circuit the only relay would be the Motronic Engine Control Module Power Supply Relay. Check this first by simply removing it and seeing if the fan quits.

Cooling Fan Wiring Diagram 2013 VW GTI

Mar 112017

2002-vw-passatMy brother accidentally put steering fluid into the the part where the transmission fluids go. What do you suggest that he does?


Transmission Fluid Contamination

It would depend on how much and if the vehicle has been operated or not since this was done. If just a tiny amount of power steering fluid was added I wouldn’t worry to much about it. A tiny amount would be less than a 1/4 of a quart. The two fluids are not the same but that small of an amount shouldn’t make a difference. The automatic transmission holds only 3.2 quarts of fluid in it for this vehicle.

Now if 2 or 3 quarts of fluid where added and the vehicle was driven, then you may need to drain the system.

Automatic transmission fluids

Automatic transmission fluids can be broken down into two types, Dexron® III and Ford type F. These fluids are specific to the transmission using them. Don’t assume that all Ford vehicles use type F, they don’t!

  • Dexron® III, sometime referred to as multi-purpose ATF. This replaces the old Type A, Suffix A, was recommended by GM, Chrysler and AMC between 1956-1967. It also supercedes Dexron® and Dexron® II fluids. Ford vehicles 1977 and later with the C6 transmission or the Jatco transmission in the Granada and Monarch also use this fluid. Ford refers to this fluid as Mercon®, or transmissions where type H or CJ where recommended.
  • Type F fluid is recommended by Ford Motor Co. for most late model Fords and certain imports, and contains certain frictional compounds required for proper operation in these transmissions.

There is not much of a problem here, since the bottles are clearly marked to indicate the type of fluid. If you are in doubt, check your owner’s manual.

Feb 222017

2007 VW TransporterMy T5 keeps over heating and blowing the coolant out of the header tank. When it overheats the fans in the car just blow cold air out even on the hottest temperature. When driving along there is some heat out the fans then it will get cold for a minute then get hot again. I had the head gasket done less than 12 months ago. Recently I have had a new coolant temp sensor, new thermostat and it has been in to the VW garage for the past week who cannot identify what the problem is! They have said it is maybe a blockage but not come up with where! Any help greatly appreciated.


From what you described it sounds like the coolant level is low or has air in the system. Of course if there is a leak internally or externally you will want to repair it right away. Keeping note as to how often the coolant level goes down is a good indicator of how big the leak is.

I have outlined some helpful diagnostics for an engine overheating situation.