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  1. Fan mysteriously hitting coolant tube? Help!

    Questions, Issues or Problems with the New Beetle
    So the fans have apparently been eating away at the coolant hose located at the front top of the car that connects the upper radiator hose to the water pump. I've known this for awhile you can feel it, it started to slowly leak so I replaced the hose. It's bracketed in at the middle of the hose...
  2. Question, coolant light came on

    Questions, Issues or Problems with the New Beetle
    Hey guys, so I honestly have no idea what I’m doing and I’m going to try to explain this the best I can. I own a 2004 Volkswagen Beetle but, and I got into a wreck. The hood is a little smashed but the car seemed to be still driveable, but as I started the car, my coolant light came on, I drove...
  3. head gasket or water pump??

    Questions, Issues or Problems with the New Beetle
    HELP!! today while driving my bug, I noticed I had absolutely no heat after about 30 mins of driving. the air that WAS blowing through the vents smelled sweet like syrup. I also think i saw smoke or steam coming from under my hood so i quickly shut the heat off. The smell stopped and so did the...
  4. Mysterious coolant leak

    2.0 Liter Gas
    Hey, everyone! I'm having a weird coolant leak in my Bug. (2000, 2.0 GLS, auto) that has seemed to have gotten worse over time. Last year, I started having my temp light (red thermometer) go off every couple of months or so. Upon checking the reservoir, it would be empty. My mechanic said it...
  5. 2007 2.5 Convertible coolant level sensor

    2.5 Liter Gas
    Hello there everyone! I must say, you guys have saved my butt several times and prevented many hundreds of dollars in diagnostic costs;) But, I finally have one that I can't find a straight answer for... So, naturally, I joined the forum to ask a question myself. Here is the situation... My...
  6. Heater hose bursted help

    1.8 Liter Turbo
    The hose that comes from the heater core to the coolant temperature sensor housing broke, and i have no idea where to start. I cant find anything online about replacing the hoses, or anything about them. Do I have to replace all 3 hoses that are in the heat shield? Could anyone give me tips or...
  7. Coolant not circulating through radiator!

    1.8 Liter Turbo
    Hey guys! I have been doing research trying to figure out why my coolant system is not circulating through my radiator. I deleted my SAI system and unplugged the coolant attachment that comes out of the cylinder head to access the SAI/exhaust valve. I only drained enough out to get the job...
  8. Flashing red temperature warning

    1.8 Liter Turbo
    I own a 2002 VW new beetle. After I replaced my ac compressor, my system started heating up and it says im low on coolant. i pulled over and let the system cooldown and refilled it. when i got home, i popped the hood and saw a radiator hose that was sliced and it was leaking water. i had the...
  9. 2000 VW Beetle Issues.

    2.0 Liter Gas
    Hello Internet. I kinda bought a lemon VW in the dark. (It was $1400 and I needed a nice car.) The issues with it a relatively few though. The doorlamps on the door do not function. They were in the beginning but they cutted out. It has an aftermarket alarm in case in makes a difference. The...
  10. coolant leak? Watch this video

    1.9 Liter TDI
    I've had a slow, mysterious coolant leak since I bought the car and well, it's now bad enough to replace it. This video was SPOT ON. Easy to follow. Use it.
  11. Death idle, dont know whats wrong?

    1.8 Liter Turbo
    My 04 vw beetle turbo, not diesel, has been idling like this for the past week and i don't know why. it is really loud, has a really bad gassy smell. I know there is a antifreeze leak, cant find it, because i have to top it off with a few ounces every 3-4 weeks. it takes like 20 minutes to warm...
  12. Another overheating problem 2.0 beetle

    2.0 Liter Gas
    Hi everyone. Im new here but Ive been searching and searching and Ive tried numerous things I found here and appreciate all of the info, but Im stumped. Ive got a 1998 Beetle with an overheating problem. Technically, the fans are not coming on but I think its because the temp sensor is not...
  13. Don't know why it's leaking

    2.0 Liter Gas
    Noticed a leak underneath the car where the arrow is pointing in the photo. Don't know if this is coolant leaking down from a hose or if it's transmission fluid. It looks like it has water in it, so it's probably transmission fluid. If it is transmission fluid how do I stop the leak?
  14. Coolant Leak, Tube on left of Thermostat, 2002

    2.0 Liter Gas
    Hi All, I was looking for some help / advice with a coolant leak on my wife's '02 Beetle with a 2.0 and automatic. It's had a slow leak for a few months now. I took off the plastic engine cover to look for it, and it was pretty obvious. It's coming from the joint where a metal tube attaches...
  15. Coolant leak

    Questions, Issues or Problems with the New Beetle
    I am looking for help with a coolant leak. (BTW...I recharged my AC the other day, and now my car is leaking coolant. I don't know if this is just a coincidence or what.) While the coolant is dripping from the very front passenger side of the car, it looks like the actual leak is behind the...
  16. HELP! 190 miles away in Hereford and coolant issues.

    Miscellaneous Hoo-Ha
    hi everyone, i have been about on here for a while but i just had to reregister... I after some help/advice/shoulder to cry on/a tow :runnethov We have a 2002 1.8t, we have come to visit some family in hereford from liverpool. Drove down not a problem, the car ran like a dream. We out today...
  17. Coolant Leaking (driver side engine bay)

    2.0 Liter Gas
    Hi! Drivers side engine bay has lots of visible coolant. Vehicle had recently overheated and a TB and WP are being considered. The 99 2.0L beetle had it changed at 70k, and it is now at 120k. Inspection of the timing belt: looks fine. Also, no leaking found around the water pump. However, I...
  18. Coolant fan relay

    2.0 Liter Gas
    I have a 2000 beetle 2.0L gas. I'm looking to replace the coolant fan relay. Any idea where this is located?
  19. Coolant Leak/ Transmission Not Catching

    1.8 Liter Turbo
    Hello everybody, I am brand new to this site but have loved the insight that everybody has given so far. My 2001 New Beetle GLS 1.8L Turbo has had some issues recently. My coolant light has started flashing red as well as the beeping signal. I took it to my local mechanic and they told me that...
  20. Thirsty buggy - WHERES ALL THE COOLANT?

    2.0 Liter Gas
    Hey guys When I start up my beetle, a blue coolant symbol appears. Then shortly after (about 15 mins of driving) a flashing red coolant sign comes on. Sometimes it just starts with the flashing red coolant symbol. I have refilled the coolant tank 3 times in 1 week. I have checked and do not...