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Hello,
Driving my beetle today I noticed that the turbo sound was much louder and high pitched than usual. Once I shifted up to fourth and fifth gears, there was a loss of power - it wasn't accelerating and when I tried to pull over, my steering wheel was stuck as if there was no power steering and my brake pedal wasn't working. I had to stop using the emergency brake. Very scary. I turned the car off and back on again and it got me home with the check engine light going on and off. The problem seemed to start/get worse at high RPM.

Has anyone else experienced this or have any idea what's happening? I am not very car savvy and I'm nervous to drive it again.
 

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It sounds like the ductwork between the turbo and the intake has come apart somewhere. Try searching or posting on the 1.8 liter forum for more info.
 

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Probably a boost or vacuum hose; popped off. Look at the brake booster and or the hoses that go to the turbo, all hoses in the engine compartment, for that matter. Once, you reattach or replace the bad hose (if one is damaged or has a hole in it), things will most likely, go back to normal. Once you find the hose that popped off; check it for damage, to see if it needs replaced and put a new hose clamp or use a crimp style clamp, for increased security (probably, NEVER come off, ever again).

https://www.google.com/webhp?source...1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=oetiker crimp style clamp

You can find the clamps; at any hardware store, they call them "Pex, Seamless Heavy Duty Pex Clamp" or "Stainless Steel Cinch Pex Clamps"; allot cheaper, than the original oem German Oetiker style clamps and work, just as well.

https://www.google.com/search?q=Sta...ome..69i57&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=119&ie=UTF-8

They require a specific tool but you could probably, get away with using cutting pliers or knipping style pliers.

Oetiker pliers:

Oetiker® Manual Closing Standard Jaw Pincer, 5 - 9 mm Wide Model: 320-14100082

or

Oetiker® Manual Closing Side Jaw Pincer
Model: 320-14100083


https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=Oetiker pliers
 

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Thank you! I'll update with what the problem was. It sounds like if it's a hose it won't be too serious so I'll hope that's all it is.
 
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