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Coolant red light on

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We have recently had a winter storm here in the midwest with below zero temps. I took my beetle out after having it sit for a couple of days. The coolant light started flashing red and then the check engine light came on. I added coolant (it wasn't really much below the line) and then the light went off for a minute and then came back on. Does the temp outside have anything to do with it? Not sure why it would be overheating in this type of weather. I even got the special kind of coolant for a vw.
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We have a lot of smart people here; have you posted this question in the technical area for your specific engine your beetle has?
How many miles? It probably did not have enough antifreeze in it to protect down to those low temperatures. It may have pushed out a freeze plug if the coolant froze. Is there a puddle on the floor below it?

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I recently had a vacuum leak fixed, coolant flange and sensor and fuse blocked fixed as well because it didn't seem to keep the antifreeze in. I went and checked it again this morning and all the antifreeze is gone out of the reservior. Thanks for the responses. Will have to call the mechanic I guess!
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