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A Buyer's Guide to the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle
Although it may be one of the most recognizable cars on the road, thanks to its unique design, perhaps you’ve never considered owning a Volkswagen Beetle before. There are a number of reasons...

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My 2001 vw beetle won't go over 20 mph and not shifting.
Hi there. The computer has put the engine into limp mode for a fault that the sensors have picked up. Since the transmission is not shifting, first check the transmission oil level and make sure that its full and red...
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'98 VW Bug endless oil leak
Hi there. The valve cover gaskets are probably worn and need replaced. If all of the gaskets are replaced and there is still oil coming out of the engine, then replace the positive crank case vent valve (PCV). If the...
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Can't shift into reverse 1st or 2nd
Cable adjustment was the correct thing to try, but it won't help much if the ball and socket in the shifter is bad. The VW shifters use a nylon ball and socket joint that can crack, throwing everything off. Try...
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I'm removing the motor but the input shaft is still in the motor instead of staying in the transmission what do I do?
Hi there. The input shaft is stuck in the pilot bearing on the engine or the back of the crankshaft. If the input shaft came completely off, then you will have to use a slide hammer to remove the input...
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What could be the cause of code P0171
PO171 occurs when the fuel mixture has gotten so lean that it is out of the range that the ECU can compensate. It can be accompanied by poor idle quality, weak performance and even stalling. While Oxygen sensor number 1...
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car stutters when turned on the first time, but later it starts fine
Hi there. It is very likely that you have a problem with your cold start injector on your Beetle. The cold start injector, also referred to as the cold start valve, is an engine management component found on many road...
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Won't shift properly
Hi Travis. Thanks for writing in today. There are several possible issues with your manual transmission shifted 1998 Volkswagen Beetle that could be contributing to this issue, ranging from the clutch pack or pressure plate wearing out, to internal transmission...
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Why is my EPS warning light on in my 2001 VW Beetle
Your EPC light stands for electronic power control. This is for the powertrain control system. When the computer detects a failure in the system then this light will come on because the powertrain control system can no longer properly control...
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Yellow brake alarm
ItIt's technically safe to drive to a shop, yes. Brake systems rarely (very rarely) experience total failures. Even if a steel brake line carrying brake fluid completely blows out, spewing hydraulic fluid everywhere, you will still have functioning brakes at...
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If i upgrade my car's thermostat to a better brand/higher quality will that make my heater blower hotter air?
Hi there. You can change your thermostat to the cold weather thermostat if your vehicle is equipped with the stock or warm weather thermostat. For your vehicle, there is a thermostat for the temperature rating of 180 degrees fahrenheit for...
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Coolant leak
Coolant can leak from many different places around the motor or the radiator. Many common places for leaks to happen are places where there is a pressure buildup such as radiator hoses and the water pump. Generally, when a water...
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My Volkswagen sounds like it's got a dry wheel bearing in the front.
Judging by age and mileage, if you haven't had a wheel bearing failure yet, you're about due. Wheel bearing noise differs from transmission noise in that it sounds the same no matter what gear you are in. It will change...
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How much is new struts for a beetles 2015?
Billing question was sent to CS for the cost to replace the front struts on a 2015 Volkswagen Beetle.
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Car is loosing coolant
Your car is obviously loosing coolant. It could be a leak in a hose or water pump or something like that, or it could be going into the engine through a head gasket. either way you need to get it...
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Diagnostic code P0721
Hi....the best thing to do is request a diagnostic based on the trouble code, P0721, that you have in hand. Resolve that first as the fault behind the trouble code may account for the shift difficulty you are having. The...
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Knocking front drivers side, slight lean.
Hi there. Check the suspension and see if it's loose or has a broken bushing. A control arm will move back and forth when the vehicle is accelerated if the parts are loose or missing any bushings. If you need...
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Starter not working and lighting issues
Be sure the battery is fully charged. "New" batteries are not necessarily fully charged at time of sale. Of course, confirm that the engine immobilizer system (security system) is not activated thus preventing the car from starting. If there is...
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Will not start
If the last symptom is failure of the motor to turn, you just want to confirm that by removing the spark plugs and ensuring the manual transmission is not engaged. If you still cannot turn the motor by hand using...
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My car was clicking, then it stopped running and the battery and check engine lights came on.
Hi there. It sounds like it may be a timing belt concern, but there are definitely other possibilities that may not be as involved as the timing belt. There could be an alternator concern, drive belt failing concern, or an...
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2012 VW Beetle Turbo. Vehicle will not start.
Prior to performing diagnostics be sure you have a fully charged battery that passes a load test. Then, confirm that the engine immobilizer system (security system) is not activated thus preventing the car from starting. Basically, if a fully charged...

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