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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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A/C blowing hot air
If only one fan is running, this would suggest that at least one of your fan relays is bad. If the AC is blowing hot air, this could be either low on Freon or you may have a bad temperature...
Epc Light & Sensor
I'm curious if there are any fault codes stored in the engine's computer. The mass air-flow meter or sensor is not the "EPC" sensor. If the vehicle is not running properly with the new mass air meter, there may be...
Car not starting - 2002 Volkswagen Beetle
Hey there. Your best bet is to start by checking for spark and fuel. From my experience with VW's of the early 2000's, failing fuel pumps are a typical problem. If you need help with a diagnosis, a certified pro...
When I step on the gas my beetle turns off.
The problem sounds like you may have more than one problem. You need to see if the carburetor accelerator pump is working by checking the carburetor with engine off and operating the accelerator to see if it squirts fuel. If...
My car shakes when I accelerate above 30 mph.
There are many things that can potentially cause your vehicle to shake at that speed. Some of the potential causes of this issue would include but are not limited to tires with cupping wear due to bad shocks, tires are...
Strong smell in the car - 2003 Volkswagen Beetle
Hello. To get rid of a smell I would try to pinpoint where it's coming from and focus on cleaning or deodorizing that area. If the smell is coming from the outside then washing the vehicle a few times will...
Coolant is boiling
You need to check to see if the thermostat is opening properly and if the cooling fan came on. The upper and lower hose should be hot if it is open. If this is your first time running the car...
Car starts, but sputters and acts like it wants to stall
The first question I have for you is whether it has had its timing belt replaced? The maintenance interval on your timing belt is 105,000 miles. A broken or failing timing belt can certainly display these sort of symptoms. There...
Leaking pink water fluid towards the front left side of the car.
It sounds like you may have damaged the radiator. Some coolant is colored green and some is colored reddish-orange, depending on the coolant used. A certified technician, like one from YourMechanic, will be able to conduct a few tests to...
back right wheel blocked
Hello. If the wheel will not move, then the brake shoes are stuck to the drum. If the vehicle has not moved in some time and if the parking brake was not being used, then the shoes typically corrode to...
1999 Volkswagen Beetle overheating. The radaitor top hose was broke. Got a new radiator. How can I check the water pump and the thermostat
Hello. If you wanted to diagnose these other parts, then you would need to use an infrared thermometer to see if the coolant hoses are getting hot and that the radiator is getting hot indicating that the coolant is flowing....
Discoloration in paint work
You will need to take the car to a body and paint repair shop or the dealer to let them have a look at the damaged paint. It sounds like something was on the car that damaged the paint while...
change a thermosrat on a 2004 VB beetle 1.8
Make sure that all of the old gasket material is removed and that the surface is clean and dry before installation. Sometimes, gaskets will leak due to an unclean surface or uneven surface. By using RTV (silicone), it fills in...
My heat and AC do not work - 2003 Volkswagen Beetle
It sounds like the blend door may be stuck. The blend door is usually controlled by a cable or an actuator. If the switch itself seems to be hard to turn, it is likely cable driven and experiencing a restriction....
Air conditioner blowing hot air. Then fan was running low then sped up to high.
Hi there. It sounds like you have a low refrigerant charge; your AC system has a low charge. This is usually caused by a leak in the system. This low state of charge can cause insufficient cooling, thus the hot...
car over heated
You will need to inspect your radiator to make sure it's not leaking from there and then inspect the hoses. You could have something as small as a bad thermostat or something as big as a bad water pump. I...
Check engine light comes on when accelerating hard in first gear
Hi Laura, welcome to YourMechanic and thanks for writing in. I'd be happy to help. This could be potentially a faulty mass airflow sensor which is something that regulates air intake into the engine, and relays this info to the...
So a friend and I spent 2 days putting a brand new generator in the Beetle, but it went bad this morning. Why.?
Hi, thanks for writing in. I'd be happy to provide some insight. There are a few issues that may be happening. First, the voltage regulator for the generator may be bad and caused over or under charge conditions. Or, the...
Hard to start car, it seems flooded. Fires right up by using starting fluid.
The fact that you need to use starting fluid suggests you have a fuel delivery problem. Without knowing the year of your VW Beetle, this may tough to diagnose due to the fact that the earlier Beetles were carbureted models...
If you have to add oil all the time and there is no oil puddle left on the ground but the dealer suggests an oil pan gasket leak h
Hi there: On any engine that has issues with loose or damaged internal components, such as valve guides or piston rings, going through oil frequently is commonplace. If the oil pan gasket is leaking, it may be burning on exhaust...

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