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New Aftermarket clutch works well and gets into gears smoothly but 1st and reverse gears makes my engine shutter like no other.
The shuddering you feel may be a warped or contaminated pressure plate/flywheel. I normally send the flywheel to a machine shop to have it resurfaced when I install a new clutch. This helps prevent the shuddering you described. Contamination from...
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Interior lights wont turn off button is broke
It sounds like your interior lights would not turn off, then in trying to turn them off with the dome light switch, you broke the dome light switch. If that's the case, then besides the broken dome light switch, you...
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Cost of replacing a engine on a 2009 GTI volkswagen?
That is not an unreasonable price for a L4-2.0 L turbo engine. It would be much more elsewhere. Be sure the turbo charger is thoroughly inspected. If the engine failed due to an oil/lubrication issue, it would not be surprising...
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Prnds flashing lights anb p0777 code
Hello. For this vehicle, it appears that the solenoids are located inside the transmission. For many vehicles the transmission control solenoids are bolted to the exterior of the transmission, however for this vehicle the solenoids are part of the transmission...
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What can I expect from my car as far as reliability goes?
Hi there. Buying a used car isn't as easy as it used to be - especially with Volkswagen Turbo's made over the past seven years. In regards to reliability and the important issues you're looking for, the VW GTI Turbo...
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Every time I drive the epc light goes on and it's says check engine service now and sometimes it just cuts off while driving
Hello. If your warning lights are on then the first thing I would do is retrieve the trouble codes, as they will likely reveal some insight on what the issue may be. Warning lights and stalling can be caused by...
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Oil pressure light and the engine's max speed is 4000 rpm. After 2 days the car isn't starting anymore.
You have several problems and this makes things considerably more confusing. Jetta's are known for having challenges with their oil pressure light switches. The important thing to determine is that your motor has good oil pressure. The surest way to...
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Camshaft failed two months after timing belt replacement
Although it is not extremely common for a camshaft to fail within the 100k mile range, it is not impossible. If indeed the camshaft has snapped or potentially has a bad bearing, this can in fact cause an enormous vibration....
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I have a problem of petrol going through to the oil sump and the car backfire and some smoke coming out of exhaust.
Hello. If your oil is being mixed with fuel then you are either getting too much fuel into the engine or you have a serious internal engine issue. Most of the time this is caused by worn out piston rings....
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Camshaft position sensor went out
Hi there: It really depends on how it was determined that the crankshaft position sensor was damaged. If there was an error code that was found by a routine scan then it's possible that the sensor itself was not the...
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Check Engine Light on - P2187 and P0420 codes
Hello. If I understand correctly, when you say "catless downpipe," you mean that you have installed a pipe without a catalytic converter. If that is the case, you are always going to have the code for catalyst efficiency. The...
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Odd whining sound, hoping an experienced mechanic might Identify
Good job on the recording! What your experiencing is a problem in the wheel bearing. You'll notice the sound is associated with the speed of the car and not the speed of the engine, which usually points to drive line...
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Need an experienced VW mwchanic's ear on an odd sound
Hi there. Look for anything that rotates on the engine as accessories, like the pulleys, water pump, power steering pump, alternator, and A/C compressor. There could be a harmonic vibration admitting from one of the items making the noise. ...
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I just got my tire plugged. Should I still get it my tire repaired?
If the tire was repaired at a professional shop, or national tire chain, unless they cautioned you that the repair was "temporary", they likely gave you a permanent repair. If you are concerned about the plug, and your tire is...
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smoke/steam coming form dipstick 2009 VW GTI Turbo
Hello - it is normal to have a small amount of "fumes" exit the dipstick when it is pulled. The crankcase, is after all, a pretty violent place - oil and extreme temperatures combined with rotating hot metal. If you...
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I have a clunking and popping noise when turning
This is a common sign of a failing CV joint. A CV (Constant Velocity) joint is a shaft that connects the transmission to the wheels, essentially transferring the power from the drive train directly to the wheels. The CV joint...
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My car is taking a lot of water and smoking when opened up??
If the car is using coolant and you can't find any leaks, it must be going out the tailpipe; and that would certainly explain the smoke. But it could also be that the coolant is leaking and evaporating just as...
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Hey there: In many cases, the failure of the blower motor to actually blow air into the cabin is caused by a blower motor resistor. This component is usually installed behind the dashboard or underneath the blower motor and can...
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I change the radiator but i have fault in my car p2568 how can i fix it
Hello. The code you have received is telling you that the downstream oxygen sensor has detected a temperature that is out of range. When the PCM (aka the main computer) detects this error it will set the warning light. This...
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Brake fade after hard driving
If by brake fade you mean that the brake pedal feels normal, but the brakes don't seem as effective and require more leg energy, then you are probably having an issue with the brake pad material. The brake lining is...

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