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Correct wheels and tires for my car
Any wheels other than the factory wheels will compromise the vehicle's performance to a certain extent. I would recommend getting the factory wheels if you can as they are the best suited for your vehicle. If the factory wheels are...
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Starting problem
Hi There, It sounds like you may have a faulty alternator that is not properly charging the battery as it is designed to. This can happen for a couple of reasons such as the alternator itself failing or potentially a...
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Engine light having P0171 code
Hi there. The P0171 code means that, on the first bank of the engine, the fuel system is running weak or a vacuum leak exists near this side of the engine. A lean condition occurs when the engine either receives...
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Power steering fail and multiple dash lights turn on and alarm sounds 2009 VW Jetta
Hi - the failure event you just experienced when returning home was almost certainly the serpentine belt failing. This would eliminate power steering assist, the alternator (which would turn on your "Battery" light and others), etc. Check for problem codes...
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My manual gear shift has 'fallen out'.
The VW Van has a number of plastic bushings and a big ball and socket joint, all of which are subject to breakage. The good news is that your problem is far more likely to be in that linkage than...
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Abs light, emergency brake light, steering wheel assist light, engine light, EPC light, traction control light
Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle does utilize a lot of the same sensors for these systems. Are there any other codes that are coming up when this code appears? If so you will want to take these...
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Radio Not Turning On
Hello. From what you describe it would appear that your vehicle's radio head unit may have failed. If the fuses look good and it is not coming on, along with no sound from the speakers then it may be possible...
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Check engine light (on and off) by itself.
Your check engine light may come on for many different reasons such as a faulty mass air flow sensor, a faulty O2 sensor, a bad catalytic converter, bad spark plugs or wires and many other reasons. Due to the wide...
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Timing chain
Direct measurement would reveal whether the chain has too much slack, unusual wear, or other deficiencies. The timing gears would be evaluated visually for damage. However, if the engine has only 68,000 miles, assuming normal operating history, it would be...
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2012 Jetta Cruise control not engaging.
You may still be right about the brake light switch. The brake light switch two redundant circuits for safety. One of the circuits can fail and the brake lights will still work but the cruise control will be disabled. It...
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What is the cost to replace the tensioner pulley, idler pulley, and the drive belt?
Billing question sent to CS for the cost to replace the tensioner, pulleys, and the drive belts.
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The car shudders between the speeds of 25 mph to 45 mph when accelerating. What is the problem?
Hi there. Check the engine and transmission mounts on your vehicle. When accelerating quickly, the engine and transmission move around causing the loose or broken mounts to make the engine and transmission move around violently making the front tires to...
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Belt has a type of sqeak noise past or on 4,000 rpm and a strong gas smell coming in the cabin through the vents.
Hi there. Check the engine for any fuel and oil leaks. There could be a split fuel line or the o-rings on the injectors could be split causing the fuel to slightly puddle up under the injector surface mounting area....
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The oil pressure light is blinking.
Hi There, This light will usually come on when one of two things are happening. Either the motor is in fact low on oil or the oil pressure sending unit is not working properly and may be producing a faulty...
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Windshield wipers do not work when cold but after car runs for a bit they start right up.
Hi there. The issue you are having is there could be water getting into the motor and arm area that is causing the system to freeze up and not function until the water is thawed out. I suggest greasing up...
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Why is my engine light on in my 2008 VW Jetta
Hello. From what you are explaining this is due to a failure in the evap system. If you were having trouble with it after fueling then most of the time it is cause by a failure in the purge valve...
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Does my car have two belts? One for the ac pump that can be eliminated?
Hello. Thank you for writing in. When it comes to bypassing a belt pulley, the system is designed to utilize that pulley in order to work correctly. Despite how many belts you have, that pulley must be compensated for. The...
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Car suddenly stops accelerating.
This may be related to a faulty throttle position sensor or potentially a dirty or failing mass air flow sensor. The mass air flow sensor is a unit in the intake system that monitors air intake as it is mixed...
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Stalling issues while driving
This may be a sign of a vacuum leak. A vacuum leak can be one of the most frustrating and difficult problems to diagnose. High idle speed is a common sign and stalling is another. Confirmation of an engine vacuum...
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Thinking about purchasing a 2012 Passat and wondering about maintenance
some of what your friends tell you are true. Some repairs can only be done at the dealer. Some computer repairs to the computers and theft systems require dealer scanners. Some fluids are only VW approved. The warranty even power...

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