I'm curious how long the vacuum pump replacement will tak...

Q: I'm curious how long the vacuum pump replacement will take on my VW Beetle

asked by on May 22, 2017

I'm curious how long the vacuum pump replacement will take on my 2012 VW Beetle. I was told by the VW dealership that the engine has to be removed to replace the brake pump. So, I am concerned if this is true, that it will take more than a day and/or won't be possible to complete outside of a mechanic shop. Can you clarify the process and expected length of service? Additionally, will the part be replaced with the same type (model/brand/etc.) vacuum pump that is already present in the car? I have researched that they have two different versions of this pump available where one leaks less than the other due to a difference in one of the gaskets. Any and all information will be appreciated. Thanks.

My car has 65000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

I will not get into the "misinformation" aspect but the engine most certainly does not have to be removed to replace the vacuum pump in a Beetle or any other VW product with the same 2.5 ltr 5 cylinder. We have a 2.5ltr equipped VW in the family and the pump was replaced last year. While the repair manual may say that the transmission has to be separated from the engine in order to access all of the vacuum pump mounting points, there are other methods to replace the pump that should not take more than a few hours - without removing the transmission. The typical failure point is the seal which causes the oil leak. The seal on the replacement pumps has been redesigned over the years in order to reduce the chance of future leaks.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

My JEEP GC is coolant temp is high and I changed the themorstat

Hello, thank you for writing in. While that is a little higher than we would like to see, it is not overwhelmingly hot for the engine. Once it hits 260, you must cut off power to the vehicle. Anything over...

How do you program a new personal entry code into the keyless entry system?

If your car is equipped with the keyless entry keypad, it came with a default access code. This five-digit code lets you work the locks from the keypad. However, you can also change it to something else if you prefer....

Whirring noise at lower speeds

Hi there. If this noise changes as you accelerate and decelerate then most of the time it is caused by a failing pinion bearing in the rear differential. I usually start by checking the fluid in it to see if...

Related articles

A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Mini Cooper Convertible
The The 2012 Mini Cooper Convertible offers lots of head room while providing both a fun riding and driving experience. There are many personalization options, so you can make the convertible your own unique vehicle. For example, contrasting piping and...
A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Honda CR-Z
In In the tradition of the sporty CRX, the CR-Z boasts some of the similar look, without quite the same amount of pep. That’s because the CR-Z is Honda’s eco-friendly offering and a pretty unique one to boot – (as...
A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Acura ZDX
The The 2012 Acura ZDX is a compact crossover that manages to combine luxury with a sleek format. It features a V6 engine, as well as seating for three passengers in the (small) back seat. Overall, the 2012 ZDX is...