Nov 082014

Dealer replaced timing belt before i purchased the car. After 17000 miles needed another one. Took to new garage and the mechanic said that the first machanic used too much RTV sealant and it blocked 3/4 of main oil passage and that is why it did not last. Before replacing 2nd one I had to get catalytic converter and new secondary air pump. Do you agree that the sealant can cause these problems?

Aug 272014

I have a 2012 Jetta 2.5 SEL, approx. 34K miles and under warranty. In the last month, the car has begun to not start intermittently. Absolutely no power, no electronics, nothing. I can turn on the lights and lock and unlock the doors with the key fob but that is it. It starts like this, I press down on the break and then press the ignition start button and no response. The brake pedal then locks up. No indicator lights, no electric to windows, etc. After about 3-4 hours the car will start again normal, but within a few days this will repeat itself. My wife took the car in to VW and they said they inspected the car and found nothing wrong, when she got in the car to leave it was again not working. They’ve now had the car for over a week and had called a few times to say that they hadn’t found anything yet. Now this afternoon they called my wife and told her that there was ‘probably’ a coin got into the car a damaged a circuit and that any repairs would not be covered under warranty and that we should be thankful they’re not charging us for the ‘many hours’ they spent looking at our car. It took them a week to come up with this assumption – NOT fact. I will be going in to give the service manager a piece of my mind, but has anyone ever heard of anything similar to this? Did VW really design a car with a single fault failure like this in which a coin falling in a vent can completely disable the car’s entire electrical system which in my mind is a major safety concern?

May 122014

I have been manually locking my car with the key for the past two week since I purchased this Jetta. Last locked it 2 days ago. I just purchased a keyless fob (did not come with one) and had a new (second) key cut. When we went to program the fob (one key in ignition and one in door) all of a sudden the car will not lock. The key turns to the right and springs back like it’s supposed to but the lock does not engage (no red light goes on and no beep). When I turn the key to the left the locks unlock just fine (can hear the locks unlocking). I have tried WD-40 to see if something’s stuck but to no avail. Checked fuses also. Any suggestions??

Feb 262014

2009 VW Jetta

Dealer recently replaced battery and fuse/relay box. Now they are trying to sell me an alternator. My car has only 55k miles. Service adviser said they performed a load test while replacing the battery. They said alternator is producing excess ripple and will continue to work until diode burns out and car will no longer crank. They said I may have to jump start. Battery voltage 12.41; charging voltage 14.32 ; battery voltage after turning engine off 12.71.
Did AC ripple test at battery and read 0.047-0.051 volts AC or 47-51 mV AC.
The lights are not dimming, never had to jump car, battery light on dash never appeared. Why is the dealer trying to sell me an alternator?

Jan 112014

I have a manual transmission and I want to tow it 4 wheels down behind my motorhome.  Is there any mechanical reason. not to do this?  Seems you could put it in neutral, put the key in to unlock the steering wheel, and drive away But I don’t want to burn something up.