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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 1990 Volkswagen Cabriolet

1990 Volkswagen Cabriolet

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1990 Volkswagen Cabriolet Problems

Engine -- Verified

Ignition wire breakdown is common, resulting in misfires.

Engine -- Verified

The water pump and/or other cooling system may develop a coolant leak. Oil leaking from the  valve cover gasket is also common.

Drive Train -- Verified

Extensive transmission damage can occur in some of the automatic transmission models when the transmission oil cooler fails and allows coolant to mix with the automatic transmission fluid.

Drive Train -- Verified

Shifting issues due to internal problems in high mileage automatic transmissions can be difficult to resolve without transmission replacement.

Drive Train -- Verified

Reverse gear failures and noise in the manual transmission models are common.

1990 Volkswagen Cabriolet Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., May 22, 1992

Summary: THE AIRBAG HARNESS WIRE MAY HAVE BEEN IMPROPERLY ROUTED THROUGH AN OPENING IN THE DASHBOARD CROSSMEMBER AND COULD BE PINCHED AND CHAFED BETWEEN TWO PANELS EVENTUALLY RESULTING IN DAMAGE TO THE WIRE.

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Drive Train, January 9, 1992

Summary: THE CENTER OF THE WATER SEPARATOR PANEL LOCATED IN THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT BETWEEN ENGINE AND FIREWALL COULD BEND IN THE EVENT SOMEONE LEANS ON IT DURING ENGINE MAINTENANCE, REPAIRS OR CHECKING OF FLUID LEVELS. A BENT PANEL COULD INTERFERE WITH THE FREE MOVEMENT OF THE ACCELERATOR LINKAGE.

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Engine, May 22, 1992

Summary: THE FUEL HOSE ATTACHED TO THE FUEL DISTRIBUTION RAIL ON THE ENGINE MAY SHRINK BEYOND THE CLAMP FORCE OF THE FUEL HOSE CLAMPS, ALLOWING FUEL TO LEAK.

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Engine, December 13, 1991

Summary: A CRACK CAN DEVELOP IN THE FUEL TANK ADJACENT TO A SEAM WELD IN THE REAR OF THE TANK.

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1990 Volkswagen Cabriolet Questions and Answers

Visitor, 1990 Volkswagen Cabriolet, 1.8L 4 Cylinder, Fort Worth, TX

I'm trying to change the thermostat and tried using a socket with extension and it did not fit...does another part need to be removed to get to it?

1985, 1990 Volkswagen Cabriolet, 1.8L 4 Cylinder, Red Oak, TX

I have a 1985 vw Cabriolet w/ manual transmition. There is a round rubber seal with a hole in it on top of the bell housing. Does this opening stay open, or should it be plugged?

L.L. Moline, 1990 Volkswagen Cabriolet, 1.8L 4 Cylinder, Pepin, WI

Gas gauge quit working this morn, is sending unit in tank or is it the gauge itself in dash ???

edsel z, 1990 Volkswagen Cabriolet, Seattle, WA

hi i have this Vw cabriolete i replace the timing belt and still won't fire , do i sync anything how do i do that what is my new steps thank you.

Jim Carrico, 1990 Volkswagen Cabriolet, 1.8L 4 Cylinder, Columbia, MO

Please explain in great deepth the replacement of the blower motor. I have a replacement motor on hand. Motor does not work in any speed and emits a electrical burning smell.

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