2012 Volkswagen Golf TDI Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2012 Volkswagen Golf TDI
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2012 Volkswagen Golf TDI ProblemsOdor from HVAC vents
A musty odor may be noted from the heating, ventilation and AC (HVAC) system after sitting for two hours or more due to condensation in the heater case. Our technicians tell us that a cleaner is available for the heater case and the drain system should be checked for debris.
The rear brakes tend to wear out quickly; rotors may need replacement by the first brake job. Our technicians recommend that the brakes be inspected for wear regularly.
The glove box hinges (made of plastic) on our 2000 Golf TDI have failed three times in the 10 years we have owned the car.
2012 Volkswagen Golf TDI RecallsPotential Diesel Fuel Leak
On the 2.0L TDI common rail Diesel engine/clean Diesel engine, fuel injection pulses could coincide with the natural frequency of injector line #2. This resonance creates additional stress on the fuel line. Small cracks could develop in the #2 injector line, resulting in a Diesel fuel leak. A fuel leak always increases the risk of a fire. Dealers will install an improved #2 fuel injector line and install vibration dampers on all of the injector lines to correct this concern. The Volkswagen/Audi recall number is 23J9/V5.