Shifting issues due to internal problems in high mileage automatic transmissions can be difficult to resolve without transmission replacement.
Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 1990 Volkswagen Golf
1990 Volkswagen Golf
1990 Volkswagen Golf Problems
Reverse gear failures and noise in the manual transmission models are common.
Electrical issues that are difficult to diagnose—and sometimes intermittent—are typically due to ground wiring issues. The most troublesome ground locations are under the battery or at the engine.
An engine coolant leak may develop, most commonly from the water pump. The valve cover gasket is also prone to leaking engine oil.
Heater core leaks are common in this model, more so if the wrong anti-freeze/coolant is used in the cooling system.
1990 Volkswagen Golf Recalls (Recent)
Summary: THE END CAP CONNECTING THE HEAT EXCHANGER'S CORE TO THE ENGINE COOLING SYSTEM COULD RUPTURE AND ALLOW HOT COOLANT TO ESCAPE INTO THE PASSENGER COMPARTMENT.Learn more »
Summary: CERTAIN HYDRAULIC BRAKE HOSES, P/N 171.611.107B, SOLD AS REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT FOR 1975-1985 VOLKSWAGEN (VW) RABBIT; 1985-1992 VW GOLF; AND 1980-1992 VW JETTA PASSENGER VEHICLES. POSSIBLE BRAKE HOSE RUPTURE COULD OCCUR WHICH FAILS TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 106, "BRAKE HOSES."Learn more »
Summary: OMISSION OF AIR DUCTS INTENDED TO GUIDE FLOW OF COOLING AIR TO LEFT AND RIGHT FRONT BRAKE CALIPERS COULD ALLOW BRAKE FLUID TO EXCEED ALLOWABLE OPERATING TEMPERATURE UNDER CERTAIN OPERATING CONDITIONS.Learn more »
Summary: AN ENGINE PREHEATING TUBE MAY NOT BE PROPERLY SUPPORTED DUE TO A MISSING SUPPORT BRACKET, CAUSING THE PREHEATING TUBE TO CHAFE AGAINST THE RIGHT FRONT METAL BRAKE LINE. THIS CAN DAMAGE THE HYDRAULIC LINE, CAUSING BRAKE FLUID LEAKAGE AND DIMINISHED BRAKING IN ONE BRAKE CIRCUIT.Learn more »
1990 Volkswagen Golf Questions and Answers
I was quoted $120 for replacement of alternator, a/c and p/s belts. Went to pick up and bill was $330. No phone call, and I gave NO authorization for extra work. Difference seems to be $170 for &...
i got my 1990 vw golf 1.8l gas motor and i cant figure out how to check the transmission fluid in it
my 1990 vw golf starts for 5-7 seconds then stalls out. smells like its getting fuel, it is getting spark and fuel pump sounds like its working. when i step on the gas pedal, it doesn't help t...
I have a VW Trike and wanted to know if anyone knew who can work on them. I would like my engine tuned and I have a Hydrolic cluts that is leaking. thanks
fuel pump seems ok you can hear noise,but never check fuel filter,fuel distributor, fuel pressure and fuel regulator