1997 Volkswagen GTI Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1997 Volkswagen GTI

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1997 Volkswagen GTI Problems

Inspection of Water Pump and Timing Belt

The water pump may fail resulting in engine overheating and possible timing belt damage. Overheating and/or timing belt failure can result in very expensive engine repairs. As a precaution, it is recommended to inspect the timing belt and water pump at regular intervals.

Engine Misfire Due to Failed Ignition Coil, Spark Plug, or Ignition Wire

An ignition coil or spark plug may fail unexpectedly resulting in an engine misfire and possible illumination of the Check Engine Light. Vehicles equipped with spark plug wires may also develop a misfire caused by a failed spark plug wire.

Coolant and Oil Leaks

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

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1997 Volkswagen GTI Questions

Electrically challenged (1 answer)

After a large amount of head scratching i cannot solve my issue. Every time i open or close a door, or rock my car back and forth....or really do anything other than look at it. The four way flashers begin to flash and there is an audible clicking sound in the dash just behind the night time ligh...

gti ignition? (1 answer)

so i been having some trouble lately starting my gti, thinking its the ignition? sometimes it starts sometimes not, if i keep trying to start it over & over so far it has started.. any suggestions to what it might be??

Compressor cluch (2 answers)

I must have a bad bearing on the a/c compressor clutch. really loud with out load, when I turn on the a/c the noise goes away. With out load pully on a/c unit wobbles and it is spitting out metalic dust. Can you just replace the clutch on the AC unit. DO you have directions and do you neeed speci...

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