1998 Volkswagen Passat Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1998 Volkswagen Passat
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1998 Volkswagen Passat ProblemsABS Light Due to Control Module Failure
The anti-lock brake system (ABS) control module may fail causing the ABS light to illuminate. Failed modules should be replaced to restore ABS operation.
Clogged drains can allow rainwater to accumulate in the plenum tray (at the base of the windshield). The water may leak into the vehicle's interior, brake booster, or electrical components, which can lead to major problems. Our technicians recommend keeping the tray clear of leaves, pine needles, and other debris.
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.
1998 Volkswagen Passat QuestionsWhen stepping on brake pedal, my brake lights do not go on? Replaced bulbs but still don't work (1 answer)
I lost the button to open my gas door is there another way to open it... My button is in between the two front seats not on the door
The engine also overheats when you run a few miles, and indicates 'check coolant'. The tank dries up without any leaks
1998 Volkswagen Passat RecallsVolkswagen Recalls 1997-2003 Models Due to Possible Fuel Leakage
Volkswagen has recalled certain 1998 Cabrio, 1997-1999 Jetta, and 1998-2003 Passat models because the fuel tank filler neck can suffer abrasion damage if the rear tire goes flat and the vehicle is driven until the tire disintegrates. This may lead to fuel leakage, which can result in a fire. Depending on the model, there are different solutions to the problem. Contact Volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987 for more information.