Coolant and Oil Leaks on Volkswagen Jetta

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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Average mileage: 118,900 (8,500–250,000)
Engines affected: 1.8L 4 Cylinder, 1.8L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 2.0L 4 Cylinder, 2.5L 5 Cylinder, 2.8L V6, 4 Cylinder, 6 Cylinder, Gasoline
16 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008
46 people reported this problem
25 people shared problem details
Coolant leakage, coolant light comes on.
2003 Volkswagen Jetta- 2.0L 4 Cylinder200,153
oil leak problem.
2004 Volkswagen Jetta- 1.8L 4 Cylinder Turbo128,000
Coolant leaking. Haven't figured out from exactly where yet but I can hear the hissing sound and I smell the coolant. Engine too hot to touch at the moment
2000 Volkswagen Jetta- 2.0L 4 Cylinder85,000
Coolant leak near battery.
2001 Volkswagen Jetta- 1.8L 4 Cylinder Turbo187,000
Engine oil leaking into the coolant. First discovered thick oil in overflow housing or compartment.
2001 Volkswagen Jetta- 2.0L 4 Cylinder81,000
Coolant leak. Was managed by adding stop leak to the radiator, but that only worked temporarily. No solution has been found.
1998 Volkswagen Jetta- 2.0L 4 Cylinder230,000
Coolant issue solved on its own(just stopped leaking, don't know why) and Oil leak is from a headgasket leak.
2001 Volkswagen Jetta- 2.0L 4 Cylinder169,000
Coolant leak, pink coolant drips down when filled.
2000 Volkswagen Jetta- 1.8L 4 Cylinder Turbo129,000
Replaced Water pump
2004 Volkswagen Jetta- 4 Cylinder56,000
Water pump failed due to some type of blockage in the radiator.
Water started leaking in the passenger side. Searching in the internet I found this guy: http://www.startmycar.com/volkswagen/jetta/problems/air-conditioning with the same problem. There, someone explains it is probably a blockage and how to clean it. Worked like a charm!
1998 Volkswagen Jetta- 2.0L 4 Cylinder
Replace valve cover gasket and intake manifold gasket with OEM gaskets from Volkswagen. Easy fix. Torque specs are crucial.
2008 Volkswagen Jetta- 2.0L 4 Cylinder
TOOK JETTA INTO VW DEALER FOR REAR SEAL LEAKING OIL AND OIL CHANGE. GOUGED US FOR 3500.00 IN REPAIRS . NOW WE BRING IT HOME IT LEAKS COOLANT . DEALER SAYS A BAD FLANGE AND WONT COVER REPAIRS.
1995 Volkswagen Jetta- 2.0L 4 Cylinder250,000
Coolant.oil leaking from manifold and outright keeps beeping
2000 Volkswagen Jetta- 2.0L 4 Cylinder90,000
Coolant flange leak. Repair cost around $280.
2001 Volkswagen Jetta- 2.8L V6103,000
Oil leak valve cover
2004 Volkswagen Jetta- 1.8L 4 Cylinder200,000
Haven't fixed it yet, but slow leak has developed and I have to top off the coolant every month. No performance or other issues due to this yet
2005 Volkswagen Jetta- 1.8L 4 Cylinder108,000
I leak a significant amount of coolant. I can't tell where it's coming from. Coolant light comes on frequently.
1990 Volkswagen Jetta- 2.0L 4 Cylinder103,000
Last few weeks, Temp Gaige used to get to max heat/ max low and oil light would come on, when I would start driving shifting.. 5/10 minutes in oil light would turn back off. Today, Coolant leaks. Temp gauge gets high. Radiator starts smoking. Car won't start. What did I do?
2008 Volkswagen Jetta- 2.5L 5 Cylinder
Coolant is coming from top of hose area. Just noticed oil leak also on front drivers side.
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