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: 109,705 (8,500–230,000)
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
15 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
37 people reported this problem
17 people shared problem details
Coolant leakage, coolant light comes on.
2000 Volkswagen Jetta- 2.0L 4 Cylinder85,000
Coolant leak near battery.
2003 Volkswagen Jetta- 2.0L 4 Cylinder200,153
oil leak problem.
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.
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- 1.8L 4 Cylinder Turbo129,000
Replaced Water pump
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.
2004 Volkswagen Jetta- 4 Cylinder56,000
Water pump failed due to some type of blockage in the radiator.
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.
2004 Volkswagen Jetta- 1.8L 4 Cylinder Turbo82,000
Water pump, and timing belt. Was fixed at an authorized dealer. 1,700.00. Two years later the water pump had to be replaced again!!
2001 Volkswagen Jetta- 1.8L 4 Cylinder Turbo187,000
Engine oil leaking into the coolant. First discovered thick oil in overflow housing or compartment.
2003 Volkswagen Jetta- 2.0L 4 Cylinder115,000
Engine will not start, coolant draining into oil pan .
Water started leaking in the passenger side. Searching in the internet I found this guy: with the same problem. There, someone explains it is probably a blockage and how to clean it. Worked like a charm!
2000 Volkswagen Jetta- 2.0L 4 Cylinder90,000
Coolant flange leak. Repair cost around $280.
2004 Volkswagen Jetta- 2.0L 4 Cylinder75,000
OEM water cooler has a plastic impeller which invariably will break and shard in the housing. You must replace this with an aftermarket water pump with a metal impeller. While you're in there change your timing and serpentine belts, cause it's a pain taking all that out.
2001 Volkswagen Jetta- 2.0L 4 Cylinder169,000
Coolant leak, pink coolant drips down when filled.
1990 Volkswagen Jetta- 1.8L 4 Cylinder8,500
yes i got the same
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