Coolant and Oil Leaks on Volkswagen Golf

An engine coolant leak may develop, most commonly from the water pump. The valve cover gasket is also prone to leaking engine oil.


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Average mileage: 143,090 (82,000–170,000)
Engines affected: 1.8L 4 Cylinder, 2.0L 4 Cylinder, Gasoline
11 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003
14 people reported this problem
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2003 Volkswagen Golf - 2.0L 4 Cylinder 141,000 mi,
Coolant Dumping out as fast as you can pour it in. This causes the engine to overheat within 5-10 minutes of running and blew remaining coolant all over engine bay. Diagnosed valve cover, water pump and possibly head gasket leaks.
2000 Volkswagen Golf 163,450 mi,
I had coolant coming out both ends, replaced the coolant manifold and the water. pump...still leaks! Maybe the valve cover gasket?? Seems more likely the head gasket, but still need to look at it.
1996 Volkswagen Golf - 1.8L 4 Cylinder 159,000 mi,
valve cover gasket leak and coolant leak from the water pump.
1998 Volkswagen Golf - 1.8L 4 Cylinder 82,000 mi,
Technicians found an engine valve cover gasket leak.