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
4 people shared problem details
2003 Volkswagen Golf- 2.0L 4 Cylinder141,000
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 Golf163,450
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 Cylinder159,000
valve cover gasket leak and coolant leak from the water pump.
1998 Volkswagen Golf- 1.8L 4 Cylinder82,000
Technicians found an engine valve cover gasket leak.
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