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Repairpal verified 1996 Volkswagen Golf TDI problems

 

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Heater core leaks are common in this model, more so if the wrong anti-freeze/coolant is used in the cooling system.

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Electrical issues that are difficult to diagnose—and sometimes intermittent—are typically due to ground wiring issues. The most troublesome ground locations are under the battery or at the engine.

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Reverse gear failures and noise in the manual transmission models are common.

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Oil and carbon tend to build up, creating restrictions in the intake manifold. Symptoms will be loss of power (sometimes severe) and poor fuel economy.

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Shifting issues due to internal problems in high mileage automatic transmissions can be difficult to resolve without transmission replacement.

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Cars using biofuel typically have problems with injection pump failures; symptoms can include a "no start" condition or external pump leaks.

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One or more power windows may fail. Our technicians tell us this is commonly due to a failed window regulator which will require replacement.

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