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Repairpal verified 1998 Volkswagen Golf TDI problems

 

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Because of issues with the glow plugs and/or the glow plug wiring harness from the control relay, the Check Engine Light may illuminate. Our technicians tell us there is a service bulletin, not a recall from Volkswagen regarding replacement of the glow plugs on 2004-2005 model years only.

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    One or both head lights may not work due to premature head light bulb burnout and/or bulb harness failure. Care should be taken to inspect the head light harness connector for damage when replacing bulbs. Damaged connectors should be replaced.

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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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    The rear brakes tend to wear out quickly; rotors may need replacement by the first brake job. Our technicians recommend that the brakes be inspected for wear regularly.

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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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    To ensure longevity of the engine, our technicians recommend to follow the maintenance schedule for the timing belt.

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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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