2002 Volkswagen Golf TDI Problem Reports

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The water pump may fail resulting in engine overheating and possible timing belt damage. Overheating and/or timing belt failure can result in very expensive engine repairs. As a precaution, it is recommended to inspect the timing belt and water pump at regular intervals.

Engine oil leaks are common from the valve cover gaskets and camshaft chain tensioner gasket.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

Erratic turn signal operation can be a result of a failing turn signal flasher relay which will require replacement.

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

To avoid sludge accumulation inside the engine, our technicians recommend using the proper synthetic oil with the appropriate oil filter.