Volkswagen Routan Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your Volkswagen Routan

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Volkswagen Routan Problems

No Start after Refueling and Popping Noise from Trunk

Popping sounds from the rear of the vehicle may be heard moments after starting the engine, or when slowing to a stop. This noise is from the leak detection pump filling the fuel tank with air, and releasing to retest the system when it finds a fault. The sequence of faults identifying this issue are as follows:

  • Succession of loud pops from rear of vehicle
  • Pops go away, and fuel economy decreases 
  • Check engine light illuminates
  • OBD trouble code P2404 and/or P0441 is stored
  • Engine will not start after refueling (must crank for over 30 seconds)
  • Vibration when slowing to a stop

The cause is a valve which is mounted on the front of the intake manifold, commonly called the N80 valve, or EVAP system purge valve. The valve is designed to open under specific circumstances, but a worn valve will remain open at all times, preventing the pressurization of the fuel tank. 

Correction of the issue is to replace the N80 valve with the latest revision. 

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Volkswagen Routan Questions

I change fuel injector and light still come on, also change fuel cap (1 answer)

the van has a warning light that looks like a lighting bolt, what is this? (1 answer)

Replacing the chain assembley on the rear power door or hatch? (1 answer)

Rear power door opens and closed by button on key fob, its a nice option however the chain to snap because of someone reaching back into rear of vehicle while door down option had been requested is a little hard to believe, had I not withered this first hand, I'd never believe it. Thankyou fo...

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Volkswagen Routan Recalls

Air Bags May Not Deploy In An Accident

The vehicle air bags may not deploy as expected during an accident due to the corrosion and failure of the air bag control unit. Dealers will replace the air bag control unit free of charge to resolve the concern.

Air Bags May Not Deploy In An Accident

The vehicle's air bags may not deploy as needed in an accident, resulting in increased risk of occupant injury. Additionally, the air bags could deploy inadvertently without an accident, causing loss of vehicle control. Dealers will replace the air bag control unit free of charge to resolve the concern.

Engine Shuts Off While Driving

The ignition key could turn to the off or accessory position while driving. The engine can stall and various safety components, power steering and power brakes may stop functioning. The dealer will replace the ignition switch and key FOBs free of charge to correct the problem.

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