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Q: Car won't turn over all the time and coolant light blinks on 2000 Volkswagen Beetle

I recently had new plugs, wires, water pump, and timing belt replaced The car has 180,000 freeway miles on it, and it has been a good car considering. But after the water pump replacement, The coolant light randomly blinks when the car is not even hot. That's annoying, because I don't know what else to do about it. I had a mechanic ask me if the air was pumped out when I had the water pump changed. I never heard of such a thing. The VW service repair book does'n say to do that. Also, my car will not turn over all the time. It seem like it's not getting gas to the engine. I thought it was a starter problem but I got a jump and the guy said the car sound like it wasn't getting gas to the engine. Does this sound like a fuel filter or fuel pump issue. I had the starter checked and was told it was good. I don't have the money to take it to the dealer. I like the car and would like to keep it but what do you think? Is there a tester that can pinpoint the exact diagnosis for both problems? Is there an honest shop that can do this for me other than the dealer?
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a coolant light on a cold engine is usually low coolant level, bad sensor in reservoir or wiring. a fuel pump could be ruled out if you measure fuel pressure while problem occurs. as far as testers, the best tester is useless without someone that can interpret its results. find someone with basic knowlege not a fancy tester for this problem.
I'm sure you can find a good independent Volkswagen specialist, which is probably what you need. Did you do the plugs, timing belt, and water pump yourself? If not, then the shop that did that work for you should be consulted on the coolant problem . . . if that problem cropped up right after the water pump change.
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