1998 Volkswagen Beetle TDI Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1998 Volkswagen Beetle TDI

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1998 Volkswagen Beetle TDI Problems

Inspect Brakes at Every Service as Rear Brakes Wear Out Quickly

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.

Correct Maintenance of Timing Belt

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

Vehicles Using Biofuels May Have Injection Pump Failures

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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1998 Volkswagen Beetle TDI Questions

The car has 283,000 miles and the engine runs strong. I keep getting the code PO116. Put in a new oem sensor. Still getting the code yet my scanner shows the coolant temp at 30 degrees when it's 190? New Thermostat didn't help! (1 answer)

Car has 283,000 and runs strong. Did the timing belt and new water pump about 7,000 miles ago. What could be causing this problem with the code showing up at random times and only showing 30 degrees when it's hot? It's the OEM green square connector coolant temp sensor that I installed...

Engine knocking noise worsens with acceleration (1 answer)

I have a '98 VW Beetle TDI manual that is making a loud knocking noise. The noise seems to get louder with acceleration. When I shift gears and the engine winds down the noise continues. I did an oil change on the car and found metal shavings in the oil pan. Someone told me that I would need ...

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