Inspection of Water Pump and Timing Belt on Volkswagen Jetta

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 104,000 (68,000–140,000)
Engines affected: 1.8L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 4 Cylinder, 6 Cylinder
6 model years affected: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, more2004, 2005
10 people reported this problem
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warning light came on briefly, car stalled, had it towed to dealer. Water pump failed, caused engine to overheat to such an extent that the car needs new engine! Absolutely no warning. No indications of problems on any of the gauges- warning lights. No leaking. Car was driving fine. Have had many problems. Had extended warranty. Had to have a new transmission, several door locks replaced, computer chip replaced. A LEMON!!