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Volkswagen Golf TDI Problems

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Most Common Volkswagen Golf TDI Problems

Shifting issues due to internal problems in high mileage automatic transmissions can be difficult to resolve without transmission 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.
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 replacin...
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1 Known Volkswagen Golf TDI Brakes Problem

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.

2 Known Volkswagen Golf TDI Drive Train Problems

Shifting issues due to internal problems in high mileage automatic transmissions can be difficult to resolve without transmission replacement.
Reverse gear failures and noise in the manual transmission models are common.

4 Known Volkswagen Golf TDI Electrical & Lights Problems

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 replacin...
Erratic turn signal operation can be a result of a failing turn signal flasher relay which will require replacement.
Electrical issues that are difficult to diagnose—and sometimes intermittent—are typically due to ground wiring issues. The most troublesome ground locations are under the battery or at ...

8 Known Volkswagen Golf TDI Engine Problems

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.
Cars using biofuel typically have problems with injection pump failures; symptoms can include a "no start" condition or external pump leaks.
To ensure longevity of the engine, our technicians recommend to follow the maintenance schedule for the timing belt.

4 Known Volkswagen Golf TDI Exhaust & Emissions Problems

Because of issues with the glow plugs and/or the glow plug wiring harness from the control relay, the Check Engine Light may illuminate. Our technicians tell us there is a service bulletin, not a ...
The mass air flow (MAF) sensor may fail, resulting in drivability issues and/or illumination of the Check Engine Light.
Due to an ignition component and/or engine coolant temperature sensor failure, the Check Engine Light may illuminate. Replacement of the failed component will be necessary to correct this concern.

2 Known Volkswagen Golf TDI Heating & Air Conditioning Problems

A musty odor may be noted from the heating, ventilation and AC (HVAC) system after sitting for two hours or more due to condensation in the heater case. Our technicians tell us that a cleaner is ...
Heater core leaks are common in this model, more so if the wrong anti-freeze/coolant is used in the cooling system.

0 Known Volkswagen Golf TDI Maintenance Problems

2 Known Volkswagen Golf TDI Miscellaneous Problems

One or more power windows may fail. Our technicians tell us this is commonly due to a failed window regulator which will require replacement.
Drivers of the Volkswagen Golf TDI may experience a clunking noise associated with acceleration from a stop, or downshifting for hard acceleration. This will also be accompanied by a light impact s...

0 Known Volkswagen Golf TDI Suspension & Steering Problems

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Known Volkswagen Golf TDI Problems & Complaints

To ensure longevity of the engine, our technicians recommend to follow the maintenance schedule for the timing belt.
Reverse gear failures and noise in the manual transmission models are common.
The mass air flow (MAF) sensor may fail, resulting in drivability issues and/or illumination of the Check Engine Light.
Erratic turn signal operation can be a result of a failing turn signal flasher relay which will require replacement.
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 ...
One or more power windows may fail. Our technicians tell us this is commonly due to a failed window regulator which will require replacement.
Engine oil leaks are common from the valve cover gaskets and camshaft chain tensioner gasket.
A musty odor may be noted from the heating, ventilation and AC (HVAC) system after sitting for two hours or more due to condensation in the heater case. Our technicians tell us that a cleaner is ...
A dirty or failed throttle body can cause various drivability issues and illumination of the Check Engine Light.
Due to an ignition component and/or engine coolant temperature sensor failure, the Check Engine Light may illuminate. Replacement of the failed component will be necessary to correct this concern.
Because of issues with the glow plugs and/or the glow plug wiring harness from the control relay, the Check Engine Light may illuminate. Our technicians tell us there is a service bulletin, not a ...
Drivers of the Volkswagen Golf TDI may experience a clunking noise associated with acceleration from a stop, or downshifting for hard acceleration. This will also be accompanied by a light impact s...
The driver door wiring loom cracks and degrades with time due to weathering and frequent opening and closing of the door. This problem affects the normal operation of all electronic components of t...
The 2.0L TDI engine used in the Volkswagen Golf TDI very commonly faces camshaft lobe wear issues causing: -Pronounced loss of power -Backfire through the intake (heard under the hood) -Rough vi...
The 2009-2012 Volkswagen Golf TDI 2.0L engine is equipped with a mechanical high pressure fuel pump (HPFP) which delivers highly pressurized fuel needed to run the clean diesel engine. This pump is...
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