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Volkswagen Jetta TDI Radiator Fan does not shut off

Volkswagen Jetta TDI Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2009, 2012, 2013

Average Mileage: 71,881 mi (5,500 mi - 160,000 mi)

  • , , 100,000 mi

    Bought the car with 100k on it. I have put about 500 miles on it and now I'm finding the issues with the car. Last night the fan would not shut off when i turned the car off. I turned it back on than off again and it kept running. I walked away and thank god it started this morning though I'm sure it will leave me stranted at some point

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  • my solution is to shut down engine.wait about a minute. restart engine and immediately shut it off again. It has worked each time it occurred.

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  • , , 13,000 mi

    Car would not start. Had to jump start it four times now and noticed fan does not turn off even on short drives.

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  • , , 65,000 mi

    About 40000 miles, I noticed the electric fan wouldn't always turn off when the ignition was turned off; I would have to restart the engine, let it run for a minute and shut it down again for the fan to turn off. Shortly thereafter, I noticed the fan would periodically come on by itself. I would have to get the key, start the car and turn it off in order to turn the fan off. Yes, several times, the battery was dead, and I would have to recharge it. I brought it to a couple import mechanical shops to which none could duplicate the problem or resolve it; nor could the dealership offer any solutions.

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  •  Enthusiast

    Occasionally my 2009 Jetta TDI's radiator fan will keep running after the key is turned off. It does not happen very often (maybe 2 times a month) and it doesn't seem to coincide with the hottest days of summer although it does happen predominantly in the summer. Restarting the car and tuning off the key will cause the fan to turn off. The age/condition of the radiator should not be a factor since it was replaced by the dealership at 80K. Worried that the fan could drain the battery if it runs for extended periods of time.

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  • , , 124,000 mi

    I'm used to the fan running long after the vehicle is shut off but this time it ran until the battery died. Jump start to get the work, go out after 1 hr to check and battery is dead again. Taking to dealership today.

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  • , , 55,000 mi

    Infrequent occurance that cannot be associated with a certain type of driving, I will experience this every 1-2 months, where the fan will remain on 10-15 minutes after shutting the car off.

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  • , , 80,000 mi

    This happens intermittently... if I restart the car and then shut it off the fan will shut off

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  •  Rookie

    Same problem with me . I stop the car and the fan keeps on running 4 to 5 minutes even after a small trip of 5 miles.

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  • , , 160,000 mi

    Radiator fan often runs on until I restart and then turn off the ignition.

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