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2004 Volkswagen Passat TDI Problems

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Most Common 2004 Volkswagen Passat TDI Problems

A problem with the torque converter can cause the Check Engine Light to illuminate.
Erratic turn signal operation can be a result of a failing turn signal flasher relay which will require replacement.
The anti-lock brake system (ABS) control module may fail causing the ABS light to illuminate. Failed modules should be replaced to restore ABS operation.
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1 Known 2004 Volkswagen Passat TDI Brakes Problem

The anti-lock brake system (ABS) control module may fail causing the ABS light to illuminate. Failed modules should be replaced to restore ABS operation.

3 Known 2004 Volkswagen Passat TDI Drive Train Problems

A problem with the torque converter can cause the Check Engine Light to illuminate.
Our technicians recommend having the constant velocity (CV) boots and CV joints inspected at each service. Servicing torn CV boots early can prevent the need to replace the CV half shaft or CV joint.
Shifting issues due to internal problems in high mileage automatic transmissions can be difficult to resolve without transmission replacement.

1 Known 2004 Volkswagen Passat TDI Electrical & Lights Problem

Erratic turn signal operation can be a result of a failing turn signal flasher relay which will require replacement.

3 Known 2004 Volkswagen Passat TDI Engine Problems

Engine oil leaks are common from the valve cover gaskets and camshaft chain tensioner gasket.
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 ...
The 2.0L TDI engine used in the Volkswagen Passat TDI very commonly faces camshaft lobe wear issues causing: -Pronounced loss of power -Backfire through the intake (heard under the hood) -Rough ...

1 Known 2004 Volkswagen Passat TDI Exhaust & Emissions Problem

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 ...

0 Known 2004 Volkswagen Passat TDI Heating & Air Conditioning Problems

0 Known 2004 Volkswagen Passat TDI Maintenance Problems

3 Known 2004 Volkswagen Passat TDI Miscellaneous Problems

Clogged drains can allow rainwater to accumulate in the plenum tray (at the base of the windshield). The water may leak into the vehicle's interior, brake booster, or electrical components, which c...
Clogged sunroof drains can allow water to enter the interior and accumulate under the carpet where various control modules are mounted. Over time, the accumulated moisture can damage the control ...
The digital display portion of the instrument cluster may fail. Our technicians tell us the entire instrument cluster will need to be replaced to correct this concern.

1 Known 2004 Volkswagen Passat TDI Suspension & Steering Problem

Premature wear in various multi-link suspension components can cause noises that are difficult to diagnose. Worn suspension parts can also cause uneven tire wear and create steering alignment probl...

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Known 2004 Volkswagen Passat TDI Problems & Complaints

A problem with the torque converter can cause the Check Engine Light to illuminate.
Clogged drains can allow rainwater to accumulate in the plenum tray (at the base of the windshield). The water may leak into the vehicle's interior, brake booster, or electrical components, which c...
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 ...
Our technicians recommend having the constant velocity (CV) boots and CV joints inspected at each service. Servicing torn CV boots early can prevent the need to replace the CV half shaft or CV joint.
Engine oil leaks are common from the valve cover gaskets and camshaft chain tensioner gasket.
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 anti-lock brake system (ABS) control module may fail causing the ABS light to illuminate. Failed modules should be replaced to restore ABS operation.
The 2.0L TDI engine used in the Volkswagen Passat TDI very commonly faces camshaft lobe wear issues causing: -Pronounced loss of power -Backfire through the intake (heard under the hood) -Rough ...
Premature wear in various multi-link suspension components can cause noises that are difficult to diagnose. Worn suspension parts can also cause uneven tire wear and create steering alignment probl...
Clogged sunroof drains can allow water to enter the interior and accumulate under the carpet where various control modules are mounted. Over time, the accumulated moisture can damage the control ...
Shifting issues due to internal problems in high mileage automatic transmissions can be difficult to resolve without transmission replacement.
The digital display portion of the instrument cluster may fail. Our technicians tell us the entire instrument cluster will need to be replaced to correct this concern.
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