Volkswagen R32 Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your Volkswagen R32
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Volkswagen R32 ProblemsClunking Noise from Floorboard Under Acceleration
Drivers of the Volkswagen Golf R32 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 sensation under the drivers feet. Drivers may also notice unexplained changes to their front end alignment while driving.
This issue is commonly called " VW Subframe Clunk", and is caused by the gradual stretching of the bolts that secure the subframe to the vehicle. The subframe is a large plate that secures to the bottom of the engine bay, and connects the body of the car to the engine and suspension. Over time, the bolts that secure the subframe stretch, allowing the subframe to move and hit the bottom of the car when accelerating.
There are many aftermarket kits that can be installed to correct the issue, and Volkswagen has issued a correction including better bolts, and spacers which fit between the subframe and the car.
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.
Condensation may develop in the heater case which can cause a musty odor from the heating, ventilation and AC (HVAC) system. Our technicians tell us the drain system should be checked for debris. In addition, a cleaner is available for the heater case.
Volkswagen R32 QuestionsWhat would cause low fan speed on the A/C unit? Some say the "box" in the vent (1 answer)
Have had major work on the A/C system, sensors replaced, power module replaced, both fans replaced, full charge on gas. Even with fan pot on high only slight whisper of output through the vents....air nice and cold but relatively little air flow.
Shop quoted almost $900 for a single wheel bearing, hub, and alignment. Is this right or are they trying to get more money? I've heard of people getting 2 bearings replaced for this amount, but not a single one.
Volkswagen R32 RecallsFuel May Leak in Hot Weather
Under certain driving conditions and in hot weather, the fuel tank ventilation valve may not remain fully closed. If this happens, fuel may leak into the evaporative system, saturating the carbon canister and causing the Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) to illuminate. This may cause vehicle jerking as well. Fuel could leak out from the evaporative system leak detection pump filter. A fuel leak could lead to a vehicle fire in the presence of an ignition source. Dealers will replace the fuel tank ventilation valve with an improved valve. The recall began June 2, 2009. The Volkswagen recall number is 20P6/S2.