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Air Condition Quit on Beetle

I just bought a volkswagen beetle my ac would blow hotter than usual when car wasn't in motion for about a week then finally i started the car, turned on the ac & it quit all together. no fans blowing at all
I checked the relay switch, 30 amp fuse, & blower motor all are working fine any solutions?

also the button on the driver side door panel to unlock the gas cap door when i hit the button it makes a noise like its unlocking but it doesn't open
Is there something electrical that could be effecting both things?

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Well, the beetle itself has a weak connector on the AC pump itself. You'll need to check the connector on the pump. It sits right on the top just to where you can get it. If it gets any type of oil or water on it will drive you NUTS. Mine did the same thing to me. I unplugged it and cleaned both the connector and the plug itself with a toothbrush. I haven't had a single problem since. Also, since it's a 98, it's probably time to recharge the AC anyways. You can get a recharge kit at autozone for around $40 I believe or you could have a mechanic do it.

As for the gas cap; it's possible the linkage popped off the actuator. That being the case, I believe you'll have to remove the plastic wheel well under the passenger rear tire to get to it. I can't remember if you can get to it through the trunk, but I'm pretty sure you can't. It's not the greatest of designs to resist wear and tear but it does work. It's not a fun process of getting to it; but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. lol

I hope this helps you out!

Posted on Sep 11, 2008


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