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New GTI owner

1988 2.0l 16v. breaking up at 5 1/2rpm, loss of power. Not sure whats the normal operating temp, so is an average of 94 degrees OK or to high? red LED behind the temp gauge is flashing but very dim. Plz help i love the car and want to get it running properly.

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  • calibra973 Sep 16, 2008

    My 1988 gti seems to have a problem turning, the steering wheel has a start, stop or jerking action when im turning.

  • calibra973 Oct 09, 2008

    Really helpful thanx, But now i gota go buy a new power steering pump, But at least that's one problem figured out. thanx again. Now i have a bigger problem and need help ASAP, seems like my first GTI is turning out to be a nightmare. It starts and revs clean to the red line when in netural but when i put it in gear and try to take off the whole car starts to shudder very very badly and just wont get moving, the clutch is still feeling normal at the pedal and is still taking at the half way point. when the car is in motion it goes just fine and smooth through all gears but if i have to stop on even the smallest hill it will jus shudder really bad and refuse to go, and i just changed front and rear engine mountings. Any advise will be much appricated. many thanx, shane.

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Regarding the steering, check the tightness of the power steering belt and the steering fluid. Some places can flush the fluid if necessary. Check for leaks at the power steering lines and the inner tie-rod boots if the fluid is low. If the fluid is ok, no leaks and the belt is tight the pump may be going or the steering rack could be binding which means replacement of either if that's the case. If the pump groans loudly when turning that will indicate a problem. If the belt is squealing it may be too loose, worn or the pump pulley may be binding.
Good luck

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