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Warning Light I just bought a 2001 VW Beetle, It didn't come with an owners manual so I'm stumped. It has 74,000 miles on it and since the day I bought it this light comes on and starts out as red when I start the car so I sit and wait to let it warm up than it changes to blue and after about 5 min goes off. The light i'm referring to looks like an F with what looks like water under it. I have checked all the fluids and just took it in for an oil change. Could someone Please tell me if this is something I need to worry about? Or even what the light means?

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  • duana Nov 11, 2008

    my Uncle said that it needs a new water pump but i think that is untrue.

    I have not seen any coolant on the ground anywhere , there are no signs of it in the engine and no sign of it in the resivior. I purchases this car from my uncle (who is a machanic ) because he put a new engine in. The lady that owned it before me blew up her engine because it was over heating. This is my only car and would like it to last. but I get conserned when the temp light comes on for no reason. 98 new beetle owner.

  • ssteiner3 Dec 10, 2008

    I have a similar problem however, when I turn on the car the water light is blue, it warms up then changes to red and beeps three times. It continues to blink. Does anyone know what the problem is?



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The blue light coming on when you start the car is completely normal. You probably need to replace your water pump. VW recommends you replace it at 80,000 miles but it's different for every car. Some give out at just 20,000 miles. Oh, and if you do replace it, you need to replace it with a water pump with a metal impeller as the plastic ones are prone to breaking and leaking. And get your timing belt done at the same time. :)

I can't find the original link for the kit I purchased, but this is essentially the same. I recommed either doing it yourself or find a trusted mechanic in your area that doesn't run away at the sight of a new beetle. It'll save loads of cash. The dealership WILL rip you off.

This may not be the problem, but it's something that needs to be done anyway.

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Mine comes on its blue then it shuts off when the car warms up i asked a VW mechanic he said this is NORMAL. it will light up until the car warms up. I also have no manual. TXWALKER

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Thats the car telling you that it is not warm goes off when the engine warms up

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need a bit more info really are you having to top up the header tank everyother day ? if its boiling over you could have a faulty water pump,the newer type water pump has a metal impeller on it and the older type have a plastic one and these do break up and give overheat problems i have changed looooooooooots of them...

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