So, my girlfriends 2002 Passat has had a lot of issues lately. The back doors don't open. One opens from the outside only and the other does not open from either side.
Last night, it was broken into and one window was broken. We drove it to work to have a place to keep it while the repair guy came and when we were about to park, a "STOP" light came on and it said to "check the coolant." She just drove it this afternoon down the street and then tried to start it again right after parking outside, and it is completely dead now!!
So, two things:
1.) What is the best way to fix the doors and how much do you estimate it to cost? 2.) Any ideas why the car died. A jump did not work. It seems like it could be something else. Fuses? Coolant problem?
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Re: STOP!, check coolant. Now it won't start
As for the doors, you will have to check the linkages behind the locks. Some times the linkages work loose and with long use disengage from there normal place. To do this you willhave to remove the door inner panal to gain access. Now for the coolant. Check your oil for water and oil mixing together. If that is the case, it looks like salad cream. This indicates that the possible cause could be a falied head gasket. As for the price of the repairs, I would not like to comment not having seen the extent of the repairs but recommend that you take the car to a machanic that you trust, if you are not skilled enough to tackle the work your self.
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Most likely a defective central locking solenoid inside the door. Before stripping down door, look at the rubber trunking between the pillar and the door frame, that carries the wiring into the door. Peel back the rubber and look for broken wires or corrosion on plug.
check the door jamb sensors and the hood and trunk open sensors one could be bad causing thr security system to engage are all of the doors locking when you press the lock does it say trunk ajar? ckeck under the hood as well because if the car thinks the hood is open the security may trigger also because thieves can pop the hood anddisconect the battery so some cars have a hood pop sensor they should look like a little.black button somewhere near the front
i have the same problem. stop light comes on in the dash. water is low in the tank and when i open it it rushes back into it and also flows out the valve at the back. i put a themostat into it today and still same problem. so just wondering is it water cooler sensor or could it be water pump.
sounds like the rear door sensor is kaput.all doors need to be shut before alarm will stabilise/you can leave the car open as if you dont have the key(with the correct code)the car is dead/immobilised.not even hot wiring will start car....
Does the smoke occur all the time? If it is present just after start up and then goes away, it could be no problem at all. There is always some condensation in the exhaust at start up. It is more noticeable in cold weather.
However, if it is there constantly, and you are losing coolant, it could mean there is a headgasket problem. Watch your coolant level and watch your temperature gauge. If the coolant starts disappearing, and the car starts overheating, stop it immediately and get it to an auto repair shop. Driving a car with a bad headgasket can cause major engine damage.
sounds like you have some bubbles trapped in there somewhere. try bleeding the cooling system by letting the car idle with the radiator cap off. when the engine reaches operating temp the thermostat should open, and you should see a drop in coolant level. top it off, and wait to see if more air bubble come up, and repeat until you;re satisfied that there are no more air bubbles left.