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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
P2181 is a overheating engine.
Bad fan themoswitch, temp sensor themostat water pump impeller fan motor or fuse on battery
check to see if fans work by turning on Air Conditioner (fans should run with A/C on). Turn A/C off, warm engine, check to see if fans come on, if they do NOT it may be thermo switch on radiator on lower left side, has 3 wire plug, takes 1-1/8" wrench/socket to remove. This thermo switch controls fans when temp reaches 195F, if fans do not come on at engine temp 190-195F try replace switch VW part number: 1J0-959--481-A You can verify if the switch is bad by shorting wire 1 and 2 (fans should come on when jumpered).
Posted on Oct 26, 2008
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