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Oil pressure low, check oil level.

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Epc light on no gas flow


There is no throttle body on a TDI, but continuing to crank you engine with no fuel pressure will absolutely fry your pump and/or injectors (An '03 could be either an ALH or a PD engine, - different fuel injection systems, but same disastrous result in either).
Here's my .02:
DO NOT let a VW dealer touch your TDI. They commonly throw parts at it until the problem either goes away or they throw up their hands and say "I dunno". Either way, people routinely waste a boatload of time and money with no relief when taking their TDI to a VW dealer.
Go to TDIClub.com and look for a trusted TDI Guru near you (there's a list by state) and have one of these guys look at it. They're very helpful and more knowledgeable than 95% of VW dealers.
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I just got an oil change in my 2003 vw jetta. The next day my oil light started flashing and beeping and won't stop. Should I be worried??


yes- check your oil level - sounds like they didn't fill completely or something is loose and leaking oil out

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On a dashbord flashing "oil


STOP the engine immediately !!! There is an oil pump failure of 2.0 TDI engines !
Remove the oil pan and the oil pump & balancer shafts assembly.

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Either the shaft driving the pump from the balance shaft rounds off or the balance shaft drive gears eat themselves.
The same issue ... low oil pressure warning light, noisy rattling engine, and the turbo has gone. Diagnosis: oil pump balancer shaft assembly ...


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Many 2.0 TDI engines show excess chain noise and wear anywhere from 50,000-100,000+ miles. Cars have broken the chains/tensioner as low as 65,000 miles. This is just a range of cars that have been reported, diagnosed, and repaired. The actual statistics on dealer repairs or failures is unknown and I've heard cars over 100,000 miles that, in my opinion as a non mechanic (most mechanics wouldn't recognize this sound and problem either), aren't noisy. From what has been reported, noticeable noise/chain-tensioner wear/greater risk of breaking is around 60,000-150,000 miles. Your case may vary. The most obvious symptom is a rattling loose noise from the oil pan. Unless you listen to a Passat TDI with a tight chain and one with a loose chain, it's hard to describe the difference other than rattling chain noise.
The reason the gear drive oil pump modification was started is because a few mechanics who specialize in TDI have seen many worn oil pump chains/sprockets/tensioners. There will always be a few defective parts that come off the assembly line and all mechanical components like chains wear out sooner or later, but in my opinion, the failure rate is abnormal considering the number of Passat TDI sold versus the number of reported oil pump failures. This does not necessarily mean that every or even most Passat TDI will have this problem, just that the reported failure rate is high enough to consider this part a design failure. Nobody, not even VW-Audi knows the average time between failure for these parts and the percentage of cars that will have this problem, but they changed this design and if you want to not have this specific failure, the only sure way is to swap to the geared module.


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My 2000 vw passat 1.9 TDI manual grinding gears


as 2nd/3rd are the most used gears chances are the syncromesh on both these gears has gone,you need to strip g/box completly/or buy a recon box.

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VW Passat TDI turns but won't start.


99 vw passat 1.9tdi was driving sound but just died just turns but wont fire up

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Loud audible beeping sound coming from the dashboard


Is the problem just indication or a real problem?
Check oil level.

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Over heating


As a general rule with a modern VW TDI, if it isn't running properly go and get the engine fault codes read by a properly equipped garage. If your usual garage doesn't have the correct equipment I'd recommend finding one that does.

There are so many things that could be wrong that guessing is usually a waste of time, so "get the codes read" :-)

My '96 Passat TD (not a TDI) overheated last week and the battery light came on - it was a failed alternator belt which drives both the alternator and the water pump.

Hope this helps, D.

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