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I have a 1998 VW Beetle and I have a very strong gas smell in side and outside the car, I put a new catalatic converter LOL cant spell to good and it sometimes dont want to cut off. Yep it wants to ke

I thought when I changed the converter it would stop but no luck. I do know a little bit about cars and I keep thinking that its getting a little to much gas because it doesnt want to cut off. It only does it ever so often but the gas smell is terrible, I am supposed to take it Thursday and get my transmission pan and gaskett fixed just need to know if this gas problem is gonna cost me out the wazoo. Has anyone else had this problem thanks in advance

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Are you able to determine where the fuel smell is coming from ? This is usually an indicator of a fuel leak. Why did you have to change the catalytic converter ? Is this the smell you are talking about ? Exhaust fumes are different smell from fuel leaks.

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SOURCE: 98 VW Beetle 2.0L, Check engine light with OBD Code PO118

BTW - if you have less than 100,000miles you might be able to have your cat replaced under warranty by the dealer. In Canada it's 160,000km.

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SOURCE: VW 2000 New Beetle door sensor/car alarm goes off when doors open.

I found a thread - http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=1542461 that details the repair of the soldering on the key lock door module. Our 2000 new beetle had the same issue. Also sometimes it refused to start. Soldering pins fixed it all.

Also see http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=1015107 for releasing window from track, And door handle from inner panel.

I ripped the door apart and re-solderd the pins. I only had one pin with cracked solder but two others looked thin so I did them while I was in there. It's about a four or five hour project if you have all the tools. (8mm triple square also called an 8mm internal was the hardest to find - Also needed Torx T8 T10 T15 and T30 plus Philips Screw Driver. )
Project is difficult but not too bad for the mechanically inclined. A 7 on a scale of 10.
Since re-soldering pins - no more issues! My guess is that a VW dealer would get $200 for a new moduel plus 5 hours of service time for this gig - easily a $500 to $1000 bill. My cost - several new tools - about $25.00.

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SOURCE: WHAT CAN DAMAGE A CATALYTIC CONVERTER

did the car appear sluggish after picking it up

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SOURCE: VW beetle manual to automatic conversion-- possible?

I disagree with honeymokey, but only partly. Most cars are built to accomodate either manual or automatic, and the appropriate version of the transmission gets bolted on at the factory. The fittings are all there for the other kind, though, and the car's computer can accomodate the change as well. That's the whole point of interchangeable parts. In fact, if you read VW fan forums like the TDI Club online, you'll find plenty of folks who've converted their transmissions, though they're usually going in the opposite direction (replacing automatic with manual).

Having said that, this isn't a cheap or simple job. It only makes sense if the old transmission is dead, and needs to be replaced. In other words, it's something you'd do if you were already facing a $4,000 repair bill for a new transmission. Why not spend the money on installing the kind of transmission you really want, if you're going to spend it anyway? If it's just a question of preference, even STRONG preference, you'd have to be a bit nutty to replace a perfectly good transmission. There are plenty of used Beetles around (and Golfs and Jettas, which are exactly the same car with different bodies), so just find one with the transmission you want.

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