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2002 Beetle Turbo S Spoiler Malfunctioning

The Turbo S has a retractable spoiler that goes up and down based on speed. Mine has been going up, and then not going back down until I restart the car, drive faster than 47 mph, and then slow down again. It's not consistent, but happens much more frequently now that the temperature has dropped below freezing. It sounds like it tries to retract, and when it doesn't the spoiler indicator light flashes. I would prefer a cheap easy fix if anyone has any suggestions or has had the same problem. Thanks!

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Just like the windows and the moon roof you can get something called silicone spray. It works great ! My VW service man told me about it. I use it anytime I have trouble with these things :)

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If you are still having problems with it going down, try just using the manual button for the spoiler that is located down below the steering column under the dash. just feel for it and you will come across it. its there and i use it sometimes to put mine up and down. good luck.....

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Try lubricating the joints on the spoiler and lift mechanism. use a teflon based lube. or something similar so that it doesn't gum up the hinges


good luck
Jason

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  • clairie464 Sep 23, 2010

    gears to the motor may be stripped, mine made a terrible noise and eventuallly wouldn't close at all. We just went in and unplugged the cord so the spoiler is disabled, but manually closed it first

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    lloydcjohnso Feb 02, 2013

    Where is the plug located and how did you close it manually. I tried the switch under the steering column but the gears are stripped.

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