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2004 VW Beetle

I have a 2004 VW Beetle. It was sounding like a cat when you take off and downshifts hard for 4th to 3rd. It has a triptonic. It has never run hot or leaked any fluids. I take it Gossett VW in Memphis the mechanics say i need a new water pump. I took it to the same dealer 2 days earlier and they said nothing was wrong. When I get it back the car back it now overheats. it did not on the way to the dealer. I think they unhooked my electric fan, coolant temp switch, relays, and fuses to try to sell me things I didn't need. Any ideas? Where are the compomets and connectors? Might be the last VW I own.

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  • rathcolin May 18, 2009

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  • mike kares May 11, 2010

    shifting hard or at wrong time would for sure indicate a trans problem weather it be electrical or mechanical. now with the dealer not knowing what they are doing....I would report this to volkswagen of america and repeat to them that you are very disapointed with the quality of service given there and that you just want it fixed. I am VW certified and know for a fact that volkswagen will not tolorate a shop that is sub par . if you contact them there is a good chance they will contact that dealership and demand they put there best tech on the car that is certified on that car. not sure if memphis has the same area rep as st louis or if he is still the area rep but the man's name is ralph potter , if there is no tech at that shop that can fix the car he will come there and do it himself. yep they are that dedicated to making it right, seen him do it a few times on new models as they come out like toureg and pheaton. he would also demand that they get a man to school in chicago for the needed classes or threaten to shut down that dealership down till they have trained techs. i've even seen them barrow a tech from another area to spend time there till they get their techs up to par at that dealer. vw customer care at vw of america is 1-800-822-8987 best of luck



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I'm not saying it doesn't happen, doing that would be a criminal violation to the shop. I don't think the shop only has a phone and a cash register, that would be a dead giveaway who you're dealing with. That is why your car needs to be scanned for DTC codes set by the Federal Govt. and tell you an explanation in a forensic level what happening to your car. Anyway if you suspect that's what they did, you wouldn't be able to drive the car to the next corner. Your car would activate all it's bells and whistles and more.

I believe that the original water pump was at it first stage of failure. The whining sound was coming from the pump impeller slipping on it's shaft and somehow still had the bite on it's shaft not causing an overheat. The next day it just gave up and totally just spinning from the pressure of the system and not from the engine speed.


Original VW H20 pump uses a plastic composite impeller that cracks on the pulley shaft that suppose to spin it. Now it's just a passenger inside the pump causing it to over heat. An aftermarket pump uses a metal impeller that last longer although not bullet proof.

I suggest you buy a Bentley official factory repair manual and give yourself knowledge how it works and breaks. When you go have it serviced you can now support your claim of deception and lower the possibility of causing health issues to yourself.

The next car you buy will be the same, I believe you said that from the last car before you sold it.

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