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Back brakes on 1998 VW new beetle seem to be locked up. Whats an easy fix?

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Bleed off the oil at the cylinder one at a time and see which brake circuit is at fault. Re apply the brake pedal and see if it locks up on that wheel again. If it does the fault will be in the master cylinder and it will be best to replace it. If both wheels lock up then check for a failed rubber brake hose from the main line to the wheels as they can break down internally and produce a one way valve effect.

Posted on Jul 19, 2013

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SOURCE: 99 vw new beetle : where do I add power steering fluid and brake fluid?

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SOURCE: 1998 Beetle Lifter noise

They're hydraulic self-adjusting lifters, so there's no mechanical adjustment you can make. Try getting a can of seafoam at the parts store. Pour half the can into the oil, drive 30-40 miles, and change the oil and filter. You may just have some crud in there that is causing one to make noise, and seafoam is good at eliminating that.

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SOURCE: 1998 VW Beetle- Won't start, makes winding noise

sounds like the starter solenoid is bad.

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SOURCE: 1998 beetle - how to get the fuel filter off

The fuel lines are pressurized so you will need to relieve the pressure before you try and remove the filter or you will get a face full of gas. The filter comes off by pushing the fuel line toward the filter and then pushing the quick release button on the fuel line. The fuel line should then decouple - the filter lives under the car near the right rear tire (just in front) Good luck and be careful

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SOURCE: 1998 vw beetle codes p0411 and p1128

P0411 Secondary Air Injection System Incorrect Flow Detected
The 4mm inside diameter vaccuum hose gets pinched between the lower intake manifold and the secondary air pump housing, flattening it over time.
Here's a link to the steps to fix yourself if you are mechanically inclined...
http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=1995162

P1128 Long Term Fuel Trim Is Too Lean
It is very likely this code is coming up because of the vacuum hose as well.

Posted on Oct 20, 2009

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