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Red coolant light blinking!!!

About a month ago my 2001 beetle overheated, the dealership told me the thermostat got stuck & it blew the coolant hose. So I got several coolant hoses replaced, coolant temp sensor replaced, breather system & hoses replaced, & also had the valve oil cover leak fixed. Took about a week to fix. This morning I was driving my car just fine, always let it warm up in the morning & start to drive it after the blue coolant light is gone to make sure the engine is at the right temp, & the red coolant light comes on flashing. I immediately pulled over, turned off the car & opened the hood. There was some smoke coming out, the coolant was empty, & it started to drip some coolant on the ground it seemed like from the front right side, like by the battery. Don't know what to do?!?!!!

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Might be the water pump! Take it back and tell them they need to do it right.

Posted on Mar 22, 2014

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water pump. water pump. water pump. i am a vw dealer tech and on 2.0 and 1.8t beetles the water pump impeller is plastic, and what happens is usually another component, fans, fan control module (under battery tray), thermostat, fails and because the impeller is plastic with just one overheat the plastic becomes brittle and shatters, pull the water pump out and you will see the impeller in 3 or 4 pieces. replace water pump and make sure t stat opens, fans come on (a/c off) and proper water pump flow.

Posted on Nov 10, 2008

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plastic impeller on water pump has come adrift

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looks like you have done everything but the problem with your car is that the cylider head gasket has gone have a look at the dipstick or remove the oil filler cap if it looks like mayo then 100% head gasket has failed you said no water on the floor so it must have gone into engine only way this can happen is head gasket failing, if you have put lot of water in to the cooling system then your sump will be full of oil water mix.

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I had the same problem, whole new radiator, new hoses, new thermostat, and still overheating. What the problem was for me...bad radiator cap...all that money and a $20 fix...try it?

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Best test,,NAPA sells a combustion leak tester(balkamp #700-1006) A tube of liquid that will change color if combustion gas is in the cooling system.Thinking you may be right about a head gasket problem or possibly a crack in the head.
It comes with instructions and is cheaper than having a shop guess at the trouble.

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