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Beetle overheats and shuts down

My husband is changing thermostat and coolant pump. problem is book says to remove spark plugs, this is a fuel injected engine. How do you go to # 1 with a fuel injected engine on the compression stroke?

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It is a fuel injection but all gas engine have spark plugs
follow spark plugs wire to no 1 cylinder remove plug
hope it helps

Posted on Mar 22, 2014

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SOURCE: removing spark plug boot

twist and pull they are just metal covers over rubber as far as plugs go double platinum is what vw reccommends bosch is definitely the brand to with...

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SOURCE: Engine will not turn over

My guess is that water may have got into the starter solenoid area and maybe there is a bad connection down there. If the dash lights don't stay bright when you try to engage the starter motor then maybe it is an earthing lead with a corroded connection.

If these checks don't get you going then the best way forward is to get a list of fault codes from the onboard diagnostic system and take it from there. You could either go to a VW dealer, or if you are technically minded you could buy a £15 interface cable, download some free "VAG diagnostic software" and run it on a portable computer once you are confident.
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SOURCE: 2000 VW Beetle Overheating, Leaking Coolant, No Heat in Car

sounds like another plastic rad has bitten the dust,replace the rad or hose if its split and refill with antifreeze and see what happens ,if ok then good if not post here again for more advice

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SOURCE: 1980 VW rabbit, manual/fuel injection: I am

it starts from cold because the auto choke is on ,allowing a richer mixture ,try removing the sender unit in the tank and seeing if the connection from the pump to the outlet connection is ok or leaking causing a loss of fuel pressure

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SOURCE: how to changing spark plugs on 1 8 turbo vw 2000

In here you can find one DIY: 1.8T Coilpack and Spark Plug Change (with pics)

Hope helped with this (remember rated this help). Good luck.

Posted on Nov 24, 2009

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