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WHAT CAN DAMAGE A CATALYTIC CONVERTER? MY '01 1.8L TURBO BEETLE NEEDED A NEW RADIATOR. I WAS TOLD TO KEEP AN EYE ON THE WATER LEVEL UNTIL THE PARTS CAME IN. DROVE A FEW MILES OIL LIGHT COMES ON, ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE! WHITE SMOKE, CHATTERING, FINALLY I'M ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD WAITING FOR A TOW. FAST FOREWORD. VW TAKES RESPONSIBILITY FOR ENGINE DAMAGE SINCE THEY SHOULD HAVE KEPT THE CAR UNTIL IT WAS FIXED. FIVE WEEKS LATER I PICK UP THE CAR. I IMMEDIATELY NOTICE THE SOUND FROM UNDER THE HOOD DOESN'T SOUND RIGHT. IT SOUNDED LIKE THE MUFFLER DOES WHEN YOU STAND AT THE BACK OF THE CAR. GOT A BLANK STARE FROM VW TECH. I DRIVE IT HOME ALSO NOTICING THE CLUTCH WASN'T AS IT WAS PRIOR TO ENGINE DAMAGE. I HAD TO USE MORE THROTTLE TO GET THE CAR MOVING AND CAR FELT LIKE IT WOULD STALL IF I DIDN'T GIVE IT THAT EXTRA GAS. TAKE IT BACK. DIAGNOSED. ($150). REPORT: NEW CLUTCH NEEDED (DETERMINED AFTER A HEATED CONVERSATION THE FLY WHEEL WASN'T NECESSARY TO REPLACE). COST $1200. DIAGNOSIS FOR NOISE UNDER THE HOOD, CATALYTIC CONVERTER NEEDS TO BE REPLACED. MY QUESTION: IS IT POSSIBLE THAT THE HEAT FROM THE ENGINE BLOWING DAMAGE THE CATALYTIC CONVERTER? THE MOTOR AND TRANSMISSION DROP AS ONE UNIT FROM UNDER THE CAR. COULD THE CLUTCH BE DAMAGED FROM SLOPPY REMOVAL? SEEMS TO ME THAT VW REACHED THE LIMIT OF WHAT THEY WE'RE WILLING TO DO AND DENY THE POSSIBILITY OF ADDITIONAL WORK NEEDED WAS RELATED. IF SOME THING NEEDS WORK THAT ISN'T PART OF THE PROBLEM FINE I'LL PAY BUT IF IT'S VW'S FAULT THEY WILL. THE CAR HAS BEEN TAKEN GOOD CARE OF. ALL WORK NEEDED HAS BEEN DONE BY VW. THANKS. MICHGO

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Opinion? Contact Consumer Affairs. File a complaint with the BBB. wATER OR ANTIFREEZE BEING BLOWN THROUGH A HOT CONVERTER IS NOT GOOD. and acepting the responsibility for the engine and R&R involved disassembly of related componants , I would say, holds a level of responsibility for proper adjustment and function of said related componants and accessories. If a wheel had to be removed in the process, and the wheel came off and did some harm, Who would be responsible?
I'm no lawyer and it appears qualifications of certain mechanics can be questioned... Best of Luck. The BBB and consumer saffairs will listen, if the dealer won't. By this time I think you may get a new mechanic if they do jump back in..

Posted on Sep 13, 2009

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Your Volvo is having noticeable issues... and the indicator says Oxygen Sensor... (wrong).

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Located right between the header and the CATALYTIC CONVERTER

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03 beetle 2.0L.new waterpump and thermostat hardly any heat.return line going to bottle has no cooland comming out.the steel fiting on the side of the head seems blocked..is there a check valve in it


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2003 Beetle turbo keeps running hot. Water pump, Thermostat, Sensor, and radiator have all been replaced.


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If it is leaking due to turbo seal at scroll or oil delivery, it needs resealing. Check here for a shop near you: http://www.iatn.net/shopfinder/

Turbo R & R is an involved job and best left to someone who has the tools and expertise to do it.
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Turbo can be bought on-line at Part Geek or other VW turbo specialist sites.

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My 2002 beetle keeps acting like it wants to cut off while im driving. If im at a red light I have to put the car in neautral to avoid it cutting off. If I leve the car in drive while sitting still I hear...


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Does a 2001 VW Beetle Turbo need to have a charge at 12.6 volts to conduct a parasitic draw test? I am told by a repairman that he cannot find out what is going on until I get a new alternator, batter


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1999 beetle P0422 which O2 is bad the o2 before the cat or after


P0422 - Catalyst below threshold.

Catalytic converter is clogged or out of medium.

Replace it.


ACTUAL DIAGNOSTIC:

Fault Code Definition
Code P0422 indicates that the Bank 1 Main Catalytic Converter's emissions efficiency has fallen below the minimum allowable limit. This threshold is tracked by a Catalyst Monitoring Oxygen Sensor located on or near the outlet of the Catalytic Converter.

Symptoms

* Check Engine Light will illuminate
* In many cases, no abnormal symptoms may be noticed

Common Problems That Trigger the P0422 Code

* Defective Catalytic Converter
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* Internal engine damage resulting in high oil consumption and/or a leaking Head gasket has damaged the Catalytic Converter

Common Misdiagnoses

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* Catalyst is replaced when the real problem is internal engine damage, which is producing elevated emissions levels
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