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I smell exhaust fumes while driving my 2000 vw golf in the cab.The windows at this time are up.What could cause this problem? The exhaust system has no holes in the pipes.The engine air filter is new.the engine idle speed in normal.ia it possibke my pollution system is faulty and how can I check it?

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More likely, is a bad rubber seal in the rear deck lid or on any back doors (4-door). The rear of the car experiences positive air pressure due air flow over the car and can force fumes past a defective or damaged seal. Good luck!

Posted on Jul 04, 2010

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VW MK4 has an access hole inside the left rear passenger wheel well. This has a rubber plug which could be damaged which is right above the rear muffler. For European model which use HID (High Intensity Discharge) headlights has a self leveling feature, keeping the lights at correct level whether the rear is heavy or light in weight. There is a provision for a wiring harness to the rear leveling sensor just before the muffler which is attached to the rear torsion arm (left rear control arm). To chech, you'll need to remove the wheel liner to reveal the plug location. Also remove your spare tire from the trunk and check the rubber plug behind the spare. It might have the same body color of your car (painted over). It would be less likely that your rubber seals for your doors have sealing failure, but check since it's the easiest to do a visual.

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    Both left and right wheel well each have a rubber plug which the wheel speed sensors use as access ports for it's wiring harness together with the rear headlight leveling sensor. No need to remove the liner, just the wheels if they are in the way.

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