Question about 1999 Volkswagen Passat
HI. There are actually two areas that I would consider to have inspected. If you are indeed hearing a popping sound coming from the engine area(transmission area), this will be a strong indication of transmission failure. This is usually accommodated with surging(jerks), as well. This could be a failing transmission shift solenoid pack or the transmission could also have bad fluid circulating inside(contaminated transmission fluid and filter). With that said, i must direct your attention to another possible area of concern. This will be your timing belt. Unlike chains, the timing belt has to be changed every 60 to 90k. These belts will ware down and cause the same symptoms you are experiencing at this time. I would have this belt inspected, asap. There may be a couple of teeth missing, thus, causing the push rods to fall out of sync. This will damage your engine and cause massive timing issue and engine noises, as well. Have this additional area checked for damage along with the transmission internal parts.
Although i strongly agree with the AMCO diagnosis, I would also advise to inspect that timing belt for damage and slipped timing, as well. Have the PCM scanned for trouble codes at your local auto zone, asap. I suspect that you will have stored codes available.
Posted on Jul 05, 2010
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