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2000 vw Beetle keeps overheating. Have changed thermostat but problem is still there. The abs light is now staying on too.

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The ABS light is a separate problem from your cooling issue.
Cooling issue:

Replacing your thermostat would usually solve old cooling problems. Times have change and so does technology and materials together with ISO manufacturing process. So the days of a stuck thermostat are long gone. Usually it's not the manufacturing of the thermostat that causes it to get stuck but the quality of the coolant itself. VW redesigned it's GL12 coolant to be phosphate free. This keeps rust and residue build up to a minimum.


Although VW redesigned it's coolant, they went cheap with the choice of materials for the pump. The pump uses a plastic composite impeller, who knows if it were cost or it's properties. This impeller cracks int the area at the shaft which is connected to the pulley. You need an aftermarket water pump such as this 2000 vw Beetle keeps overheating. Have changed - 7448f15.jpg It uses a metal impeller so that tells you something. You can also oredr the pump from MJM Autohaus in Texas if you live in the US, they have competitive prices together with free shipping. This particular brand cost is $49.95. My suggestion when doing a water pump job is to replace the timing belt too. It's in the way and needs to be removed to get to the pump., so keep that in mind. Also use the red coolant from VW which is GL-12 ONLY.

ABS issue.
A scan of the ABS controller needs to be done. This will tell you what failed within it's system. This the correct way specially when the issue deals with your safety. Never go cheap with the brake system, because when it fails, you'd smack yourself silly after the accident. It could also be a minor problem with the wheel sensors being dirty or a bent sensor wheel located behind the brake rotors.

With this kind of info, it should have a good rating at least. Good luck.

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