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My car battery is being drained by the coolant fan remaining on after engine is off..why? I have a 1998 VW Beetle. Thanks

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One of two things will cause this problem, first a bad coolant temp sensor, this is what tells computer to turn fans on when temp is reached and then the fan relay would be the other part that may keep your fans running.

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Why is my 1998 vw beetle overheating?


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Battery drain vw


Look at things that drain a battery such as a door not completely closed, cabin light on, radio remaining 'on' etc. Also the igntion key removed at off position versus at a notch before. Nothing else TMK drains the battery.

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1998 VW Beetle Notice cooling fans are not coming on. Air still works but car quickly them over heats. Also over heats when stuck in traffic. I have been turning on the heater when stuck in traffic and the...


Did you check the coolant level? if your low on coolant the sensor for the fans won't work, also could be a bad fan motor or just a fuse, if you continue to over heat the car you can do a lot of damage to the engine, blown head gasket, and the VW's are expensive to repair, take it to a good shop and have them check it out.

Aug 26, 2011 | 1998 Volkswagen Beetle

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Unable to locate the water pump on the 1998 volkswagen beetle need to remove the water pump but cannot locate it,


  • Use a screwdriver to unscrew the clamp that connects the negative battery cable to the battery post. Remove the cable. Jack up the car using an automotive jack.

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    Set a large container underneath the radiator at the drain hole to catch the discharged coolant. Open the cap on top of the radiator and unplug the drain plug underneath the radiator.

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    Remove the components that lead to the water pump using an adjustable wrench. In order, these include the upper and lower engine covers, the accessory drive belt and its tensioner and the upper and center timing belt covers.

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    Free up the timing belt by turning the engine so that the number one cylinder is at the TDC mark. Loosen the timing belt tensioner enough to ease the belt from the sprocket. Remove the timing belt mounting bolts.

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    Unbolt the water pump retaining bolts and then the water pump. Remove the o-ring and discard it. Clean the mounting surface.

  • Put on the New Pump you get to it from the front....it is internal.....

    Read more: How to Install a Water Pump in a VW Beetle ' eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_4521158_install-water-pump-vw-beetle.html#ixzz17fH34w82

    Dec 09, 2010 | 1998 Volkswagen Beetle

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    On my 1998 vw beetle the cooling fans are not running, I have changed the coolant temperature switch, the fan module switch, and the sensor on the radiator. Would the thermostat keep them from coming on?


    The cooling fans work with a sensor. It has to reach a certain temperature in order for it to work. Maybe it is not the fan. Fan not coming is definitely caused by a faulty thermostat.

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    Engine low coolant light on. looked for leak in engine compartment,none found. Topped off tank with red vw coolant. Went a few days and light came on again. This time a little fluid on garage floor....


    You can idle the car up to operating temperature to see if the cooling fan engages. there is a fuse for the fan, it's a 30 amp breaker located in the fuse panel mounted under your hood right on top of your battery. Your Owners Manual should have an illustration.

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    Does anyone knows where the fan relay is located on a 1998 VW Beetle?


    if it is the radiator fan it is located under the battery.remove the battery and you will find it

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    Three beep alarm means what?


    What lights are on on the dash, I'd check your fluids (coolant especially) .

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    Had the same issue. I replaced one of the fuses in the little case on top of the engine. Check the fuse diagram in the manual, locate the one for a/c. The fuses are color coded by amps, just buy the right color and push into place. (I did this after verifying my coolant levels were normal)

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