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The abs light keeps coming on every couple of mins with a high pitched beep . but everything seem's to drive ok ..... 98 passat turbo ..

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I have a Volkswagen Passat 1998 1.8 T ver since buying the car i have put alot of money towards repair.

First of lot was the head gaskets i soon found this out when whilst driving at a moderate speed and the car all of a sudden pushed forward i loked under the hood of the car and my water was mixed with the oil, the soon over heated and the oi pump blew which i then had replaced.

Afew months later my power steering started to leak and all i could hear was a loud screechin sound evrytime i turned the wheel, i went to go get it checked out and my rack and pinion was not in the best of condition, I removed the rack and pinion with the help of my father, this was not an easy job as we did it using a jack and man power.

Now only a week ago my car was then again on the road the engine all of a sudden started to shake heavily and evrytime i went to accelerate the car would lag and make a loud sound like a diesel tractor (my car is a petrol car) i got it checked out.

To my suprise my transmission mounts were shredded and were not safe so i had that repaird at a price, i thought that this would stop the shaking of the car but the mechanic soon found out taht it didnt so back to the drawing board agian and to my suprise it is the cylinder heads that has the problem i am not to sure whether its the engin coil or the spark plugs or if it could be the actual piston head itself

Posted on Sep 06, 2010

  • Ghost M_P Dec 29, 2010

    To the second guy with passed head gasket problem. When a car head gasket fail you change the entire. Why? Because it's cheaper and a lot better. Also have you check the engine mounts not transmission mount but engine mounts. It's amazing how these engine are Push the car. Yes they go out in short time and very important. Really change the engine it's save you a lot of trouble. Get an used engine from junkyard $100 or similar, eBay only $500 bucks. Labor find a cheap mechanic in town. Tell them how really broke you are for 3-500 bucks max. Don't forget to change water pump and belt/timing while installing.

    The abs problem

    You'll have brake but abs fubrakenction wont work. Mostly cause by bad/dirty sensor, bad abs module( get one off junk yard). Bad brakes ( lot of reasons)
    Change brake fluid specially if passed two years.
    Check sensor( use scan tool or measure Curently shorts.)
    Then check abs module( I would just take a trip to junk yard and change it)



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