The air was working great, then I turned it off for a few minutes and when I went to turn it back on the knob was frozen and would not move. When it finally did move the a/c was no longer working and the a/c push-in button would not light up (but the push-in button next to it does light up). Is this a typical problem because it is a 2000?
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does it sound like there is any compression. remove cover on the right side that covers t-belt see if belt might have broken. if cooling system failed could have blow fuse for cooling fans. causing overheating.
My 2000 Beetle does same thing (although not all the time). Just found an internet post that suggests there is a problem in the door lock sensor. I assume you are using a regular key - not
the keyless entry - like I am. He also said that you can disable the alarm (also disables the
keyless entry - which doesn't bother me) by leaving the front door AND the rear trunk open and
starting the car up. Seems to work so far. I will get the door lock sensor replaced and turn the
alarm system back on (not sure how yet), and let you know if that stops the problem.
Look inside the trunk for the back side of the light module housing. Unscrew the large black knob. Before unscrewing it all the way push on the knob to pop out the light module housing from the outside fender, or place your fingers under the lip and gently pull on the housing once the knob is removed. Once pulled out of the housing the bulb sockets will be visible outside of the trunk. replace the l;amps and reverse the procedure to put the light module back into the socket. Screw back on the black knob.
The front lights are similar but have tension springs instead of knobs.
AC will not work with temps are cold even when it is turned on. The air is colder cause the temp is colder. The AC cycles in hot weather because the AC charge is low and needs recharging. You will know this if you open the hood run the AC and you will hear the clicking sound of the AC compressor magnetic clutch. You can recharge it easily buy buying a compatible can of refrigerant. I suggest buying the kit with the gage so you don't overcharge the system which will cause freeze ups