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Overheating problem my 2000 VW Beetle 2.0 engine is overheating. changed thermostat. Water is not pumped from reservoir but after car sits reservoir empties but not on ground so its going into engine. Changing water pump is next. What else could this be? temp light blinks and beeps hot. Sat overnight at work and when leaving, started car and temp light registed red immediatly. 8 hours it Sat. after changing thermostat light went out but after driving short distance light came back on. checked under hood and water in reservoir was boiling. The temp light has only came on two other times. That was when I had turned my air conditioner on this summer. After turning air conditioner off the light went off shortly after. I had no other problems untill car over heated on the way to work. Changed thermostat and looked at hoses and radiator but found no leaks by sight.

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  • bristolbaby Jul 31, 2008

    almost the same issue, light is coming on loosing coolant refill runs fine but looses coolant and light comes on as if it is overheating. Can not locate leeks, hoes fittings or intake. checked oil no coolant in oil no exhaust smoke or coolant except normal condensation. what next?

  • puzzlepiece Sep 26, 2008

    I have the same problem with my 2000 beetle. loosing coolant but can't find a leak. I was just wondering if you changed the fan and that fixed the problem for you as well...guess that is my next step also

  • tmoneyhoney Nov 13, 2008

    I also have this same problem now with my 2000 Beetle (189000 miles :). Where is the water pump? I see the leak somewhere under the airfilter component... a little bit above the middle gap between engine and battery. Does VW fix this for free? They should because I swear they made the whole d*mn car out of plastic.

    My glove comp plastic broke off, my door handles broke off, my middle console compartment broke off, interior lights cracked...what were they thinking!!!

    Mind you, I have had this car for 8 yrs..but still I thought VW's were built to last.. I guess I was wrong big time!

    Other than plastic, every other possible thing that could go wrong, HAS! Other examples are crank shaft sensor, o2 sensors, (pretty much every sensor)..let's see what else, OH my belt has snapped on me, VW has charged me $2000 to fix my cooling system 5 yrs ago, and a mile after I left I started overheating (the problem eventually was the fuses that are located above the battery-melted together- you'd think they would of checked that first being it was less than $20 and they charged me $2000!!! yes TWO THOUSAND for something else (of course I groaned and moaned until they gave me the $ back). They say it's wear and tear everytime I go in there and that excuse is old. Oh and another thing, the third day i had my car back in 2000, the transmisson gear went to sh*t, not sure what was wrong then but I know it was $1500. I've spent more on the car than it was worth, and now probably can't sell it because it will cost the new owner more than it's worth to fix the little things! P.S. my ac doesn't work either :) AND I LIVE IN FLORIDA!!!! :(

    BTW, how do you determine if your car is a lemon? LOL

  • VikingThor Mar 19, 2009

    Help, Help.. I just bought my sister in law a 2000 beetle, at the dealer it ran and sounded great, now its overheating. I mean boiling in the expansion tank... I know a little about working on cars so my first thought was t-Stat. I live in Florida so I did what alot of floridians do, I pulled the guts out of it and put it back... no luck
    then I replaced the water pump for an aftermarket metal impellar pump. still no luck,, then i checked the coolant temp sensor. Fans worked on high and low, it was only a 12 dollar replacement so I changed the sensor,, still no luck,, next I bought the proper T-stat and put it back,,, after all this its still boiling in the expansion tank...WTF...no foamy oil so the head gasket should be good. what the hell else could it be... I mean it takes about 6.5 minutes for the coolant to boil...somethings wrong... Help

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    perezalej610 Aug 30, 2012

    my problem its the same but i locate a leak on sernsor it was the sensor gasket.

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Water pump. water pump. water pump. i am a vw dealer tech and on 2.0 and 1.8t beetles the water pump impeller is plastic, and what happens is usually another component, fans, fan control module (under battery tray), thermostat, fails and because the impeller is plastic with just one overheat the plastic becomes brittle and shatters, pull the water pump out and you will see the impeller in 3 or 4 pieces. replace water pump and make sure t stat opens, fans come on (a/c off) and proper water pump flow.

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Hi there

Had same problem. Taken to VW dealership. Definitely the water pump which has a plastic impeller which had disintegrated. The effect is that the coolant isn't being pumped through the motor and so it overheats regardless of the cooling fans. The pump runs off the cam belt so you it needs to come off to replace the pump.

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  • SophieDD Aug 12, 2011

    Take to VW dealership??? ********!! We would not be here if we could afford to take it back to VW every time something goes wrong.

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Changed the water pup !! its got a plastic impeler and comes apart Cnage ot every time you do the timing belt Heads Up

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I took the thermostat off and could see impeller, it looks metal and seems tight to the touch, started and could see impeller turning, hooked water house to rad side and watch water flow out of engine, sometimes it will go for a day or to, but it's happening every time now, any ideas appreciated.thanks Ed

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I have an 05 jetta 05 bug and 03 bug, IT is your water pump. your year car has a plastic impeller (vw) you need an oem water pump BRASS IMPELLER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this has happend both to my 03 bug and 05 jetta. You have literaly described what my car was doing. your burning yourfluid off. the reason thefluid drains when it sits is because it expands while hot.

Posted on Apr 26, 2012

I had the same problem, 2001 beetle turbo sport edition. I changed the sensors, and had no success,then I noticed the cooling fan not turning on at all, replaced the cooling fan assembly and problem solved. I purchased an after market clone part for 150.00 dlls at a local parts store.

Maybe this is your answer, I don't guarantee it, but check if your fan is turning on after the car is running for a few minutes, remember I changed the sensors first, I am no mechanic at all but I am just trying to help.

Posted on Aug 01, 2008

Bang on mooty-i work for vw specialist and we see looooooooooots ov um

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