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97 Jetta. headlights and wipers don't work. Bought car used. Wires hanging down from column. How do I find the wiring or fuses for this problem I don't have manual. Single mom w/children HELP, plz!!!

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You will need to remove the shroud around the steering column and look to see whats wrong ,it could just be the multiplug has fallen out but without a look i couldnt tell you offhand

Posted on Mar 18, 2011


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