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Overheat 2003 new beetle convertible(bought new by me). check engine light comes on. then epc light, then overheat light. I have had to three different shops, three new sensors, two new water pumps. Last mechanic said the engine is not overheating but the car thinks it is, so it starts shutting down the air conditioning, then drives slower, then finally because it thinks it is overheating, it actually does overheat. I am very frustrated and have no more money to pour into this piece of ****. Any ideas?

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Hi,

In my country, most overheating issues on Volkswagen models are resolved by:

  • entirely removing the thermostat (not applicable in cold regions);
  • wiring the fan to switch on once the engine is running (with or without the A/C or heater being turned on);
  • replacing the radiator thermal switch for the fan to a lower temp.
As to the "check engine light", the correct procedure would be to have the engine management computer scanned for fault logs. The error codes would point to the probable area(s) to check/clean/replace.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards. Thank you for using FixYa.

Posted on Aug 17, 2008

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