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Chances are you have a water pump problem remove the thermostat and put your finger in the hole to feel if the impelor to the water pump is broken also replace the thermostat at the same time.

1998 Volkswagen... | Answered on Sep 17, 2018

Clean battery terminals and check other connections.

1998 Volkswagen... | Answered on Jan 16, 2018

Fusible link between battery and alternator may be bad .

1998 Volkswagen... | Answered on Jan 02, 2018

Check to see if you have power and ground at the fan itself ,if you have both power and ground you need a new fan motor ( remember it has to be warm enough for fan switch to trigger or just jump to wires harness side for fan switch and test

1998 Volkswagen... | Answered on Nov 19, 2017

Sounds like the car is going into limp mode, and then resuming normal operation the next time you start it. This is probably due to an overboost or under boost situation. If this is the case, the car's computer can't effectively control the boost the turbo is producing, so it just "turns" the boost off. Ask the shop what the engine code was specifically, and then compare it to VW specific codes. ( google "VW OBD codes"). I'm betting the code is either P1556 (boost control negative deviation, underboost), or P1557 (boost control positive deviation, overboost). Proper diagnosis with VW specific software is half the battle. The rest is methodical troubleshooting by you or your shop so you don't replace parts that don't fix the problem. No offense intended, but it sounds like you need to bring your car to a shop that knows VW's. Sorry I'm not more helpful, but without more info, I'm just taking a guess. I've actually had this problem with my Tdi, and the fix was cleaning the intake manifold and a slight turbo actuator adjustment. But, in your case, several things could cause this which is why proper troubleshooting is important. Hope this helps.

1998 Volkswagen... | Answered on Nov 03, 2017

Hello Samuel,

I would start my looking at the BRAKE PEDAL itself...

Your switch is located there above the pedal.

It is a single lead switch... You can check the CIRCUIT DRAWINGS FREE at BBB Industries site at
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1998 Volkswagen... | Answered on Sep 10, 2017

Some cars have a switch tied into brake pedal. Kind of like a shifter lock. Maybe look into that.

1998 Volkswagen... | Answered on Feb 19, 2017


1998 Volkswagen... | Answered on Mar 07, 2016

hi.sounds like your clutch is burnt out try replacing that first

1998 Volkswagen... | Answered on Jan 24, 2016

Remove the glove box: unscrew 3 screws inside the box (in a row towards the top) and 2 on the outside (one on the bottom right side- open the car door to access it, and one on the bottom left side). Grab the bottom of the box and pull it toward you. It will come off.

Once it's off, flip it over. There are 2 screws that hold the latch housing on the box (you'll find them in the 2 circles that are cut into the plastic). Unscrew them.

Next, flip it back over to the front and stick a small flat screwdriver between the latch housing and the glove box part that it's stuck into. Gently pull the latch and the whole thing should come out.

Pop the new one in, replace the screws, put your glove box back in your car, and you're good to go!

1998 Volkswagen... | Answered on Jun 28, 2015

Check transmission control unit. That normally causes that when it has got some moisture inside it.

1998 Volkswagen... | Answered on May 11, 2015

Disconnect one of the cables from the battery. Leave off for 5 min. Reconnect the cable, tighten properly, snug. Computer is now reset. Perhaps that will work....

1998 Volkswagen... | Answered on Jan 21, 2015

a 98 Golf should not have an immobilizer, at least not in the USA. Do you have a little key symbol that lights up in your instrument cluster?

1998 Volkswagen... | Answered on Dec 25, 2014

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