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I have a 2007 Volkswagen Crafter and I have changed the piston rings, egr valve and new turbo back on overran but I still get a big cloud of smoke when I put my foot down. Any ideas as it`s driving me mad? I’ve changed the oil separator on the top of the crank covers as well.
Submitted: 03/03/2014 11:54:50 | ID: 26154
My Volkswagen Crafter`s back door was not closed properly and the door open warning on the dash came on. I have sorted the rear door to close but I can’t make the warning light go off. Any resets I can do?
Submitted: 28/01/2014 15:41:36 | ID: 25288
Hi. I have a Volkswagen Crafter C35 LWB. Does anyone know what the tyre pressure should be? I have an average of 300kg in the back. I have had so many different answers. Thanks. (C35)
Think it’s 45psi empty and 65psi loaded, so 50 - 55psi? - Stu W from Lincolnshire
Submitted: 24/01/2014 12:06:16 | ID: 25189
Where is the location of my fuel filter in my Volkswagen Crafter van?
Underneath, next to the fuel tank - Stu from Lincolnshire
Submitted: 21/01/2014 11:15:31 | ID: 25069
Hi, I have a 2009 Volkswagen Crafter. I had it remap with a new turbo, cleaned the egr and it had a new air flow meter. It goes good if the rpm doesn`t go below 2000rpm,which makes me go down gears all of the time. Has anybody else had this problem and have any answers? Thanks.
Submitted: 21/01/2014 10:10:02 | ID: 25064
Can anyone tell me where I could locate the fuel filter?
Underneath the van. - David Granger from Lanarkshire
Fuel filter located on n/s next to fuel tank. You’ll have to lie down on your back and reach under where the filler flap is. - Alan Brown from Lancashire
Submitted: 19/01/2014 22:16:50 | ID: 25004
Hi. On my Volkswagen Crafter I get a knocking noise on the driver`s side, feels like it`s under my feet. I have jacked it up and gave the wheel a shake but it seems fine. I also checked the drop link and track rod end, found a small play in the track rod but nothing major. I`m wondering if it’s some kind of bush as it only happens over bumpy roads, well that’s all of Scotland`s roads for you. Any comments please? (Cr35 109 mwb)
I had a similar noise on mine and bought parts including top mounts, drop links and ball joints. In the end it was simply the anti rollbar bushes(cheap and easy) so might be worth checking these. - Adam Hazelton from England
Submitted: 17/01/2014 14:38:12 | ID: 24989
Hi. I have a Volkswagen Crafter van. When we have a frost my fuel filter seems to get blocked when I put on a bit of throttle to get uphill, but in normal weather it is okay. What can I do to overcome this problem?
Sorry I cannot answer this question, but was wondering can you tell me where the location of the fuel filter is. I can’t seem to find it on my own VW Crafter. Would appreciate it. - Gerard Rooney from Northern Ireland
Maybe you have some water in the filter? Might be worth draining it. The filter is underneath, next to the fuel tank. - Stu from Lincolnshire
Submitted: 14/01/2014 11:21:39 | ID: 24871
We have a Volkswagen Crafter (CR35 Blue motion) and the adblue Rest warning came on. We filled it with 20 litres of adblue as that was all we had at the time but the warning light stayed on. We have since filled it to the top of the filler tube and the light is still on. According to the handbook you are supposed to fill it to the top and turn the key to the start position without starting, wait 20 seconds and it is supposed to reset the warning, but guess what, it doesn’t. As I was filling it, it just keeps taking it and I have put about 30 litres in total with nothing leaking out underneath. Does anyone have any ideas? I am stumped and the counter is down to 150 miles now and again according to the handbook when it reaches zero it will go into reduced torque (limp mode). Any ideas? (CR35)
Submitted: 13/01/2014 11:03:38 | ID: 24809
Hi, I am wondering if anybody can help? I have a Volkswagen Crafter 109 08 model. I had the dpf taken out and remapped and it goes much better. I also have had a new turbo fitted and it drives spot on if the engine is running over 2000 rpm but is very flat under that, which is a pain when changing up gears when climbing hills. Is there any way of adjusting the turbo to come in a bit earlier? Many thanks. (109)
Hi, sorry I can’t give u a answer, my van has the same problem, did u ever get it fix? If u found the problem could u email me the answer on email@example.com. Thanks. - David Gillespie from County Down
I think they’re all the same below 2000 rpm, mine is flat as a fart then picks up and runs just fine - Ged Boydell from Yorkshire
Hi, I got my Crafter checked out, coming up low boost pressure, have the same problem as yours. The van goes brill. If the van’s at 2000 rpm everybody tells me it sounds like a turbo, but I’ve had the turbo done. Don’t know what else I can do! - David Gillespie from County Down
Hi, I found the problem. My DPF filter was block, that’s why the van is flat below 2000rpm. - David Gillespie from County Down
Submitted: 23/12/2013 12:06:14 | ID: 24194
My Volkswagen Crafter is having a problem when you are driving it. When it reaches a speed of say 60km/hr, the glow plug light starts flashing continuously and the revs drop to 2200 whilst you are revving it fully or it cuts off the engine. What should I do?
I had a similar problem so had a diagnostic test, which indicated there was a problem with an injector. Had it changed and is running fine now. - Gideon Turner from England
Submitted: 20/12/2013 10:24:36 | ID: 24121
My 06 Volkswagen Crafter sometimes makes a ticking noise like tappets, never when the engine is cold but not always when the engine is warm. What causes this and how do I cure this?
I’ve had the same noise for about a year now. Had it checked out when I first bought the van. Apparently it’s a sticky tappet. Had an engine flush, made no difference. It’s never caused a problem but is a bit worrying. Please post if you have any more info. - Andy from Aberdeenshire
Vacuum pump. - Barry Nicholls from England
It will be the vaccum pump and pushrod. Try changing the pushrod first, as this may cure it. - Stu from Lincolnshire
Had the same problem on a Crafter, which only tapped when left to tick over. It was the vac pump. Try pumping the brake pedal to make the noise go away. - Steve SD from Essex
Submitted: 17/12/2013 10:13:36 | ID: 24010
I’ve got a 59 plate Volkswagen Crafter that has a flat battery. It’s too flat to use the key to get to open the door. Is there a way of getting the bonnet open? Is there a way of reaching the release cable? Another way possible charging backwards through the alternator or starter motor by getting access underneath? What relays are between those and the battery? (Panel Van)
The battery is under the floor of the cab, you need to remove the edge of the passenger side step and take out the rubber mat. - Ollie Smith from England
Hi I have the same problem, can you tell me if you have got an answer? Cheers. - David Rushworth from Gloucestershire
Use the key in the door lock. - Stu from Lincolnshire
Submitted: 26/11/2013 15:54:15 | ID: 23546
My Volkswagen Crafter is having problems starting. What can I do? (Diesel)
Submitted: 05/11/2013 12:11:42 | ID: 22729
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My Volkswagen Crafter`s interior lights are not working. I checked the fuse and that’s okay. Also my roof lights in the back are not working. Any master fuse that works both?
My one is the same. - Mark from England
Your Problem is the electric body. - Giovanni from Italy
Got the same problem but haven’t got a fuse board diagram explaining what fuse is what! Which one do I need to check? - Nick from England
Try looking here http://www.volkspage.net/technik/ssp/ssp/SSP_370.pdf - Adam Hazelton from England
I have had this problem too. The condensation drips from the ariel above the interior lights and pir alarm system. This gets the circuit board wet and makes the lights and the pir system fail. This is a common problem. Look for green water marks etc on the unit. - Adrian Barber from England
Submitted: 04/11/2013 16:08:33 | ID: 22693
My Volkswagen Crafter`s radio doesn’t recognise any stations, it doesn’t search or anything. Basically it turns on and constantly searches. I changed the fuse but that didn’t help. Can anyone help? (lwb dropside)
Submitted: 07/10/2013 10:01:48 | ID: 21627
Hi. I would like to know the size of piston rings for my Volkswagen Crafter`s engine? (BJL engine 006631)
Submitted: 04/10/2013 15:39:38 | ID: 21609
Hi. Can anyone help please? I`ve had my 2.5d Volkswagen Crafter mapped up from a 109 to a 139, had dpf removed and mapped out. For 5k miles it was driving like a dream, now all of a sudden the CEL light comes on and then it goes into limp mode if I go over 2000rpm in 4,5 and 6th gear. I had a diagnostics check which came out as turbo underboost so I`ve changed the MAF sensor but it still happens. Any ideas please?
Change your turbo. - Crafter Owner from Kent
Submitted: 27/09/2013 15:53:12 | ID: 21386
On a 58 reg Volkswagen Crafter does the gear box need to removed to take the sump off?
Yes unfortunately. - Daniel Mcgarry from England
No! You can do this by removing both engine mounting bolts and then jacking the engine up till the gear box bell housing touch is at the top! You then have about 6 inch to get in and I think its a 5mm allen key or 13mm socket! Have done this twice and it works. - Dave from England
Submitted: 26/09/2013 16:04:43 | ID: 21320
I have a Volkswagen Crafter and the dpf has been removed and remapped but it smokes badly on idle. It drives fine with no loss of power but drinks fuel. Also when cold and too much revs it makes a horrible noise and stalls, then takes five minutes to re start. It doesn’t stall when warm. Can anyone advise? (136)
Mine does the same, any luck with yours? I’ve had injectors checked and they’re okay - Sean ORiordon from Essex
Check your EGR valve or clean it. - Crafter Owner from Kent
Submitted: 01/08/2013 12:17:32 | ID: 20315
I`ve changed my Volkswagen Crafter`s water pump and replaced the timing belt. After that the vehicle started showing the glow plug light and cut off. On starting it fires immediately thereafter. Any advice? (2.5 TDI Engine Code 2KT)
Submitted: 01/08/2013 12:09:44 | ID: 20311
Hi there, I have got a VW Crafter that runs great. But it is hard to start even when it is warm. I have charged the battery up but still have the problem :-(( could it be the starter motor!!!! (Med / wheel base)
Could be the crank sensor. - Alan Brown from Lancashire
Submitted: 30/05/2013 16:17:27 | ID: 19515
I have an ongoing problem with my Volkswagen Crafter. It goes into limp mode, mostly first thing in the morning. I`ve been to VW and an independent who both say turbo under boost and a new turbo is the answer. Like others on these forums I`m not convinced, especially as I have found out it had a replacement turbo some 16 months ago. I don’t want to change parts willy nilly but hope somebody can put their finger on what’s really happening . Most of the time it’s fine, just every now and then it has a blip. Can anyone advise me please? Thanks. (109 Lwb)
Check EGR valve - Matt from England
I have the same ongoing problem. So far I’ve had new boast switches, air flow metee, sensor of ever type, new turbo, exhaust pressure switch and it still does it, drives fine until I put pressure on engine usually up hill revs drop to 2000ish and ping limp home. Switch off then on again problem gone. I thought it might be pfd partical filter but someone suggested brake vaccum pump today. Help please!!! Mark Dale from Buckinghamshire
Your exhaust manifold might be cracked on the center, this is a common problem on these useless Crafters. - Crafter Owner from Kent
Submitted: 14/05/2013 15:26:39 | ID: 19362
My Volkswagen Crafter van drives normally, but every now and then when the engine is allowed to idle after driving the revs stay at 1000 and smoke comes from under the bonnet. In about 30 seconds something opens/click/operates and the engine idles down to 700rpm and the smoke goes. I have replaced the EGR valve and throttle control with no luck. Does anyone have any suggestions what I can do about this? (LT35)
Hi Paul did you find out what was wrong with your crafter as mine is doing exactly the same??? Thanks - Darren Mccoy from England
Hi I believe this is called a re generation cycle where the engine pumps more fuel in to burn off the build up in the dpf. - Darren McCoy from England
Submitted: 19/04/2013 09:37:49 | ID: 19059
I have a 2010 Volkswagen Crafter with 112,000 miles on. The Adblue Rest warning came on with an indication that I had 1400 miles left. I topped up the Adblue to the top and then followed instructions as per the manual. I turned on the ignition for 20 seconds, then started the engine. The trip now says 9999 and the warning light has gone off, but when I go to adblue the message still says Adblue rest. The van is running fine. Does anyone have any idea how to make it say Adblue okay? (C35)
Kevin, my Crafter has done exactly the same, did you manage to find a solution to reset adblue? Bob from Lancashire
I have a 2010 VW Crafter and my light came on with a message of "adblue rest". It also said it had 800 miles then a day later it came up with the same message and 90 miles. I have put 20L of adblue in and it’s still saying the same thing. Do you know how much adblue I should put in and how do I get the light off the dash? - Marc Jones from Suffolk
Submitted: 10/04/2013 09:55:08 | ID: 18922
Hi. I have just bought a Volkswagen Crafter 2008. When I unlock it on the key fob the rear doors sometimes open and sometimes don’t. I changed the rear locks but I still have the same problem. What can I do to resolve this?
Submitted: 02/04/2013 10:59:12 | ID: 18766
The fan belt is squeaking (any tips to stop this squeak... tried soap) so I am going to change it. Any tips I need to know of getting the tension right? I would be grateful for any info, thanks.
Sure it’s self adjusting, you may need the tensioner replacing - Steve from England
Submitted: 12/03/2013 14:17:37 | ID: 18481
The interior light in the cab of my Volkswagen Crafter has stopped working. I’ve changed the fuse and everything in the cab is working fine, but nothing on the light unit works. I was driving along one morning and the lights started to flash for a while and then just stopped working if that is any help. Any ideas as to what I can do please?
Water from condensation drops inside the unit. Common problem, check for green corrosion in unit. - Adrian Barber from England
Submitted: 15/02/2013 10:03:06 | ID: 18057
Hi, my Volkswagen Crafter is fine but I have two major problems. If I’m facing the wind the car drops it`s speed or sometimes it does the same when loaded and pulling a trailer up a hill. Also it`s leaking oil and I cannot discover where the leak is coming from. Any suggestions please?
Submitted: 12/02/2013 10:08:01 | ID: 17972
I have a Volkswagen Crafter with 60,000 miles. The light front end was damaged which had cracked the oil filter housing. Having fitted the correct part, fitting a new battery and full service part, the van started first time every time for a couple of weeks, The van wasn’t on the road so I would just start it for a couple of minutes to keep the battery topped up. Coming to it recently the van turns over but won’t fire and the service light has come on. I have put more fuel in and checked all connections but still nothing. Can anyone suggest what I should do?
Submitted: 12/02/2013 08:50:57 | ID: 17957
Hello. I have a Volkswagen Crafter 2007 chasis. In cold weather it does not start but at 4 celsius it starts okay. When the temperature is lower it does not start. I have changed filters, glow plugs, relay plugs and all wires and connections are okay. It won`t start first time, after that it starts okay. What should I do? (chasis)
Submitted: 21/01/2013 11:42:21 | ID: 17458
Hi, I have a 2007 lwb Volkswagen Crafter. Is it normal for the radiator fan to be on all the time after about a minute of starting up? No warning lights come on and it seems to drive fine.
I had the same problem. It is either the thermostat (£11.75 from Bennetts) or the temperature sensor (£27 from Bennetts) or in my situation a combination of both - Chris Johnson from Hertfordshire
Submitted: 10/01/2013 08:45:58 | ID: 17166
Oil is going through to the header tank of my Volkswagen Crafter and it`s boiling up but the engine oil is clear. I`ve changed oil cooler twice and flushed the system. What can I do?
Change your head gasket. - Crafter Owner from Kent
Submitted: 03/01/2013 16:02:28 | ID: 16790
Hi, when you turn on the ignition of my Volkswagen Crafter the lights front and rear come on without turning the light switch on. The bulb warning light also comes on but all bulbs are okay . When the ignition is turned off the lights go out. What`s causing this?
Submitted: 03/01/2013 12:12:11 | ID: 16744
My Volkswagen Crafter van seems to be burning oil, it has only done 78,000 miles. I would like to know the cost to have a new rebor? It is running 100% with no oil leaks and it`s not the turbo. What will it cost me?
Submitted: 17/12/2012 11:22:36 | ID: 16493
Hi. I have an annoying bleep every 3 minutes that comes from the radio of my Volkswagen Crafter, even when the key is out and locked. I`ve tried the tps thing that cuts in to your radio. Please help me as it`s doing my head in. What could it be? Thanks in advance for any advice.
Submitted: 11/12/2012 15:29:03 | ID: 16298
My Volkswagen Crafter`s interior lights come on when I`m driving, as well as the wipers, indicators and radio. In fact, everything controlled by the ignition goes dead and if I turn off the engine and restart it is fine until the next time the fault occurs. Any ideas anyone?
Submitted: 03/12/2012 11:25:57 | ID: 15997
I have a problem with my Volkswagen Crafter van. When I start to drive power on the dashbord goes for 20 minutes and then comes back on. Then when I start again I can`t used my windscreen wiper. Does anyone know why?
Submitted: 03/12/2012 11:23:46 | ID: 15996
My Volkswagen Crafter has run brilliantly from the day I got it 3 years ago and never let me down, but for some reason the eml has come on but the engine is running okay. Any thoughts? (163)
Submitted: 26/11/2012 09:53:20 | ID: 15703
My Volkswagen Crafter`s 2.5 misfires on tickover. I`ve overhauled the cylinder head, all injectors have tested okay, revs okay, but it`s rough on tickover and it smokes a bit. Any ideas?
Submitted: 09/11/2012 14:14:15 | ID: 15211