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Hi. Just lately I’ve been hearing a sound at the rear of my Volkswagen Polo inside, coming from the backboard. It`s sounding as if there is something loose there but I can’t pin-point the sound. If anyone has encountered such a problem please can anyone help?
Submitted: 20/05/2013 15:29:38 | ID: 19389
Hi. I have a Volkswagen Polo and had sound fitted to it. Just an amp sub and tweeters, factory radio we added a hi low converter, took remote switch in from the cigarette lighter, power from the battery for amp, ground from rear seat, sound fitted and all playing the vehicle started. A customer came in and listened to sound then paid but went back to the car and tried to start it and it never started. We checked all fuses etc , disconnected all the sound but still it doesn’t start. I got the tracking company to disconnect the tracker, had VW come out to see the car and the diagnostics can be read by the car, it says no ignition. The relays inside the car click and the technicians checked it and said it only reads 6v and not 12v . The car swings but refuses to start. What could the problem be and can anyone help please? Thanks. (1.6)
Submitted: 03/05/2013 15:45:39 | ID: 19251
My Volkswagen Polo has an automatic transmission. When I engage it in D, it takes an awful long time before it picks up speed. It is almost like it stalls in first gear and after that it moves just fine. I have also noticed that it`s consumption of gas has also gone up. Can anyone explain why it`s doing this please?
Submitted: 03/05/2013 15:10:56 | ID: 19243
My Volkswagen Polo Classic has started to give me problems. While driving it reduces it`s speed by itself. Could the petrol pump be faulty or the regulator? Can anyone tell me what could be causing this please?
Submitted: 30/04/2013 14:03:06 | ID: 19193
Hi, my Volkswagen Polo Classic makes this terrible noise at the front wheels when I go over speed bumps or any bumps on the road. It happens a lot, especially when it`s cold and it`s been parked for a while. Please does anyone have any idea what the problem is?
Hi there, I’m having the same problem with my 2005 Polo Classic but when it’s hot it rides well. I have taken mine to be checked and I got a feedback of the noise is coming from the shocks, so I’m having shocks and mountings replaced, ball joints also coz I had the control arm bushes changed but the sound is still there. I’d suggest you take it to be checked! Tumelo from South Africa
Hi Tumelo, I’ve had it checked out already, went to test my shocks all are in good condition. I’ve also been to a Roadworthy testing station, they didn’t pick up anything serious. However, they said I could possibly have sand in my coils/springs which are around my shocks becoz when its raining the noise goes away. I went for another opinion, I was told it could be my brakes. So I’ll have a look into that. Thanks again... Hope u sort yours out too, soon - nqabakazi from South Africa
Submitted: 19/04/2013 10:32:51 | ID: 19067
My Volkswagen Polo`s turbo kicks out if I am driving. When I switch the car off and switch it back on the turbo works again, but again it kicks out. It has cost me already over R20,000 for mechanics to check what’s going on and everybody says they don’t know. They say I have to replace the turbo, but if the turbo is working why must I replace the turbo? Please can anybody help me? (Tdi)
Your boost needs to be set. It’s all in your ecu. If the mechanical components are all good, only the electrical is left to blame. So check out your boost setup. Rather go tune your car at a tuner - Ismail Arbee from South Africa
The turbo charger does not need replacing. The wastegate is the one that needs replacing. Speaking from a similar experience with a VW Touareg - Momanyi from Kenya
Submitted: 18/04/2013 10:53:16 | ID: 19027
Only when I initially pull away, I hear a double bonk/tap in my Volkswagen Polo, which seems to be behind the dashboard to the lower right. Sometimes it is behind me! Nothing is loose and it does not happen when I pause at lights etc. The garage are nonplussed and their loan car does it too! It`s not every time, but about 6 out of 10 times on initial pulling away. Usually this is not a loud noise. Is this a known fault / characteristic? Any ideas? (1.4 automatic)
Submitted: 18/04/2013 09:48:29 | ID: 19023
I have recently purchased a Volkswagen Polo and it lets in water down the edge of the door. The dealer where I bought it told me it’s a single skin rubber, not a double like they used to use and it’s normal. I feel I’ve been fobbed off. What are your thoughts?
Submitted: 16/04/2013 10:07:06 | ID: 19004
Hi. My Volkswagen Polo`s power steering isn’t working after a bump on the offside of my car, although the steering pump is on the opposite side and the main fuse for the steering blew. I have replaced the fuse and had my friend plug the car into his diagnostic machine. He can find everything but the steering on it so cannot reset it, although there is power to the pump. I`m wondering if it needs a new pump or if there is some fuse relay or reset button after a bump. Can anyone advise me please? Thanks. (70s 1.2)
Submitted: 15/04/2013 10:45:02 | ID: 18966
I was driving my Volkswagen Polo and suddenly the engine stalled and the car stopped. I tried several times to start it but it wouldn`t, then after a while it did start but stalled again. I called someone to check it out but he could not find anything wrong. He also checked the timing belt and the fuel system but found nothing. Eventually he found that two of the engine cylinders work correctly but the other two are not firing because there`s no fire in the spark plug. He changed everything around many times but with no result. Finally he took the car computer out and tried another one and then checked the spark plug and it worked okay. Can anyone help me with what I have to do now please?
Submitted: 10/04/2013 08:41:18 | ID: 18916
I have a problem with my Volkswagen Polo Playa. It switches on but with no power and when I step on the accelerator it switches off. It seems like there is a problem with the petrol flow to the engine via the throttle. Can anyone suggest what I should do?
Hey, my girlfriend had the same issue on her car once. It had been standing for a while and when we tried to start it started, and as soon as we pressed the accel. it died. After a few more tries the battery was dead too. We ended up jumping and trying again. Eventually we just had to drive with the revs real high. After about 20 km of open road and a few stalls, we noticed the rev regulator was going up and down the whole time, but the petrol issue seemed sorted. If you look on the engine, on the right of the back manifold outlet, there is a small plug with a wire attached. That might be faulty. We replaced it and all was fine. Not a mechanic, we trial and error! Haha, hope it helps! Wynand Gerber from South Africa
Submitted: 09/04/2013 11:21:57 | ID: 18911
Hi, I have 2 questions. My Volkswagen Polo Sedan`s boot won’t open all of a sudden. Is it maybe a fuse or do I have bigger problems? Also the yellow abs light on my dashboard doesn`t go off. What does that mean? Can anybody please help? Thank you. (Sedan)
I have a similar problem. My mechanic said that I need to change the boot pump - Ilyaas from South Africa
Just been looking at my son`s with the same problem. I found that the solenoid screws had worked loose and it had fallen from it`s position, snapping the electrical wires. Also the locking gear had a broken metal lug worn and snapped so the boot wouldn`t stay shut. It’s all fixable for the average DIY person but you need the new bits – Bob Smith from England
Submitted: 04/04/2013 10:24:34 | ID: 18817
When I press my Volkswagen Polo`s clutch it`s not coming back and I have to pull it back. I checked the clutch cable and it is okay but now I cannot select gears. What can the probem be or what should I look for?
Submitted: 02/04/2013 14:13:01 | ID: 18798
I`m confused about my wipers on my Volkswagen Polo. My rear and front have just stopped working. I think it may be the fuse but to change the fuse I need to locate which fuse it is in the fuse box. Can anyone help me?
Submitted: 02/04/2013 10:33:51 | ID: 18759
I have owned my Volkswagen Polo 1.4 FSI 53 Reg 5 door car for 2 years but this year I have had no end of trouble with it since Christmas. Firstly the amber engine management light came on. This was water in the coils which were dried out and a special spray put in abd this went well for a month or so. The light came back on so the EGR Valve was replaced and this worked for a month but then it came on again. This time it was the wiring loom so this was re-wired with a pass through wire and this looked to have worked until it happened again. Warning light showed and this time it was the knox sensor, so the actual sensor part has been replaced but I have been told it`s in 3 parts. It`s hooked up each time to a diagnostic computer which has given different fault codes each time. It goes for so long and then randomly comes on. If it comes up again I don`t know what I would do, so I am looking for advice and if I am doing the right thing here. Can anyone advise me please? Thanks for any help.
Try looking at your break lights or your breaklight connection or the actual break switch. Best thing to do is wait till the epc light is on then ask somebody to look at the rear lights cause that could be the reason - Ashley from South Africa
Submitted: 21/03/2013 16:27:20 | ID: 18642
My Volkswagen Polo has 350,000km on the clock but drives well. My only problem is that when I drive through even the smallest puddle of water it switches off for about 15 minutes before it starts again. This is so frustrating especially in wet weather on a highway! Please can anyone help with any possible solutions? Thank you.
Submitted: 21/03/2013 12:37:06 | ID: 18632
Hi there. My Volkswagen Polo has an 8V engine with AKK code and EAR automatic transmission. I need to change both, but all transmissions I have found are 1.4 16V and not 8V. Is it compatible to put 16V transmission with 8V engine if I had to, or if not what’s the best solution? Mechanics have suggested I convert my 8V car completely to 16V with all it`s computers and wires in order to avoid not finding codes that I want for my car in the future. Does anyone know or think converting is possible or not?
Anything is possible, but on a 2001 Polo, it’s certainly going to be ’beyond economical repair’ unless you can find a suitable, matching gearbox. There is a VW EAR transmission on ebay at the moment, but at £176 it’s still probably too much to spend. From the wording of your question, you’re also suggesting that you need to change the engine too: If that’s the case, I’d certainly scrap the car rather than spend several hundred pounds on it - John Greenslade from Powys
Submitted: 18/03/2013 14:46:02 | ID: 18560
Hi, I have a Volkswagen Polo Classic 1.8i. Everytime I start my car it cuts out. I did check my petrol pump but it is not that so can it be my Key code that is out? Please can anyone help? Thank you.
If a key light flashes continuous then yes, your immo is activated - Mohamed Adam from England
Submitted: 13/03/2013 14:28:52 | ID: 18501
Hi, I have redone my complete engine, set the timing on tdc but it’s not starting. Have diagnosed it but its reading there is no pick up on the gearbox sensor. Just needed to know the settings on the gearbox sensor and what mark I must look for and do I need to take the gearbox out to do that, thanks.
Submitted: 12/03/2013 10:56:14 | ID: 18472
I have a VW Polo 6n2, when driving it, it starts to make a loud rattling noise. If I then turn the engine off and try to start it again it turns over for a while and then eventually fires up its then revving by itself between 2000-3000 rpm without me touching the throttle. Then when I slow down and take my foot off the accelerator the engine cuts out?
Submitted: 11/03/2013 14:20:51 | ID: 18410
My Volkswagen Polo`s handbrake warning light keeps coming on as well as the handbrake warning alarm. I had the car looked at January and was told it was fine. It goes off constantly and all of the time. The brakes feel fine and the handbrake works too. Please can anyone help?
Check your handbrake switch there is a wire connected there. If that wire touches the body of your vehicle the warning light on your dashboard will come on - Soni Ndoko from South Africa
Submitted: 04/03/2013 14:33:53 | ID: 18344
I am getting no response when I press the immobiliser button on my Volkswagen Polo. The doors are not locking or unlocking, although the immobiliser light illuminates when pressed. I would really appreciate a bit of assistance in this regard as I have a sickly member in the house who may need medical assistance at any time. I wish to add that the ignition lights do not come on either. Can anyone help? (Classic 1.6i)
It will be the central locking pump in the boot of your car, yes I know crazy but my daughter had the same problem recently. We bought a second hand pump off ebay and fitted it (easy for a diy person) and now all fine again. The pump is situated on the right hand side of the boot by the way. Hope this helps - Tom Ryan from Kent
Submitted: 04/03/2013 09:11:04 | ID: 18325
My 2006 Volkswagen Polo 1.6 comfortline started missing, back firing and lost loads of power. It sounds like the exaust has a hole. I took it to the mechanic who says I need a new coil and water flanger. I had the plugs changed but it still missed and goes sluggish. Can I get an opinion please?
Hi, my car is doing the exact the same thing. I changed the exhaust but still the same problem. Please, please help, can it be the throttle body? Nasmira Dawood from South Africa
Hi Nasmira, nope it’s definitely not the throttle. Your EPC light would have come on if it was. I believe that it may be the coil. I’ve taken a few opinions from some mechanics, they all came back with the same answer "coil pack" - Faaiz Peroo from South Africa
Pls check ur petrol pump. Ur mechanic can check if its pumping 3kpi. I’ve heard of people with this prob and it’s usualy the petrol pump. Lack of power and a bit of misfiring. Thanx. Btw, my keyaboard is mulfunctioning thats y am writing Greek - Tony from South Africa
Submitted: 01/03/2013 11:02:59 | ID: 18309
Hi. I own a Volkswagen Polo Trendline 1.6. For the last 3 months my car has been cutting out after pulling away. It seems to be especially bad when the car heats up or on very hot days. The diagnostics have not picked up anything. Sometimes the epc light is on but the mechanics can’t pick up anything. Please can anyone help? (Trendline)
Have your throttled checked out - Faaiz Peroo from South Africa
Submitted: 01/03/2013 09:59:38 | ID: 18301
I have a Volkswagen Polo Playa 1.4i ’04 petrol. It starts fine if the car has been standing for a while, idles and revs but dies when I try to pull off due to flooding. Could it be a faulty sensor on the injection system or the injectors? (Playa 1.4i)
Submitted: 25/02/2013 09:21:34 | ID: 18219
I have a Volkswagen Polo Classic model 1999. The power from the coil does not have a spark and I bought a new coil but there is no spark even on the plugs. What can the problem be? (classic)
Submitted: 22/02/2013 09:50:53 | ID: 18206
Hi, I am driving Volkswagen Polo Playa 1.4 millenium dashboard. Two weeks ago the car was cutting out when I accelerated from first gear and when I tried second gear it stopped. I found out that rats have eaten the wires that go to the injectors so I tried to patch the wires and the car seemed to be okay for about a week. After a week the same problem started again but it was not the same as before, it does it often when I release the clutch quickly and now a pint of oil won`t even last a week. Should I change all the filters and the pumps or should I buy new injector hannes?
Submitted: 21/02/2013 14:53:40 | ID: 18182
Could anyone please tell me why my Volkswagen Polo feels as if it is choking when I travel below 10mph in second gear, below 20mph in third gear and below 30mph in fourth gear? Also both the Engine Maintenance and EPC light are lit up on the dashboard. Any suggestions please? (SCAUAX01)
Submitted: 21/02/2013 14:26:11 | ID: 18178
Hi. I own a Volkswagen Polo Classic Comfortline. It shows an EPC light on the display set and when I try to start it it doesn’t have power to idle. The VW mechanic diagnosed it and found that the problem is the speed sensor. My big worry is that when I turn on the engine it misfires to the point where I feel it’s going to be burnt out. Please can anyone help?
When I had the EPC light on, I had the throttle changed and it worked perfectly - Faaiz Peroo from South Africa
Submitted: 21/02/2013 10:55:56 | ID: 18155
Hi, my Volkswagen Polo failed it`s MOT due to the brake pads. I had that problem fixed and since then when I turn the ignition on it makes a beeping noise then stops. I`ve also noticed that the car feels different, the clutch seems to be high and the car just sounds and feels different. Also there`s a spanner flashing in the mileage box. Do I just need to take it for a service? It`s a 2003 1.4 tdi diesel Polo which has done about 62,000 miles. Thanks.
I had the same with my Polo. It’s just a service warning light. When you get a service they will reset it and you won’t hear the annoying beep and the little spanner. Hope this helps. Then it will count down the miles till you should get another - Matt from Nottinghamshire
Submitted: 21/02/2013 09:54:31 | ID: 18142
Hey guys. I bought a second hand automatic 2000 Volkswagen Polo 16V from Japan last year. It has been working fine and I’ve only had to replace the water pump recently, although I have been told I need to replace the throttle body, (the car used to stall at some point). Today I had problems starting it. Nothing happens in the engine when I turn the key, except that there is a rattle noise in the engine. The meters on the panel rattle as well and the lights flicker for a short while. There`s also that warning beep sometimes. It has happened once about a month ago and it was because I had switched the AC on, (since my mechanic tried to "fix" the stalling problem, turning on the AC makes the engine quite weak and sometimes it just goes off). When it did I waited a short while and the car started again. No problems after that until today. When it happened the first time today I jump-started it, (after a few unsuccessful tries), it miraculously started and I drove around fine. But the second time it refused to start. The battery is okay. What could the problem be? Please help. (1.4 16V)
Submitted: 19/02/2013 09:00:18 | ID: 18111
I have a creaking noise from my Volkswagen Polo`s back suspension which sounds like it`s rubbing too. Dampers have been replaced and the brakes are okay, so please could anyone shed any light on it? (twist)
Submitted: 18/02/2013 15:22:39 | ID: 18105
My Volkswagen Polo`s right hand side tail lights are not working. I have checked the globes and they are fine. If I switch the ignition off with the right indicator on the tail lights will illuminate. Is there a seperate relay for the tail lights? (Classic Comfortline)
Submitted: 18/02/2013 09:55:45 | ID: 18089
At 63,000 miles my Volkswagen Polo 1.2 developed a severe loss of power. The problem was caused by excessively worn valve guides. Should this happen at such a mileage?
Submitted: 14/02/2013 12:49:14 | ID: 18042
I have a 1.4 TDi 70cv Volkswagen Polo Match and I would like to know how often the timing belt has to be changed? The last change was made at 67,100 kms. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you.
120,000kms is your next major service. Change the belt then - Vinay Ramharakh from South Africa
Submitted: 14/02/2013 12:43:36 | ID: 18039
My Volkswagen Polo`s driver`s side hazard light doesn`t work. My indicators work fine and use the same bulb as the hazard and it`s not the fuse. Please can anyone help? Thanks.
Submitted: 12/02/2013 14:41:50 | ID: 17984
Hi. I am a mechanic and one of my new customers has a 2005 Volkswagen Polo. I noticed before the service the car is pinging. I also noticed that the spark plugs (NGK BKUR5ETC-10) are different to the ones I usually fit.(BKUR6ET-10). The Spares shop supplied me with the same plugs that were in the car. I also took it for diagnostics, but no fault codes were stored. Could the spark plugs be the cause of the pinging, or do I have to look elsewhere for the problem?
Plugs are fine but check your HT lead if they have it they coils check them one by one hearing or monitor the sound and vibration of the engine - Owen Ndlovu from South Africa
Submitted: 11/02/2013 09:00:38 | ID: 17934
Over the last few months there is a squeaking, rubbing sound coming from underneath the driver`s side footwell of my Volkswagen Polo. It`s not always present and doesn`t seem to be affected by depressing any of the pedals or going over uneven roads. There is no pattern to it, although when on the motorway the noise isn’t there. Any idea what could be causing it?
I had this problem and the coil had broke - Angela from Shropshire
Submitted: 08/02/2013 15:28:24 | ID: 17930
My Volkswagen Polo is struggling to start most mornings, needing 3 or 4 turns of the key to get going. Several times it has failed and needed an AA visit. It`s been into the garage twice, had a new battery and new temperature sensor and has been serviced. What needs fixing to make it reliable? (1.4 Twist)
Submitted: 05/02/2013 11:47:18 | ID: 17849
Hi, I left my Volkswagen Polo for a few weeks over Christmas. I came back and both of the rear wheels have locked. When this has happened previously I have driven forward and back a few times and it has released it, but that is not working this time. I think the brake shoes are welded to the brake drum. Has anyone else had this problem or know how I can fix it? Am I going to have to get it picked up? Any ideas would really be appreciated. Thanks.
The Polo’s brake discs have a high iron content, thus they rust/corrode very quickly when left unused, esp in cold, damp weather. If the brakes when free when rocking the car back & forth with the car turned on and in gear, then try getting someone to tow the car backwards or forwards with a more powerful car (4 x 4), that should free them... failing that then you’ll probably need to get the front of the car jacked up, remove the wheels and physically hit the brake calipers and brake discs with a hammer or similiar to free them!!! Martin Hardie from Aberdeenshire
Submitted: 04/02/2013 11:06:30 | ID: 17816
I will be away for 2 months (March to May) and my Volkswagen Polo will not be used during this time. It will be parked on the road. Is there anything I should do in advance to prepare the car for this? Is the long lay up likely to cause any problems?
Your battery will possibly discharge and become flat and your brake discs/calipers will probably bind/stick due to rust/corrosion on the brake discs (they’ve got a high iron content)... unfortunately there isn’t a lot you can do about it if the car is parked on the street other than get someone to start up the car every week and move the car... preferably for a short run to get the engine warmed up and battery charged and also to free up the brakes... Martin Hardie from Aberdeenshire
Submitted: 31/01/2013 14:34:38 | ID: 17753
Hi. The front windscreen wipers in my Volkswagen Polo start randomly and sometimes will no go off until the car is stopped. Sometimes they go on when I need to indicate, other times they don’t. Is this a difficult problem to fix and will it be costly?
Submitted: 31/01/2013 12:09:11 | ID: 17730
What makes my Volkswagen Polo classic touch at the back when I`m carrying 3 passengers at the back? I replaced the shocks not so long ago, the wheels are 15 inch tyres are 195 50 R15. Please can anyone help me as this is really annoying me guys?
Hi Owen, my understanding is that the Polo’s springs are kind of "weak" and therefore you cannot really have a weight at the back. Try purchasing spacers at the spares shop and fit them with cable ties between the spring coils, about four on each rear side. This might be a temporary measure - Malcolm from South Africa
Submitted: 31/01/2013 09:30:44 | ID: 17713
Hi, wondering if anyone can help? I have a 52 reg Volkswagen Polo E and my front windscreen wipers have an intermittent problem. This problem only ever occurs if I use the intermittent wipe, they work for about 5 wipes then stop and trips the rest of the modes, it then starts working after about 5 minutes if I move the ’stalk’ up and down. Can anybody identify what the problem is because it’s starting to annoy me? Cheers. (E)
Submitted: 28/01/2013 16:25:22 | ID: 17667
My Volkswagen Polo`s temperature rises very quickly and when you stop the car doesn’t want to start. If it does start you smell petrol. When the car engine cools off it starts normally. What`s wrong with it?
Submitted: 25/01/2013 15:29:00 | ID: 17645
I have just bought a Volkswagen Polo fsi 2003. We changed the thermostat as the temperature was normal when running, but when going downhill or at idle speed the temperature gauge went back considerably. The heaters in the car were normal, not running cool. Is it normal for the gauge to go back? Thankyou.
Submitted: 25/01/2013 14:22:17 | ID: 17639
I’m getting a clanking sound on the front driver`s side of my Volkswagen Polo when I go over a speed bump iin the road. Then when I reverse round a corner and have to put full steering lock on it sounds rather like a dong or a twang! If it`s the spring that’s snapped am I still safe to drive it if I take it easy or could it make the problem even worse?
Hi Shaz. The car is not safe if the sping has broken, you will need to get it replaced, I think that you will also find that if you replace the one side you will be advised to also replace the other side as well - Alan from Staffordshire
Hi Shaz! I don’t know if my answer will be late but I also own that model and I’ve experienced that. My advice would be go and check your suspesion your rack end, bolt joint on both side left and right. I doubt if it’s the spring - Michael Mbhele from South Africa
Submitted: 24/01/2013 09:39:27 | ID: 17557
My Volkswagen Polo`s central locking button (lock and unlock) on the driver’s side is not opening and closing the doors. I am also failing to unlock the other doors(except the driver’s door) from outside on the driver`s side-this I can do from the front passenger’s side. The central locking is key activated. How can I fix this or is it a fault that needs me to take it in to VW? (2004 VW Polo 1.4 Hatch.)
Easy, spray on the button WD40 - Mick Mickevicius from England
Submitted: 21/01/2013 09:52:20 | ID: 17432
The windscreen on the inside of my Volkswagen Polo ices up if the temperature gets too low. No windows have been left open either. Is this a fault already known or just a fault with my car? (Match)
Polo’s are notorious for leaking from the rear light clusters, the water usually pools into the spare wheel well and at it’s worst causes the boot carpet and rear seats to get damp/wet. This also causes a lot of condensation inside the car which won’t appear until the car cools down. If your suffering from ice inside the car then I suggest that your car has began to leak and that you may have water in the spare wheel well. The leak can be sorted by removing both light clusters and by running silicone rubber around where the original rubber seal is - Martin Hardie from Aberdeenshire
Submitted: 18/01/2013 11:41:32 | ID: 17379
Hi. My Volkswagen Polo`s speedo and rev counter have stopped working. All other gauges are okay and the odometer is till okay. Are the speedo and rev counter electricaly or cable driven? I can’t find any cables but I don’t want to dismantle the whole dash to find out. Any advice and solutions please? Thanks. (1.8i Classic (Mk1)
Submitted: 18/01/2013 10:25:57 | ID: 17363
When I try to pick up speed in my Volkswagen Polo it has a pause moment or hesitates for a moment before it responds to pick up speed, like it`s holding the car back. Also in the morning when I start up the car without pushing on the accelerator I just smell petrol. Can anyone please help me?
Change the fuel pump... I had the same problem with my car after changing the fuel pump my car drives fine... Thabang Mokwena from South Africa
Check ur plug leads - Jason Naidu from South Africa
Submitted: 15/01/2013 16:01:58 | ID: 17339
The boot door on my Volkswagen Polo isn’t working - I have to hold it open otherwise it just shuts. Is this something I can fix myself or will it cost me a fortune at a garage to get it repaired?
Your boot shocks have given up. You can go to the local motor store and get them or replace them yourself - Faaiz Peroo from South Africa
Submitted: 15/01/2013 10:44:28 | ID: 17326
My Volkswagen Polo`s rear left passenger door will not open. The central locking appears to be stuck. The other rear door does not lock automatically, the button has to be pushed down. Is this an electrical fault or mechanical? Thanks. (1.6 comfortline)
Hi. I’ve got a 2000 Polo Classic 1.8 and had a similar problem on drivers door. I found the black tube carring the cables for electric windows, mirrors and cetral locking had come loose. All it needed was to be fastened by twisting it together to lock it. Don’t know if it is the same problem on your car but if it is, it is a cheap fix. Check it first before trying an auto electrician. The tube is between the door hinges. Good luck - Jon Foster from South Africa
Submitted: 15/01/2013 10:28:40 | ID: 17320
Hi, my Volkswagen Polo 1.4 16 has been playing up for the last 3 months now. First the ignition igniter packed up and I changed it. Then a couple of weeks later the central locking unit on the driver`s door wouldn’t lock. I could only lock and unlock from the passenger door. More recently the driver`s window wouldn’t open and when it did it wouldn’t open fully, but I have been unable to close it. Then on Thursday the car just stopped and I am unable to start it. I have checked all the fuses and the only one which had blown was the one for the driver`s window. After changing the fuse the window closed, but when I tried to open it again, the fuse blew. Any help on this would be much appreciated. Any ideas? Kind Regards.
Submitted: 14/01/2013 10:34:03 | ID: 17271
My Volkswagen Polo Playa TDi 8yrs old has been experiencing the following intermittent issue during the last few months. The hydraulics light (yellow steering wheel) comes on and soon after I no longer have power steering. The ABS and handbrake lights come on which can either stay on after restarting and driving, or after driving a few metres will go off again. The power steering is the biggest concern as this can happen anytime while driving. Kilometers reset each time the hydraulics light goes on. Twice I was unable to unlock the car with my remote and used the key. No buttons on the driver`s door would work so I had to start the car up for all doors to unlock. This is very frustrating. What can the cause be?
Hi Tasneem. Did you get a response from your query? I’m having the exactly same problem with my 2008 Polo Comfortline! My car has also cut out a few times, resets everything back to zero, been unable to lock/unlock car etc. Been to a few places that have done tests on the computer system, checked the battery and the alternator and no faults are showing. My dad suggested I try the spare key because someone at work had a similar problem. I have been using my spare key for a few days now and "touch wood" my car seems to be fine now and none of the warning lights have come on. Lets hope the warning lights stay off and my steering doesn’t cut out again in the middle of the road! Lynn Clark from South Africa
Hi Lynn. No, no-one replied. I took the car to a mechanic, who ran a diagnostic test. The results of the test indicated low signal for the Power Steering and Braking system. He kept the car a few hours, and told me several wires had become loose. These had to be soldered back. That was a Monday. Tuesday, no problems. Wednesday and Friday of this same week, the problem recurred. Then all was going good for a week, and yesterday, lo and behold, it happened again. I haven’t tried the spare key though... Tasneem from South Africa
Submitted: 10/01/2013 14:13:37 | ID: 17208
My Volkswagen Polo is leaking when it rains. It is collecting in the spare wheel well and it is also soaking the carpet in the boot and the back seat. The garage cannot locate where the water is coming in so I wondered if you had any idea as to where it may be coming in? Thankyou.
I am having the same problem!!! Can anyone help? Catherine Duffy from Ireland
This was happening to mine a 2003 FSI. I was getting a wet boot and rear seat every time it rained. I pulled out the rear lights and they were soaked inside. I dried them out and then used silicon sealant to reseal the lights to the bodywork and the seals on the lights. I have had no problems since - Paul Prescott from Lancashire
Hi, we had this problem too. It was the seals around the light unit. We resealed them, but still had a problem. After sitting in the boot, whilst my husband poured water over the car, we found that water was dripping onto the lighting cables. From there it dripped into the boot, and travelled back to the rear seats. We used cable ties to adjust the lighting wires, so that any drips miss them, dripping between the outer and inner body of the car, and then out through a small hole in the chassis. So far so good. Hope this helps - Wendy Rose from Cambridgeshire
Submitted: 10/01/2013 14:07:03 | ID: 17207
The boot locking mechanism (central locking) is not working on my Volkswagen Polo. I have to open the rear seat and use the lever on the inside every time I want to access the boot. Without going to the agent and paying a ridiculous amount, is there a way to fix this, DIY? (1.6 Comfortline hatchback)
Submitted: 10/01/2013 09:23:25 | ID: 17188
Our Volkswagen Polo has done 20,000 miles and is a lot heavier on fuel than our previous Polo 8 valve. This later car does only 25 mpg whereas the older Polo did over 30 mpg. Why is there such a difference in consumption of fuel? Thanks for any help. (16 Valve 1.4SE)
Submitted: 08/01/2013 14:19:35 | ID: 17139
Hi. My Volkswagen Polo starts when the engine is cold, but when the engine is warm it is difficult to start. The engine keeps turning until finally it starts again. What could the problem be?
Submitted: 08/01/2013 12:42:12 | ID: 17121
Hi, I was driving at night when the temperature goes high, I check the water and it was low and I put more water. I check the radiator fan and it was working then I connect it direct as I was taking a long distance but still the temperature goes up and some water are leaking from inside underneath the heater box. What could it be the problem? Please help.
Submitted: 08/01/2013 10:08:24 | ID: 17064
My kilos reset by itself, handbrake light came on with a beeping alarm, also ABS, and immediately afterwards, the steering light came on, no power steering. Car looses power during drive and cuts out completely. After switching the car on again and it was fine. Rather frustrating. (Volkswagen Polo) (1.4i Trendline)
I have exactly same problem, becomes scary when driving and steering gets jammed. I turn the ignition off and on whilst car is in motion and this resolves the issue but can be serious problem if it is a roundabout - Rick Gill from Australia
Submitted: 08/01/2013 09:52:31 | ID: 17056
I have purchased a new Volkswagen Polo 2012 and it is pulling to the left hand side of the road. We have had the wheel alignment check and rotated the tyres as well but it is still doing it, so we have left it for the car yard to try and sort out. Has anyone any ideas?
I have purchased a 2011 Polo with 6700 miles on the clock from a VW dealer. I noticed when I took my hand off the steering wheel the Polo went to the left. I took it back to VW who completed a 4 wheel alignement check. When I collected the car it still went to the left when you take your hand off the stearing wheel. When I took it back to the VW Dealer the Technician came out to see me. The Technician explained that ALL Volkswagen cars do this by design? Dawn Bray from England
The car yard had my car for 2 days. Rotated the tyres again and wheel alignment again - no difference. Then they did adjustment to the power steering and now it is fine - Joanne Sticklen from Australia
Submitted: 07/01/2013 12:59:01 | ID: 16945
Hi, my Volkswagen Polo is set up for the variable service (long life) schedule. Is it possible to change this to the Time and Distance schedule? Can I do this by resetting the inspection info on the dash with the trip button or will it have to be done by a VW Agent? (1.4 TDI Match)
Submitted: 07/01/2013 12:10:12 | ID: 16932
The front wheels of my Volkswagen Polo have recently become covered in a rust coloured film. I thought at first it was a thin layer of mud but then why aren’t the back wheels affected? Is it something to do with the brakes? I bought the car about 9 months ago so presumably any corrective work will be done by the garage?
Submitted: 07/01/2013 11:43:30 | ID: 16917
After coming back from holiday and returning to my Volkswagen Polo I had a flat battery, luckily there was someone to help with a jump start. After we got going I noticed that the electric windows would only work when held down and not on the one touch setting! Is this something that can be reset or is this a battery fault?
I noticed the same on my Focus after disconnecting the battery. The answer was to hold the lever on after the window closes until you hear a faint click. You should then find that the auto function is now reset. Can’t remember if you have to do this for the open window as well - Bob Deverill from Hampshire
Submitted: 04/01/2013 11:38:08 | ID: 16856
My Volkswagen Polo starts (without depressing the accelerator) and the engine idles, but the accelerator doesn’t take. This goes on for several times, then it takes. What`s the cause?
Submitted: 04/01/2013 10:51:22 | ID: 16843
Hi there, I recently had a new breather pipe fitted to my Volkswagen Polo as the old one was in bad shape and leaking oil. However, since this repair my drive has become a nightmare. My car would have trouble starting up, erratic idle, then stall and not start up for a while. Please can anyone help? (1.4 16 valve)
Polo and Golf generally have a breather box located at rear of engine (only visible viewed from below) this has a tendency to clog up with oil and carbon soot. Solution is to dismantle, blow out using industrial cleaning substance. The other symptom is throttle body (air intake flap) should be cleansed during annual service. Alternatively replace complete breather box and clean throttle body (very common issue) - Defoe Shainyshainy from England
Thank you, I’ll follow up on this tomorrow. Regards and many thanks, Selina Williams from South Africa
Submitted: 04/01/2013 10:06:14 | ID: 16834
When I turn sharply then straighten my wheels I hear a pinging sound coming from either side of my Volkswagen Polo, usually the driver`s but occasionally the passenger side. It’s as if the wheel gets caught on something but I’ve checked and it doesn’t appear to be catching. I wondered if it was the suspension but that seems to be okay too. Any ideas please?
Submitted: 04/01/2013 09:53:26 | ID: 16830
My Volkswagen Polo is struggling to accelerate in gear. There are no noises accompanying the problem but there is a distinctive smell of oil. The gear changes are smooth but I noticed the problem became rapidly worse over a period of two weeks. Now the car has ground to a halt! I know I need to visit the mechanics but right now I have no money until next pay. I know it`s quite vague but I’m no car expert. Can anyone give me a list of possible causes based on these very vague symptoms?
Submitted: 03/01/2013 15:39:12 | ID: 16785
Hi, my Volkswagen Polo 2007 made had one of it`s headlamp glass covers broken, hit by a truck. Will rainwater damage it`s electrical airings, can the headlight still function and will short-circuiting occur? Thanks.
Submitted: 03/01/2013 14:30:28 | ID: 16764
My Volkswagen Polo 2001 engine type is AKK and I`m having difficulty finding this code here in Beirut. Are there any other type(s) of engine code that suit my Polo 2001? Also I have a worry concerning Polo 2001 transmission (Vitesse), which is EAR. What type of other transmission codes also go with my engine?
Submitted: 03/01/2013 11:56:47 | ID: 16742
Hi I have a Volkswagen Polo Playa 1.4 8V. The other day while driving it just died on me. I towed it home and tested for fuel and spark and both seem fine. I cleaned the throttle body and all sensors and still nothing. Sometimes it starts but idles very low for about 5 seconds and then dies. It doesn’t take revs even with my foot flat on the pedal. Please can anyone assist? (1.4 8V)
Submitted: 31/12/2012 10:15:34 | ID: 16687
Hi. We need to remove our Volkswagen Polo`s pedals to replace them as the clutch pedal broke. How do you remove them, as it seems to be connected to the booster? Please advise.
Submitted: 24/12/2012 09:13:29 | ID: 16631
Hi, I have a 2007 Volkswagen Citi Golf 1.4i which has been well maintained and serviced to 90,000km. I missed the service at 105,000km and my mileage now is well over 107,000km. My question is, what will happen when I take the car in for service now and can I afford not to have the car serviced a little longer? (Citi 1.4i)
Submitted: 17/12/2012 12:50:34 | ID: 16519
Hi, I have a Volkswagen Polo 1.6 2003 and the fuel pump was making a humming noise and this morning it didn’t want to start. The engine was turning over but not kicking in, even though it seems like it wants to. There’s enough petrol in it. I removed the battery terminal and put it back but still nothing. Any ideas please? (1.6 classic)
Hi, had the same problem, 2006 Polo Playa. Tried to start, missed, that’s when I saw the petrol light go ON and OFF continually then the petrol pump started making a funny sound. Went to a VW mech and was told to be prepared to buy a new fuel pump - Lee G from South Africa
Submitted: 17/12/2012 11:11:55 | ID: 16490
What does INSP accompanied with a spanner symbol mean in the travel distance display of my Volkswagen Polo? What can cause this notification? I assume it means inspect, but I don’t know what? All the obvious things seem to be okay. Please can anyone advise me what to do? (2003)
Submitted: 17/12/2012 09:17:20 | ID: 16462
Hi good people, I bought my Volkswagen Polo 1.4, 2004 model, from Japan and this came with a radio (dvd, cd, radio, TV, GPS). "Multimedia Station" is the make, but everything is in Japanese. Is there anyone who can tell me the possibility of translating it into English or French please? This radio has the programme of controlling everything on the car: oil, engine, tyre pressure etc so I really need assistance on this please? Thank you.
Submitted: 13/12/2012 14:56:39 | ID: 16408
My Volkswagen Polo classic 1.4 starts but will not run and a weird sound comes from the engine area. Can anybody help or has anyone had the same problem? (classic)
Check on the plugs and what covers them - Janet Mutuku from Kenya
Submitted: 13/12/2012 14:49:57 | ID: 16406
My Volkswagen Polo`s brake lights are not working. I checked the fuse and bulb and all is okay and I replaced the brake light switch, but they are still not working. I carried out a test on the voltage supply from the fuse box to the brake light switch, all okay. I carried out a test from the brake light switch to the rear brake lights and it doesn’t have life. I bought three brake light switches from different suppliers. All are the same but still it is not working. Can anyone help? (1.2 litres)
Check the brake sensor - Lebogang from South Africa
Submitted: 13/12/2012 14:35:32 | ID: 16403
Hello, I have installed a new clutch in my Volkswagen Polo but when I press the pedal it stays down. Any advice? Thanks. (Polo Classic 1.6i)
Check your clutch cable maybe there some broken wires which stuck inside the cable. Test it alone if it release - Soni Ndoko from South Africa
Submitted: 13/12/2012 12:44:48 | ID: 16387
Hi there, I just want to know where in my Volkswagen Polo`s engine I can put the gear box oil? Thank you for any assistance. (Automatic)
Submitted: 13/12/2012 12:19:16 | ID: 16381
My Volkswagen Polo struggled to start this evening and after really pushing the ignition and accelerator it finally did. The time and mileage reset (only the current tank mileometer, not the actual car mileage). My radio worked for about 10-15 minutes then just before I got home the radio said SAFE. Now it does not work. What’s the deal/solution? Any help would be much appreciated. Cheers! (E55 1.2)
Ask your dealer to provide the radio code of your car, should work out with the 4 digit radio code, if you have it`s fine. Then on your radio there are numbers from 1-6, in most cases the first digit number of your code must be punched on no. 1 on radio, then follows the other numbers e.g 2345 as code. You punch twice on number 1 on the radio, three times on number 2, four times on number 3, five times on number 4 on radio, then press fast forward button for few seconds and your radio should work - Andrew Makola from South Africa
Submitted: 13/12/2012 09:05:21 | ID: 16329
I want to change the bulbs in my Volkswagen Polo`s front headlights and these seem to be virtually impossible to change. I am pretty handy with cars but this seems to be beyond me. I can`t understand how to do it without taking the whole car apart. It doesnt help that Volkswagen won`t tell me how to do it either, as they say you have to bring it into the garage. Any help would be amazing. I wonder if anyone can help me? Thank You. (1.2 TSI)
VW’s answer is that they are designed really awkward so the average Joe cannot change them as it could knock the headlight out of alignment; £60 they wanted to change a bulb. Makes a mockery of driving in Europe where you’re supposed to have a spare bulb set for emergencies - Urghh Book from England
Halfords - Carl Oscar from Derbyshire
Submitted: 11/12/2012 16:37:11 | ID: 16320
In the recent frosty weather my Volkswagen Polo`s electric window was operated when it was frozen. The windows have not worked since and the yellow indicator that normally lights when starting has started to flash continuously. I have checked Fuse 25 as per the manual but the windows do not move. I cannot even hear the click of them trying. All 4 windows are electric. Any ideas please? (1.4 Diesel)
Submitted: 11/12/2012 14:09:16 | ID: 16270
I have purchased a 62 plate Volkswagen Polo and the front headlight units are continuously wet, through condensation / misting up. VW say it’s something I have to live with! They also state that the heat from the headlights should dry it up, but this never happens. I only purchased the car in Nov 2012 and I’m told this problem isn’t covered by the warranty. Does anyone have any suggestions please? (1.2 manual petrol)
Hi Deb. You bought the whole car from them new so the whole car is under warranty. If the car is under three months old that sort of service info is quite ridiculous, don’t accept it. Make a scene and tell them you want to see someone higher as you want a replacement car or just go to VAG Volkswagon Audi Group, they will be falling over themselves to help you. By the way the misting up is on the inside isn’t it? Brent Trowbridge from Surrey
Remove the lamp covers on the rear of the lamp units, leave them off for a week or two, drive normally with lights on this will dry them out and the condensation will have an escape route then when completely dry replace covers to stop dirt ingress. This should solve the immediate problem but not how the water got in in the first place - that one is for VW. Hope this helps - Lance Driscoll from Dorset
I had a similar problem with the offside fog light on a 2012 1.2 TSI. The dealer supposedly cleared it but it re-misted within 10mins. I said they had to change it under warranty. Insist on the units being changed as not fit for purpose or take your case to Trading Standards - Robert Armstrong from Derbyshire
Submitted: 06/12/2012 14:15:39 | ID: 16183
My friend`s 3 cyl 1.2 Volkswagen Polo had his car`s valve timing chain repaired as well as all the valves in the cylinder head. The car now starts but there is an oil level alarm on. The mechanic now says that he will have to replace the oil pump as well? There was never a problem with low or no oil pressure before the chain slipped.. Is it possible that the head gasket was incorrectly installed? How can the oil pump delivery be tested? My friend is Chinese and has no mechanical knowledge at all so please help. Thank you. (3 door with a/c)
There are many reasons for this case. If the oil pump underneath was tampered with, you need to replace it`s gasket and pour clean oil on the pump itself and pump it manually to gasp the oil until no air is visible in the oil chamber, then replace immediately. Secondly you can loosen the oil pump, start the car and observe the leakage from the oil seal. If oil comes out tighten it and switch off the car, retighten again and check the display light after 2 or 3 minutes - Andrew Makola from South Africa
Submitted: 06/12/2012 10:55:03 | ID: 16141
My Volkswagen Polo was running quite allright until I replaced the battery in the key. The car starts then cuts the engine and diagnostics indicate that "Engine blocked by immobiliser". I`m told I might have dropped the chip in the key or disturbed it. How do I resolve this?
That key won`t start until you get a new one with a chip and it won`t work as well until the car is programmed and matched with the new key. I can help you. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org - Taonga Kombo from South Africa
Submitted: 06/12/2012 10:45:24 | ID: 16137
My Volkswagen Polo Classic’s tailgate (boot) does not want to open. All the other doors open. The central locking is an after factory fit. Can anyone help me? (1.4)
Submitted: 06/12/2012 09:54:12 | ID: 16119
My Volkswagen Polo’s boot won’t open and there is no place to put the car’s key to manually open it. How can I open the boot or how can I remove the panel from inside in order to access the mechanism to check what is wrong? A video or some sort of manual would be great help but any help will do. (1.6 Comfortline)
Submitted: 03/12/2012 12:39:24 | ID: 16016
I know nothing about cars so get extremely stressed when things go wrong. My 2006 Volkswagen Polo is due to go into the garage over the weekend for another matter but today it started beeping and the brake light (red exclamation mark) is flashing. Is there anything easy that I can do and if not is it safe fro me to drive approx 10 miles to my mechanic? I’m scared! Thanks. (1.2)
I have the same problem, when I press the accelerater it over revs. I found out the other day it’s the clutch that’s doing it, so you need to change it - Daniel Jacobs from South Africa
It turns out it was the brake fluid that was leaking from the back cylinder, sorted!!! Thanks! Julie Slane from Lanarkshire
Submitted: 29/11/2012 10:43:03 | ID: 15864
When I brake/set off in my Volkswagen Polo I hear water slushing under the driver`s seat. The seats are dry front and back and the carpets are all dry, so where is the water? (1.9 turbodiesel)
Submitted: 27/11/2012 09:00:52 | ID: 15794
My Volkswagen Polo cannot engage gears, instead there is a squeaky sound when I try to engage, especially reverse gear. The other gears cannot engage at all. What is the problem and how can I solve it? Also the petrol gauge is not working properly. sometimes it rises when I fill with petrol and then goes back. What is the problem?
By the sounds of it you require a new gear box, which could be rather costly. As for the petrol gage I had this with my old Polo, it’s because of all the residue in the petrol tank which has built up over years. Try something like red ex and see if that clears it out - Alastair Spokes from England
That is a linkage problem, find someone to link your gears correctly. With the petrol gauge going on and off replace the regulator located in the alternator of your car - Yvonne Ngwenya from South Africa
Submitted: 26/11/2012 14:43:44 | ID: 15784
My Volkswagen Polo won’t start. I turn the ignition, it revs for a second and then dies. Sometimes it starts first time, sometimes it takes 10 attempts but if the engine starts then I have no problem. I have replaced the ecu and cambelt sensor and timing. Please can anyone help?
Syrus, I once had the same problem with my Polo 2002 model. Luckily I had the best mechanic who did an elimination process one by one from the distributor until he discovered it was my coil that needed replacing. It wasn`t giving enough spark. Try that, at least it doesn`t cost much and you can even get a pirated one to test with! - Sandile Ngubo from South Africa
Submitted: 26/11/2012 14:25:48 | ID: 15777
When I stop my Volkswagen Polo 2004 and the gear`s on D position and after I remove the brakes it will not move and the gear on D position will act as N. I have to increase the rpm with the accelerator then it will start, this is the only way to make it move. Even if I move the gear to P position or N or whatever, it will not work, I have to keep it on D position and I have to increase the rpm with the accelerator. Please can anyone help if possible?
Submitted: 26/11/2012 11:44:54 | ID: 15738
My Volkswagen Polo will rev to the red when travelling about once a month. My VW dealer can`t find anything wrong, they have changed the throtlle but it`s the same. Any ideas? (1.2 dti)
Submitted: 26/11/2012 11:29:50 | ID: 15733
Once the door of my Volkswagen Polo is unlocked there`s not enough time to get in before it locks itself. How can I alter the length of time before it relocks?
Submitted: 26/11/2012 10:25:37 | ID: 15715
Hi, I was driving my Volkswagen Polo one day then all of a sudden my car stalled. When I checked my engine’s oil my dipstick was completely dry. I’ve filled it with oil now but it has not resolved the issue, i.e. my car continues to stall when I come to a stop. What could the problem be? I’m aware that I may have damaged the engine but how could I be certain that this can`t be fixed without buying a new engine?
I am not sure about the lack of oil damaging the engine as it still runs but my VW Polo used to stall so I bought some carburetta cleaner and cleaned the carb which is under the air box, and the car runs like a dream now - Brandon Clarke from Dorset
Submitted: 26/11/2012 09:51:18 | ID: 15702
I would like an instruction page to re-programme my Volkswagen Polo`s spare key - is there a download please, such as Car Demobiliser progamme, Schematic of instructions for circuit board of immobiliser? Hope someone can help, thank you in advance. (1.6 Comfortline)
Switch ignition ON. Insert key to be programmed into the driver’s door lock. Lock vehicle manually. Press lock or unlock button. Wait at least 1 second. Press lock or unlock button again. Vehicle horn sounds to indicate correct programming. Remote controls can also be programmed using diagnostic equipment. - Craig Smith from Vale of Glamorgan
Submitted: 22/11/2012 11:20:40 | ID: 15625
The radio in my Volkswagen Polo is no longer working. The text on the screen reads" Insert appropriate disk" What does that entail? It can even go to the radio. Every time I switch it on that’s what appears on the screen. I miss my music, please can anyone help?
Submitted: 22/11/2012 10:53:44 | ID: 15617
I`ve been told that the reason for the turbo going on my Volkswagen Polo for the second time in three weeks is that the plug on the cooling system has been disconnected and probably for some time. Is this information correct please? I did have a problem soon after I bought the car in 06, I ran over a lorry step in the road forgetting it sits low to the ground and messed up the sump. I took the car to the dealer and they put in a replacement short engine, but my ex husband said at the time we need to get rid of it because there may be underlying long term damage caused. Can anyone give me your very best advice please? (tdi sport)
Submitted: 20/11/2012 08:44:48 | ID: 15556
Is it possible for my Volkswagen Polo to drive more or less 431 km with valves that had blown? What are the signs to pick up that the valves had blown?
Submitted: 19/11/2012 16:01:06 | ID: 15544
Both front doors on my 08 Volkswagen Polo are very stiff to open and close. They have been re-greased but this has gradually made the matter worse. Any suggestions? Surely a car of this ’young’ age doesn’t need new hinges -does it?
If it’s a two door the reason they seem stiff is because the doors are very long and it prevents you opening the doors too quick and smashing into things in tight places - Richard from Essex
Submitted: 19/11/2012 15:10:32 | ID: 15532
There are 3 screened wires from the crank sensor of my Volkswagen Polo - BLACK,GREY,BLUE. What does each do and what should be supplied to them?
Submitted: 16/11/2012 08:34:43 | ID: 15431
If I start my Volkswagen Polo it revs itself without pressing on the accelerator and after a minute it goes down to a normal rev. What might the problem be? (1.4 TDI)
Submitted: 15/11/2012 10:13:44 | ID: 15376
My Volkswagen Polo classic refuses to start and pick up, idling it has spark and fuel but just doesn’t want to start. Could anyone please help me? Thank you. (1.6i)
Darren, it could be the coil. Take out the old one situated on the chest of your car to an auto electrician, he can test it for you and if damaged get a new one. Usually it doesn`t give out enough fire power to your distributor. It goes for at least R3OO – Sandile Ngubo from South Africa
Submitted: 15/11/2012 09:36:45 | ID: 15360
I need the identification number (VIN) of any Volkswagen Polo GTI. I want to order a metal overlay for rest of the left foot for a Polo Style. Can anyone help? (Hatchback)
Submitted: 15/11/2012 09:10:12 | ID: 15349
My Volkswagen polo 1.4 2005 suddenly couldn’t accelerate over 40 km/hr and something smelt burned. What could be the possible cause for this?
Submitted: 13/11/2012 14:06:39 | ID: 15341
Hey guys. A couple of weeks ago my Volkswagen Polo`s engine management light came on but my car`s performance didn’t change and a couple of days after that it went off and was running fine. I was just driving home there and the car started to judder and the engine light came on. The car had hardly any power in it, even with the foot to the floor so I pulled over, turned the engine off and back on again and everything seems fine. Do you think this could have been a clog somewhere that’s sorted itself or something to worry about? Cheers guys.
I have same problem as you . Is anyone have any idea What’s wrong with it? Dewan Chowdhury from England
Sounds like it could be an injector on its way out - Phill from England
Submitted: 13/11/2012 14:03:29 | ID: 15339
Hi, my Volkswagen Polo has just failed it`s MOT on the side lights not working when the engine is off. I didn`t think they needed to work with the engine off. If they should, any ideas what could be wrong?
Submitted: 13/11/2012 09:58:43 | ID: 15332
Just wondering if anyone knows if the Volkswagen Polos come standard with an amp and where it is? I`m installing a new head unit and I have lost sound to my rear speakers. Thanks.
Submitted: 12/11/2012 16:20:40 | ID: 15312
My Volkswagen Polo beeps when you turn or slow down, which stops as it drives on. What is the problem?
Submitted: 12/11/2012 16:17:55 | ID: 15310
The central locking system of my Volkswagen Polo locks while the key is in the ignition switch. What could be the problem?
Submitted: 12/11/2012 16:01:32 | ID: 15305
I am wanting to know if a gearbox from a 2001 1.0L Volkswagen Polo is the same as a 1996 1.4L and what is the part number for the 1.4L, as I have the part number for 1.0L? Many Thanks.
Submitted: 08/11/2012 11:40:50 | ID: 15180
Error codes p1180 and p1142 have appeared on the computer of my Volkswagen Polo, then after the computer reset there were no more problems. The car was cutting out and the EPC light came on the dashboard and there was no power. What does this mean and could this happen again?
Submitted: 08/11/2012 10:47:17 | ID: 15162
I have a 98 Volkswagen Polo playa and when I start the car I smell petrol. This morning the smell was extra strong and the car would turn over twice then totally die, like a relay has gone out. What could it be?
Submitted: 06/11/2012 14:49:40 | ID: 15122
Hello. Someone kindly snapped my Volkswagen Polo`s rear wiper blade and arm off the back. I can find a wiper blade easily, but was wondering where I can get an arm from other than direct from the dealership? Any help is much appreciated. Thank you. (E 55 06 plate)
Found these this morning when I was looking for something else. If you want to save a few euro change the settings to location ’worldwide’ show only ’free p&p’ & buying format ’buy it now’ then sort by price: lowest first. You could pick one up for about ?10 http://www.ebay.ie/sch/i.html?LH_PrefLoc=2&_trkparms=65%253A3%257C66%253A2%257C39%253A1&rt=nc&_nkw=vw+polo+rear+wiper+arm&_dmpt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&_sticky=1&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_sop=2&_sc=1 - Luke O’Connor from Ireland
Submitted: 06/11/2012 10:20:58 | ID: 15110
How do I solve a problem with rain water getting into my 1.4 Volkswagen Polo 2001 car on the front passenger side?
Hi, my daughter had the same problem, allowing rain water to enter the small gap betwwen the door, and to drip over the rubber seal. Now makes sure that any passengers have closed the door fully before locking - James from Lancashire
Submitted: 06/11/2012 08:42:03 | ID: 15087
I would like to know if it is necessary to take my Volkswagen Polo for a service since I will be travelling for a very long journey for a holiday. It did go for servicing at 90,000km and now it`s at 109,000km but nothing is wrong yet. I recently put on new tyres and they did wheel balancing and everything else on the tyres. I will be tavelling with my family and I am really very worried about having a breakdown. I also wanted to ask what tools can I take with me in case of a breakdown? Also I recently bought a new mp3 modulator to plug in to play music with my flash drive, but when I plug it into the cigaratte lighter it doesn`t switch on. Can anyone help me please? Thank you. Variant: classic. Year Of Make: 2006. Email: email@example.com
Submitted: 05/11/2012 14:03:53 | ID: 15069
Whilst driving on the motorway at about 60mph, I noticed a clunking noise in my Volkswagen Polo, not from the engine but from the driver`s side of the car, which lasted about 10 minutes then stopped. Could anyone advise me please because I`m scared of driving it? It is automatic, many thanks.
Submitted: 01/11/2012 12:13:42 | ID: 14942
Hello. The bulbs on the dashboard of my Volkswagen Polo de 91 need replacing but I cannot find anyone to tell me what to do. I have searched the internet but there are no videos or pictures. I have also looked at various forums but found nothing. Can anyone help me? Regards.
I think it’s the same as these ones http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VW-GOLF-JETTA-MK2-DASH-BULBS-INTERIOR-BULB-C116-/200688316253?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item2eb9f4af5d Regards - Niels Peter Gregorius from Denmark
Submitted: 01/11/2012 11:19:40 | ID: 14929
Good day. I recently put 17" rims on my Volkswagen Polo. I’m now interested in lowering the suspension. Obviously I’m going to get a much stiffer ride, in any event my question is which kit that is available in South Africa is going to give me the softest ride? Koni, H&R. Eibach or a custom made kit from ’van zyls’ in Pretoria? Thanks in advance.
Submitted: 01/11/2012 09:07:44 | ID: 14888
A light on the dash of my Volkswagen Polo that looks like a steering wheel with an exclamation mark next to it has come on and I feel the steering is not right. Do I need power steering fluid or is it a bigger problem?
Submitted: 30/10/2012 16:19:56 | ID: 14881
My Volkswagen Polo`s rear right indicator light and the top rear top light is always on even when the car is off and it is also showing that there is a problem, but I don`t know what it is. What might the problem be?
Sounds like you have a bad earth on rear light cluster. Locate earth cable on loom, black I think on Polo’s strip back and connect piece of cable and hold on to taligate latch, which is normally a good earth - Bruck Morton from England
Submitted: 30/10/2012 15:43:27 | ID: 14873
Hi, I have a problem with my Volkswagen Polo`s wipers. They’re on constantly. I can play about with the stalk and get them to turn off for a few minutes max, then they start again even when in the off position. It may be the wiper motor or the switch. I`m getting the car serviced next week but till then I`m wondering if I could disconnect the wiper fuse on dry days so they`re not driving me mad? Where is the fuse box on a Polo saloon sdi and how easy is it to disconnect the fuse?Which fuse is for the wipers and would that fuse be only for the wipers because I don`t want to turn anything else off? I`d really appreciate any help. Thanks.(sdi saloon 1.9l)
The fuse box on a 2000 Polo is usually under the steering wheel to the right. There should be a panel u can pull away and inside is the fuse box, I think it’s like a little pocket. After u pull it away you will see a piece of card and that has a map of what each fuse is. Pretty simple stuff - Ibrahim from England
I had the same problem and it was the control arm on the steering wheel. I’d start there - Tony from Ayrshire
Submitted: 30/10/2012 12:53:26 | ID: 14847
Every time it rains I get water in the boot of my Volkswagen Polo. It has now got worse and even the back seat is soaking wet. Any solutions?
Hi friend! I had the same problem a couple of months ago and I almost sold my car for peanuts. I solved this problem by changing the tail light gasket and the small one around the bolt. Just get a canopy gasket maker, cut a small sheet, using super glue, stick it on the one you found, wait for it to dry then put back the tail light. Hope it works for you - Richard Dludlu from Swaziland
Submitted: 30/10/2012 11:26:23 | ID: 14834
My Volkswagen Polo is having a battle to start, it seems that there is a shortage of diesel pumped to the engine. When the vehicle is switched on you hear the pump. If the ignition is turned on it only swings the motor, one must then pump the accelerator to get it started. Any suggestions?
It can’t be a shortage of diesel to the engine. I would recommend you check the Cam Position sensor, and maybe have it replaced. My Tdi did the same. Also try and avoid generic parts as they don’t last on these cars especially the sensors - Norman from South Africa
Submitted: 26/10/2012 11:52:54 | ID: 14797
I have a problem with my Volkswagen Polo`s RPM, it seens that there is a loose wire so I just want to know the wire colour of the RPM. Can anyone help please? Thanks.
Submitted: 25/10/2012 16:21:19 | ID: 14776
How do I replace a rear crank seal and set the pick up plate for the spark on a Volkswagen Polo 2007 1.4 BLM motor?
Submitted: 22/10/2012 14:50:20 | ID: 14674
The hatch door of my Volkswagen Polo sometimes will not open when I use the electronic key. Nothing I do will open it, i.e restarting the engine, pushing the key button several times, opening and shutting other doors on the car, relocking etc. Then, for no apparent reason, it opens again sometime later, sometimes a day later, when I try the electronic key once more. I have no idea why this happens, but it is infuriating. I would appreciate advice. Any ideas? (1.9TDI)
Submitted: 22/10/2012 14:37:30 | ID: 14672
Hi. I have a 1992 Volkswagen Polo cl (1.4). The clutch cable has just gone and I have been told by all garages that no-one manufactures this clutch cable anymore. I have been onto VW main dealers and various websites for non genuine parts as well. I`m now pretty desperate as it is the only car I have, pretty heartbroken if I`m honest! Can anyone please help?
A MK1 clutch cable also works on Polo’s - Anton Coetzee from South Africa
Submitted: 22/10/2012 11:49:34 | ID: 14646
My Volkswagen Polo ticks over perfectly when started but when I come to a stop and dip the clutch the revs drop off until it nearly stalls or does stall. I`ve just had it serviced and this has improved it a bit, it doesn’t stall as much but the revs still dip right off, then they bounce around for a bit. Any ideas what to check? (1.4 v reg 3dr)
A good place to start is with the Camshaft position sensor. I had the same problem with a 2004 Polo 1.2 12 valve - Hennie Venter from Cambridgeshire
Submitted: 22/10/2012 10:11:17 | ID: 14621
I replaced a cracked expansion tank on my Volkswagen Polo. It loses water from the cooling system. The mat on the passenger seat in front is soaked with water, coming I suspect from the heating/cooling sysytem. How do you get to the pipes that supply the heating/cooling system? Do you have to remove the dashboard and if so how? (playa)
The heater radiator is leaking in your vehicle, you have 2 options. The dashboard has to come out, you won’t be able to do it yourself you need to get a VW mechanic or option 2 is to buy a bent copper pipe and transfer pipes that go to heater radiator (can be seen at back of intake manifold) but you won’t be able to get the heater to work inside the car but car won’t overheat - Joe Moodley from South Africa
Hi Joe. Thanks for your feedback. I have bi passed the radiator using a rubber hose. I will contact someone at VW regarding removing the dash. Thanks - Derrick Groep from South Africa
Submitted: 22/10/2012 10:08:55 | ID: 14620
The speedometer on my 1996 Volkswagen Polo turns on and off sporadically. The fuses are okay and the relays nearby the fuses are not guilty. What is wrong and what should be replaced?
Submitted: 22/10/2012 09:50:02 | ID: 14614
My Volkswagen Polo`s mileage is more than the required mileage for service. What’s the worst that can happen? (1.9TDI)
Submitted: 19/10/2012 12:46:24 | ID: 14587
I have a Volkswagen Polo 1.6 comfort and it loses power uphill or when I drive. What could the cause of this be please? (1.6)
Submitted: 18/10/2012 14:12:19 | ID: 14569
My Volkswagen Polo classic 2005`s shocks have been replaced but it`s very soft and bumpy on the road. Could it be that it requires a spring change?
Submitted: 18/10/2012 11:33:12 | ID: 14538
Hello there. When I start my Volkswagen Polo I get vibration through the steering wheel., then it chugs and chugs, then cuts out on me. Going up a hill it just won`t go into third gear anymore and is really sluggish as if I am going to stop. It stalled three times yesterday on me. Please could anyone help me? I would be very grateful, thankyou. (1.4)
Hi there. I’ve got the same probleme with my VW Polo 2000. Could you please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org if someone gets back to you or sort the problem? Thank you! Nick from Hampshire
Hi, 100/100 it is the catalyser - Chucri Kayal from France
Submitted: 16/10/2012 16:31:01 | ID: 14510
Hi guys. I have a 1997 Volkswagen Polo (3dr hatchback). It`s a 1.4 petrol, the quietest car I have ever owned, but the gear box/ clutch has gone. I was wondering would a gearbox from a 2000 1.4 petrol Volkswagen Golf fit the Polo`s engine without hassle? Cheers. (3 door hatchback)
Submitted: 16/10/2012 14:06:38 | ID: 14505
My Volkswagen Polo`s reserve tank fuel alarm goes off at any time, sporadically even if the tank is full. The needle also swings wildly. Is this a faulty fuse? (1.6 Comfortline)
Submitted: 16/10/2012 09:23:43 | ID: 14497
Hi guys. I am driving a Volkswagen Polo Playa Millenium shape and my speedometer is not working. What could the possible reason be? (1.4)
Hi, on your gearbox there is a three wire pluck (where you pour you gear oil) there is a red switch, you need to replace that - Thulane Msibi from South Africa
Submitted: 15/10/2012 15:51:10 | ID: 14469
I took my Volkswagen Polo 1.6 for service 2 months ago but it is now showing a spanner and oil symbol on the dashboard, the oil is fine. Can anyone help please?
Just a guess here, but the spanner usually inicates that a service is due. The garage probably forgot to reset the service indication, or if not a VW garage, they might not have the equipment. Oil lamp indicating however, usually tends to be bad bad bad! Any clunking, hard clicking or rattling noises at all, and I’d not start that car till a garage have had a look. Else you’ll be looking for a new engine, very, very shortly - Johan Karlsson from Sweden
Please check the fuses, mine does that often but I never bothered my self checking it - Philani Ngwenya from South Africa
Submitted: 12/10/2012 16:18:32 | ID: 14386
Hey, I am driving a Volkswagen Polo 2007 model. The car cuts out when it rains or if it gets water in the engine. This started after fixing the sump. What might the problem be please?
Electrical for sure. Hard to say exactly what part malfunctions, but most likely its some part of the ignition system. Also, check if the engine cover thats supposed to be underneath the engine was re-fitted when the sump was fixed. If it wasn’t, chances are that water is spraying up from underneath the car, to where it’s not supposed to be - Johan Karlsson from Sweden
Submitted: 12/10/2012 11:38:31 | ID: 14372
I recently bought a Volkswagen Polo classic 1.6i and it performs like no other 1.6i Polo’s, might it be chipped, because it`s really heavy on fuel?
Very very doubtful, as your Polo does not come turbocharged. Chipping a NA (naturally aspirated) engine gives you next to no advantage whatsoever. Chipping also generally INCREASES fuel efficiency. It will be quite obvious if the previous owner have tuned the engine however, allthough I still doubt it as tuning a NA engine will cost you about 100 Euro per horsepower gained! Open the bonnet and see if it has a custom, conical, airfilter fitted. If it doesn’t, it’s fairly safe to assume it’s not tuned - Johan Karlsson from Sweden
Submitted: 12/10/2012 08:47:38 | ID: 14341
I have a 1999 Volkswagen Polo 1.6 CL. The dashboard warning lights for the headlights and main beam do not work but the actual headlights are fine. Could this just be the dashboard bulbs that are faulty? (1.6 CL)
Submitted: 11/10/2012 16:02:54 | ID: 14328
I have a 2008 Volkswagen Polo Classic 1.6 with a starting problem, although the battery seems to be working fine. The car starts when jump started or kick starting. I was told to clean the battery terminals which I did but still it does the same. What might the problem be? Please help.
If the engine turns over just fine with your own battery, quick and nice, then it’s something else. However, if the engine does NOT turn over, or does so slowly with alot of effort, then either your battery is broken, or your generator is not charging it enough. Try borrowing a battery from someone. Also, if possible, measure the voltage across battery + and ground (not the ground you are standing on, but the chassis of your car. Somewhere without paint) first with the car off, then with the car running. It should show a fairly steady voltage, somewhere between 13-14.7V with the car running, If it’s less, your generator is broken. If it doesn’t really change between car off/car on, then your generator is broken - Johan Karlsson from Sweden
Submitted: 11/10/2012 15:05:29 | ID: 14307
I fitted a new petrol pump on my Volkswagen Polo but the petrol reading is always faulty. What could the problem be? Also there is an unbearable smell of gas when I drive although the car does not leak anywhere, what could the cause be? My engine also vibrates excessively when it`s on idle but when I tap on the accelerator it stops. What could the problem be?
Smell of gas = Leakage, there is no other way for gas fumes to get into the car. Not familiar with the gas pump of a Polo specifically, but I’m guessing it’s an internal pump, mounted from the top of the fueltank down. In this case the seal between the pump and the tank is faulty. Driving along in gas-fumes is dangeorus, worst case is you pass out and run someone over. Or front another vehicle. Vibrations is very likely worn engine mounts, not the metal mount, but the rubbery part between the engine and the chassis. I have no idea what those are called in English. Engine bushings? Anyways, if the car seems "jumpy" or if it kinda twitches and clunks when you drive along slowly, then depress the clutch, it’s the rubber mounts. It feels like a slight play in the drivetrain - Johan Karlsson from Sweden
Submitted: 11/10/2012 15:03:33 | ID: 14306
My Volkswagen Polo Gti smokes heavily (white) on idle and take off only. There`s no loss of power and it`s not using oil. Can anyone please help?
White smoke is water leaking into the engine, in this case most likely your head-gasket - Johan Karlsson from Sweden
Valve stem seals needs to be replaced boet - Gerald Willis from South Africa
Submitted: 11/10/2012 14:41:02 | ID: 14296
Hi. I have 2 questions. What is a body throttle flush and where exactly is the reverse light switch located on a 2004 model Volkswagen Polo Classic? (1.6)
Submitted: 11/10/2012 14:15:56 | ID: 14285
My Polo shows on the dash board a steering plus exclamation sign at the same time then after awhile steering becomes heavy and radiator fans are not running. What causes that? (1.4 hatch)
Low servo-oil level, get it filled ASAP! Johan Karlsson from Sweden
Submitted: 11/10/2012 10:00:20 | ID: 14260
I have a Volkswagen Polo 2001 hatchback and the temperature indicator just sits at zero, even if the engine is running. Then after a while, maybe after traveling 20km, it jumps to 70 degrees. Sometimes it works properly, sometimes it doesn’t. Is this normal?
Before the water in the engine hits a certain temp, its only circlulated locally, then a thermostat opens and lets the water flow freely through the radiator. If your temp-sensor is in the radiator it wont show any engine temp at all, till the thermostat opens. However 20km seems like a long time, remove your thermostat and pop it into a pot of water, put a thermometer in there and see at what degrees it opens, its made of a bi-metal, so it automatically opens at a certain temp. Sometimes however, it breaks. Or just buy a new one, they’re really really cheap. Id say a coupe of euros - Johan Karlsson from Sweden
Your temperature sender switch is gone. It costs between R100-R300. It can be fitted yourself. It is found were the highest radiator pipe comes to the front of your engine. Just unclip the lug then remove the old switch and put in the new one - Lucian from South Africa
Submitted: 01/10/2012 12:44:49 | ID: 14108
On 6th Sept I took delivery of a 62 1.4 Volkswagen Match Polo. There are 2 issues I am not happy with. Firstly when it rains the door seals are wet and there is water on the internal metal bodywork with pooling on the door sills. The garage says this is normal but I have had 3 other Polos over the years and not had this experience. Secondly there is an intermittent fault on the Bluetooth system. The ’head menu’ announcement is not consistent, also not all the numbers in my phone are paired onto the car system. The dealer is aware of both problems but has said it will only address the Bluetooth issue by contacting technical services at VW head office. What are my options? (1.4 Match)
Submitted: 01/10/2012 12:41:47 | ID: 14106
Where is the sidelamps warning buzzer positioned on my Volkswagen Polo?
Submitted: 28/09/2012 15:05:00 | ID: 14015
Hey, my Volkswagen Polo`s egc warning comes on and goes off again and now my brakes are not working properly. I am scared that I am going to bump into another car. When I drive and need to brake it feels as if it doesn’t want to stop, then I have to kind of pump the brakes a bit. Only then it feels as if the brakes are working again. What do I need to do?
Submitted: 28/09/2012 14:27:20 | ID: 14003
I was driving my Volkswagen Polo last night when the oil light came on and started beeping. I then stopped at a petrol station to see if there was enough oil in the car. and filled up with a pint of oil just to be on the safe side. The oil light stayed on but I managed to get the car home. I now know that it might be the oil pump that is broken. How do I replace the oil pump?
Before changing oil pump, first check the oil sensor sometimes it could be faulty. You will find it on top of oil filter and have one electric wire on it - Patrick Majola from South Africa
Submitted: 28/09/2012 12:46:53 | ID: 13990
My Volkswagen Polo vibtrates with a loss of momentum after about 100km. The problem started after the clutch was replaced. To rectifiy the problem the dealership balanced and aligned; replaced brake pads and discs. I still have a problem but the guys at the dealership are saying they don`t feel the same thingis happening. What could it be? (Polo 1.6 Comfortline)
Submitted: 25/09/2012 14:28:17 | ID: 13963
My Volkswagen Polo`s blue instrument illumination has failed. Is this due to fuse or bulb or does it need to be garaged to fix?
The lights are off in my neighbours kitchen! Are his bulbs broken, or did a fuse pop? or are they simply turned off? Impossible to say without going there and having a look, right? Step one, before you even start asking about it, would be for you to check your fuses yourself. This is very very easy, and something you’re kinda supposed to be able to do. If you dont know where they’re located, dont worry, thats why you have an instruction manual. The fuses themselves can be a bit fiddly to pull out, atleast for me who got big fat sausage-fingers, but it’ll still only take seconds. If checking for a blown fuse turns out to be too complicated, and i really doubt it will be, drive to a garage and prepare to get laughed at. If not to your face, then behind your back. I’m not trying to be an asshole here, but this stuff is so basic that if you’re unable to do it, you shouldnt be driving. Period. Anyone able to safely navigate the roads can check for broken fuses. If all relevant fuses are ok, then its 99.9% certain that a bulb or two have broken. I’d reccomend letting someone with some kind of mechanical skills replace them, if you dont want to pay a crapload of money to let a garage fix it. Also, stick by his or her side while he/she does it, then you’ll be able to fix it yourself next time it happens. And thats a goood feeling =) Johan Karlsson from Sweden
Submitted: 25/09/2012 12:35:13 | ID: 13945
Hi. I need to replace the silencer on my Volkswagen Polo as mine is rusty. There is one in the scrap yard from a mark 3 model 95-99. Will that fit on my car? Thanks.
Submitted: 25/09/2012 10:21:21 | ID: 13922
My Volkswagen Polo was recently serviced, new oil, petrol, oil and air filters were replaced but it`s petrol consumption still remains at 9 kilometers per litre. Plus it smokes even worse than before. I was hoping that it would reach 100 km/h in at least ten seconds but the first gear is notably slower than any other car make, but it can reach any speed in a free way. Please can anybody help? (1.8i)
Submitted: 24/09/2012 10:57:13 | ID: 13897
I have recently serviced my Volkswagen Polo to reduce petrol consumption. It currenty consumed one litre every kilometre I drive on a straight road. Please advise what else can I do to fix the problem? The second problem is my engine vibrates each time it is running. I am told this is not normal. What can I do to fix this and are the two problems related? (1.8)
Submitted: 24/09/2012 10:15:55 | ID: 13890
I have recently serviced my Volkswagen Polo hoping it would reduce petrol consumption. However there seems to be no improvement as my car’s petrol consumption per kilometer is 9 l/km. What is the general petrol consumption for similar cars? (1.8 south african make)
In city traffic: 0.8-0.9 litres of petrol for every 10km travelled. Highway: 0.65 litres of petrol for every 10km travelled. #Check that you have the right airpreassure in your tires. #Check that the wheels can roll freely, so no brakes are catching. #Check that the engine is running on all cylinders, if it doesent it vibrates alot, and is also slow, and you have to use more throttle, hence higher fuel comsumption. You can test this by having the engine running, then removing the wires to the sparkplugs, one at a time, listening if the engine all of a sudden runs bad. If it does, then that cylinder is working fine. Re-attach the wire, and pull another one. If there is no change at all in how the engine runs when you pull a wire, then *something* is wrong with that cylinder, check sparkplugs, wires, and compression - Johan Karlsson from Sweden
Submitted: 24/09/2012 09:07:03 | ID: 13876
Hi. I need to replace the silencer on my Volkswagen Polo as mine is rusty. There is one in the scrap yard from a mark 3 model 95-99. Will that fit on my car? Thanks. (coupe)
Submitted: 20/09/2012 11:27:41 | ID: 13794
My Volkswagen Polo`s Power Assisted Steering Warning light comes on intermittantly and I lose the PAS. If I turn the engine off and restart it the warning light goes off and I have the PAS working again. This can happen twice in one short journey or not happen for a few days. Also at different times the brake and ABS warning lights come on together and bleep before going out again. The brake fluid level is fine and was changed in 2011 so isn’t due to be changed again until 2012. This also happens only occasionally. Can anyone please help with either of these problems? Thanks.(1200cc)
Submitted: 20/09/2012 11:14:18 | ID: 13788
My Volkswagen Polo`s steering wheel light came on and the steering was hard. Why could this be?
Sounds like the power steering pump could be shot. I experienced a similar problem a few years ago - Dhanesh from South Africa
Check the belt, could be loose or too tight and fluid, maybe less - Krini Hemraj from South Africa
Submitted: 20/09/2012 10:28:16 | ID: 13787
Hi. I need to replace my Volkswagen Polo`s silencer as mine is rusty. There is one in the scrapyard from a mark 3 model 95-99, will that fit on my car? Thanks. (Coupe)
Submitted: 18/09/2012 14:15:31 | ID: 13738
My Volkswagen Polo is showing a spanner and oil symbol on the dashboard. I did pour 2 tins of oil in but it`s still showing. Can anyone help please?
The car could be telling you that it requires a service. On my Polo the warning comes up in the LCD panel that normally shows the distance and goes off after a few seconds - Rich from England
Submitted: 18/09/2012 09:26:20 | ID: 13708
I am not getting a spark on the coil in my Volkswagen Polo. There`s no power coming to the coil. Any suggestions?
Les, I had this same problem with my Jetta and it wouldn`t start, it was swinging one way. On your coil (situated on the chest of your car you will find two plug points, one is a 3-pin plug on your right and the other is a one pin going to your distributor. Remove your distributor, remove your one pin plug on your coil and ask someone to place it near a metal part of your car/engine and turn your distributor by hand on the helical gear, noting the spark mass. If it`s not showing or shows less then change the coil. If all this is too hard then take your coil to an auto electrician so he tests it. Hope it helps - Sandile Ngubo from South Africa
Submitted: 18/09/2012 08:48:05 | ID: 13701
Hi, I bought a Volkswagen Polo 2003 1.4 16v automatic from Japan. The gearbox diagnostic test shows solenoid valve 5-3 short to ground and results in the gears not changing from 1st in D mode and I am only able to drive with 1 2 3 modes. The gearbox panel was opened and solenoids were tested but all were fine. Any ideas? (1.4 16v)
Submitted: 17/09/2012 10:47:43 | ID: 13639
I cannot put my Volkswagen Polo into any other gear than second gear. Is there anything I can do, just to get me to the garage?
Submitted: 17/09/2012 08:59:26 | ID: 13617
Should a warning light come on in my Volkswagen Polo`s dash when my dipped headlight bulbs have blown? (sdi)
Submitted: 13/09/2012 12:03:01 | ID: 13522
I have a Volkswagen Polo Classic 1.6 98-2001 model, the Millenium shape. The Rev counter is always on 300rpm whether I travel fast or slow. What can be the problem? Thanks in advance.
Submitted: 11/09/2012 15:00:00 | ID: 13484
Hi. Am pushing a 1.6 Volkswagen Polo 2005 model and the problem is the fan only emits cold air, even if it`s turned to the heater. Any ideas?
Submitted: 11/09/2012 14:37:50 | ID: 13475
I need to know the normal water operating temperature of a 1.4 1996 Volkswagen Polo? My thermostat was recently changed as the car overheated. Before it was running constantly at just over 70 degrees, but after the thermostat change it is now going up to 90 degrees within 5 minutes of running. I am concerned that this is not right. Can anyone tell me if this is okay for a running temperature or if something is wrong? I don’t trust the car for a long journey now. Many thanks. (1.4 CL)
Usually water temperature is about 90 degrees. The temperature indicator should be about mid position on the gauge - Rich from England
Submitted: 11/09/2012 12:04:01 | ID: 13458
I want to know the part number of the bracket support the compressor of my Volkswagen Polo please?
Submitted: 11/09/2012 10:34:03 | ID: 13441
I have a Volkswagen Polo playa 1.6i 1999 model. I drove through the rain yesterday and when I got home the car died and it wouldn’t start again. Can anyone help?
I’ll advice you to change the coil - MK NDAKU from South Africa
Submitted: 07/09/2012 14:19:44 | ID: 13332
I have a Volkswagen Polo 52 plate and the battery has just died. I have not used the key fob to set the alarm for about 2 years and have lost it. I have jump started the car and now the key sets off the alarm and it keeps going off and I have no revs on the accelerator. Is there any way of bypassing it? Many thanks.
Submitted: 07/09/2012 10:09:32 | ID: 13318
My Volkswagen Polo`s engine management light is on but the car runs fine. What should I do?
The engine management light can mean a lot of things. If you take it to a dealer they can plug the car into the computer and read the fault code that’s causing it. They usually charge quite a bit for this service. I got stung by a dealer as my EPC light and then the exhaust light came on. It turned out it was just a faulty brake light switch. It may be worth checking to see if your brake lights are working before letting a dealer plug it into the computer. A new switch costs about a tenner - Rich from England
Submitted: 06/09/2012 15:03:06 | ID: 13286
How can I push back the rear seat of my Volkswagen Polo without the head restraint?
Submitted: 06/09/2012 12:58:38 | ID: 13277
Hi. I have a Volkswagen Polo, the mileage is 25,000 and it`s been a year since I serviced it and now the inspecting light is on,. Can I wait until 30,000km to take it for a service and how will it affect my car if I wait?
No. you have to take your vehicle for an inspection since the service is due for 15000 km or 1 year so you have driven it for a year now it needs service - Mfundo Dlamini from South Africa
Submitted: 06/09/2012 12:48:38 | ID: 13274
My Volkswagen Polo was giving me a problem i.e. when driving at the highest gear (5)/speed it felt as though I should be changing into another gear because of the sound it made. I was later told that the problem was the flex pipe as well as my silencer. I then replaced them today but the car now jerks and still makes the same noise. Why is this?
Submitted: 06/09/2012 12:33:06 | ID: 13270
My Volkswagen Polo 1.4 has the engine light on always. I took it for diagnosis and they said it reflects a problem with the catalytic converter sensor. Is this true and how much is this sensor?
Submitted: 04/09/2012 15:52:25 | ID: 13219
I have non remote control central locking on my Volkswagen Polo and I want to fit an after market remote system. Where is the control box for central locking located on my car? (tdi)
Submitted: 04/09/2012 15:02:50 | ID: 13210
I’m trying to locate the oil-filter on the Volkswagen Polo 2009. Please can anyone help?
Check in front underneath the car just behind the front bumper - Mitch Fish from Kent
Submitted: 03/09/2012 10:54:47 | ID: 13107
My 95 Volkswagen Polo`s driver`s door has become stuck whilst the door is closed. I have managed to get the panel off and it looks like the central locking pump is hanging loose in the door cavity. Can the door be released from the inside? (1.4 cl 5dr)
Submitted: 03/09/2012 10:43:53 | ID: 13105
My report from my Volkswagen Polo`s MOT indicated gas emissions were too high. Could this be to do with a catalytic converter problem or perhaps just poor tuning?
The problem could be either of the two causes that you mentioned. It may also be worth checking that the air filter isn’t blocked or even make sure that the MOT tester allows the exhaust time to warm up before checking the gases. Catalyst needs heat to work properly - Rich from England
Submitted: 31/08/2012 11:03:39 | ID: 13041
My Volkswagen Polo`s revs increase when I apply the clutch. Is this normal?
Submitted: 31/08/2012 10:18:01 | ID: 13030
What type of brake fluid do I use in my Volkswagen Polo as I have no manual?
Submitted: 30/08/2012 14:31:28 | ID: 12965
The water has all gone from my Volkswagen Polo within 24 hours. What`s the problem?
Submitted: 28/08/2012 10:01:06 | ID: 12811
My Volkswagen Polo`s brake light sensor has just come on. How long before I should change them and what sort of mileage will I get before I should change them?
Submitted: 24/08/2012 12:49:24 | ID: 12777
What does "check deadlock" on my Volkswagen Polo mean?
Submitted: 23/08/2012 16:43:17 | ID: 12729
Does the Volkswagen Polo SE 2001 model have an alarm fitted in it?
Submitted: 23/08/2012 16:41:56 | ID: 12728
I`ve got a Volkswagen Polo 1.9 tdi 07 plate. I`m having problems with idling, it revs to high. I can cure it by tapping the accelerator pedal. I have been told it could be due to the hot weather. Please could anyone help me?
Submitted: 23/08/2012 15:18:11 | ID: 12723
My key to my Volkswagen Polo broke. I can still open the door with the key manually but then need to start the car before the alarm goes off. The key has 3 buttons One opens the doors (working), the boot (working), but the one that should open the doors is broken. Please tell me if this is only a battery problem or should the key be taken in to a dealership?
Submitted: 21/08/2012 15:09:14 | ID: 12677
What colour wires connect to the gear box end speedo sensor of my Volkswagen Polo?
Submitted: 21/08/2012 12:35:04 | ID: 12645
I have a Volkswagen Polo R Reg. The problem I have is the central locking will open the doors but not the boot. Can anyone please tell me what the problem is? Thanks.
Try pressing the unlock button twice, it worked on my Polo - Jim from England
Submitted: 21/08/2012 12:19:25 | ID: 12640
How do I lift up the front driver`s seat of my Volkswagen Polo 1997 model 1.4?
Submitted: 21/08/2012 10:47:24 | ID: 12618
When I got into my Volkswagen Polo I put the key in the ignition and turned it to the first click and a buzzer went off, plus all of the dashboard lights and clocks wouldn’t work. So I thought it could just be a fuse and took them all out one by one and I noticed a winding sound when I put two of them back in. All of the fuses were fine so I closed the fuse box and away she went, lights and dials working fine until the next day the same problem occured. I`m back to square one. Has anyone got any suggestions as to what could be wrong?
Submitted: 21/08/2012 09:50:09 | ID: 12608
My Volkswagen Polo is fitted with standard 205/45/16 tyres. Specs for caster and camber and toe in/out. A loud noise is coming from the righthand on the suspension when turning the steering wheel. Any ideas? (1.9 TDI 96KW HIGHLINE)
I had the same problem and it was a cv joint that needed replacing - Karen Lindley from Lancashire
Submitted: 21/08/2012 09:23:18 | ID: 12601
What’s wrong with a VW Polo when smoke comes out of indicator stalk on the steering wheel?
Submitted: 16/08/2012 11:39:08 | ID: 12419
In really hot weather my Volkswagen Polo’s air conditioning won’t work and my electric windows won’t open or close. When temperature drops in evening will work fine... has anyone else experienced this?
Submitted: 09/08/2012 10:13:23 | ID: 12330
Hi there, my Polo 1.6 2007 model is giving me starting issues which are erratic. It seems to be independent of whether the car is hot or cold. The engine starts and goes into a sort of limbo mode for a few seconds before cutting off. Once started however it gives no issues or jerking or any fuel consumption issues etc. The diagnostic test revealed errors on the throttle body. These were cleared but the problem soon started again. I then replaced the throttle body, the issue stopped for about 1 month and has now reoccurred. Help please. (1.6)
Submitted: 08/08/2012 10:49:31 | ID: 12311
The rear passenger door on my Volkswagen Polo will not unlock via the remote or via the electronic release on the drivers door. All other doors lock and unlock without a problem. This problem was intermittent at first but now the door is locked and I cannot unlock it. Does anyone have a solution to this problem?
No solution, but I send my commiserations! My VW Golf Plus -4 years old started with such a problem in May 2012 -to cut a long story short, now both the front and rear are locked tight shut, except that the rear door intermittently opens! It is in the VW garage as I write and all they have suggested is putting a new lock in the front passenger door-costing around £400. They have no idea if it will cure the problem affecting the back door too, or whether by doing it, they may compromise the new lock as it may be an electronic fault. Today they are running diagnostics. Anyone else? - Gillian Porter from Lancashire
Submitted: 08/08/2012 10:06:36 | ID: 12302
My Volkswagen Polo`s turbo cuts out. There is nothing wrong with it or electrical. Can it be the catalytic convertor and does it have one? (1.4tdi)
Submitted: 31/07/2012 11:11:48 | ID: 12204
My Volkswagen Polo`s central locking is not working. The fuse is okay. I can get the petrol door open from the inside booth and doors will open manually. Can anyone help?
Submitted: 30/07/2012 12:35:16 | ID: 12143
Hi. What can make a Volkswagen Polo Classic 1.6 idle up and down?
Submitted: 27/07/2012 17:13:40 | ID: 12139
I have a Volkswagen Polo Playa 2002 model which when I put the clutch in it wants to cut out and sometimes does. The revs go below 1000 and are slow to come back up to normal. I`ve been told the throttle adapter needs resetting. It has reached it`s maximum limit. How do I reset it?
Check the pipes attached to the throttle body, mine had a split in it. The garage replaced the throttle body and pipes, it then takes a week or so for the new throttle body to adjust itself - Benny from Durham
Submitted: 26/07/2012 10:43:07 | ID: 12060
I have got a Volkswagen Polo Playa 2002 model which, whenever I put the clutch in, the revs go below 1000 revs and it wants to cut out. Quite often it does. I`ve been told the throttle body has reached it`s maximum limit. Is that true, how do I reset it and is that causing the problem? Please help.
Submitted: 24/07/2012 17:27:40 | ID: 12055
What kind of brake fluid do I use in my Volkswagen Polo?
Submitted: 24/07/2012 17:05:35 | ID: 12050
My Volkswagen Polo can`t get spark in plug or arm. Any ideas? (Automatic)
Submitted: 24/07/2012 15:19:45 | ID: 12024
How do I set the mpg on my Volkswagen Polo to show on my dashboard clock instead of counting down the miles? I know it can be done but don`t know how I got it on there before. Thanks.
Submitted: 24/07/2012 10:59:08 | ID: 11978
My 1999 Volkswagen Polo Diesel 1.9 refuses to restart when the engine heats. Any ideas?
Submitted: 19/07/2012 10:15:09 | ID: 11925
When is a brand new Volkswagen Polo due it’s first service?
Submitted: 17/07/2012 10:45:13 | ID: 11904
I have one key for my Volkswagen Polo with one single button. What does this button do? (1.2)
In the manual that came with my 2000 Polo it says it’s a LED light. The battery’s probably flat though if you bought it off someone - Anthony from Northumberland
Submitted: 16/07/2012 16:20:35 | ID: 11883
What causes a Volkswagen Polo to lose power? Recently broke valves and I fixed them but it still cuts power so I have to rev it to pick up power. Please can anyone help with the cause of losing power? (Polo 1.6.)
Submitted: 13/07/2012 12:19:01 | ID: 11811
When I turn a corner in my Volkswagen Polo and then accelerate up a hill there is a loud ticking noise. This doesn’t always happen and there`s nothing going downhill. Is this something to worry about, if so I will take it back to the garage? Thanks for any advice. (tsi)
Submitted: 12/07/2012 10:51:16 | ID: 11752
I recently took the gearbox out of my Volkswagen Polo and replaced a clutch. I took out the cover of release bearing and suddenly the pin that selects gears fell off. I tried to put it back and tried to select gears again but the car now always stays in reverse and no other gears can be selected. Any ideas please?
Hi there, your problem is when your clutch was replaced the gear was not on neutral. I`m sure when it`s off the gears are selectable, My advice, if you have’nt forced it by driving around, unassemble and reassemble it again - Tenza Khumalo from South Africa
Submitted: 02/07/2012 15:44:48 | ID: 11564
Can anyone supply a layout card for the fuse box of a Volkswagen Polo?
Submitted: 02/07/2012 09:38:01 | ID: 11513
Hi. When driving my Volkswagen Polo everything is okay until I reach 30mph, then the car becomes very noisy inside at this speed. If I dip the clutch to reduce the engine speed the noise remains until the speed drops to about 30mph. Any suggestions?
If the noise is due to wheel speed rather than engine speed I would try inspecting the wheels and tyres. Could it be vibration caused by a wheel out of balance? Are the tyres under-inflated? Rich from England
Submitted: 29/06/2012 14:14:47 | ID: 11506
My Volkswagen Polo has water coming in to the front passenger footwell. I have only just discovered it because I have been on holliday. When I picked the car up there was water on the mats. What can I do about this? (1.2)
Hi, I had the same problem myself. I discovered that it was the seal on the bottom of the windscreen that wasn’t touching properly so water was getting in via the vent. Either buy a new seal or re-seal it - Darren McFarlane from Dorset
Submitted: 28/06/2012 12:42:18 | ID: 11466
My Volkswagen Polo loses power in fifth gear and won`t go beyond 80km/h. Any ideas?
Submitted: 28/06/2012 10:06:59 | ID: 11446
Hi. My daughter is learning to drive and bought herself a 2003 Volkswagen Polo from a dealer. It came with a 3 month warranty which will run out in the next 2 weeks. She didn’t drive it for the first two weeks as she was waiting until the end of the month to get her car tax. Since driving it though she has had the driver wiper arm head replaced, a new battery, a new bonnet release handle, a new coil pack, numerous occasions where the engine warning light has come on and now her driver`s side headlight is out, for which I got pulled over by the police and breathalysed after returning from a session teaching her to drive. Anyway, most of the above work has been done free of charge or parts only by the dealer’s own garage. My question is how easy is it to change the bulb on this car? (1.4 Sport)
Submitted: 26/06/2012 15:32:56 | ID: 11425
My Volkswagen Polo`s rear wiper and electric windows are not working. I have tried the fuse box but it is not that. Any ideas please?
vw’s suffer from broken wires that are inside a rubber protector next to the hinges on each side of the boot when lifted, they tend to become brittle and break and that was the cause in my case. I’m unsure if the wiring is anything to do with your electric windows as I don’t have these. I did have electric windows in my mark 3 Golf that the electric window failed on and was told it was a window regulator but it turned out to be a broken wire in the door loom where the hinges are - Mark Morris from Lancashire
Submitted: 25/06/2012 11:42:40 | ID: 11383
Hey guys. I can’t start my Volkswagen Polo. Nothing happens in the engine when I turn the key, except all of the meters on the instrument panel rattle for a short while and some of the lights flicker for a short while. The time and distance meters reset themselves every time that I turn the key. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Any clues? (16V 1.4)
Harry, it could be a low or bad battery. It can’t provide enough power to turn over the starter but the lights and dashboard display would still function. Try to jump start it - Anko from Netherlands
Submitted: 25/06/2012 09:23:22 | ID: 11358
I have had a problem with my Volkswagen Polo recently. It has been into the garage but they can’t find anything wrong with it now, athough it still has the problem so I was just wondering if anyone woud be able to help. When I have been driving at night on two occasions, when the revs on my car go low the engine cuts out and the battery light comes on. The only way to start it again is to rev it a lot when turning the ignition on and to keep it running it needs to stay in a low gear with high revs. It seems to only do this when it is dark and I have my lights on, as it will sit in the garage quite nicely with them reving it up and just leaving it to tick by itself and it doesn’t cut out then. Any help or suggestions on this would be greatly appreciated. Any ideas please? Thanks.
Could be a blockage in the fuel pump in the tank - Mark Jones from Worcestershire
It could be that your battery isn’t holding any charge so when you put extra loading on the electrics, such as at night, the battery voltage falls and the engine cuts out. It could also be the alternator that isn’t charging the battery properly but I think this would cause the battery warning light to come on all the time - Rich from England
Submitted: 22/06/2012 09:50:22 | ID: 11342
My 2001 Volkswagen Polo Playa`s clutch cable is not responding. Can anyone help? (1.6)
Check your pedal housing did not break or your self adjusting cable needs to be replaced - Troy from South Africa
Submitted: 18/06/2012 11:14:37 | ID: 11249
I want to replace the engine of my Volkswagen Polo but can’t find the engine number. Can anyone help?
Just check on the block on your right hand side close to the head - Josh Sun from South Africa
Submitted: 18/06/2012 10:35:46 | ID: 11236
It is hard to select the first gear in my Volkswagen Polo but the clutch isn’t slipping. Can anyone help? (1.2)
Submitted: 12/06/2012 16:51:00 | ID: 11155
My Volkswagen Polo turns over as if to start but then cuts out. We’ve changed the sensor at the top of the engine and it`s still not starting. Does anyone have any ideas? Thanks.
Hi there I’m sitting with the exact problem hope u have gotten it fixed up hope u can be of assistance to me aswell. basier cox from South Africa.
Yep, I had a similar problem with one of the VWs. I was fitting the clutch, thereafter it could not start but I then took it to an auto electrician who said it had lost its memory. It’s now fine - Billy Mophuting from Botswana
Submitted: 12/06/2012 09:35:12 | ID: 11137
Hi. My 04 Volkswagen Polo 1.4 tdi just cuts out and everything switches off, the car, lights, dashboard, radio, everything, as if the electrics are gone or there`s no battery present. The time, obc and trip meter reset to zero when I turn the ignition on again. Also sometimes it refuses to do anything at all ie turning the key doesn’t give any ignition, lights or anything. The central locking and electric windows etc are all just dead. Then after a few moments if I try again it will start up. Can anyone help? Thanks. (1.4 TDi)
Submitted: 07/06/2012 11:43:12 | ID: 10950
Hello. I have a Volkswagen Polo 2003. It`s battery shows a red light on the dashboard. How can I solve this?
Submitted: 07/06/2012 11:23:57 | ID: 10941
Hi. My Volkswagen Polo`s power steering was leaking a lot and I got frustrated and added a little bit of water. Now it is difficult to turn. How can I unclog the system? I did bleed the pump but it hasn`t helped.
Submitted: 07/06/2012 11:07:23 | ID: 10934
Where is the fuel filter located on my 2007 Volkswagen Polo 1.6? (Sedan)
Check underneath next to the fuel tank - Zakes Mhlanga from South Africa
Submitted: 07/06/2012 10:10:25 | ID: 10916
My Volkswagen Polo is driving fine but it won`t idle for more than 30 seconds. Firstly it bumps a bit as if off a cylinder, then it cuts out. The engine management light is not on. Can anyone help?
You need to get it checked. Could be your idle valve or sensor just needs replacing. Had the same problem when slowing down and stopping, the car would cut out or turn back on itself. Cheeky dealers, whom my parents bought the car off, had removed the engine management light so I hadn’t a clue. Didn’t set me back that much, had my timing belt changed also, all for £250. Hope that helps - Pavan from England
Submitted: 01/06/2012 10:38:29 | ID: 10873
I was wondering whether the 1.2s Volkswagen Polo has a cambelt?
Hi. I have asked this question myself and had it answered by the AA last month. The 1.2 does not have a cambelt, it has a chain which does not need renewing - Rob from Norfolk
Submitted: 24/05/2012 11:06:11 | ID: 10701
Sometimes my Volkswagen Polo battles to change gears. What could be the cause and how can it be fixed?
Submitted: 24/05/2012 10:46:42 | ID: 10695
Does anyone know what number fuse is the oil warning light on my Volkswagen Polo?
According to my son’s manual for a 98 Polo, Fuse 21 (10 amp) is for the warning lamp system. Hope this helps you - Elaine Marshall from Yorkshire
Submitted: 22/05/2012 11:39:15 | ID: 10622
My Volkswagen Polo`s power steering has stopped working. Can anyone help? (1.9 sdi)
Submitted: 18/05/2012 11:00:24 | ID: 10589
My Volkswagen Polo is over fuelling. I`ve had it serviced but there is still no difference. What can I do?
Submitted: 18/05/2012 10:24:13 | ID: 10580
Hi. Does anyone know whether a 2004 Volkswagen Polo front panel would fit a 2005 Polo? Many thanks. (1.4)
Submitted: 15/05/2012 10:30:52 | ID: 10533
I have fitted a remote central locking device to my Volkswagen Polo. I followed the instructions but on pressing the remote it locks fine but won`t unlock using the remote. Any ideas?
Submitted: 15/05/2012 09:25:32 | ID: 10520
I have got a major oil leak from my Volkswagen Polo`s sump and I`ve tried refitting and sealing it four times but the leak gets worse each time. I can`t get it to seal properly and there is a 3mm gap between the engine and the gearbox, it`s not flush. Is that normal?
Submitted: 10/05/2012 10:49:27 | ID: 10374
Can anyone advise me with a Volkswagen Polo Playa problem? We have just replaced the rings and bearings and now I am having a battle starting the car. It does not have the power that I was expecting and it keeps cutting off. When I told them that the timing does not seem right they suggested that I have to service my injector, but before it started cutting off it was starting very easily. Any suggestions?
I have the same problem. Just had the rings done and now the car is so lazy I can’t reach 120km/h or go over 4000rpm? Alta Leach from South Africa
Submitted: 10/05/2012 09:47:01 | ID: 10366
Can anyone please tell me why my Volkswagen Polo (2011) TDI beeps at me in the mornings? There are no warning signs or alarms on the dashboard. The beeps stop when I start the engine. Please help as the dealership mechanics are confused too. (Diesel TDI)
That usually happens when the temperature drops below 4 degrees Celsius on the instrument cluster - Christian from South Africa
Submitted: 08/05/2012 17:21:23 | ID: 10357
My Volkswagen Polo over-revs when I`m changing gear. Can anyone help?
Submitted: 08/05/2012 11:19:36 | ID: 10286
How do I remove the front seats of my Volkswagen Polo?
Submitted: 03/05/2012 16:12:41 | ID: 10279
My Volkswagen Polo 1.9 Tdi is jerking but shows no fault on the computer. Can anyone explain why? (1.9Tdi)
Submitted: 01/05/2012 11:58:01 | ID: 10213
I drove over a hump in the road with my Volkswagen Polo`s wipers on. After the hump my dashboard displayed that the boot was open when it wasn`t, the horn came on and wouldn’t switch off and the wipers wouldn`t switch off. I removed the key and locked the door but the horn and wipers were still going and the boot was not locking or unlocking on the central locking. It has been in the garage for over a week and all they have come up with is that the battery drains overnight. Can anyone help please? 1.2)
In answer to my own question, it turned out to be a corroded connection at the rear which caused a spike to fry the control module under the dash, £700 repair bill ouch!! Rob from Norfolk
Submitted: 30/04/2012 16:55:03 | ID: 10182
When I accelerate, even gently, my Volkswagen Polo`s engine sounds as though it’s "pinking". I’ve only recently purchased it. Is this normal? (TDI Bluemotion)
Submitted: 23/04/2012 12:51:53 | ID: 10032
After driving over a hump my Volkswagen Polo`s horn started sounding. The dashboard said that the boot was open but it wasn`t and the wipers began to run continuously. I turned the ignition off and removed the key but the wipers and horn kept going. I then disconnected the battery, removed the fuses for the horn and wipers and reconnected the battery, but the boot is not working on c/l and as soon as I replaced the fuses the horn and wipers came back on with no ignition. Can anyone help please? (1.2)
Had the same problem, turned out to be the main control unit shorted out. Needs to be replaced. Not many left in supply! Good luck - Pete van Schie from South Africa
Submitted: 20/04/2012 11:59:59 | ID: 9977
Can anyone tell me how to remove the headlamp on my Volkswagen Polo?
Submitted: 13/04/2012 15:22:19 | ID: 9816
Why does my Volkswagen Polo jerk but show no faults? (1.9 tdi)
You can check your recirculating valve try replacing it because mine too was jerking but no faults. We unplugged, car stil running 8 months see if does - Musa Mashinini from South Africa
Submitted: 13/04/2012 14:19:06 | ID: 9800
I am having trouble with the Automatic gear change on my Volkswagen Polo. It will change gear when revs reach 30 rpm +. I`ve noticed that it does this when the engine has warmed up. There is a slight jerk when gears change. Also some mornings the rpm will tick over on 5 when it should be ticking over on 10 rpm. This causes bad performance and ’might’ have something to do with slow gear change. My local garage say there is nothing wrong with the car, but I dont believe them. Any help would be most appreciated. Any ideas? (Classic)
Submitted: 13/04/2012 10:45:21 | ID: 9759
How do you change the fuel filter in a Volkswagen Polo TDI? (TDI)
Submitted: 12/04/2012 11:56:07 | ID: 9676
Can anybody tell me where the fuse box of a 2007 Volkswagen Polo Playa is located?
On the righthand side of your dashboard, it is almost parellell to your righthand side mirror - Takalani Makuya from South Africa
Submitted: 10/04/2012 15:37:08 | ID: 9627
Can anybody tell me where the fuse box of a 2007 Polo playa is located?
Submitted: 05/04/2012 08:56:25 | ID: 9554
How do you replace the thermostat?
I have the same issue. However, make it clear in your question which thermostat housing you have. The engine code is AEE for all models from 1995-99. However, for the last few months of the run (= T reg) the housing changed and it’s difficult to know exactly where it is located in this complex housing. The Haynes manual doesn’t take you this far (T reg) into that production run. Sorry I can’t help further, still looking for a complete solution, hope this helps - Kevin Upton from Hampshire
Submitted: 02/04/2012 09:57:37 | ID: 9485
Hi. I have a Polo 2008, since two days a go I have a yellow circle (light) on front of the screen ... would you please advise what the meaning of this? And how to eliminate such warning from the car? Thanks.
Submitted: 28/03/2012 16:36:02 | ID: 9402
I need a computer box for my VW Polo classic 1600cc. Can anyone guide me where I can purchase it and tell me an approx price for it?
Submitted: 28/03/2012 10:13:21 | ID: 9393
When I push in the accelerator pedal of my Volkswagen Polo I hear air being sucked in before the engine`s rpm go up and it`s not driving well either. I can only push down the pedal a tiny bit when I drive off, otherwise it will not go and it is holding in then. Any advice please?Thanks.
Submitted: 27/03/2012 14:39:50 | ID: 9377
My Volkswagen Polo has an annoying light and vibratory noise coming from the direction of the bulkhead. It appears to be worse at speeds of about 30mph. Can anyone help? (1.4 Auto)
Submitted: 27/03/2012 14:10:12 | ID: 9366
How do you remove the front seat of my Volkswagen Polo?
Submitted: 27/03/2012 10:30:11 | ID: 9334
When I depress my Volkswagen Polo`s horn on the steering wheel the fog lamp on the dashboard comes on and the horn does not work. I can hear a relay switching under the dashboard. Please can anyone help? (1.9 tdi)
Submitted: 20/03/2012 11:01:07 | ID: 9216
I drive a 1996 Volkswagen Polo 1.4 and I have noticed that sometimes when I depress the clutch to change down gear, especially in first gear, a red light signalling oil shows and the car cuts off. When I check my oil it doesn`t indicate any need for more oil. Can you help?(1.4)
Submitted: 20/03/2012 10:17:25 | ID: 9207
After driving my Volkswagen Golf for a few kms my car jerks and the rev counter drops, the engine cuts out and the battery light appears. After a few minutes I restart the car and it drives okay. Can anyone help please?(Comfortline)
Submitted: 20/03/2012 09:27:56 | ID: 9195
My Volkswagen Polo keeps beeping when I turn the steering wheel either way. It does it when I’m driving and when I’m stationary as well. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Submitted: 19/03/2012 17:22:04 | ID: 9192
Can anyone tell me where I can obtain a maintenance manual for my Volkswagen Polo?
I ordered a VW Polo 2002-2005 Haynes manual from Amazon, it was brand new and a very reasonable price, give it a try - Sylvia Josephs from England
This Polo car is so frustrating, it was made by Volkswagen South Africa, built by different parts eg from Golfs, Seats etc It`s a mix of parts on this stupid car. It`s a brainstorm of VW SA and you can`t get any workshop manual for it. This also applies to cars made from Brazil. I`m sorry, you cannot get it if it is South Africa made - Josh Sun from South Africa
Submitted: 19/03/2012 15:36:58 | ID: 9184
Can I remove the battery from my Volkswagen Polo while I am on holiday?
Submitted: 19/03/2012 15:26:47 | ID: 9182
When my Volkswagen Polo has turned left the steering does not return to it`s "straight" position. It does however return when I turn right. My wheel alignment is straight and so are my cam and castor. Does anyone know what is the problem?
Submitted: 15/03/2012 12:10:37 | ID: 9090
Can anyone send me details of where the return valve of the brakes on my Volkswagen Polo is situated please?
Submitted: 15/03/2012 11:20:24 | ID: 9077
What happens when you remove the catalytic converter from a Volkswagen Polo ? (1.6 comfortline)
Submitted: 13/03/2012 12:03:25 | ID: 9023
When I start it, my Volkswagen Polo over revs then settles down once warm. The dealer has changed the cam shaft but things are still the same. Any further ideas anyone? (1.4 petrol)
You should have your automatic charge checked and the idle setting reset - Natanegara from South Africa
Submitted: 13/03/2012 08:11:20 | ID: 8957
Are there any warning signs that indicate a need to change the cam belt in VW Polo 2000? It’s done 138 k but I don’t know its history. Thanks folks. (1.4)
According to the manual, it should be done every 40,000 miles, aside from that, mine is coming up and I haven’t noticed anything as of yet - Bryony York from Bedfordshire
Submitted: 09/03/2012 14:57:25 | ID: 8910
Where is the rear wiper fluid tank on my Polo 02 plate? I would love to find out! I have been looking for weeks but still no luck : s
On mine there is only the one in the engine compartment for both front and back - John Doe from Yorkshire
Submitted: 06/03/2012 10:38:31 | ID: 8788
Should I be able to start my 2011 Volkswagen Polo without depressing the clutch? (Match 1.2)
Submitted: 06/03/2012 08:39:56 | ID: 8783
When I start my Volkswagen Polo and drives off everything is fine but when I put my foot down to go faster and change gear the car just slows down. It feels like it is losing power - has anyone else experienced this?
Hiya, I’m experiencing the same thing with my Polo. 2, 3, 4 and 5th gear is just ridiculous, there is no power. I’ve tried new distributor cap and rotor arm but still won’t go. I have been told it could be my timing that is out, so that is my next thing to try. I have not a clue, was beginning to think she was on her way out as it’s a P reg that I’ve got - Clare Hutcheon from Angus (Forfarshire)
Please check the crenk pull behind the pull it might finished the pin lock on crenk pull - Renock Khumalo from South Africa
Just an idea, check the pipes for air intake. I drove a tdi Land Rover once and the rubber turbo intake pipes for air would close on acceleration, then the engine would die. The hoses needed replacing - Terence Brown from Botswana
Is the Engine Management System light on? Mine did exactly what yours is doing the minute the light came on. They changed a solenoid valve and it does not lose power anymore but the light is still coming on - Chenel Robey from South Africa
Submitted: 05/03/2012 14:15:03 | ID: 8734
I hear a rattling noise behind the dashboard near steering rack area when coming to a stop... (lot of tiny rattles). No noise when on motorway. I have a fuel injected 1600cc... power steering... please help!
Submitted: 29/02/2012 08:35:58 | ID: 8680
Hi, my 1-litre 97 Polo uses a lot of fuel... or could it be a faulty fuel gauge?
Submitted: 21/02/2012 15:01:27 | ID: 8465
My Volkswagen Polo doesn’t start and the handbrake light keeps flashing and the alarm sounds when you turn the key. What could be the problem?
I suggest that you take it for diagnosis test, so that its computer can be reseted and erase all faulty codes in it - Sbu from South Africa
Submitted: 17/02/2012 15:53:46 | ID: 8383
How do I remove the lining on the hatch of a 2008 Volkswagen Polo, to gain access to the rear washer hose?
Submitted: 16/02/2012 09:38:25 | ID: 8298
Hi, I have a 1-litre Polo and when I accelerate or drive off it’s holding in and I think it’s using more petrol than normal. Any suggestions? Thanks.
Submitted: 15/02/2012 14:24:57 | ID: 8276
Orange triangle with exclamation mark in centre and circle with arrow anticlockwise. Circle with ABS and flashing warning light (think for handbrake). I have a Polo 2004 can anyone let me know what these mean? Thanks, Jeanne in Zimbabwe.
Okay, this simple mean that your car is due for a service. If you have just serviced it with a mechanic who don’t have diagnosis machine, then you have to take it in for diagnosis. This will set your onboard computer to remind you when your next service is due. If you ignore this warning from your car, soon your car won’t start - Sbu from South Africa
Submitted: 15/02/2012 09:34:18 | ID: 8250
Volkswagen Polo 1.9TDi 74KW, 2006 model sedan. Instrument cluster will reset, all lights come on sometimes with a loud beep sometimes with the horn also. It started first when I turn steering wheel to max either side then the airbag light will come on and I will loose power steering, then when switch off and restart all is fine but all counters are reset on the instrument cluster. Most recent incident when I was driving on highway and slacking off to take an exit then all the lights on dash was lit, lost power steering and loud beeping and I switched off engine and restarted (while freeing at high speed) then all OK again. Seems to happen more frequently but intermittent.
I had the same problem after I had my car serviced, the problem with the power steering was that the signal to the power steering pump was set to high and the pump cut out because it was receiving an incorrect signal, the instruments reseting was found that alot of the ground wires was loose, for some reason the abs sensor was also not adjusted correctly which made the abs light come on as well. I took the car to another service centre and they adjusted the abs sensor and the signal to the pump and checked all my wirring - had no problems since - Christiaan from South Africa
Submitted: 15/02/2012 09:22:56 | ID: 8249
Hi guys, I have a 2002 Polo Playa 1.6S. Need to know how to remove the driver side door pad. I need to check the manual window winding mechanism. Thanks.
Submitted: 08/02/2012 20:30:12 | ID: 8070
My 2001 Volkswagen Polo’s heater takes a long time to warm the car, sometimes 4 miles. Is this a common fault in this model?
Submitted: 02/02/2012 13:14:04 | ID: 7906
Hi, my Volkswagen Polo runs smooth always. Only, after a long drive, when I get to a stop or slow down and change to a lower gear, it drops power and does not respond to the accelerator. It goes off or it jerks and is then normal again until the next stop. I cleaned the throttle body, but the drama continues. Please help?
Submitted: 01/02/2012 20:20:19 | ID: 7887
Which headlamp bulbs are fitted to the Volkswagen Polo Match 1.4 DSG?
Submitted: 31/01/2012 11:05:28 | ID: 7828
I’ve had 80 appear before the spanner when starting on my dashboard. Nothing happens when I turn the key and now it says 70 and the ECU light is on and the red hand brake light warning is flashing. What do these codes stand for? Shall I try a reset first? (1.2 petrol)
Submitted: 30/01/2012 14:56:33 | ID: 7728
My air conditioner has just stopped working, very suddenly. The normal fan as well. Please advise what the problem could potentially be...
Submitted: 25/01/2012 15:33:31 | ID: 7653
My Volkswagen Polo’s engine was overheating and the mechanic found that the water pump was worn down. So we replaced it and the problem seemed to have stopped but now my Polo Playa 1.6 struggles to pull off whenever I stop. What else could be wrong? Does it have anything to do with the timing?
Submitted: 23/01/2012 10:09:25 | ID: 7621
Hi, in the last two days my Polo is giving ’Service Oil’. This is written instead of the counter mileage and after a couple of minutes driving, it disappears and the counter while be as normal. No other lamps lights and when I checked oil I found it as it should be. Oil Filter and Oil was changed about 4 months ago and from that month onwards the car made only a 2000km. Can please someone explain what could that error mean and if there any suggestions I can do to remove that error. Thanks.
I suggest you have your oil pump checked as I experienced the same problem and it was discovered that my oil pump had to be replaced. After the replacement the light went off - Henry Martin from South Africa
Submitted: 23/01/2012 08:46:23 | ID: 7606
Hi. Recently my temperature gauge slowly keeps decreasing after 10 minutes with the radiators being on. I have changed my thermostat on there and had it checked if my sensor has gone but I hasn’t. What could be the fault as it is still happening once it reaches to 90 on the gauge it slowly decreases when radiators are on but still blowing hot air...
Submitted: 22/01/2012 16:49:18 | ID: 7589
I have replaced my 2 oil switches on my Volkswagen Polo Playa. What happens is that when I drive in hectic traffic and I have to stop go, stop go, my heat gauge goes to around about 90- 100, which seems normal but then my oil buzzer starts to go off. When I am out of the traffic and drive without stopping than the heat gage drops a bit and the buzzer goes quiet again. What I also noticed is that when the buzzer goes off and I accelerate the oil buzzer also goes quiet. Lately I also noticed that my fans do not blow as well. Can the oil buzzer goes off when the car is getting too hot because the fans don’t work?
Submitted: 20/01/2012 10:16:00 | ID: 7444
My Volkswagen Polo’s clutch just dropped out. I think it’s the hydraulics... How much would a second-hand hydraulic cable cost and also, is there a safety mechanism when it goes as now the car will not start at all? The electrics will come on though? Please help, she’s my baby and I gotta get her going again! (1.6gti)
Submitted: 20/01/2012 08:57:57 | ID: 7433
I changed the timing belt and overhauled the engine on my 2006 Volkswagen Polo. After fixing, the car does not start. When I remove the grip of the crank sensor the car starts but after few seconds it stops. What could be the problem?
Submitted: 18/01/2012 12:00:42 | ID: 7397
On a number of occasions I have locked the car and returned a while later to find all the windows have lowered a few inches. On two occasions the windows have lowered whilst I have been in the same house - a coincidence perhaps?
I worked at a dealer for years. This is a common problem on all modern makes and models. The only system capable of lowering all windows is related to pressing and holding the unlock button on your key. If your keys are squished in your pants pocket, it will roll the windows down - Jay from United States of America
I had a Fox that used to do the same and it is the holding down of the remote button on the key that does this, a few seconds after locking the doors. This can be an issue, especially as you walk away from the car as you lock it - Andy Ripley from Yorkshire
Submitted: 13/01/2012 14:22:55 | ID: 7297
Hi everyone. My 1999 Polo 1.6 has trouble getting into 1st gear. From reverse and neutral. The only way to get it into 1st is to first always to put it into 2nd, then slide it quickly and firmly into 1st. This of course puts a lot of pressure on the gear stick. Anyone have any ideas why this is and how to fix it? Appreciate it, Wes. (1.6)
The gear linkage need re-aligning, this is common with most Polos or VW I should say. Always issues with gear boxes - Chris from England
Submitted: 10/01/2012 11:54:59 | ID: 7227
The car has not been run for 3 years. When I turn the car over with the key there’s no petrol movement. I have checked flow to the injectors and there’s nothing coming from the pipe. I checked the relay which is fine. Next to check is the fuel pump in tank. Can you think of anything else, transponder chip maybe? The car is turning over. Thanks. (1.4cl petrol auto)
After not running for 3 years I’d be surprised if the petrol in the tank and fuel system hadn’t gone ’off’ and turned to a gel/varnish. There must be a block somewhere so your whole fuel system will need to be cleared using a carb cleaner/de-greaser type solvent, esp the carburators (old Polo) or fuel injection system (newer Polos). That includes replacing any fuel filters, clearing or replacing fuel pipes, cleaning/replacing the fuel pump and cleaning/replacing the carbs or fuel injection system. The easiest and quickest option would be to try cleaning out the fuel pump, filets and and carbs/fuel inj system... and top up your petrol tank with clean, fresh petrol... if you can get fresh petrol through the entire system them you’ll probably clear any gel/varnishing thats left and the car will start... it might run a bit roughly till all the crap is gone! Martin Hardie from Aberdeenshire
Submitted: 05/01/2012 15:54:01 | ID: 7088
Where do you put in transmission oil for a 1.9-litre tdi Volkswagen Polo, 2005 model?
Submitted: 30/12/2011 16:46:25 | ID: 6953
My Volkswagen Polo 1.4-litre tdi has boost in first and second gear but when I select third the boost is gone all the way through to fifth gear. What can I check to sort this issue out? (1.4 tdi)
Submitted: 28/12/2011 22:56:16 | ID: 6927
Can anyone help me? My 2004 Volkswagen Polo struggles to move sometimes when I’ve turned ignition on and step on accelrator the car is sluggish and will hardly move after several attempts of stepping on the accelrator. Then the car will lurge forward and move. Could it be the gear box!?
Does it still do it when you put it in gear and slowly push on the accelerator? - Roy Jewell from United States of America
Please change the crank pull the pin lock is finished - Renock Khumalo from South Africa
Submitted: 26/12/2011 11:10:02 | ID: 6872
Hi, my son-in- law has a 1.4 VW Polo 2008 model. The engine cuts out. The workshop replaced the sensor but it still cuts out at the inclines. What could the problem be?
Try changing your starter relay. If that’s buggered, your car will cut out - Audie Prinsloo from South Africa
Submitted: 23/12/2011 12:14:05 | ID: 6833
My Polo 2001/2002 - 5 door saloon SE 1390CC. Central locking does not work by inside door switch, nor by key from driver`s door. Manual does not work by alarm key pad either. I have checked all fuses under dash - all OK. Any suggestion on more fuses to check or checking other components of central locking? On my car all doors are vacuum operated electric pumps.
Submitted: 22/12/2011 09:03:10 | ID: 6821
I have a 1997 Volkswagen Polo 1.9-litre diesel. When in neutral I have a very loud shuddering and vibrating inside the car. When the car is in motion the vibrating stops, What might this signify?
Misfire - common occurance. Change your spark plugs - Joe Temple from Surrey
Diesels do NOT have spark plugs - Aggelos Laskaridis from England
Submitted: 22/12/2011 08:51:03 | ID: 6818
My passenger side rear light on my Volkswagen Polo is not working (brake light and indicator are working.) I unplugged it measured, no voltage on plug, fuse is OK. Where can I find the wiring diagram that will show me where to go and test for voltage?
Submitted: 22/12/2011 08:43:48 | ID: 6813
Hi, my friend has a Volkswagen Polo 1.4 16v she has a fault. When she starts the car and drives off everything is fine but when she puts her foot down to go faster and change gear the car just slows down and cuts out. I have spoken to her she said she has had a diagnostics on it and paid for work to be done but she now thinks they were cowboys as the car is still the same as when the car went in to the garage. Any ideas what the problems could be? Any helpful ideas would be great. Thanks.
Submitted: 21/12/2011 10:48:36 | ID: 6807
How do I program the auto lock feature on my Volkswagen Polo?
Submitted: 21/12/2011 10:45:56 | ID: 6805
Hi guys. I need to adjust my distributor timing. What do I need to bridge in order to do so. And when driving the car jerks on low RPM, as soon as I hit 4,000 RPM the jerking stops. What can the cause be?
Submitted: 21/12/2011 10:32:42 | ID: 6803
There was an attempted break-in on my Volkswagen Polo by hitting a screwdriver into the key slot. We are now unable to open the trunk at all. Any ideas on how we may be able to get the boot open? (Classic 1.6)
Try going into the boot through the car. You will need to try opening the panels and release the lock manually with a screwdriver or by hand - Riaan Vermaak from South Africa
Submitted: 20/12/2011 13:48:26 | ID: 6761
My VW Polo’s radiator fan keeps running for about 30 minutes after the engine has been turned off. This has happened even after starting it and switching it off for just 5 minutes. What could be wrong?
By the sounds of it, I would say the thermostat is constantly open the fan should only operate when the engine is above about 100C - Luke Dixon from Durham
Submitted: 20/12/2011 11:31:02 | ID: 6747
My Volkswagen Polo judders like a kangarooing motion then glow plug light comes on and it stalls no matter what I do. It wont start for about 20 minutes. I have had the air and fuel filter changed and a full service done so I am really not sure what to do now... Can anyone help? (sdi)
Submitted: 19/12/2011 15:45:49 | ID: 6733
I bought a second hand Volkswagen Polo estate with no handbook or manual. It has 82,000 miles on the clock and an alarm light is showing when I start the car up. It looks like an engine? I checked the oil - that is OK. Please tell me what’s wrong?! Is it drivable? ANY advice would be greatly appreciated. (1.4mpi)
That is your engine management light. Take it to a diagnostics place ASAP - Marc from England
Submitted: 15/12/2011 09:21:30 | ID: 6655
The cooling fan on my Volkswagen Polo is not working. There is no power to the cooling fan switch. I can’t find where the fuse is located... Can anyone help?
Hi, check under dashboard below steering wheel, there’s a cubby hole, you should find the fuse box there (that’s if it’s the same as 1999 Polo) - Malcolm Goliath from South Africa
When infront of the car, look at the right hand side, you should see the aircon relay, one of the 2 fuses works the cooler fan - Audie Prinsloo from South Africa
Submitted: 13/12/2011 08:59:05 | ID: 6597
I am having problems with the distributor cap on my Volkswagen Polo. The car is fluctuating under 1000 rpm, a bit of a misfire. I bought the car on 11/12/2011 and was told it had a new distributor cap but still has a problem. Can anyone help, thanks!
Submitted: 12/12/2011 15:26:28 | ID: 6580
Hi. I have a 1.4-litre Volkswagen Polo tdi polo but the turbo cuts out at 80mph. If you turn the car off the turbo comes back on. Any suggestions on what the issue might be?
Submitted: 12/12/2011 13:21:27 | ID: 6552
When my Volkswagen Polo is turned off the clock resets as well as the trip meter on the speedo side. Can anyone please help or advise?
Did you get a answer for your problem? I am having the same problem! - Jac Theron from South Africa
Submitted: 09/12/2011 11:32:26 | ID: 6449
On my Volkswagen Polo, whilst driving and ready to change gear I found the clutch pedal fully depressed and I was unable to change gear and I had to let the engine stall and then manually pull the clutch pedal up, disengage gear then using the clutch pedal before starting up again. This has now happened several occasions but most of the time the car drives very well - has anyone else experienced this?
Submitted: 09/12/2011 09:20:15 | ID: 6415
I drive a 1.6 VW Polo Comfortline, 2010 model. It’s been a year now and I have been to two services. The problem started last week and it happened twice every morning, each time I turn on the air con there is this smoke coming out from the dashboard behind the steering wheel. What could be the cause? Please help.
Submitted: 08/12/2011 14:11:22 | ID: 6407
Hi. Can anyone offer any advice on how I might fit a speed sensor ring onto a 2004 1.6-litre VW Polo 1.6 crankshaft?
Submitted: 05/12/2011 10:26:29 | ID: 6316
How much will it cost to fix a blown top/head gasket on a 2011 Volkswagen Polo?
Janet, the easiest way to tell is to look at the gear stick. If it has numbers on it it’s most likely a manual, if it has letters such as P N D R it’s an automatic. The difference between an auto and a semi-auto is the way in which the gears are selected. In a semi-auto, the driver selects the gear via a paddle or toggle and the engine management system (EMS) actually changes the gear based on the engine rpm etc. In a full auto, the EMS changes the gear with no input from the driver - Rich from England
Submitted: 01/12/2011 09:47:34 | ID: 6254
Hi. My Volkswagen Polo doesn’t seem to start on the first swing when outside temperature is hot or parked in the sun. It usually takes about 3 swings to start. On a cool day it starts on the first swing. Could anybody kindly help or advise?
Submitted: 30/11/2011 16:09:09 | ID: 6222
I’m sure when my Volkswagen Polo was new, it would only start if I pressed the brake pedal, and now its starts anyway, am I imagining this?
Submitted: 30/11/2011 15:10:29 | ID: 6203
I changed gear in my Volkswagen Polo and the engine stopped and oil light came on making a noise. I was towed home by a breakdown company who said it was possibly the oil pressure of head gasket. The next morning the mechanic who does my car came round and the car started OK and he drove it round the block. I am now scared to drive it. It has just had MOT and service and the oil was not low. It’s an old car I know but what could it be?
Submitted: 30/11/2011 15:03:56 | ID: 6197
My little Polo makes 7 beeps when I switch on the ignition. It also has some noise made by one of the pulleys. What might be the problem?
Submitted: 24/11/2011 09:25:20 | ID: 6034
How many miles will the VW Polo do before the timing belt needs replacing?
Submitted: 24/11/2011 08:54:22 | ID: 6026
Does anyone know how much a new side mirror would cost for a 2008 Volkswagen Polo?
Submitted: 24/11/2011 08:20:21 | ID: 6023
OK, me and the Mrs don’t agree! Shock, I know! Maybe you could clear this up. The brake fluid light came on our car the other day and after I filled it up it remained on. I work on boilers and often pressure sensors or flow switches etc get stuck and give false readings. Could this be a possibility on a car? If anyone knows anything else it could be I’d love to hear! Pads maybe?
Have you checked to see if the brake pads are worn down to the sensors? - Dick Turner from Buckinghamshire
Submitted: 22/11/2011 10:39:47 | ID: 5954
Hi guys! Hope anyone can help with my weird problem. My car started to do something weird about 3 days ago. When I turn on my Air Recirculation the light goes on and then turns off again after 4 seconds. After I press it again the light stays still stays off and does not even come on again. So where might the problem be? Might there be a problem with the air recirculation system? (1.9 TDI Comfortline)
Submitted: 22/11/2011 09:20:33 | ID: 5944
My Polo has just started to overheat. I drove it 3 kilometres from my house to the garage for petrol and it over-heated. Does anyone know what this might signify? It is a 2005 2-litre VW Polo Highline. Thank you.
Hi, I once had the same problem, it was my fan. It got burnt. Check it out. All the best - Stephen Afakorzi from Ghana
Submitted: 16/11/2011 10:56:15 | ID: 5820
The timing chain tensioner on my Volkswagen Polo has failed causing the timing to jump. Where is the crankshaft locking tool located? As the document says remove c.p.s but I removed this when I removed the timing cover. I would like to reset the timing and check before removing cylinder head. I have locking tools but cannot find where crankshaft locking pin goes... (1.2 12V)
Submitted: 15/11/2011 08:07:16 | ID: 5781
I have a Volkswagen Polo with central locking, which I have bought fairly recently on part exchange. This being I don’t have all the documents. The central locking makes a rather loud beeping noise when I lock or unlock my car using the central locking. Can I turn this off? I understand that the key fob has three buttons which should program this in some way, but I haven’t been able to figure this out! Any advice much appreciated!
Submitted: 14/11/2011 11:43:35 | ID: 5705
Hi! Hope all’s well? I have a 1997 VW Polo, 1.6i. The problem I have is that my clock and mileage (digital) have just disappeared and I have checked my fuses but with no luck. Could it possibly be a relay of some sort that’s faulty? Please help! Any ideas would be great! Thank you!
Submitted: 11/11/2011 08:42:36 | ID: 5636
My 1996 1.6-litre Volkswagen Polo Classic idles at 2,500 rpm. Everytime I stop it takes between 40 and 60 seconds to drop to 1,000 rpm. What could be the sourse of the problem?
Try relay 97 not working throttle body adj or replace - Sybrand van Niekerk from South Africa
Submitted: 09/11/2011 11:40:29 | ID: 5583
On my Volkswagen Polo I have a loud rattling noise coming from the centre piece of the exhaust. It sounds like the exhaust is loose and rattling but it’s not loose - what can the problem be?
Submitted: 08/11/2011 11:38:12 | ID: 5539
I have a water ingress behinde the driver seat. Do you know a possible reason why this may be and possible solution. Thanks! (1.2 S)
Submitted: 07/11/2011 16:20:48 | ID: 5485
There is a yellow light on, similar to the red light when the hand break is applied when I start and drive the car. Does anyone have any idea whay this light might signify?
My Polo 1.4 tdi loses power uphill and the engine light comes on. If you switch off and start, the power comes back but the light remains on. After 5 starts, the light goes off - Sharend Arjun from South Africa
Check your braking system (whether brake pads are worn to the sensors, brake fluid, etc) - Stephen Afakorzi from Ghana
Submitted: 07/11/2011 16:03:27 | ID: 5470
When I am driving my 1995 Volkswagen Polo Spain at, say 40 kph, the engine cuts off and it will do this many times a day. Has anyone else experienced this?
Submitted: 07/11/2011 09:46:15 | ID: 5425
After driving my VW Polo for 15 minutes there are 3 long beeps but none of the lights on the dashboard come on. The beeps are intermittent and at random without me pressing the clutch/brake or accelerator, but not when I am stationary. Does anyone have any ideas? I’d be glad for any advice. Thanks.
Submitted: 28/10/2011 08:44:44 | ID: 5335
Sometimes my Volkswagen Polo won’t idle or it idles in between 1,000-2,500 rpm. If I pull off the battery positive for 5 minutes it resets the computer box and it is normal again for a while. Would it be the idle jet and where on the engine is it located? Thanks.
Submitted: 27/10/2011 10:46:40 | ID: 5309
Hi, does anyone know where exactly the door open indicator switch is located on a 2006 VW Polo? The indicator on my dashboard stays on, even when the door is closed. Thank you.
Submitted: 27/10/2011 08:26:22 | ID: 5267
I have a 2003 VW Polo and my fan is not working - it does not go on at all and my car is overheating. Does anybody have any idea as to what it might be?
Change your fan man! - Stephen Afakorzi from Ghana
Have you tested the fuse for the fan? Might be blown - Kelly from England
Submitted: 25/10/2011 15:59:48 | ID: 5172
Hi, every time I leave my VW Polo Classic 1.4-litre for more than 3 hours all the clocks reset themselves, eg: the trip meter etcetera. The car starts easily every time, so it is not a battery problem. Can anyone help?
Submitted: 25/10/2011 15:16:38 | ID: 5142
My Volkswagen Polo was parked on road and a passing car clipped the wing mirror and took off the cover. It will not stay on now, although the cover seems to be in tact. Would the knock have displaced a clip?
Submitted: 24/10/2011 15:44:54 | ID: 5090
Why, on a 1.4-litre diesel Volkswagen Polo, does the turbo switch off while on the move, at just slightly over 2,000 revs and all you do is switch off the engine while travelling and on again and the turbo starts up again?
Okay I will answer your question! If you ask dumb questions like this then you should not be driving a car! Go on the website "how stuff works" and maybe you will not ask retarded questions like this in the future - Ferdi Oosthuizen from South Africa
Not a dumb question like the previous a*shole said. Your Polo is probably going into limp mode. When you switch it off, it resets. Can be vacuum tubes or MAF or dirty turbo - Gerrit from South Africa
Submitted: 24/10/2011 11:26:29 | ID: 5061
Can anyone help? Why does water leak during heavy rain from the base of the windscreen into the engine? Are there drainage holes that may be blocked which means the excess rain water is spilling into the bonnet area?
Submitted: 20/10/2011 09:25:37 | ID: 4985
Hi. Does anyone know how much will it cost to replace the power steering rack on a VW Polo Classic 1.4?
Submitted: 18/10/2011 16:12:58 | ID: 4913
After the warning light for the brake pads / linings came up on my car recently we are trying to diagnose which brake pads / linings need checking. Does the sensor light connect to all the pads / linings or can we find out which one the fault relates to please? (1.4 TDi)
Probably just the front nearside fitted with a sensor, but the idea is that all now needs checking - Vadre Smith from Hampshire
Submitted: 18/10/2011 14:11:23 | ID: 4882
My son took his Polo in for an MOT and service. He got it sorted but driving home, the gears wouldn’t go in and there was a burning smell from the clutch, took it back to the garage and now it needs a new gearbox and clutch. Sent ecu away to get fixed, still wont start. Has anybody any idea what could be the problem?
Submitted: 10/10/2011 11:07:13 | ID: 4684
Why does my headlamp come on and go off after a couple of seconds when I put the lights on it keeps going on and off?
Submitted: 07/10/2011 10:08:06 | ID: 4664
When starting the car after five minutes the fan keeps on kicking in and out but car is not over heating. Please can someone guide me in the right direction?
Submitted: 07/10/2011 09:19:56 | ID: 4639
Engine warning light keeps coming on dashboard, have to top the water to the rad, the fan does work when the engine gets hot. What should I be looking for?
Submitted: 07/10/2011 09:07:10 | ID: 4632
Does anyone know where two 28mm screws go in the front dash? I have taken out the dash and these two screws are longer than all the rest and are left over. I am desperate as have taken the dash out again and still no obvious gaps. (tdi)
Submitted: 06/10/2011 12:33:56 | ID: 4615
What are the steps one should take when changing the turbo? (1.9 tdi)
Obviously you know how to change a turbo but before you actually run the engine you have to crank it for about 30 secs to allow oil to lubricate the turbochargers components so as for it not to blow, leave for a minute then drive steadily for the first 1,000 - 2,500 miles and don’t try and do it when the engine is hot! Dean from Lancashire
Submitted: 20/09/2011 09:05:50 | ID: 4478
I have an annoying knocking at rear suspension. It’s just failed an MOT for front bushes, which have both been replaced. It’s been checked all over, nothing obviously loose, nothing in boot, spare wheel tight. Only seems to start when going slow but not braking. Can anybody help me? (1.4 tdi S 70)
Submitted: 12/09/2011 09:14:30 | ID: 4332
Which colour pipe supply the fuel to injectors? I don’t know because one is blue and another is black.
Submitted: 02/09/2011 09:51:29 | ID: 4238
When I drive the steering wheel light on the dash comes on and the power steering fails. The computer also resets. (14i)
Same problem on my 2006 Polo 1.9tdi please help, email@example.com - Ryno Gouws from South Africa
Hi, same with my 2004 1.4 tdi, please help, email me - Vinesh Pillay (firstname.lastname@example.org) from South Africa
Hi, I changed the entire earth cable from battery to body (grounding), with same symptoms and sorted the issue - Shashi from South Africa
Hi. There is a problem with your rack and pinnion. Get your rack checked - Nick Kler from United States of America
Submitted: 31/08/2011 09:09:31 | ID: 4203
I am a complete novice but want to change the rear silencer on the exhaust as it is blowing. Can any tell me where i should start. Thank you. I can buy the part for £25 locally so hope the job won’t cost much more than that. Thanks. (Match)
Submitted: 31/08/2011 09:07:31 | ID: 4201
The passenger seat keep moving when you sit on it, is there anything i can do?
Submitted: 15/08/2011 09:30:52 | ID: 4002
I want to know about the timing in the flywheel crank sensor. We change the rear crank oil seal and sensor pickup, it starts but it don’t ref up, it’s just idle. (1600)
Submitted: 15/08/2011 09:30:07 | ID: 4001
I want to know about the timing in the flywheel crank sensor. (1600)
Submitted: 15/08/2011 09:29:30 | ID: 4000
The starter makes a squeaking sound after engine starts. Why?
Submitted: 04/08/2011 08:29:07 | ID: 3870
My Polo has developed a low frequency continuous drone which is louder than the engine noise. It doesn’t change with acceleration, what could it be? (se)
Submitted: 06/07/2011 10:49:49 | ID: 3214
The engine of my VW Polo Playa switches off when trying to slow down the car. Any idea why?
Submitted: 16/05/2011 09:32:17 | ID: 2549
What does the spanner symbol with code 800 mean?
Why don’t you read your manual? - Ouchy from India
I have the same problem of a spanner and a number on the cluster. I just bought this car (2009 Polo 1.6 Comfortliner) but has no manual so can’t read anywhere - Mjita Kil from South Africa
It’s telling you that a service is due in 800 miles. You’ll find it counts down in steps of 100 - Rich from England
Service due in 800 miles time. Does not mean that you have a fault. It is a reminder so you get it serviced. Look after the car and it will look after you. You can reset it yourself by following 4 steps below. Please read and understand first. 1. Insert key into ignition. 2. Press and hold trip reset button 3. Switch ignition on (but don’t start the car) so your dashboard lights are on. 4. While keeping the trip reset button down twist it clockwise holding it down for further 10 seconds then keep holding it down and switch ignition off. Job done - Saf Khan from Scotland
Submitted: 04/05/2011 08:29:02 | ID: 2526
Hi. I can’t get the engine to swing over. If I leave it for a while, it might start and when it is running, it’s perfect. I turn the ignition and hold it and it’s completely dead. I had the starter motor repaired and the battery checked. Any answers? (Engine type AHS)
Submitted: 26/04/2011 09:05:45 | ID: 2463
My Polo is experiencing excessive flooding on a first start. Any ideas why?
Submitted: 29/03/2011 08:16:23 | ID: 2814
How do I remove the aircleaner to replace the plugs. It seems to be held by 3 rubber bungs ? (1.4 L)
Submitted: 25/03/2011 10:20:54 | ID: 3079
Is it normal for the car to roll back when stopped on an incline? Holding the car on the brake, and moving to accelerate away, (e.g. traffic lights in a hill) the car distinctly rolls backwards, usually inches, but it feels a lot more, before engaging in forward motion. No other autobox seems to suffer roll back, but the DSG is a new format autobox with two dry clutches. Is this normal or is this a fault? Any help appreciated. (1.4 SE / 7 speed DSG)
It’s a quirk of the suspension design. i.e the rear-end is suspended on wish bones which are somewhat like scissors which run longitudinally down the body. When you stop the vehicle and apply the handbrake which stops the wheels the wheels turning, the vehicle’s weight cause the chassis to roll back slightly. As the wheels are locked by the handbrake, the vehicle’s weight transfers to the wishbones which causes them to open slightly, thus causing the vehicle to rise slightly at the back. When you come to move away, the front wheel drive pulls the weight forward. This causes wishbones to settle down which gives the impression the vehicle is rolling slightly backwards. There really is no cure for this phenomena other than the horrendous method of holding it on the clutch, which will prove to be ridiculously expensive - Brian Johnson from Cheshire
Submitted: 17/03/2011 08:59:23 | ID: 2294
The heater is blowing hot then cold after a couple of minutes. If I switch the heater off for a while and then back on it repeat the same process. Any help would be appreciated. (Diesel Saloon)
Submitted: 14/03/2011 08:58:56 | ID: 2089
I have a 1L Polo that runs very rich when first starting, is there any method of adjusting please?
Submitted: 02/03/2011 08:41:19 | ID: 2798
I have a buzzing vibrating noise seems to appear when I am in a low gear or coming down the hill. It disappears when I press the clutch or after 50-60miles on the motorway. Not sure whether it disappears or gets mixed with the engine noise. Please help, thank you.
Submitted: 22/02/2011 09:46:10 | ID: 3065
I just bought a Polo 1000cc and it won’t go over 60 mph. I have put new spark plugs in and it hasn’t made a difference. I was told that the noise I hear from my engine is the tappets. If I get these sorted will it make a difference or what else might it be?
Submitted: 11/02/2011 09:53:09 | ID: 2913
The gears are stuck in neutral when the engine is running but I am able to select all of them when engine is turned off. Has anyone any idea why this may be? (Classic 1.6i)
Try changing the clutch kit. I did the same and have had no gear problems since - Seretse Moeketsi from South Africa
Unfortunately your clutch has run it`s course buddy, change it. You will pay under a grand, two plus labour - Sandile Ngubo from South Africa
Submitted: 24/12/2010 14:12:20 | ID: 3636
My car stalled, then it would only go at 30 mph and then 15 mph and was juddering. There were freezing temperatures at time, does anybody have any idea why this happened?
Submitted: 22/12/2010 15:26:21 | ID: 3575
The clutch sticks to the floor in freezing weather and the gears refuse to engage although reverse can be - can anybody help?
Submitted: 10/12/2010 11:28:27 | ID: 2717
Is this car front wheel drive? (SE 4 automatic)
Hi. Yes, your car has and yeah, they are around £500 but you can put a solid clutch in but you will notice it a little more vibration from it but will save you about £300. I changed mine to a solid clutch and it’s fine but just check because sometimes, if your old clutch isn’t that bad, you can get them welded and it could last you a long time but if it was me I would change it to a solid one - Nigel Lamont from County Antrim
Submitted: 03/12/2010 14:53:02 | ID: 2684
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