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Hi, I have become the owner of a fairly old 2000 Volkswagen Polo. The car was working fine when I got it but has not been used for a couple of months due to insurance and me being away. I tried jump starting it as obviously the battery was dead due to it not being used. Anyway I got the car started easy enough but when I put my foot on the accelerator there was no response. The car was running but even putting my foot to the floor the car did not respond. I would be grateful if anyone knows if this is an easy fix (related to the battery being old) or something a lot more serious? Thanks in advance.
The accelerator is "fly by wire" technology. There is an electrical connection between throttle pedal and engine. Make sure all the plugs are in properly around the air intake piping and the plug connectors are not corroded. Make sure you have a good battery. If it ran dead flat the electronics may have lost settings, but that would be unusual. Go for the obvious first, plugs wires etc from pedal to engine. If you can’t find a physical issue you need to do a diagnostic check with a fault code reader or similar plugged into the cars diagnostic socket. My Polo is a 2000 sdi and the diagnostic socket is seen when the ash tray is removed. Hope this helps. - Jeff Egan from England
Submitted: 04/03/2014 10:06:22 | ID: 26221
My Volkswagen Polo`s cluster resets itself, with all lights coming on. My dealer fitted temperature sensor and earth cable, body to battery, but the cluster still resets itself. Why would it do this and how many times must I pay for a problem that’s not solved? Can anybody please help on this matter? (1600)
Submitted: 03/03/2014 14:56:47 | ID: 26185
I have a Volkswagen Polo 2013 comfortline. I purchased it brand new. After 7 months the seatbelt sensor stopped working. I took it in for a service and the dealership advised that it never had sensors. I am confident that it did. Can anyone help? (1.4 comfortline)
Try placing a heavy bag of shopping or similar on passenger seat. It should trigger a sest belt warning when you move off. If it does then something is wrong with drivers side. Hope thos helps. - Jeff Egan from England
Submitted: 03/03/2014 14:35:09 | ID: 26180
Hi. I`m driving a Volkswagen Polo 2004 with the 4 round lights. My problem started a month ago, after very heavy rains and just after the car was washed. The engine cranked and failed to run, engine showing battery light and I switched off. I let it sit for about an hour, switched it on again and it was fine. A month later after travelling about 500km, I could feel the car struggling to go up a slope and jerking, then after taking a left turn it stopped, I switched off with the battery light showing. I let it sit for about 5 minutes, tried to switch it on again and it was fine until the next day after reversing up a slope. After switching from reverse to drive mode, the battery light came on and the car switched off. I tried it again, it cranked but wouldn`t run the engine, then switched off again. At the tenth attempt it just wouldn’t start as if it was out of fuel. The drive lights wouldn’t come on either, however all other lights were working fine and so was the radio. A specialist checked it out and said the fuel pump had seized so it was replaced and the car was fine until the next morning. it wouldn’t run the engine until the third attempt and now the same problem still persists. If it sits for more than two hours the engine won`t run until second or third attempt, plus I can still feel it`s struggling to go up slopes and jerks a little too much while changing gears, which is something it never used to do. Any ideas on what the problem could be?
Submitted: 03/03/2014 12:31:58 | ID: 26164
How many litres of fuel is in the reserve tank of the 2002 Polo Playa 1.4i? (Playa)
Submitted: 21/02/2014 15:31:19 | ID: 25953
Hi, I need your help please. This morning my Volkswagen Polo just felt like I was forcing it to go with a bit of a vibration and like it wants to cut off. Do you have any advice? Thanks. (1.6 comfortline)
Submitted: 21/02/2014 15:20:56 | ID: 25950
My Volkswagen Polo fails to engage third gear when I press the accelerator hard and it disengages itself from the gears, as if one has suddenly shifted the automatic gear lever to neutral. If I press the accelerator gently or when the speed is at 30km/h and the rev count at 20/minx100 and then I suddenly push the accelerator a little hard, it does engage third gear. Thereafter I can press the pedal hard and it will engage the remaining gears though not quickly, but if the rev count exceeds 20.5/minx100 it will never engage thrid gear, no matter what you do and later it will disengage. Then when you press the accelerator the engine will sound free and high while the car is not pulling, as if it is in neutral. This is putting my life in danger as one time I almost caused an accident when trying to overtake and I suddenly lost speed due to this problem. Does anyone have a solution?
Submitted: 17/02/2014 10:56:54 | ID: 25828
My Volkswagen Polo 1.4 is a 2010 model and its computer box is broken. Can I still drive the car?
Submitted: 17/02/2014 10:48:58 | ID: 25827
I have a 52 plate Volkswagen Polo which has a built in 6 disc cd changer. I have tried to use the cd player with a disc made at home via my computer and now when I put in the cd it loads up fine and says play tr 01. Now I don`t know if the cd player is not working or whether I have to press the play button and if that is the case how do I play it?
Submitted: 14/02/2014 11:04:29 | ID: 25768
My 2007 Volkswagen Polo classic 1.6 just won`t srart. It`s been doing it for a few mornings now but after a few tries it works. Now I have no such luck at all. Does anybody know what it could be? (classic)
Submitted: 13/02/2014 12:02:53 | ID: 25716
Our Volkswagen Polo normally runs fine, but every now and then it revs high, loses power and comes to a standstill. Turning the engine off and then on again solves the problem for a few days. Any ideas? (1.4 petrol)
Submitted: 10/02/2014 15:43:41 | ID: 25653
I have a 2009 Volkswagen Polo Classic with an MP3 player (says so on the radio), but it doesn’t play the MP3 cds. Everytime I insert a cd it says ’error’ and ejects the cd. It does play normal audio cds. Would anyone be able to give advice on this please? (classic)
Submitted: 07/02/2014 14:50:42 | ID: 25594
My 1.6 Volkswagen Polo classic has its abs, airbag and power steering lights on and is losing power and the battery is flat. What could be causing this please?
Submitted: 04/02/2014 10:48:44 | ID: 25487
I bought my Volkswagen Polo today. When I got it up to 70 mph it started lurching, hitching, as if it was about to cut out. It did this intermittently, then did it again going around a roundabout. (Not at 70!) It hadn’t been started for 3 days and the tank was way down past red. Any ideas?
With most cars these days you need at least ten pound fuel in them for it to come through properly so that could be the problem as the pump will struggle when fuel is low. Hope this helps - Lennyhoy from England
Submitted: 03/02/2014 14:41:59 | ID: 25449
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I have a Volkswagen Polo 1.4 16v and my brake lights are not working. I have already changed 3 brake light switches but that did not help either. One more thing I noticed, when I start driving my car in the morning the brake lights are working fine for 10-15 minutes but after that they go completely. Why do they just work for a short period of time and then they don`t? I`ve already replaced 3 brake light switches, new bulbs and even the ECU. I changed the ecu because somebody said it could be an ecu problem but that did not work either. Does anyone have any advice/information please? (1.4 16v)
Hi, my friend tried to remove a brakelight switch under the brake pedal, let someone help you to see if brakelights are on or off. Before you remove it inspect it first so that it will be easy for you to replace the new one for yourself. I hope I have answered your problem. - Michael Malang from South Africa
Submitted: 03/02/2014 11:04:02 | ID: 25417
Hi all, I am driving a Volkswagen Polo Playa 2008 1.4. When I`m shifting gears and taking off I hear a knocking sound and also when I`m doing a full turn I hear a sound coming from my right wheel. What could be causing this please?
Submitted: 30/01/2014 12:29:30 | ID: 25343
My Volkswagen Polo vibrates when on idle to the extent that the steering wheel shakes. Does anyone know why?
Submitted: 30/01/2014 09:55:50 | ID: 25310
My 2003 Volkswagen Polo Playa is losing oil. It is dripping between the engine and gearbox. What could be causing this please?
Make sure that it is leaking between engine and gearbox, sometimes oil leaks from the top of the engine and falls down. Inspect the top of the engine for leaks, if not then your rear crank seal is shot and the gearbox will have to be removed in order for that seal to be changed. If you’ve had the car from new and haven’t done the clutch yet then you might aswell do it at the same time. - Moey Limi from South Africa
Submitted: 24/01/2014 12:42:37 | ID: 25193
Can my 2010 Volkswagen Polo`s wing mirrors be converted to heated ones?
Submitted: 24/01/2014 11:15:23 | ID: 25179
Hello. I have recently bought a 2000 Volkswagen Polo W reg 1.0 and I have been driving it for about 2 weeks. I had no problems until last night when I felt a change in my gearstick, it feels so loose and slack but it seems much easier to change gears. Is this supposed to be like that? Can anyone advise me if something needs to be tightened or replaced and if so what items do I need? Thanks.
Submitted: 23/01/2014 12:14:33 | ID: 25142
What is the correct colour coding sequence / colours / numbering to solder the window control switch wiring to the window switch control terminals on my Volkswagen Polo please? (1.4)
Submitted: 23/01/2014 11:24:07 | ID: 25135
Hi, I have a 59 reg Volkswagen Polo and wondered if anyone can confirm if I should have one or two reversing lights? I had a feeling there is only one, but someone stopped me at the weekend advising me that the second one wasn’t working. I`m hoping that someone can clarify?
Submitted: 21/01/2014 14:03:46 | ID: 25090
When I start my Volkswagen Polo`s engine it makes a bleeping noise like when you leave your lights on and service keeps coming up. What does this mean as I`ve never seen it before?
Submitted: 20/01/2014 11:25:16 | ID: 25036
My 2001 Volkswagen Polo millenium refuses to start as if out of petrol after I drove it and parked up nicely. Any ideas of the cause and solution?
Submitted: 17/01/2014 15:02:57 | ID: 24998
I have a Volkswagen Polo 1.4 2002 that resets while driving. It looks like someone has disconnected the battery while driving as the clock and trip odo reset to zero when this happens, then the airbag warning fault light turns on. Does anyone know why?
Could be your cluster, but I also need some advice - Esk Doubell from South Africa
Submitted: 17/01/2014 14:15:25 | ID: 24984
When my Volkswagen Polo drives on an uneven road noise comes from the front side on the passenger`s side as if some part is loose. I have had it checked in the workshop and the mechanic is not able to find the problem so can anybody please help me? (trendline)
I have this same problem and finding is quite unsettling to drive. I too have been to a garage and they can’t find it - Helen Hodgkinson from England
Submitted: 16/01/2014 11:40:59 | ID: 24899
When I drive faster than 100km/h my Volkswagen Polo`s ABS light comes on, the handbrake light flashes continuously and it beeps 3 times. When I switch the car off it clears the error till I drive more than 100km/h again. Any idea as to what is wrong?
Check your brake pad wear and your wheel bearings first. - Moey Limi from South Africa
Thanks Moey, will check them tomorrow. Another thing I’ve noticed recently is that the steering wheel light comes on and the steering is very hard, as if there’s no power steering. The fluid levels are OK. When I switched off and started the car again, all is OK again. Another thing, the clock, trip meter and radio all resetted themselves twice today with no apparent reason. The alarm also refused to work for a while. Is the battery busy dying or are there a serious problem with my car? - Sydney from Namibia
That’s strange. Make sure the b3 terminals are clean and tightend. Check all the fuses, they mustn’t have corrosion or rust. It sounds more like a broken wire somewhere. I’m not sure if those cars have a control unit aswell like the Golf mk1? - Moey Limi from South Africa
Submitted: 14/01/2014 10:52:51 | ID: 24865
The LCD displays on the dashboard of my Volkswagen Polo have just started to fade on and off all the time. As I have a slow drain on the battery (somewhere) I disconnect the negative battery terminal every time I use the car, so it doesn’t drain down. Could this be the cause or an electrical fault? The alarm system has been odd for a few years and I have to lock it manually. Is it linked to this even? Any help will be gratefully received.
Submitted: 13/01/2014 09:57:21 | ID: 24790
Hi, I need help. I have a 1.8 1997 Volkswagen Polo Classic and I just recently put in a new pin in the gearbox thinking it will help with my reverse gear, but nothing. I have a problem with my reverse, it goes into gear but when I release it makes a sound and kicks out. What is that? What is the problem? Please help. Thank you.
Submitted: 13/01/2014 09:36:19 | ID: 24785
My Volkswagen Polo does not want to start, no spark. I bought a new coil pack but still no spark. What could the problem be please? (1.6)
Had the same problem. The ecu unit located next to the wiper motor needs to be reset. It solved the problem I had. I hope it works for you. - Robert Smith from South Africa
Submitted: 13/01/2014 09:09:16 | ID: 24779
When I switch on the engine of my Volkswagen Polo it wants me to keep my foot there, as soon as I release it the engine switches off. Why would it be doing this please?
Either the iming or water switch. - Mtha from South Africa
Do a fuel pump pressure test, it should go up to a maximum of 8 bars and a minimum of 6, but that’s doing a test direct from the pump. If that’s fine then do the test with the filter and check what pressure it gives. Compliments. - Moey Limi from South Africa
Submitted: 10/01/2014 11:29:49 | ID: 24756
I bought a Volkswagen 1.4 Polo classic 2008 model. When I switch on in the morning it fails until several attempts and when it does start there is a poo poo sound and the idling is poor and it switches off again. I have to rev it for several minutes before it will be successful. When it runs during the day starting is not a problem. What could this be?
Possibly coolant temp sensor faulty - James Smith from England
Submitted: 09/01/2014 09:15:19 | ID: 24653
I have a Volkswagen Polo Millenium and I want to fit it with a 2L 16v dohc engine and automatic gearbox. I want it to sound like a dsg. Is that possible?
Submitted: 09/01/2014 09:07:23 | ID: 24650
Hi, my Volkswagen Polo’s handbrake light does not go off. I took it to an auto electrician and he said that the diagnostic machine coukd not pick up the description of the error for the handbrake. It only reads descriptions of 2 items. What could the problem be?
Check your brake fluid level and your brake pads aswell. If no problems with these then remove the handbrake cover, not on the lever but on the floor beneath the lever. Check for a tiny switch. You disconect this and it goes off then the switch needs replacing. - Moey Limi from South Africa
Submitted: 07/01/2014 16:33:37 | ID: 24647
Hi. A continuous clapping noise comes from the first plug point that is on the engine of my Volkswagen Polo. When I remove that plug lead from the spark plug the noise is gone. Another problem is there is a water leak that comes from the waterpipe that is coming from the engine. Please can anybody assist?
Submitted: 07/01/2014 10:10:24 | ID: 24600
My 2005 Volkswagen Polo 1.4 is having a problem since I changed the battery, it cuts everything off and the power steering light beeps, even the radio and everything switches off. I tried to clean the terminals but it`s still the same. I need help and a mechanic told me there is a power cable touching the body but I can’t see it. Does anyone know what`s wrong please?
Make sure it’s not touching on the bonnet when you close. If the b3 is too high it will cause it to touch. - Moey Limi from South Africa
Submitted: 06/01/2014 12:32:10 | ID: 24572
I have replaced the clutch and pressure plate two months ago on my Volkswagen Polo and now when I release the clutch there is always a knocking sound. It fades as I select higher gears and the steering wheel makes noise when I turn. I had it checked for alignment but it`s still the same. Does anyone know what`s wrong?
Submitted: 06/01/2014 12:07:30 | ID: 24563
When I decelerate in my Volkswagen Polo and when I approach a stop and I’m turning there is a noise of wobbling. Can anyone help me please?
Submitted: 06/01/2014 10:53:09 | ID: 24546
Whilst driving my Volkswagen Polo all the dash lights come on and the power steering does not work. There is also a pumping sound in my engine and a drop in power, the engine then cuts out after a while. When I switch the engine off and restart it the horn makes a noise and the doors lock and unlock as if the car resets itself. What might be the cause? (1.9 tdi Sportline)
Submitted: 03/01/2014 12:15:08 | ID: 24499
My 2002 Volkswagen Polo engages anti hijack and will not start after it has travelled and I have to wait for approximately 2 and a half hours before it can start again. How do I reset the anti hijack system?
Take it to an electricians for a checkup or ask them to replace it for you with another anti-hijacking. Probably there’s a fault with yours. - Rodney Maxase from South Africa
Submitted: 03/01/2014 10:56:44 | ID: 24481