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Hi. We’ve just bought a second-hand T4 Volkswagen Transporter Hightop campervan with 122,000 on the clock. It’s a manual diesel 2.4 engine and the cambelt was changed 20,000 miles ago. At what mileage will it need changing again please? Many thanks. (Campervan T4 Komet Hightop)
Submitted: 23/05/2013 11:03:12 | ID: 19441
My Volkswagen Transporter van has an intermittent fault with the windscreen wipers which has happened 5 or 6 times since I bought the van 12 months ago. Sometimes the windscreen wipers stop mid-wipe and then start working again in a juddering motion back to the correct position. A few times after this the wipers have then stopped working completely (quite scary when driving on the motorway in heavy rain!). After turning the ignition off and back on again the problem seems to rectify itself. I am no mechanic so would probably take it back to the VW garage for repair, but I’d like to know what cost I’d be looking at to rectify this problem. Does anybody know what could be causing this? (T30 1.9 TDI (campervan conversion)
It might be an earth problem above the battery. There is a steel panel that’s held in with 2 bolts. There is a earth cable in there, take it off and clean it try that and see how you get on. I think all the T5 have the same problem - Stuart Mackie from Orkney Islands
Submitted: 14/05/2013 14:53:03 | ID: 19360
Hi, I need to find the chassis number on my Volkswagen Transporter and have looked in all the obvious places including the dashboard through the windscreen, in the engine bay, door pillars and on the the bulkhead without any luck. Does anyone have any ideas? Thanks. (2 door beaver tail car transporter)
Submitted: 03/05/2013 11:54:19 | ID: 19238
We have had our Volkswagen Transporter Sport line from brand new. This is now the second turbo which needs replacing and also the manifold is cracked again between the exhaust and the engine. Is this a common fault? Should I part/ex it? Will it happen again? (Sport line)
Submitted: 26/04/2013 10:53:44 | ID: 19151
Whilst on my way home from a recent camping trip I noticed that my Volkswagen Transporter van had black smoke coming from it`s exhaust, it was losing power and overheating slightly. I stopped and checked both oil and water but both were fine and there was nothing else that I could see that would suggest a problem. I waited for a while to let the engine cool and then turned her over and she started first time. Whilst underway I noticed that the black smoke had ceased but then the engine cut out and the oil light came on. I pulled over straight away, rechecked the engine bay and found nothing untoward except that now the engine won’t start. Any ideas please? (T25 1600 TD)
Submitted: 23/04/2013 12:34:37 | ID: 19096
Hi guys, I have a 3.5 litre v6 Volkswagen Transporter T5 auto. Recently I’ve had the cam shaft sensors replaced due to codes reported by mechanic`s scanner. The van would not always respond when accelerating, it fluctuates and doesn’t allow for gear change smoothly. Does anyone know what the problem is and how to fix it?
Submitted: 05/04/2013 16:12:59 | ID: 18875
We have just bought a 2.5TDI Volkswagen Transporter and it pulls fine in town but if you go on the highway it seems be be very sluggish with no go in it at all. You can change back to third and then fourth but it still does not pull. Does anybody know what it could be? (2.5 TDI)
Have you got the fault codes checked? Most likely cause is an airflow meter - Liam from Ireland
Change fuel filter - Phil Ogle from Bute
Submitted: 04/04/2013 14:55:34 | ID: 18850
Hi, I just wondered if there is any particular reason why my Volkswagen Transporter t4, which is the 2.4 model, is so sluggish? It struggles to reach 70 mph and on steep hills I’m up and down with the gears. Any help or advice would be much appreciated. Any suggestions please? (1200d)
Had this problem recently on my 1.9 T4. Lost power on hills, up and down the gears, really sluggish. Put it down to an unusual extra load being carried but no difference when the van was unloaded the next day. It eventually turned out to be a broken accelerator cable - an easy fix - Andy Parrish from Bedfordshire
Submitted: 04/04/2013 11:14:39 | ID: 18829
Hi, I have a Volkswagen Transporter T5 1.9TDi 2008 model, After the engine was done up and I switched on the ignition only both fans for the aircon run. There is no gas in the aircon system as the system was opened to remove the compressor to facilitate engine removal. Is this normal or what is faulty? We took off both plugs , one at the module in the front L/h/s engine and one going into the wiring harness and then only one fan runs. Can anyone advise me? Thankyou.
Submitted: 02/04/2013 11:41:36 | ID: 18775
Sometimes my van, usually not long after starting first thing, sounds like its running on 3 cylinders and judders. If I turn it off and start it again 10 mins later it’s ok or if i run it. It’s really low on power and takes about 30 mins on tickover to clear itself. No engine management lights or anything like that. 51,000 miles. I also feel it’s low on power generally. Cheers. (T5 1.9 tdi)
Submitted: 11/03/2013 17:07:10 | ID: 18439
My Volkswagen Transporter van cut out in second gear. It keeps cutting out when I let the clutch out while in gear. It will go about 5mph in neutral when I let the clutch out. I can smell something burning. I only got a new clutch a year ago. Can anyone suggest what the problem is please?
Submitted: 01/03/2013 14:23:18 | ID: 18317
Hi, my Volkswagen Transporter seems to lose engine power after hitting 100 km/h or 2800RPM. After this there is very little power at any speed until I turn the engine off and on again. What could cause this? Thank you.
Submitted: 21/02/2013 15:51:56 | ID: 18193
Hello. My 2007 1.9 turbo Volkswagen Transporter t5 has lost gears, sometimes first and third, sometimes second and fourth. I have stopped and had it towed both times. My mechanic has tightened the cables outside the gearbox and it worked for a time, but I have a feeling something in the box is wrong. Has anyone come across this problem before?
I’d be looking in the quadrant box, not the gearbox. The 1st/3rd and 5th gears and 2nd 4th and 6th gears use one linkage which crosses neutral then connects via one cable to the box, the other cable does the other gate direction, and is probably ok. It’s probably a clip come off, a cracked linkage rod or a loose bell crank lever. Much cheaper than a gearbox overhaul - Alasdair McCarter from Australia
Thanks, you are spot on the, mechanic replaced the bell crank lever, the problem was that the serations where worn, buggered if I know how it could happen but heaps cheaper then pulling apart the box - Mark Abinger from Australia
Submitted: 18/02/2013 09:58:14 | ID: 18090
I`m after buying a clutch kit for my Volkswagen Transporter van but I`m unsure of the part number and I`m worried in case I order the wrong part. My van`s reg number is YT57 YNJ. Can anyone help please? Thank you.
A reputable parts dealer should supply your clutch kit based on the vehicles VIN number, not registration number. If you find the wrong kit supplied, return it with the receipt, and I’m sure any supplier will swap,or get you the right kit - Alasdair McCarter from Australia
Submitted: 15/02/2013 09:36:22 | ID: 18055
Hi. My problem started 18 months ago when my Volkswagen Transporter t4 automatic developed a judder that would appear around the 40mph mark. I had it into my local dealers who put in a new torque converter. It still did it a bit, not as much but it was still there, so they tried something else, I dont` know what but it seemed to cure it. However then other problems started to arise, like not changing gear properly up or down and what they called flaring, so it was back in again and this time a stronger spring was added to the lock up clutch. I got it back and it drove okay for a short time except I noticed on a couple of occasions that in third gear it would rev up but not go anywhere. I would knock it out of gear and back in and then it would be okay. Now that was 3 months ago but it`s now doing it all of the time when the gearbox gets hot. I can be driving along in third or fourth gear and suddenly it`s like it`s gone into neutral. Any help would be appreciated as the garage are saying there is nothing wrong with it. Any ideas please?
Submitted: 14/02/2013 11:34:25 | ID: 18025
My Volkswagen Transporter`s central locking unlocks when I lock it with the remote or the key. It has been back to the VW dealer but it started working for them. Now five months later it`s unlocking again. What can I do?
I had the same problem, cleaned the contacts on the side doors and lubed them, no more problem. The van thought a door was still open so unlocked the van - Russ from Nottinghamshire
Submitted: 14/02/2013 09:05:50 | ID: 17996
Hi, I have a problem with my t4 Volkswagen Transporter 1.9td 1998. I woke up this morning and as I was walking over to my van I heard my engine fans going which caused me a flat battery, so they must have stayed on all night. I had to disconnect them from under the bonnet. I`m not sure if there is a shut off sensor on there somewhere. Does anyone have any idea what can cause this? Thanks.
Submitted: 05/02/2013 10:51:38 | ID: 17845
I have a 97 1.9 petrol Volkswagen Transporter bilbo weekender and when it`s coming up to 40 mph or 60 mph the engine stutters and loses power until I press the accelerator, then no problem. It`s like dirty petrol or something squeezing the fuel line and then letting it go?I`ve had a main Volkswagen dealer look at it but they can`t find the cause. Is there another car or van that would have spare parts to suit my 97 1.9 petrol Volkswagen, as I have a mechanic friend who would change around a few parts to try and find the problem? Thank you for any help you might be able to give me. Regards. (bilbo weekender)
Change your fuel filter, and while it’s off, take off fuel cap and blow back through supply line, your tank pickup strainer may be clogged - Alasdair McCarter from Australia
Submitted: 05/02/2013 10:14:39 | ID: 17839
My Volkswagen Transporter`s key fob would not open my van and the alarm did not go off when the van was opened with the key. I jump started the van but did not check if the battery was low, just assumed it was. My passenger door will not open so I cannot fill up with diesel and the side door will not open. I had a previous problem with the wire under the driver`s seat and had that fixed 2 years ago. What is causing my problem now? (tdi)
Common problem with the central locking system. On T5 wiring under drivers seat gets damp and the copper wires corrode causing the locking to fail. Lots of ideas on the net for this. Basically you have to stop bak offending wires and reattach, solder or splice together, and all should work again - Richard Ball from England
Submitted: 01/02/2013 11:02:03 | ID: 17784
I have a Volkswagen Transporter T4 with a 2.5 engine on a 51 plate with 126k on. On startup the engine blows white grey smoke from cold until the engine warms. I`ve had belts done and injector pump timing checked, but no one seems to know what the problem could be. Any ideas please?
I had same problem which turned out to be the head gasket. I hope it’s not the case for you - Andy D from Wales
Submitted: 24/01/2013 11:46:50 | ID: 17591
My Volkswagen Transporter 02 T4 has just developed an intermittent fault. Every now and then there is power loss for a split second, like fuel starvation or, as my old man would say, kangaroo petrol. It cuts out and then is okay again. There is no pattern to it, it can be at 2k revs or 4k, any gear. Sometimes it won`t do it for weeks, then just starts again for no reason. I`ve had the van 7 yrs, regularly serviced, all filters changed etc. Any ideas? Many thanks.
I had a similar problem then one day my T5 would not start at all. The Glow Plug light was illuminated on the dash. Had it towed to the mechanic and found the fault to be the Crank Shaft Sensor located down on the bottom of the engine towards the front. It senses the rotation of the crank shaft for the timing. Easy to fix just unscrew it and replace it - David Johnson from Australia
Submitted: 24/01/2013 11:05:49 | ID: 17578
My Volkswagen Transporter had some traction loss which felt like I had a flat tyre. I got out and saw a leak underneath. I pulled over to the side of the road with a grinding noise when in gear. The vehicle now won`t move and there`s lots of liquid coming from underneath. I checked the oil when the vehicle had cooled, there was very little in there. It had a full service before just before Christmas. What`s causing this please? (2.5 tdi)
Submitted: 22/01/2013 16:16:44 | ID: 17547
Hi. My Volkswagen Transporter has an abs light on, the code reads 00668 supply voltage terminal 30 static short circuit to another valve. All the fuses seem to be okay. Are there any relays on this system and if so where are they situated? Any help would be great, thanks. (4 motion)
Submitted: 22/01/2013 09:25:08 | ID: 17536
My Volkswagen Transporter`s wipers and washers have stopped working, fuse seems okay, number 32 bonnets is down. The washer doesn’t make a noise and the wipers don`t work. Can anyone offer any help please?
Submitted: 21/01/2013 09:18:17 | ID: 17419
Hi, I’ve just bought a T30 1900 85 break Volkswagen Transporter and notice compared to my other T28 it is quite flat on the power. My question is do all Transporters have turbo’s? (t30)
Submitted: 15/01/2013 08:54:30 | ID: 17309
Hi, my mechanic of years recommended a green coolant for my 2.1 litre ’89 Volkswagen Transporter, or my engine would corrode. Someone I used recently assures me this is wrong: I must use a non-phosphorous (so any pink) coolant. Can anyone advise me on which way to go?
Definitely stick with the pink, save your cooling system. The pink costs the same, and when bought as concentrate and mixed with distilled water, lasts better than ethylene glycol in an engine designed for propylene glycol. Ethylene works a little better, but must be changed more frequently as it becomes acidic and corrosive when old. Propylene (pink) can give 100000kms between changes - Alasdair McCarter from Australia
Submitted: 10/01/2013 10:01:59 | ID: 17204
About every two to five minutes my Volkswagen Transporter`s engine starts to miss and splutter and will not accelerate, but as soon as I switch the key on and off again it`s fine. It`s such a lovely car I would really like to fix this problem. What`s going on? (caravelle)
Wiring loom for injectors - Paul Gleadell from England
Submitted: 10/01/2013 09:25:55 | ID: 17189
Hi. When I’m driving in wet weather my Volkswagen Transporter.`s belt slips and I keep losing the power steering. Having looked under the van when it is running the belt appears loose, but when it is stopped it doesn`t seem too bad and I can’t see a way to tension it. What can I do? Many thanks. (2.4 TDI)
Submitted: 08/01/2013 09:34:46 | ID: 17042
How do you get the sidelight bulb out of the back of the light fitting on my Volkswagen Transporter? I have tried turning and pulling gently but don`t want to force it. I think it pulls out and is just tight. Can anyone confirm this? Thanks.
Just pry the whole light fitting out. It is retained by a clip each end, so pull one end down first, it can be done with fingernails. The rocker lens can be popped out by spreading the frame slightly at the hinge point. I replaced the festoon bulbs with led replacements from dx, much brighter, and last forever - Alasdair from Australia
Submitted: 07/01/2013 12:14:43 | ID: 16934
I have a 95 VW Transporter 2.5l petrol. Hard to start in the morning. It starts and stops, starts and stops when is cold. When temperature outside is over 20 degrees centigrade starts okay, when it is hot it starts fine. Any idea what is the problem? Thanks. (2.5l petrol)
Hey. You need to take a look at the cold-start solenoid. Probably gone - Brendan Ryan from South Africa
Submitted: 07/01/2013 11:52:20 | ID: 16922
My Volkswagen Transporter was overheating. A mechanic fixed it but now the air conditioning does not work anymore, all I get is very hot air below my feet, obviously coming from the engine. What is wrong now?
Submitted: 07/01/2013 11:42:03 | ID: 16916
I`m having trouble with my Volkswagen Transporter`s central locking. When I push the key button the indicators stay on and the van doesn`t open or close and I can only get them off again by disconnecting the battery. I have removed the driver`s seat as I know there are wires underneath the seat that might have got wet, but I can`t see any obvious damage and in the process I must have moved the handbrake micro switch, so the van always thinks it`s on now. How do I get that cover for the handbrake off and how do I fix the central locking problem?Many thanks.
You may have this fixed anyway, had same with mine. If you have no bulkhead you can get at it without taking seat out. You need to unwind the tabe around the loom about a foot back. You will see another couple wires join by like a material fabric tape, when you peel this back it will be corroded. Pictures on t5 t4 forums, easy fix - Michael Bell from County Down
Submitted: 04/01/2013 12:25:52 | ID: 16873
I`m thinking of buying a 2002 Volkswagen Transporter LWB, but do not know much about them. It is priced at £5700 and I`m wondering if this is a good price? Wondering what they are like as a general rule? Any information would be good. Thank you.
Hi. The price isn’t too bad depending on the condition, in general they are very good. I’ve had 1 for 3 years and only minor work has been needed. The 1.9 is very very good on fuel and the 2.4 is very good. If you have it fitted out as a camper then the insurance is also very cheap. Hope this helps you a little - Dave Adie from Oxfordshire
Submitted: 03/01/2013 14:44:22 | ID: 16768
Hi, I`ve been having trouble with my Volkswagen Transporter T4 high top camper. Only had it a few months and the battery started dying, ended up with something going wrong and burning the fuse board under the steering wheel out. This has been replaced and two new batteries. It is still being drained and the temp gauge has started going straight to hot and light coming on before it is even running. Is there still a drain somewhere? Has anyone had a similar problem? I`m in Walsall, West Midlands and am finding it hard to get a garage to even look at it so any help is very much appreciated, thanks. (t4 high top camper)
Submitted: 03/01/2013 14:02:59 | ID: 16754
How do I adjust the passenger door on my Volkswagen Transporter? It has dropped a bit and the door catch only just accepts the bar on the door frame, as the catch is a bit too low. It often needs more than one attempt to shut the door fully. Lubrication has helped but has not completely fixed the problem. Thanks in advance.
Submitted: 03/01/2013 09:31:52 | ID: 16725
Hi, could anyone tell me the type of engine oil and brake and transmission fluids recommended for Volkswagen Sharan with 4-cylinder 2.0 turbo engine? Thanks.
For the Engine oil, use Mobile 5000Xp, also use Oando Hydraulic and transmission fluid. Thanks Engr Abubakar Aliyu from Nigeria
Submitted: 31/12/2012 14:27:09 | ID: 16708
Please can anyone tell me what the box [ecu I think] is for which is under the dash of my Volkswagen Transporter? I have no ignition light and no wipers and no indicators or horn. I have checked all the fuses and they all seem okay. Any advice would be gratefully received! Thanks. (T5)
Submitted: 31/12/2012 12:05:23 | ID: 16699
My Volkswagen Transporter`s central locking doesn`t work using the key fob and now all orange lights are staying on. Any idea why this is happening?
Submitted: 31/12/2012 11:25:42 | ID: 16692
My Volkswagen Transporter is having issues. Monday morning I was about 10 minutes into my journey when I went to accelerate and it sounded like I was going along a rumble strip, (I was in third gear) and then it just died on me. It turned over okay but didn’t want to fire so I was left with no option but to sit there and wait for help to come. After about 30 minutes I decided to try it again and, after a long-ish crank, it fired. I ran it up and down the road a few times when it died again. Again, about 30 minutes or so went by and I tried it again and the same thing happened. It started after a long crank and then ran for about 5 minutes before dying. It seems to be giving the main dealer a bit of headache too as after 2 days they are still none the wiser. I thought maybe injectors or contaminated fuel as I filled it the night before (and yes I did check the receipt to make sure it was diesel)? Any advice would be gratefully appreciated. (T28 SWB 2.5 TDi)
Check the wiring loom. The plastic protective loom cover damages the loom on the corners. Peel back the cover and check the wiring and you should find some of the wires are damaged. It may only be a crank shaft position sensor related fault but more wiring to the ECM may be damaged. Just a note - when the engine dies crank it over and look to see if the rpm needle slightly rises, if no, then you may have lost a signal from the crank sensor. If it does move then that`s a good indication that the sensor/wiring is working fine - Bryn Allen from Kent
Submitted: 20/12/2012 15:06:52 | ID: 16599
Gary White from England has sent in a question on the Volkswagen Transporter. My VW Transporter is having issues. Monday morning I was about 10 minutes in to my journey when I went to accelerate and it sounded like I was going along a rumble strip (I was in third gear) and then it just died on me. It turned over ok but didn’t want to fire so I was left with no option but to sit there and wait for help to come. After about 30 minutes I decided to try it again and, after a long-ish crank, it fired. I ran it up and down the road a few a times when it died again. Again, about 30 minutes or so went by and I tried it again and the same thing happened. It started after a long crank and then ran for about 5 minutes before dying. It seems to be giving the main dealer a bit of headache too as after 2 days they are still none the wiser. I thought maybe injectors or contaminated fuel as I filled it the night before (and yes I did check the receipt to make sure it was deisel). Any advice would be gratefully appreciated. Variant: T28 SWB 2.5 TDi. Year Of Make: 2006. Email: email@example.com
Submitted: 20/12/2012 15:03:49 | ID: 16598
My Volkswagen Transporter is giving out smoke and knocking whilst accelerating at 90 miles after the cylinder head was skimmed and the gasket replaced. What’s the prognosis? (Shuttle)
If it’s a petrol engine, it sounds like a timing issue, either cam timing is a tooth out, or crank position sensor is not installed properly, as for the smoke, if it’s petrol engine, look at rings or stem seals for white smoke, if it’s diesel and white smoke again rings or turbo seal, black smoke may be pump timing, or injectors - Alasdair McCarter from Australia
Submitted: 11/12/2012 14:53:37 | ID: 16289
The computer display on my Volkswagen Transporter suddenly said STOP the other day. My mechanic changed the oil pressure switch and everything seemed fine for a few days. Then today I got the STOP message again. The diagnostic computer did not show any faults. Any ideas?
Submitted: 06/12/2012 10:20:31 | ID: 16128
When I start my Volkswagen Transporter van it makes a noise like starting with a low battery. It doesn`t start and smoke comes out of the engine. What`s the problem? (2.5 blue TDi)
Submitted: 03/12/2012 15:57:56 | ID: 16046
I have a 2010 Volkswagen Transporter which I bought brand new. I`m being troubled by a weird noise coming from what I think is the engine bay, but not the engine I think . It`s completely haphazard but several times on each journey, (I do around 1000 miles a week), I get what sounds like a mooing noise. It actually sounds like a cow mooing and it`s really bugging me. Before I go back to a main dealer and make myself look a fool has anyone any ideas what this noise can be? Thanks.
Funny, my T6 has justed started the same, seems to be on the steering? I have 20" rims fitted and wondered if that was putting a strain on PS pump? Mark Gibbs from Kent
Replace n 75 valve part no 1ko 906627 - a cost around £40 at VW - Dave Houghton from Lancashire
Paul, I too have a cow in the dashboard. VW dealer thinks may be a valve in engine compartment, but not sure. Has another customer with same problem but cannot find cause despite extensive driving. Regards - Ric Ahern from Australia
I’m having the same problem. I’ve actually named my dashboard cow in my Transporter. He seems to be most vocal in a 60 zone on the highway, no idea whatsoever why it`s doing this! - Mick Marland from Australia
Submitted: 03/12/2012 10:19:57 | ID: 15983
kI have a 1988 Volkswagen Transporter camper van, 1.9 manual petrol. Whilst it has been off the road for quite some time now, when I was driving it, it would start first time every time. Some days I’d drive to work (18 miles), then it would stall at the roundabout, or on a drive out for the day, it would stall going uphill. At all times, it would start again fine and drive fine, until I reached another hill or roundabout / traffic lights etc. It did not do this on every trip, so became unreliable. The last time I drove her, I had a problem camping when the battery all but discharged within a day. I was on electrical hook-up, so don’t believe the fridge caused this. I got the van started and drove around fine for the remaining days of my holiday, however on the day of returning home, the AA had to jump start the van as the battery had discharged whilst I was sitting in a lay-by having a brew! The AA jump started the van, but the battery then discharged again within 5 miles of driving down the road (followed by the AA thank goodness!). Any ideas what could be causing this? The AA thought it could be a dodgy earthing cable, whilst another VW Transporter owner said he had the same problem and flushed the fuel tank out and replaced all the fuel lines. Any ideas are really appreciated, as I`m desperate to get my ole girl back on the road for next spring. I also have a problem that when the van is on the road, after a long journey, the coolant completely leaves the expansion bottle in the engine compartment and I have to relieve air pressure / air lock from the radiator. This obviously isn’t doing the rad any good having to constantly open and close the valve. What could be causing this also? An air leak at one of the pipe joints? The expansion bottle level eventually returns to normal once the engine has completely cooled. Many thanks!
Submitted: 30/11/2012 12:53:23 | ID: 15967
Hi, I have a Volkswagen Transporter T3 1987 with the original water engine and automatic transmission. I want to replace the engine with a Subaru Ej22 engine. The problem I`m facing is I don’t know what kind of plate I have to use to connect the Subaru Ej22 engine with the original automatic transmission? Can anyone help me? Thank you in advance.
Submitted: 30/11/2012 10:48:30 | ID: 15956
I`m thinking of buying a 1999 2.5l ex AA Volkswagen Transporter. I would like to know what the towing capacity is as I have a caravan and want the van to tow it if it`s possible?
Submitted: 29/11/2012 14:31:59 | ID: 15902
I have been getting exhaust fumes in the cab of my Volkswagen Transporter T5 Sportline for some time. It is a 58 plate 2009 with 34,600 miles from new. The van has been used more as a car than a van and has a full service history. A Volkswagen dealer recently had a look at the problem and found the EGR cooler was cracked, not worn but cracked, which by their own admission is a manufacturer`s fault! Because the van is out of warranty they will not look at replacing it and want ÅĀ740 + VAT to replace it. Can anyone tell me if the EGR cooler is a common problem with the Transporter and if on a commercial vehicle with only 34,600 miles I should have this kind of problem? (2.5tdi sportline)
Sounds like injectors need replacing - John Harmel from England
I’d be getting a ’non dealer’ second opinion, the engine bay is well sealed from the cabin, any fumes should pass under the car from the engine bay. Another option if the EGR is actually cracked is to get it repaired by a specialist welder, or source a secondhand unit. Check the seal around the rear door at the bottom for damage, especially near the right corner. I got quoted for replacing a cracked exhaust manifold on my wifes car during a timing belt service, nearly A$800 on top, I refused and found when I went to replace it myself, the manifold was mysteriously only loose and not cracked anywhere - Alasdair McCarter from Australia
Submitted: 26/11/2012 12:39:45 | ID: 15759
My 1992 Volkswagen Transporter was garaged six months ago, everything was fine. I drove it into the garage and disconnected the battery. I went to it the other day, connected the battery and turned it over, it almost started then nothing. It turns over but is not firing. Does anybody have any ideas? Thanks.
Submitted: 23/11/2012 08:43:58 | ID: 15655
My Volkswagen Transporter won`t start on first turn of the key, you have to turn the key and wait till the heat plug indicator goes out, then do the same 4 to 5 times before it starts. The heat plugs have been checked and are okay. They then put a non return valve on the fuel line as they said that the fuel was running back, but it`s still not starting. Next they replaced the fuel line as they thought it was drawing air, but it`s still not starting, (I`m not sure if they have carried out the work they say). I purchased the van on the 1st of November and it has a 3 month warranty. It has been back and forth to the dealer several times with no improvement and I need some help as I am starting to think they are just telling me anything until the warranty runs out. Any suggestions? (4 motion)
Submitted: 22/11/2012 09:44:07 | ID: 15604
My Volkswagen Transporter 800 Special 1.9 TD is having engine problems i.e. starter turns but engine does not fire up. It takes repeated and prolonged attempts before the engine fires. On occasions a warning sound and oil lamp indicator lights up. Also I have to keep pumping the fuel pedal and open the choke to help start. Three glow plugs have already been replaced. The fourth one appears stuck or seized, hence could not be replaced yet. What is causing this problem? How can it be rectified?
Submitted: 12/11/2012 14:50:02 | ID: 15277
My Volkswagen Transporter van goes into limp mode intermittently sometimes, a hissing sound can be heard before it goes into limp mode. The van also feels a bit hesitant/jerky when driving along. Any ideas? Thanks.(174)
My T5 was also going into limp mode every so often, normally when pushing it a bit at higher speeds. This was happening for around 2 months, then eventualy my turbo went. I bought a reconditioned unit from Essex, turbos for around £400 posted. This was the cheapest in the UK I could find. And since then it has never done it again. Hope this helps - Rye from Moray (Elgin) and Nairn Shire
Submitted: 12/11/2012 14:42:52 | ID: 15275
Hi, I was wondering how easy or hard it is to change a headlamp unit on a Volkswagen Transporter and if the bumper needs to be removed? Thanks.
Submitted: 08/11/2012 11:11:46 | ID: 15168
I have a Volkswagen Transporter T3 1987 synchro. It has a Ford V8 2.8 litre Granada engine. I would like to find out if it`s possible to install an engine from a 1997 Vauxhall Bravo Pick up? The pick up has a 2.5 L turbocharged diesel engine. I hope someone can answer my question. Thank you.
Submitted: 05/11/2012 11:31:57 | ID: 15046
Hi, my Volkswagen Transporter t4 van diesel 1.9td has a running problem. After about 20 - 25 miles it hiccups, feels sharp like it`s electrical, then cuts out and will not restart. So far after about 5 or 10 minutes it will start and drives about 1/2 mile, then stops again. If left longer it usually runs okay for a fair few miles, usually near home by then, but next day it`s off again. Short journeys seem okay. The pattern so far seems constant. Any ideas please? (t4 1.9td)
I have a similar problem, could be pressure in fuel tank. Remove filler cap, you may hear a lot of pressure released - Alan Moon from Yorkshire
Submitted: 01/11/2012 10:59:22 | ID: 14921
How do I remove the air filter in the engine bay of my Volkswagen Transporter to gain access to the headlamp fixture, as I wish to replace the headlamp but the air filter limits access? (t4 camper van)
Submitted: 22/10/2012 10:43:30 | ID: 14631
I would love to know the car battery recommendation for my Volkswagen Transporter 2.4lt diesel engine. I have been using a 75 amps battery for about six months and recently it doesn`t start my van. I’ve been advised to get a 100 amp battery. Can anyone advise me?
Submitted: 22/10/2012 09:03:42 | ID: 14603
Hi. I have a Volkswagen Transporter 1996 1.9 diesel. A great van but it is using a lot of water. I fill the bottle and next day I have the warning light coming on. Also the heater is not working, but it worked for a while yesterday and then went cold again. I would appreciate any advice. Can anyone help?
The heater going cold is when your water level drops, the heater matrix is higher than the water reservoir. The leak, if you can’t see where it comes from, could well be a small hole in a core plug situated at the back of the engine. Remove the spill tray to see from underneath - Michael Booth from England
Submitted: 16/10/2012 08:43:28 | ID: 14485
Hi. I’ve got a 98 Volkswagen Transporter special and have just had glowplugs changed. They have been fine for two weeks but have just packed up. I’ve had them tested and have been told they are okay but this is not the first time this has happened. Could anyone help?
Submitted: 15/10/2012 11:13:32 | ID: 14401
Hi. I have just bought this Volkswagen Transporter t4, it is slow and throws out black smoke but starts really well. It has been standing for about 5 months. It passed it`s emision test on the MOT. When you rev it standing still it gets a sort of powerless feeling but comes back to life after few minutes. The head gasket`s fine, no contaminatio. Can anyone help please? (2.4 diesel)
I had same symptoms, replaced 2.4 engine last week. Mine had every gap between valves in cylinders cracked, losing power. You will probably need to take head off and have a look inside, doesn’t sound like healthy engine - Marius from England
Submitted: 12/10/2012 11:46:04 | ID: 14374
Hi, I want to know if my 128Kw Volkswagen Transporter has a timing belt or chain that needs replacing at some stage? (128kw)
The R5 engine fitted to VW T5s and tourags (5 cyl, 2.5l PD TDI) has gear driven cams, so no cam belts or timing chains. It does have some gates (flexible) coupling for the air con and alternator which need replacing every 180,000 km - Greg Collins from Australia
Submitted: 12/10/2012 11:31:45 | ID: 14370
Hi. My Volkswagen Transporter`s temperature gauge has stopped working ever since I fitted a new starter motor. Could it be a fuse?
Submitted: 02/10/2012 08:38:40 | ID: 14116
I have a Volkswagen Transporter T4 diesel. The temperature gauge reads fine but a warning light flashes and the heaters are cold, although the water in the bottle under the bonnet is really hot. Why is this? Can anyone help?
Sounds like you’ve got air in the cooling system. Look for a small bleed valve in one of the one-inch thick heater pipes, at the top of the engine bay at the back, almost directly behind the spherical (hot) expansion bottle. Bleed out the air like a domestic radiator, and top up the coolant bottle. Run the engine up to temperature, and carefully (hot) do it again - Mark from Surrey
Submitted: 25/09/2012 14:18:59 | ID: 13959
Hi, my Volkswagen Transporter van has an intermittent series of faults that all happen at once or not at all. Upon starting the fan will come on, the throttle response will be rubbish and it will have a small engine misfire and upon deacceleration will get a noise similar to the sound you get when the clutch thrust bearing is going. These problems happen all together or nothing at all. This has happened from new and the main dealers can’t fix it. Can anyone help? It would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in anticipation. (Sport line)
Submitted: 25/09/2012 12:43:59 | ID: 13948
I have just moved from Ireland to France bringing my 01 Volkswagen Transporter with me and need to change the direction of the head lights. I was hoping that I wouldn`t have to change them. Does anyone know if thus can be done? (crewcab)
Submitted: 20/09/2012 14:03:05 | ID: 13821
Hi can anyone help? My Volkswagen Transporter is a 1.9 TD 1998 Caravell. Recently when I turn the key to start it the van does nothing. At first I thought the battery was not working so jump started it and it went no problem. The van started okay the next day also, but then on the day after when I turned the ignition to start it nothing happened. I thought the battery may have been flat so put it on a slow charge overnight and the next morning it started fine. I went on a 40 mile drive and stopped and started the van on a number of occasions. Then I came back home and stopped the van. About half an hour later I went out to start the van and turned on the ignition and only the lights came on as well as the dash lighting up, but the engine would not start. I know the battery is okay as it is a sealed battery and the light on it is still green showing battery is working okay as well as it having been charged overnight - so I do not think there is a problem here. What is the problem with my van? Should I put in a brand new battery in case the battery is not holding it`s charge? Is the ignition giving trouble or is there a problem with the starter or alternator? Please can anyone help as the van has never done this before until recently? (Caravell)
Sounds like the starter motor is the problem - Steve from Ireland
Sounds like oxidated battery clamps - Klemensas from Lithuania
Submitted: 20/09/2012 09:04:47 | ID: 13766
My Volkswagen Transporter`s lights on the dash flicker on and off, more off than on. Can anyone help?
I had the same problem, brought to main dealer who stripped the dash and could find nothing but it worked fine after that! Denis O Connor from Ireland
Submitted: 17/09/2012 16:27:44 | ID: 13691
Hi, I would appreciate some help trying to diagnose a problem with my 1998 Volkswagen Transporter T4 1.9TDI. Under normal driving conditions it runs fine. However, when driving up hills with steep gradients, where changing down to second gear is necessary at low speed, a knocking sound starts. It also happens under engine breaking in second gear on the same gradient. Gradients such as 1:5 seem to start it off. As soon as the gradient reduces, the knocking goes so it seems strain/load related maybe? Does anyone have any possible thoughts on what I should get checked out? Thanks. (1.9 TDI)
Submitted: 17/09/2012 15:55:33 | ID: 13684
Where can I look at online pictures of how my Volkswagen Transporter.`s sliding door brackets, runners etc should look? My door won’t shut and it seems to have dropped on the right hand side. Can anyone help?
Submitted: 17/09/2012 12:05:10 | ID: 13655
My Volkswagen Transporter`s sliding door came off. I put it back on but now it won’t close, it seems to have dropped on the right hand side. Any ideas how I can adjust it?
Submitted: 17/09/2012 11:57:25 | ID: 13652
My Volkswagen Transporter`s cigarette lighter is not working. I have checked all of the fuses and they`re all okay. How do I solve this problem? Thanks.
Submitted: 17/09/2012 09:59:34 | ID: 13629
My Volkswagen Transporter`s speedo doesn`t work. Also when I go around a sharp corner the diesel light comes on but there is plenty of diesel in the van. Can anyone tell me why? Thanks. (1.9 td)
Submitted: 10/09/2012 14:51:44 | ID: 13389
I disconnected the interior light in the back of my Volkswagen Transporter so as to remove the ceiling (to put rails to carry clothing across the van). When I went to reconnect it it wouldn`t work and the relay beneath the steering column began clicking (like an indicator). Anyway, now I have no interior lights at all and I can’t figure out why and the fuse boxes are a maze as they don’t come with a map or guide to show what`s what. Any ideas anyone?
I’d say you screwed thru the loom or it is now pinched or earthing. Try taking the ceiling down, make sure the loom is not touching the shell and plug your lights back in - Alan from County Tyrone
Submitted: 10/09/2012 11:49:29 | ID: 13360
My 2006 Volkwagen Transporter 2.5tdi suddenly stopped and will not restart. Is there any particular fuse or relay that gives trouble on that van?
Submitted: 03/09/2012 11:32:57 | ID: 13116
A friend has a 20 year old Volkswagen Transporter camper 2.1 petrol. A mechanic who serices my car checks this out but twice now it seams to pump out all of the engine oil? She did a 250 mile round trip the other week with no problems, then got 15 miles yesterday making noises and smoking. I called her emergency service who put 2 L oil in and I believe she had to put a little more in before she got home, Any ideas? It sounds like some breather blocks now and again? Thanks.
Submitted: 28/08/2012 17:15:54 | ID: 12902
I own a VW Transporter 2006 1.9tdi 5 speed. My gearbox has packed in. The vehicle has done 128,000km. Is this a common problem with the Transporters and will I have the same problem every 100,000km with the gearbox? (VW transporter 1.9tdi)
This is very commom but if you hear any noise from the gearbox stop and get it repaired, if you carry on driving it will break the gearbox housing and that is very hard to find second hand - Tim from England
Submitted: 28/08/2012 11:37:05 | ID: 12841
I have a problem with the computer and fuel injection of my Volkswagen Transporter. Symptoms: are that the engine loses power and stops. If I turn the engine off it starts immediately but runs only very briefly before the next breakdown. Can anyone suggest what I can do? (T3, 2.1 litre, fuel injection)
John, I had a problem very much like this. Van ran was running great until driving through a massive storm. Van started losing power, got worse then stopped. It would then start up but when applying load (trying to drive off) would stall and stop. The problem turned out to be the coil, and a known issue with the T4 model. Could be the same for you - Phil from Australia
Hi John, I have the same issue... the key has lost its programing. The car starts and runs for 2 seconds then dies. The key fault has caused a security issue where the alarm system has shut down the ecu - Tony from Cumberland
Just had same problem with my T5. Computer showed it was an electrical problem on fuel injection which caused the 1st cylinder to stop working as fuel was not getting through. It was the wiring harness which had to be replaced - Wendy Parkin from Swansea
Submitted: 23/08/2012 14:32:37 | ID: 12710
My Volkswagen Transporter`s cigarette lighter doesn’t work unless the external lights are on. We have checked all of the fuses. Any ideas?
Submitted: 23/08/2012 12:04:52 | ID: 12693
How do I fit an ashtray/cup holder into a Volkswagen Transporter t5 van? (T5)
Submitted: 21/08/2012 14:23:09 | ID: 12663
Why does my Volkswagen Transporter van rev up itself on starting sometimes? This does not happen every time.
Submitted: 21/08/2012 14:21:50 | ID: 12662
Our Transporter remote key access stopped working and car now won’t start after manual entry. Amber tail lights are on. How do we start the car?
Submitted: 16/08/2012 16:57:09 | ID: 12466
I have a 1988 VW Transporter camper van, 1.9 manual petrol. Whilst it has been off the road for quite some time now, when I was driving it, it would start first time every time. Some days I’d drive to work (18 miles), then it would stall at the roundabout, or on a drive out for the day, it would stall going up hill. At all times, it would start again fine and drive fine, until I reached another hill or roundabout / traffic lights etc. It did not do this on every trip, so became unreliable. The last time I drove her, I had a problem camping when the battery all but discharged within a day. I was on electrical hook-up, so don’t believe the fridge caused this. I got the van started and drove around fine for the remaining days of my holiday, however on the day of returning home, the AA had to jump start the van as the battery had discharged whilst I was sat in a lay-by having a brew! The AA jump started the van, but the battery then discharged again within 5 miles of driving down the road (followed by the AA thank goodness!!). Any ideas what could be causing this? The AA thought it could be a dodgy earthing cable, whilst another VW Transporter owner said he had the same problem, and flushed the fuel tank out and replaced all the fuel lines. Any ideas are really appreciated, as desperate to get my ole girl back on the road for next spring. 8o) I also have a problem that when the van is on the road, after a long journey, the coolant completely leaves the expansion bottle in the engine compartment, and I have to relieve air pressure / air lock from the radiator. This obviously isn’t doing the rad any good having to constantly open and close the valve. What could be causing this also? Air leak at one of the pipe joints? The expansion bottle level eventually returns to normal once the engine has completely cooled. many thanks!
Submitted: 14/08/2012 14:40:22 | ID: 12365
When under strain I have a warning light coming on my Volkswagen Transporter and I lose revs, which i think may be vehicle going into safe mode! If i turn the vehicle off and back on it is fine for a few days then it happens again, please help!!! (T5 2008 SPORTLINER)
Submitted: 08/08/2012 11:26:19 | ID: 12315
Can anyone tell me why my Volkswagen Transporter Sharan is using so much fuel? I get 550km out of a full tank of petrol. I had it on the diagnostics and no change. Please can anyone help?
Submitted: 03/08/2012 16:13:11 | ID: 12255
Hi, I`m looking for help. The steering on my Volkswagen Transporter goes frighteningly heavy but only after travelling at speed. Typically I will be braking on the slip road coming off the dual carriageway and suddenly the steering almost seizes when trying to turn left or right. Shortly afterwards it reverts to normal. If I just let the van slow itself down and only break lightly it doesn’t really happen? Has anyone else had anything like this or have I just got a weird van? (T28 84 TDI SWB)
Hi, sounds like lack of power steering effort. Could be low oil in res or slipping belt drive to power steering pump (maybe contaminated with oil) or the pump failing to maintain presure (replacement only cure) - Tony Wade from Essex
Hi, had the same problem when the van was 1 year old. Took it back to main dealers, it was a slipping belt. Hope this helps - Paul Lawrence from Kent
Submitted: 03/08/2012 14:49:25 | ID: 12242
Hi, we have a 1999 Volkswagon Transporter Caravelle and two things are causing hassles at the moment. We’ve only had the van for a little over 2 years and already had to fix so much and our local dealership in Ippy is not very helpful at all. Firstly there is a tapping sound coming from the front left wheel, (sounds like pebbles rolling in a tin). We have had this problem a year ago and thought it was the bearings, so we replaced the bearings. Didn’t last long before it started again. It has been suggested to us that it could be a rock stuck in the joint somewhere, as it’s an open joint? I have no idea? Secondly a new problem started without warning on the highway doing 100Kmp, a wobble on the front lefthand side. When not under acceleration the wobble goes away. It only happens when accelerating, and then not all the time. I drove about 50Km and it didn`t happen at all, but on the way home (same drive route) it happened again. Any help would be greatly appreciated as this is driving me and the hubby crazy. I love our van but we’re seriously looking at selling it and getting something else. Can anyone help? Thanks in advance.
The inner cv joint is breaking up - Steve Mechanic from Kent
Submitted: 03/08/2012 11:12:45 | ID: 12213
Hello. Just recently the temperature indicator on my Volkswagen Transporter`s dashboard has been on, either on start up when the gauge reads nothing and also when the temperature gauge reads 90 deg C(halfway). Is this the water temperature or oil temperature? Both are over minimum levels, can anyone tell me why this is happening? We bought the vehicle 3 months ago and this is the first time it’s happened. Thanks. (Trendline)
Guage shows water temp 90 is what it should always sit at when hot. Have you checked coolant levels? Rye from Moray (Elgin) and Nairn Shire
Submitted: 31/07/2012 11:27:31 | ID: 12207
Hello. When I turn on the A\C of my Volkswagen Transporter it starts fine. When I drive in reverse the air recycling is turned on automatically and it won`t stop. When I shift to "D" or "P" when parking. before it was turned on when I drove in reverse and stops when I stopped or drive forward. What can be the problem?
Submitted: 30/07/2012 17:31:15 | ID: 12178
My Volkswagen Transporter`s cambelt snapped and I had to have my cylinder head replaced (re con) unit and every thing for top end rebuilt, this work was done by a garage. The van is ment to be running and ticks over as normal. I have not seen this but the garage told me they have had it running and the problem is when you take your foot off the accelerator and slow down to stop at a junction and press the pedal to accelerate the van burbles and the engine dies. It then after short time clears and starts and runs normally for a bit but then happens and it cuts out again. (t4 2500ccswb)
Submitted: 26/07/2012 14:35:57 | ID: 12100
Hi Guys. My Volkswagen Transporter shudders through all the gears, from 1000 rpm to 3000rpm straight through the rev range, which is very irritating. I have even stopped driving the van. I love the van but hate the shuddering. What could the problem be? I have been told a lot of myths but none of them worked so they will clearly stay myths. Can anyone please help me?
Hi. I had a problem like that and it turned out to be the front righthand drive shaft (the one with the idler bearing). I changed the complete shaft, problem solved - Tony Wade from England
If it feels like a flat tyre and shakes the car a lot with noise I would say its the drivers side inner cv joint - Tim from England
Submitted: 26/07/2012 11:40:12 | ID: 12077
My Volkswagen Transporter has an intermittent starting problem. I`ve changed the plugs, leads and coils and still from time to time it won`t start. It turns over but no firing. Can anyone help? (petrol)
Submitted: 24/07/2012 15:22:14 | ID: 12025
I started trying to redo my Volkswagen Transporter`s sump gasket as it`s leaking and just wondered if you have to take the drive shaft off to get at the 13mm bolt at the back of the sump?
Submitted: 24/07/2012 15:02:28 | ID: 12017
My Volkswagen Transporter has been losing about a litre of water every couple of days and now has started smoking heavily. There is no pressure when I remove the top off the expansion bottle. Any ideas please?(Caravelle)
Hi there Rob, sorry to hear about your problem, it sounds to me like the water pump seals have failed, a common fault on these vans - Jonathon Parnell from England
Submitted: 19/07/2012 10:33:15 | ID: 11930
My Volkswagen Transporter`s alarm goes off at various times of the day and night. VW Vindis had it for 2 weeks and changed the driver`s door lock, but it still goes off and they couldn`t fix it. A local mobile technician found a couple of electrical faults such as a loose connection in the interior light and the vehicle had the wrong code for the electric windows (the van has the electric pack), but the alarm went off again last night at 11pm. I am £400.00 lighter and still no closer to fixing the van. Does this van have interior sensors and if so where are they situated as I can`t find them? Any ideas please? (Camper conversion)
While I’ve not had this happen personally I have heard of something much the same. Check under your driver`s seat and the exposed part of the wiring loom may well be corroding (green crap / Verdi gris) and creating a short. This can be due to the floor covering absorbing water and staying damp. It`s worth a look and at least it won’t cost anything - Curt Clifford from Derbyshire
My alarm was doing that. I took it to VW and they fitted a new alarm module for about £100 - Steve White from Cornwall
After a lot of exploration and expense the mobile technition found that it was the control box under the dash; (£150.00 second hand from parts search). This means that I parted with £350.00 to VW for nothing. After much correspondance and angry phone calls I managed to claw back £250.00 from them. Big lesson learned there. I will always start with a bloke who knows what he is doing rather than leave VW to go on a fishing expedition at my expense - Mick Bol from Essex
Submitted: 17/07/2012 11:25:32 | ID: 11912
My Volkswagen Transporter`s wipers have stopped working. I`ve tried the fuse. Can anyone offer any help please?
A new wiper motor perhaps. Couple hundred bucks and your good to go - Hank Tank from South Africa
Submitted: 16/07/2012 14:37:43 | ID: 11859
I have a Volkswagen Transporter 2008. The engine holds onto the revs for a couple of seconds longer than it should. It`s most noticeable in first and second gear. When revved while not moving the engine responds perfectly. I think it has something to do with the engine under pressure while accelerating. I ran a diagnostic but no fault codes shown. Can anyone help me?
Hi James, I had this same problem on my 2008 Transporter. I found it to be the air flow meter which is connected to the air box. My mechanic changed it and all was okay again - Stuart Engley from Derbyshire
Submitted: 06/07/2012 14:27:47 | ID: 11632
Hi. I observed that when driving a Volkswagen Transporter T3 Van the engine goes off when it comes into contact with water. I always wonder, why is it so? The engine is usually at the rear. Any ideas?
Submitted: 03/07/2012 09:06:45 | ID: 11580
Hi. My electric windows in my 07 Volkswagen Transporter work sometimes and don`t work other times. I have tried tracing the wires, changing the switch and checking the fuses. It`s a fault or a loose connection but I cannot find it. Does anyone know what else I could try?
Try the wires between the a post and door ,bet they`re broken in the serrated gromet - Michael Murray from England
I had exactly the same problem on my T4 - heated wing mirrors and electric mirrors failing also. I agree with Michael. I had all the cables checked and they were all damaged. Re-connected all and now everything`s fine - Nick Trollope from Somerset
When mine did this I had to have a new driver`s door module. It’s located inside the driver`s door panel and can sometimes get damp and corrode. You could clean up the contacts, but if that fails it may have to be fault diagnosed and replaced - Steve White from Cornwall
I had the same problem. Changed the switch on the door and no problem since. Dead easy to do so get the switch and do it yourself - Cyril from England
Submitted: 29/06/2012 10:25:43 | ID: 11491
I am travelling in Eastern Europe and having some difficulty getting my Volkswagen Transporter into 1st and 2nd gear. The rubber ball fitted onto the top of the gearstick in the engine seems to be quite worn. Any suggestions?
Submitted: 26/06/2012 16:51:01 | ID: 11431
Hi all. When I fill my Volkswagen Transporter`s windscreen washer bottle up it pours straight out. I`ve only just had it`s MOT so that`s lucky. Could anybody advise me the best route to get access to see where it`s coming out of? Many thanks.
Submitted: 25/06/2012 10:17:08 | ID: 11366
Hi all. When driving my Volkswagen Transporter in wet wet weather it loses power but ticks over fine. The glow plug light begins flashing, but then when left off for about half an hour it`s okay again. It only happens in wet weather. Could water be geting into a sensor or something? Can anyone help? (T4 02 2.5 Tdi)
After many visits to main dealers and no luck I got my garden hose and sprayed water on the wiring looms under the hood, found the fault damage within wiring loom from cabin through engine down to ecu next to bat. All it cost was the price a role of pvc tape - John Healy from Northern Ireland
Submitted: 22/06/2012 09:14:59 | ID: 11333
How much does it cost to recondition the engine of a Volkswagen Transporter?
Hi, what engine do you have in your motor and why do you want to recon it - George Giltrap from Kent
Submitted: 14/06/2012 15:13:52 | ID: 11193
I`ve taken out the sliding door lock on my Volkswagen Transporter as it wasn`t working. I`ve sorted out the handle problem and fitted everything back but it`s not working. I`m not sure how many cables were attached to the lock. Can anyone tell me if it`s 1 or 2 cables, if it`s 2 I`ve lost a cable? Cheers. (T28)
Submitted: 14/06/2012 10:09:57 | ID: 11162
Hi. I was wondering if someone could tell me the answer to this problem that I have with my Volkswagen Transporter van. When I hit 75mph the van starts to shudder. I had the front wheels rebalanced but now it`s juddery all of the time whatever speed I do. Can anyone help? (T30 2.5 174bhp)
Sounds like the inner cv joints. The same happened to mine when it was just out of warranty. I had to kick and scream to get a fair price but ended up paying $900.00 aus - Peter from Australia
Drive shaft, cv replace the complete driveshaft. Happened to our works van in Germany. Eventually it will stop driving completely, cost 800 euros - Chris Emporium from England
Submitted: 11/06/2012 10:18:28 | ID: 11076
My Volkswagen Transporter`s speedometer and temperature gauge don`t work and the battery drains overnight. Can anyone suggest why?
Submitted: 07/06/2012 12:42:39 | ID: 10976
I have fitted a piper cross air filter about six months ago to my Volkswagen Transporter as I had experienced blue/grey smoke coming from the exhaust.I had the egr cleaned and checked and also added cleaning agent to the fuel. It only has 60k on the clock, I have found oil deposits in the bottom shell of the air filter housing. Any ideas folks? (2.5 diesel tdi)
Submitted: 07/06/2012 09:18:01 | ID: 10906
I am trying to replace the brushes in the alternator of my Volkswagen Transporter in an attempt to avoid the major surgery of replacing the entire alternator. I have been able to get the cap off the end of the alternator, sort of. I have disengaged the end-cap from the alternator but now I have another obstacle. At about the 2 o’clock position of the end-cap, there is a nozzle that comes off the engine. (That nozzle leads to a coolant hose that I had to remove to get at the alternator endcap.) The nozzle overlaps the end-cap by about 15mm blocking it`s removal of. Does anyone have experience of or know how to get over this blockage? I would love to hear from you here in Chicago.
Submitted: 01/06/2012 15:17:18 | ID: 10896
I want to exchange the automatic gearbox on my Volkswagen Transporter with a manual transmission. Will the T5 5 speed manual transmission work on the T4? (T4 TDi 5 Caravelle)
Submitted: 01/06/2012 10:27:35 | ID: 10869
Hi. Can someone please help me? I have a Volkswagen Transporter Lwb 2002. There is a lot of black smoke coming from the exhaust when I accelerate and it has a loss of power. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated please.
Have you got this fixed yet? I had exactly the same, the black smoke is unburnt diesel which was partly due to a faulty temperature gauge in the engine but also seemed to get worse with the loss of power which was caused by a turbo pipe hose coming off. It was just under the water bottle on the right hand side of the engine although mine is a T5. Hope you get it fixed - Rob Harding from England
Submitted: 31/05/2012 10:22:24 | ID: 10850
The oil light on my Volkswagen Transporter occasionally comes on even though the oil is full. There is no pattern to the problem. Any suggestions please? (Diesel turbo)
Submitted: 31/05/2012 10:10:24 | ID: 10845
My Volkswagen Transporter`s oil light comes on even when it`s topped up with oil. Any ideas?
The alternator should have 2 wires - check these as they are linked to the winking stage of the oil light on the older ones. Might be same... Anton Behrendt from Lancashire
If it’s the orange low oil indicator then disconnect the battery for 15 mins and try it again. I have had this on a few VWs and it resets the ecu - Stuart Meads from Essex
Submitted: 14/05/2012 10:19:08 | ID: 10458
Recently my Volkswagen Transporter`s front wipers stopped working on the normal setting and when you push it down for one wipe. However, the intermittent and fast settings work fine with no problems. Any ideas what this could be?
Submitted: 11/05/2012 09:48:29 | ID: 10425
Could someone please tell me how I go about changing the cigarette lighter in my Volkswagen Transporter? Thank you.
Submitted: 10/05/2012 14:21:53 | ID: 10400
How do I replace the cigarette lighter in my Volkswagen Transporter? Thanks for any help.
Yeah mate... Take it to your nearest VW dealer... Sweet - Dave Smith from England
Submitted: 03/05/2012 11:48:46 | ID: 10266
My Volkswagen Transporter`s indicators sometiimes slow right down to being almost constantly on and then they work okay again. Any ideas?
Submitted: 03/05/2012 11:18:49 | ID: 10261
Does anyone know where to get a decent electrical diagram for my Volkswagen Transporter? In particular for the radiator cooling fans V7 and V35 and the auxillary electric water pump. There doesn`t seem to be any information on these in the manual. (7 seat Caravelle)
Submitted: 30/04/2012 12:01:15 | ID: 10139
About how long should it take to change a Volkswagen Transporter t4 automatic transmission?
Submitted: 30/04/2012 09:33:31 | ID: 10121
Hi. My windscreen wipers on my Volkswagen Transporter suddenly stopped working the other day and now sometimes they work, sometimes they stop and don’t work. Is there a control box in the dashboard or any relays that may be faulty? Any help would be much appreciated. Regards.
Hi, I had the same problem when mine had been on for about half an hour, changed wiper motor and now seems to be okay. Van has done about 100k. 2008 model. Worth just checking bonnet is closed properly first - Tony Hazelwood from Cheshire
Hi,Ii had the same problem on my 54 T5. After trying many local garages I took it to the main dealer for a full check. They said that the wires behind the passenger dashboard (responsible for operation of wipers ) had worn due to movement and vibration, causing the wipers to stop working altogether. £250 later it is now fine apparently the dash had to be removed and the wires replaced. I suppose anybody savy could do it themselves. Hope this helps, cheers. Now I have problems with intermitent engine power... Philip Lonsdale from Durham
Submitted: 25/04/2012 12:43:03 | ID: 10087
What size (metric) and type is the correct plug spanner to use to remove the injectors for my Volkswagen Transporter? (1900 tdi)
Submitted: 13/04/2012 09:51:20 | ID: 9751
My Volkswagen Transporter has done 15,0000 miles. The van is shaking quite a bit when idling but the rev counter stays in the correct position. The vehicle also seems to lack a little power and shakes slightly when driving. Does anyone have any ideas? (T 28 / 130 2.5 diesel )
Chris, have just experienced the same problem. Injector for cylinder 3 had somehow vibrated loose and was causing slight shake on tick over which could also be felt by passengers in the back once running. Power was down but not significantly. Expensive job to replace the injector in a garage even more expensive if you don’t as it will eventually trash the head - Tim Hopkins from Cardiff
Submitted: 12/04/2012 15:18:35 | ID: 9712
My Volkswagen Transporter van is juddering when it starts and smoking. Any ideas?
Submitted: 10/04/2012 15:08:12 | ID: 9616
When I was sitting with the engine of my Volkswagen Transporter running, suddenly smoke started coming from the engine area. I opened the bonnet and it disappeared and it seems to be running okay now. Any ideas what was wrong? (Caravelle)
Submitted: 10/04/2012 14:50:37 | ID: 9609
My T28 / 130 2.5 diesel van (with 150,000 miles) is shaking quite a bit when idling but the rev counter stays in the correct position. The vehicle also seems to lack a little power and shakes slightly when driving. Anyone with any ideas?
Submitted: 04/04/2012 09:52:24 | ID: 9537
When I hit my remote unlock it sounds like a small fan starts. Is this some kind of a special heater for cold weather? It does not shut off until the engine is up to operating temperater even if I shut the car off and relock the doors. Is this normal. Help!
Submitted: 02/04/2012 09:59:15 | ID: 9487
Where are the fuses located for the head lights in a 2006 Volkswagen Transporter?
Submitted: 02/04/2012 09:56:33 | ID: 9483
My passanger door has a mind of its own and most of the time will not shut properly. I have an idea it is somehow related to the central locking but can’t prove it. I get around it (sometimes) by manually flicking the lock catch shut and then opening it with the door handle but this too seems hit and miss some days. Does anyone have any ideas please? (Caravelle)
Submitted: 28/03/2012 16:38:13 | ID: 9404
The engine of my Volkswagen Transporter smokes a lot on start up for several minutes but disappears when the engine is warm. Any ideas? (diesel)
Hi,what colour is the smoke? Are you having to top-up your engine oil frequently? When going downhill at speed suddenly remove your foot from the accelerator, look into your rear mirrors, can you see a puff of bellowing smoke? - George Giltrap from Kent
Submitted: 27/03/2012 11:27:45 | ID: 9346
Hi. My Volkswagen Transporter T5 Ecu`s computer is not connecting. Can some one help please?
Hi, did you get this problem solved, have the same thing on my ’06 Caravelle. AC says the ecu and computer are not talking - Dave from Warwickshire
Submitted: 27/03/2012 11:03:06 | ID: 9337
I have a T4 transporter that has a problem with the drivers side light (parking and main dipped beam) it was working fine up until 2 days ago then has stopped working only sometime if I bang it. Changed bulbs and banged it but still not working. Can anyone help please?
Submitted: 26/03/2012 08:57:39 | ID: 9327
My Volkswagen Transporter hisses when you accelerate and the oil is thick around the lid. It has also just started to emit thick black soot and smoke from the exhaust. Any ideas how to fix this problem?
Submitted: 22/03/2012 12:03:02 | ID: 9274
My Volkswagen Transporter t5 has started rattling when I release the clutch. Would this be the gearbox?
Sounds like a thrust bearing, you need to take the gear box off the bearing. It is not expensive but it`s a big job - Burnsy from County Antrim
Sounds like dual mass flywheel - Paul from Kent
Sounds like the flywheel to me. Change clutch and bearing at the same time - Tim from England
Submitted: 22/03/2012 11:48:00 | ID: 9268
The nylon runner on the sliding door of my Volkswagen Transporter has a bearing in it that has collapsed. The VW agent tells me that you have to replace the complete hinge and bracket and you cannot just get the roller. Is this true? How can I fix the middle and top rollers?
Submitted: 19/03/2012 15:59:39 | ID: 9188
How do I change a u/s rear braking light on my Volkswagen Transporter please? (Swift camper conversion)
Submitted: 19/03/2012 12:43:53 | ID: 9164
Hi. My Volkswagen Transporter T5 runs really roughly when the fuel tank is under half full. I replaced the fuel filter 2 weeks ago. I filled the tank up and nothing happened for 300kms and then it ran roughly again . I would pull over, restart the engine and sometimes it would run normally but this would not happen all of the time. It would run fine for another 20 kms but then happen again. I`ve been to see 4 mechanics and all have said that they need to take the tank out. What can it be? (T5)
Try taking your fuel filler cap off when the problem arises. If this cures the problem, replace cap - Mark from Derbyshire
Sounds like the breather is blocked so as the fuel comes out it creates a vaccum. If it runs ok with the cap off then buy a new cap - John from Aberdeenshire
Submitted: 19/03/2012 10:23:05 | ID: 9130
Can anyone tell me where and how do I fit the water pump on a Volkswagen Transporter please?
Submitted: 15/03/2012 12:12:37 | ID: 9091
Hello all. My VW Transporter (petrol/lpg) does not start when the engine is warm. After waiting for about 5 minutes it will start again. A VW mechanic cleaned the immobiliser but that didn’t fix the problem. Can you please help? Thank You.
Submitted: 15/03/2012 10:06:36 | ID: 9057
Can you repair an idler motor for a 1997 T4 Transporter?
Submitted: 15/03/2012 10:03:34 | ID: 9056
Hi. When driving I have noticed my Volkswagen Transporter juddering and vibrating. And when I reverse it makes an awful grinding noise. Has anyone else experienced this and might know what the problem may be?
Submitted: 13/03/2012 11:13:42 | ID: 9008
I recently had my Volkswagen Transporter T5 GP panel van converted to a camper. When I picked the van up from conversion the front and rear screen washers did not work. Any ideas? The conversion company have said that nothing they have done could have caused this...
I had a problem with Leisuredrive when they converted my van. The autoelectrician says this sort of thing happens all the time with converters drilling through cables. All you can do is take it to a VW dealer and get is put on the diagnostics machine - Charlie Cooper from Vale of Glamorgan
Submitted: 12/03/2012 09:43:48 | ID: 8929
I’ve got a problem with the glow plug relay. I turn ignition on and the glow plug light shows yellow and the relay points click across. Wait for 15-20 seconds light goes out, relay points part, then I turn the key to start the engine. The relay points click across again, the engine starts but the relay points stay clicked together, still feeding power to alternator and eventually blowing in line 80amp fuse, please help.
Submitted: 09/03/2012 14:37:59 | ID: 8905
My Volkswagen Transporter has started making a knocking noise when you start to rev the engine and to blow smoke. Any ideas please, as I need it fixing asap. (diesel)
Submitted: 07/03/2012 16:08:35 | ID: 8833
Hi there. I have a Volkswagen Transporter 2.5 tdi and I have rattle / clattering from the engine when warm on tick over and when at speed. The noise comes and goes. And if I press the brake peddle and let it off the noise goes and comes back again??? Brake vacuum pump perhaps???
Submitted: 05/03/2012 17:01:57 | ID: 8753
I’m having trouble removing the oil sump from my Transporter. I have removed all bolts and the sump is loose but will not come free from the main block. It feels like something is catching it from inside the sump. Can anyone help?
Submitted: 29/02/2012 08:12:42 | ID: 8670
Hi all, can anybody help, my 07 T5 2.5 has a sort of misfire from tickover up to 1800-1900 revs, after that it’s OK, no loss of power or smoke and no problems up to 70-80+.
EGR valve. Had an identical problem on two Passats. I disconnected that and never had an issue since. Done almost 160K now on the current one - Jason from Staffordshire
Hi my VW Transporter T5 ecu and the computer are not connecting. Why? Can someone help me please? Andrew Brown from England
Submitted: 28/02/2012 15:33:20 | ID: 8663
Why does my Volkswagen Transporter make a clunking noise when I turn the steering wheel. Has anyone else experienced this?
My 2005 TDi does this. According to the local VW van dealer it’s a very common fault in the lower steering column. In fact, it’s so common that the service manager thought VW might contribute something towards repairing it, whilst not actually admitting it’s a fault worthy of a recall, but they weren’t having that. It seems to show up more in cold damp weather. My MOT tester noticed it but said it wouldn’t fail the test, so I just put up with it. See under Recalls on http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/volkswagen/t5-caravelle-2003/?section=bad - Rob from Yorkshire
Had this problem when I bought my Transporter Shuttle. VW changed the steering column, improved it but was still there, (damping effect) eventually found it to be the lower arm ball joint!!! Paul Young from Berkshire
Submitted: 27/02/2012 13:41:21 | ID: 8587
I have a turbo 128 kw Transporter which has done 160v000 kms and is a fantastic van which suits my needs perfectly. BUT it has a rattle somewhere in the front, on the left side, it starts and what sounds like a pair of earrings in the ashtray but it isn’t, then goes to a vibration sound. I have had all the plastics off, both on the front and underneath, my mechanic spent a day on it but with no result!! I have had the dash in pieces 5 times, I’ve jammed fibre insulation everywhere. The next step is self mutilation as it’s driving me nuts. Please help! (t5 2.5 tdi auto)
This drove me mad. Mine was the passenger side speaker mounting screws. Take the cover off and back them off half a turn - Martin Thompson from England
Turned out to be in the heater box, jammed a piece of wood between the box and the fire wall to distort the box, stopped the rattle and traded it in on a Merc. My advice is don’t buy a Transporter as the dealers just don’t want to help you - Brian Neal from Australia
Submitted: 27/02/2012 10:41:02 | ID: 8579
Hello. Can anyone tell me please where the coils for the cabin blower are situated and how I can get to them? Thanks.
Submitted: 24/02/2012 10:49:27 | ID: 8540
I want to top up the oil on my gear box but I cannot see where the top up nut is? And if you don’t mind please let me know where is the bottom one as well. Thank you, my van is a 1995 VW Transporter.
Submitted: 17/02/2012 15:47:02 | ID: 8377
2.5 tdi. It’s not meeting maximum revs, won’t seem to go more than 30mph. What could be the problem? This only started this afternoon...
Maybe the maf sensor is making it go into limp mode - Gary Turner from England
Hi, mine has done the same thing, has anyine given you a good answer? Have you found the problem? Cheers - Michelle Hamilton from Australia
Submitted: 17/02/2012 13:58:53 | ID: 8347
My Volkswagen Transporter’s window washer ran dry in the cold weather. I filled it up with water and the pump sounds like it is working but no water is being sprayed on to the window. Is the pump air locked or broken? (2.5tdi kombi)
My washer stopped working the hose had split where it goes under the bonnet and turns a really tight corner. Temp repair with amalgamating tape olr hosepipe repair tape. Still holding after six months - Jim from England
Submitted: 16/02/2012 10:23:56 | ID: 8300
from Leicestershire has sent in a question on My (diesel) van is 2 years and 2 months old, and has done 33,000 miles, serviced every 10,000 miles. It has been at our dealership for the last 6 days as the clutch went - with no warning whatsoever. I have now been told that it is going to cost £1,100 plus VAT to replace the clutch as it is not covered under the 3 year warranty! Has anyone else had this problem? (T5GP Panel Van T30 SWB)
Submitted: 08/02/2012 20:53:33 | ID: 8088
My Volkswagen Transporter’s windscreen wipers have stopped working, the fuses are fine. Any further ideas anyone?
If it ain’t the wiper motor, just try and fiddle the wiper arms underneath the bonnet - Shane Fillmore from Somerset
I would check the relay for the wipers - Gordon Craig from Dumbartonshire
I have the same problem, where is the relay for the wipers? - Nigel Mole from England
Submitted: 08/02/2012 08:44:41 | ID: 8010
My Volkswagen Transporter’s main beam headlights do not work. The fuses in the cab are all OK. Any ideas on what else I might try? (swb)
Submitted: 31/01/2012 20:34:46 | ID: 7857
Hello, can anyone help me find a wiring diagram for our van? He starts, but when the accelerator is used he cuts out. We’ve replaced the air flow metre, fuel pump and checked the ECU and can’t find any faults. We think that a wire is loose somewhere, but no idea where to start looking. Any ideas of what to try next would be appreciated. (Petrol)
Submitted: 22/01/2012 10:09:02 | ID: 7547
Hi. I have a Volkswagen Transporter T5 Sportline and when the van has warmed up I lose boost pressure and get a whirling noise coming from the engine. Also I get a popping noise when I lift my foot of the accelerate - any ideas?
Give the boys at Midland T5 a call, Google is your friend - Steve Crosby from England
This is a similar problem as me on a ’08 T5 Sportline. Mine you have to work the accelerator more than normal, same whirring noise following revs. How did you get on if you do not mind me asking? firstname.lastname@example.org - Tony W from England
I have a VW Crafter CR35 109 LWB which is doing the same thing. I get the glow plug light and then it goes into limp mode. VW dealer not very helpful, there’s no fault code coming up. Can you tell me which turbos are being recalled and has anyone come across any VW dealers that know about this. Cheers - Dave Scott from Cumberland
Submitted: 20/01/2012 14:29:44 | ID: 7464
This Transporter is a recent acquisition and clearly has suffered a distinct lack of TLC. Mechanics are now pretty well sorted but the heater controls fail to function. I need to gain access behind the (much modified) dashboard to access the cables etc. How do I gain the requisite access? Right now, when I drive I freeze! Help! (T4)
Submitted: 16/01/2012 14:00:36 | ID: 7354
My Volkswagen Transporter’s bonnet catch has broken and I can’t open the bonnet! Can anyone help please? How do I get it to release?
This happened to me, my mechanic took off the sump guard or belly pan and hooked the bonnet release cable and pulled in down then lubricated the bonnet release catch. It worked fine until I sold it two years later - John Forbes from Aberdeenshire
Submitted: 12/01/2012 16:09:44 | ID: 7271
I am trying to identify the model / year of a set of dash clocks I’ve been given. They are similar to the Mid (09/1995 -> 06/1999), except the rev counter also has a digital counter - can anyone help? Thanks.
Submitted: 03/01/2012 15:20:14 | ID: 7019
I have an 04 T5 1.9tdi Transporter and when driving, it sometimes starts pinking and the power drops. I noticed that then, if I switch off the engine it’s perfect again for a while. I have changed the fuel filter but the issue is still the same. Thank you in advance if you can help.
Same thing happened to my VW Crafter and I replaced the turbo at 236k - Joseph Kelly from County Armagh
Submitted: 03/01/2012 11:37:47 | ID: 7000
HELP NEEDED!!!: Hi. Could anyone please tell me what the orange ’swirly’ looking light is on the dashboard of the Volkswagen Transporter is please? Thanks all.
Is it like an orange spring lying on its side? If so, that’s the glow plug lamp. When the engine is cold and you turn on the ignition, it should glow orange. When the light goes out then turn the key to switch on ignition. Don’t switch on ignition when the light is glowing. If the engine is warm, sometimes it will not come on. If you are driving and the light flashes then it is warning you of an engine fault. Don’t worry as it might not be serious but you should check with a garage that has the right equipment to plug into the socket under the sterring wheel. It is worth checking (if it flashes) that both brake lights are working first. I think it flashes to warn that they have failed too. That means a £2.00 fix instead of getting the engine management system checked - Kevin from Kent
Submitted: 28/12/2011 22:26:28 | ID: 6915
My Volkswagen Transporter’s engine won’t turn over. How do you adjust automatic transmission selector? (Caravelle)
Submitted: 13/12/2011 09:22:53 | ID: 6605
I bought my Volkswagen Transporter in April this year and changed all belts and water pump, oil filters etc to be sure all was OK. Now, after less than 8,000 miles, a warning about service flashes on dash where the mileage reset is, and after a few seconds a beep sounds. Any ideas what to do to reset things?
Hold in odometer reset button, switch ignition on and while holding reset button in turn your time adjustment button to the right - Jeanne-Pierre Bruin from South Africa
Submitted: 12/12/2011 10:09:03 | ID: 6533
Hi, my Volkswagen Transporter Caravelle has started losing water and smoking from the exhaust what could this be?
Blown headgasket, use STEELSEAL to solve problem - A J from Surrey
Submitted: 12/12/2011 08:22:59 | ID: 6497
My Volkswagen Transporter turns over for a very long time before starting. But only when fuel gauge goes under half full. Has anyone else experienced this? Has anyone any idea if it something to be concerned about?
Might be poor seal on fuel filter, new plastic tee worked for me - John Marsh from Worcestershire
Submitted: 09/12/2011 16:13:04 | ID: 6491
Hi. The indicators on my Transporter keep failing. They blink once then stop. Had a garage look at it (it was miles away as we were away at the time) and they fixed it and showed me what to do if it went again, but I can’t remember!! Can anyone help?!
Submitted: 09/12/2011 14:45:41 | ID: 6480
The passenger door on my Volkswagen Transporter T5 won’t open from either the outside or the inside - any ideas as to how to fix it? Many thanks.
Had the same problem two days ago, it’s the wiring loom under driver’s seat. Easy fix, unplud loom from relay strip cloth tape back approx 1ft til you come to three wires joined together with solder. This is the problem, strip all three wires till clean conections are available then join all three together and tape up plug bag into relay under seat and try locks. Regards - Dave Dubster from Lancashire
Submitted: 05/12/2011 13:47:31 | ID: 6325
The blower on my Transporter T5 will only work on number 4. Any ideas why?
The coil resistor will have gone. It lets 12v through for number 4, 9v for 3, you get the idea. It’s not able to let less voltage through. Hope this helps - Wayne from Gloucestershire
Submitted: 05/12/2011 10:31:31 | ID: 6320
The camshaft belt has broken on my 2003 Transporter diesel. How long would it take to take off the head to inspect the damage?
Submitted: 01/12/2011 08:20:38 | ID: 6239
The 12v socket on my Volkswagen Transporter only works when the side lights are switched on. When only the ignition is on it doesn’t work, Does anyone know why?
Submitted: 29/11/2011 16:05:44 | ID: 6149
Are the six speed manual gearboxes on the Volkswagen Transporter’s reliable as am looking at used 87000kms? (Dual Cab)
No, they are not reliable. Ours crapped itself at 145,000kms and VW wanted $13,500 to replace it we were lucky to find a repairer who did it for $4,500 - Trevor from Réunion
Submitted: 29/11/2011 11:01:46 | ID: 6113
I’m unable to get front lights to go to low beam from high beam - and the high beam light stays on the dashboard. But I can get them to go to low beam by pulling the arm fully backwards in the flash mode. Any ideas?
Submitted: 17/11/2011 08:11:02 | ID: 5837
Can someone please help? I have a 2.5-litre Volkswagen Transporter tdi t4 that is pressurising but very strangely. It will go hundreds of miles on motorway with no problems but the minute you slow down for town traffic it dumps water from the exp tank. I have changed rad, thermo, water pump and cambelt but no joy. I noticed the rubber hose to engine block stayed cold so removed and flushed through. It was totally blocked. It now runs hot but could cylinder head be blocked with the same gunge? Help needed please! (t4 caravelle)
Submitted: 16/11/2011 16:02:41 | ID: 5829
Hi, my T4 has a thumbing / knocking noise from the under side of the floor. It does not do it all the time, more often when foot is of the gas going down hill. Any ideas what might be causing this?
I had something similar on a T5, it was a worn joint on the anti-roll bar - Dewi Jones from Gwynedd
Submitted: 15/11/2011 08:51:41 | ID: 5791
Hi, does anybody know what colour dash dials has a 1997 Volkswagen Transporter T4 got?
Submitted: 11/11/2011 16:07:56 | ID: 5669
Am I being crazy in getting a low emission zone DPF filter put onto my very old but beloved Volkswagen Transporter van. Has anybody done this and can you recommend a reasonably priced garage to get it done? I’m trying to find the lowest possible price and I’m wondering, if I park it at my Granny’s in Sevenoaks for a few months then, after January the price of the filters might come down. One garage I have spoken to said they have already come down £500 since last year. Any thoughts or advice would be most appreciated. (1.9tdi 800 special)
Submitted: 11/11/2011 09:37:52 | ID: 5642
Hi, could you tell me what steering wheel will fit on my BW T4 Transporter? It’s a 1995 and I have been told a VW Golf will fit but don’t know which Golf exactly. Can anyone help?
Hi. Any Volkswagon or Audi steering wheel from a 1994 to a 2000 apart from the Audi A3 will fit just go to your local breakers as a lot of main Volkswagon spares dealers won’t tell you what fits and they will try charging you skyhigh prices. I myself personally find the Touran steering wheels the best as you can still see the speedo etc perfect as if you was to use a Polo steering wheel you find yourself looking over it to see your speed and it also feels heavy on you turns where as the Touran steering wheel makes the steering a lot lighter and smoother. Whatever steering wheel you choose though good luck and just go to your local scrapyard you’ll pick one up for around £30 instead of £80+ from a Volkswagon spares dealer. Google my name and take a look at my breakers. I have 1000s of Volkswagons in we have every part needed for VWs guaranteed - Gerralds Breakers Volks Bits Somerset from Somerset
Submitted: 10/11/2011 14:34:34 | ID: 5610
Hi and thanks for any responses, mine is a T5 2.5 ,128 kw diesel 4 motion, 116000 klm’s. Firstly, I’ve fitted Cooper Tyres CS4 235/55 R17, had a wheel alignment at time of fitting but after only 25000 kilos the outside edge front passenger (NS) tyre is bald? The front driver side is also wearing but its not bald yet but soon will be. Is this extreme rapid front tyre wear normal for these T5 Transporters at such low mileages, secondly oil consumption seems excessive, it blows some blue smoke after a cold morning start up and it does seem to have become evident after I had my water pump changed at the VW dealers when the crankcase started to fill up with coolant (nice one VW) - no warranty here, thank you. Peter.
Submitted: 07/11/2011 15:58:19 | ID: 5465
Hi all, any advice appreciated. Vibration and noise VW T5 TDI Auto 2005, only 36k miles. Noise and slight vibration started 2k miles ago and was only noticeable at around 1,100 revs (not moving). There was no noise when driving. Now the noise is louder and there’s a vibration when I’m pulling off and accelerating. Dash on passenger’s side is vibrating. Is this a symptom of the gearbox on the way out? (T5 130bhp Auto 2005)
Submitted: 07/11/2011 15:37:14 | ID: 5451
I am having problems with the auto gearbox on my Volkswagen Transporter Caravelle. When cold the reverse works but when it gets hot it doesn’t go into reverse - has anyone else experienced this?
I have as well, we changed gear box oil and filter but still does it. Our mechanic says the seal is leaking so it isn’t getting enough pressure to shift gear. When revved, it shifts - Paul from Australia
Submitted: 01/11/2011 10:41:26 | ID: 5351
Hi, what oil do you put in a Volkswagen Transporter T5 1.9-litre diesel? Thanks!
Submitted: 26/10/2011 08:35:34 | ID: 5188
I’ve been experiencing erratic starting problems and the yellow glow plug heater light on occasions stays on the dash of my Volkswagen Transporter T4 Caravelle. The vehicle has new glow plugs but I’d love to know what this indicates!
Submitted: 25/10/2011 15:48:51 | ID: 5163
When depressing the clutch on my Volkswagen Transporter there is a loud squealing. If you press the clutch to the floor there is a grinding feeling through the peddle. The gear change is smooth but I think it is because of the way I’m using the clutch. Any suggestions/comments would be much appreatated. John :-) (800 Special)
Hi, your release bearing inside the bell-housing of the gearbox collapsed. To replace that bearing, the gearbox must be removed and then the condition of the pressure plate splines must also be checked for damage due to the release bearing that packed up - Jeanne-Pierre Bruin from South Africa
Submitted: 25/10/2011 15:23:58 | ID: 5147
Hi, can anyone tell me the firing order of a Volkswagen Transporter T4 2.5 tdi 2001? Thank you.
Submitted: 24/10/2011 08:41:28 | ID: 5034
I can’t seem to locate the part number for the power steering pump on a Volkswagen Transporter 1.9 tdi swb. Any help would be appreciated.
Submitted: 24/10/2011 08:29:07 | ID: 5032
Hi, everytime I pull away my Volkswagen Transporter I get a huge plume of black smoke and the power drops when driving. Could it be the turbo or is it the injecters? Thanks in advance.
It’s prob the EGR valve, some people have them blocked off to increase power but it makes them smoke thick black smoke - Dave Adie from Oxfordshire
Submitted: 20/10/2011 09:02:21 | ID: 4978
Hi. There is constant rattle coming from the speakers on top of the dash on my Volkswagen Transporter. If I put pressure on the cover it stops. Please help, it drives me mad.
Submitted: 18/10/2011 14:09:53 | ID: 4881
Can anybody tell me how to remove dashboard on a Volkswagen Transporter Caravelle or how to fix a common fault: Temperature gauge and fuel gauge not working? Thanks in advance.
Submitted: 17/10/2011 12:00:16 | ID: 4834
Hi, the parking sensor warning alarm on my 2007 T5 VW Transporter sometimes comes on when put into reverse and there’s nothing behind. I have a towbar fitted, but I’m sure that is not the cause. Any ideas?
Submitted: 11/10/2011 15:14:16 | ID: 4744
My brake lights are coming on when not braking and lights come on when parked up. Need advice.
Submitted: 11/10/2011 15:12:48 | ID: 4742
Where do five spark plugs go to on distributor cap? There are no markings on distributor cap or plug HT leads. Brand new distributor cap and rotor arm from VW garage. I live on an island and can’t get any assistance from VW garages on mainland Australia. Can anyone help please? (Dual cab Ute 5 cylinder petrol)
Submitted: 10/10/2011 11:32:43 | ID: 4702
The passenger door will only open from inside. The lock is still operating with key ie. lock button moves up and down but despite lubrication will only open from inside. Hopeful and awaiting your reply. Cheers Michael (email@example.com)
I had a similar problem on my 2003 Caravelle but this has same door locks as my 2009. Try opening the door and checking the little child lock tab on the door edge. Lubricate and fiddle with it (up and down) a it. Slam door and try to open. Mine freed up after two minutes, drove me mad - Kevin from Kent
Submitted: 10/10/2011 11:24:12 | ID: 4700
How do I change the injector leak off pipes on VW Transporter? It is a 1996 1096cc engine.
Submitted: 07/10/2011 09:52:42 | ID: 4654
Hi there, just bought the van and have found that the heater always lets out a little heat when closed to the off position and will not blow cold air at all. Could you please help?
Submitted: 26/09/2011 09:47:01 | ID: 4555
The power steering makes a noise when at full lock. Any ideas why? (t4)
If it is a squealing noise when you have it on full lock then the steering pump belt needs adjusted - Bobby Cox from County Tyrone
Submitted: 16/09/2011 08:45:31 | ID: 4435
How do you remove turbo in a T5 Transporter?
Submitted: 12/09/2011 09:24:19 | ID: 4338
Does this have a cambelt or chain?
Cam belt. If it hasn’t been changed on schedule then do it. End of. Any decent garage can do it but for some Transporters they need a special tool. I have had two done last year on Wincheap industrial estate (Canterbury) and it cost about £450 but get it done! - Kevin from Kent
Submitted: 05/09/2011 10:35:42 | ID: 4260
I have a VW Transport 2.4, what other gearbox will fit it?
Submitted: 30/08/2011 09:59:54 | ID: 4191
Hello, thanks for taking my question, I have a 2.5 1997 VW Transporter. It keeps slipping between 2nd and 3rd gears. I take my foot off pedal and it goes into 3rd gear, great. Many thanks, David. (auto)
Submitted: 30/08/2011 09:25:00 | ID: 4166
Whilst driving or idling, the rev counter on the vehicle will begin reading erratically and even drop to zero revs whilst there is no change in the way the engine is running. When the rev counter drops to zero revs, the oil warning light on the dash begins to flash and an intermittent bleeping is heard. The oil level is actually fine and the vehicle has just been recently serviced. Despite this problem, the vehicle is running very well. Can anyone make any suggestion what may be causing this frustrating problem? (TDI)
I have the very same problem with my Transporter 2.5 2003. It only happens every now and again and like yours, the van is running great. It would be great to get an answer on this. Have you had any luck solving this? - John O Callaghan from Ireland
Replacing the complete dashboard pack cured mine instantly. It also improved the general instrument illumination - Don Stewart from Devon
Submitted: 24/08/2011 09:26:09 | ID: 4106
How do I get the plastic windscreen bulkhead surround off without breaking to access the windscreen wipers motor?
Submitted: 19/08/2011 08:33:30 | ID: 4042
I would like to know if the VW T28 has a temperature gauge display. Thanks.
Yes, it does on mine :-) - Chris from England
Submitted: 10/08/2011 09:24:45 | ID: 3929
I’m thinking about buying a 2010 VW Transporter t30 102ps 5 speed gear box. Can anyone help and let me know how they run when fully loaded?
Submitted: 08/08/2011 08:50:24 | ID: 3895
Hi, I bought a Transporter six months ago. It had a slight tapping noise which has gotten more frequent and slightly louder. It is mainly when the engine is cold and when it is idling. It drives fine and the noise seems to go as the revs go up. I was wondering if anyone knew what it could be? D.
Mine was doing that. It was the heat shield on the exhaust rattling. I had a jubile clip put on it, now it’s stopped...me - Lisa Webb from Swansea
Don’t panic. Other answer may be the right one but also:  It is probably the vacuum pump. It runs off a small cam at the front in the middle. The cam gets worn down a bit and goes ’tinkly tinkle’ and drives you nutty. It’s a cheap part but I think you have to replace the whole pump - pretty pricey - to get rid of the noise. If the pump fails then the brakes will be hard to operate - not good in an emergency. My last T4 did this for 60,000 miles.  If it’s a heavy rattle that sounds like it’s in a big heavy part of the engine then it might be a broken bolt on the engine sump cover. The cover is the massive steel plate beneath the engine bay (ever wondered why your engine is so clean? That’s why). It has some bent steel pegs that hold it in place with 2 bolts near them. When a bolt fails the plate can bounce up and down and rattles (the bent pegs hold it in place so it won’t fall off). It can rattle with the engine vibratoion but is more likely to do so when you drive over a bump. To test the bolts, climb under the front wheels and visually check or lean under the front and bash the plate with your fist. You’ll get the sound! - Kevin from Kent
Submitted: 02/08/2011 08:17:18 | ID: 3849
Our heater only blows out hot air! Please please could someone advise me on what the problem is and how to fix it? It’s sooo hot in here! (camper)
Submitted: 25/07/2011 09:03:59 | ID: 3800
The airvent directional knob on my VW Transporter is stuck on the windscreen setting. Any ideas how to access the mechanism and how to repair it? Thanks.
You will find the control unit itself is broken and will need replacing - VW part no. (for non-climate control) is 7H0820045AM9B9. Sit down for the price. Now remove the top parcel shelf, pulls up from the side closest to the controls (held in with clips) undo two screws under that, and then remove radio (will need radio removal tools), prise off external facia (more clips) then you’ll notice the control unit is held in by 4 more screws. You’ll have to remove all 3 cables (be careful), by unclipping them & disconnect both electrical plugs. Now the unit will sort of come out from the driver’s side first at an angle. You’ll find that the white reel at the back of control unit will be broken allowing the cable lever to pop out. Good luck! - Craig from New Zealand
Submitted: 07/06/2011 09:29:27 | ID: 3157
Hi everybody, I have got a problem with my van where I hear noise when I steer left or right. I have checked the tensioner and power steering pump and all is okay. Anybody come cross this before? Thanks.
I have the same problem, I wish someone could tell us know what the problem is - Heinz Conrad from South Africa
Submitted: 25/05/2011 08:27:11 | ID: 2755
What is a realistic MPG figure on a 2.5 TDI Transporter on a run? (2.5)
Mine gets 28.24 mpg by the conversion chart I’m using. Mixed use with 500 kilo on board all the time, I don’t drive in stop start traffic (lucky me) but I do have to drive up hills - Lloyd Jones from Australia
Submitted: 14/04/2011 08:52:27 | ID: 2483
Although I can drive my Transporter, it has massive side movement in the gear stick and flops all over the place which just don’t seem right and am starting to wonder if something is about to break? Any suggestions out there?
Look at the gear linkage on top of the gearbox, where metal rods contol the selectors, a small plastic bush (external to the gearbox) falls to bits, costs about a quid) causing this. eventually you’ll lose gear operation - Simon from England
Submitted: 28/03/2011 09:10:56 | ID: 3618
What is wrong if your exhaust system fault light appears on the dash?
Most likely a Pressure Sensor on the Particulate Filter (DPF) cost about £30 but total job at dealer is around £160 which includes diagnostics. I understand is a common failure with this sensor. It happened to my 2007 130ps 2.5 LWB TDI at only 8,000 miles - Barry Husband from England
Submitted: 21/03/2011 09:36:27 | ID: 2309
I have a 2002 T4 Transporter 2.5 tdi. I have just fitted a new clutch/flywheel kit and now it won’t start. I also have no heater plug light and no engine management light. Does any one have any ideas on what could be wrong? Thanks.
Submitted: 22/02/2011 09:57:43 | ID: 3084
My Caravelle has electric sliding doors on the rear, parked it in a car park whilst on holiday and all was okay. Upon return to car the door would not work from the door handle but will still work fine from the button on dashboard, the dashboard light is flashing whilst vehicle in motion and stays on solidly when stationary. Any ideas? All help gratefully received.
Submitted: 28/01/2011 15:41:48 | ID: 2805
The lights on our speedo and rev counter needle work now and again. More often they don’t work but we have noticed they work more when it’s a damp/humid climate. We’re assuming we have a loose connection. How do we go about checking? Would like to fix it ourselves. Thank you for your time.
Submitted: 21/01/2011 08:24:59 | ID: 2210
Anyone know the part number for a power steering belt and length for this model?
Submitted: 13/12/2010 14:50:01 | ID: 2738
I have a heater problem, my heater will only blow hot through the side vents, it blows cold to the windsreen and cold to the the floor. Cables are adjusted correctly and both pipes in and out of the matrix are equal temperatures. Driving me mad , have spent hours, days on it. Please help, John. (1.9 td. t-4)
What was the answer to your question as my van does the same and after the last service aircon does not work only get hot air coming from the leg area get very hot too! Thanks firstname.lastname@example.org Jocelyne Godber from Australia
Submitted: 07/12/2010 11:52:04 | ID: 2712
T4 2.5 tdi caravelle... refused to start replaced relay 109... not that... made up a link to replace the relay 109... then fitted a BMW two pin yellow relay which works great.... one year on and the glo plug light started flashing... the local garage replaced four glo plugs... this is a five cylinder engine.. why only replace four glo plugs? Will it now be OK for another 150,000 miles or should I ask the garage why they only replaced four when there should be five? (caravelle)
Submitted: 07/12/2010 11:35:45 | ID: 2695
My van has stopped running, fuel not getting through to engine but somehow it creates a vacuum within the fuel tank. When you release the fuel cap you can hear the air rushing back into the tank, can anyone help me?
The air vent is blocked in the filler cap. Run with the filler cap loose (or not screwed on at all) until you get a new one - Rob Nisbet from England
Submitted: 06/12/2010 11:59:11 | ID: 2701
Hi all! I just had the timing belt snap on my 2.5 TDi - changed head, done timing, built the engine, back up now but I can’t get her to start. Anybody any ideas?
Hi, you will need 0.55 mm lift on dti in back of pump or it won’t go. Best of luck mate - Nigel from Surrey
Submitted: 30/11/2010 10:44:52 | ID: 3528
I have a VW Transporter. Sometimes when I’m driving a ticking sound starts, it gets louder with acceleration, then sometimes, not everytime it tick’s it makes a really loud pop sound and konks-out for a brief second then starts again. Does anyone have any information on what this could be? I’m desperate. I’ve already spent so much already.
That ticking noise should be the servo on the front of the engine to build air for your brakes. They fail on older vans a lot of the time. If it is the problem it shouldn’t affect the driving of your van. A quick test is, next time you start it to go somewhere, if it’s making the ticking noise then pump the brake pedal - it should stop ticking for few seconds if the servo is what’s causing your problem. Good luck - Rob from Ireland
Submitted: 30/11/2010 10:43:02 | ID: 3538
Hello, I have a Transporter 2008 and when I turn the key to allow glow plugs to warm up it makes a fog horn noise. Not everytime, just now and again. Can anyone tell me what it might be. Thanks!
It is probably the turbo boost valve - Nigel from Surrey
Submitted: 25/11/2010 10:38:10 | ID: 3483
Hi readers, thanks for reading my call for help. I have a VW Transporter t5 2.5 auto. I can drive it 17 to a maximum of 20 miles per gallon. Does anyone know what’s wrong and why it using a lot of fuel? Thank you.
Firstly, you bought a 2.5 t5 and expected it to eco? Secondly, you bought an auto and expected it to be eco :P Bob Bobob from England
Submitted: 19/11/2010 12:09:55 | ID: 3468
I have a 59 Transporter transaxle and am trying to mate a 68, 1600 Bug motor. We tried to use the Bug clutch and it feels like the motor is frozen up, is there a special conversion kit for this application?
You will need 59 flywheel and clutch to match bellhousing of gearbox. They are the same weight and fixing, just different dimensions - Nigel from Surrey
Submitted: 15/11/2010 08:32:20 | ID: 2987
Hi. I’ve been literally peeling the Internet back to find an answer to this. Me and my partner are expecting very soon. We would like to know if anyone has secured a babies car seat into a VW T4 ’97 transporter. The back seat is still intacked, but I don’t know if it’s stable to or safe enough to put a car seat in. I just don’t want to secure it then get a fine. It has to shoulder seat belts and a lap belt in the middle. I need to know if someone has secured and used a car seat in one before??? Please let me know. THANK YOU!!!
Submitted: 08/11/2010 15:53:14 | ID: 2980
How do you change the sliding door handle on the van? I’ve taken the panel off to see but can’t see any screws to undo, please help as I need to change the lock.
Submitted: 05/11/2010 09:23:21 | ID: 2010
My engine management light/glow plug light is flashing on my dash. What could be the cause? (t5 van 1.9 tdi)
Usually its the brake light switch under pedal... easy to replace.... check if brake lights are working. If not this is the cause, had this happen on my t4 and t5... cost about 15 euros for switch... same unit works on t4 as t5. I hope this helps - Phillip Grace from France
You might get away without replacing the brake light switch as described above. There’s an adjustment on it, try winding it in/out first. Thats how we fixed ours!! C Gr from Northamptonshire
Submitted: 19/10/2010 10:32:25 | ID: 3410
Hi ,my transporter t28 2.5 174bhp 2005 model is losing water from somewere but not going onto the floor. I top up the coolant bottle when it comes up on the dash, then everything is OK. Then when I drive about 10 miles it tells me to check coolant manual so I am having to top it up again. The van isn’t overheating and is not blowing any smoke out of the exhaust, everything other than the water going is perfect. Can anyone help and advise me on this matter please? (2.5 174bhp)
Hello there. I had the same problem with my t5. I found out it was the oil cooler and then it kept doing it. I kept topping it up, then I found out it was the water pump. To find out if it is the water pump get underneath it and you will see a black tube connected to the back of the engine to your left hand side - disconnect it and take the bolt out and if water pours out of it then thats your problem but I do advise that if it is the water pump then send it to a Volkswagen main dealer because there is a special tool. Believe it or not, to get the pump out, which is about £300 to buy from the motor factors. You might find this some help, good luck - Dean Linegar from England
Yes, water pump - mine just went - exactly the same symptoms - kept putting water in and it didn’t seem to be coming out from anywhere! Finally found out that when the water pump goes on the Transporter it dumps all the water into your sump because the pump is fitted into the crankcase and is gear driven. When the seals go it discharges inside the engine. Great design VW - thanks a bunch! The mechanic who fixed mine said that there was so much water inside the engine that the "oil" level was half way up the dip stick - any more and it would have blown the engine. Brace yourself for a big bill - the parts aren’t that bad but the engine has to be flushed twice with expensive PD oil - I’m looking at an invoice in front of me for £121 just for the oil. The pump was £65. Good luck - Ben from Worcestershire
I had the same problem with my 04 model (174) at 50,000 miles/18 months old. It was the water pump and was fixed by the dealer under warranty. They admitted it was not the 1st by any means! I have since put 100,000 miles on an 07 plate one without any pump failure so hopefully that one is fixed! Bill Parmenter from Essex
Just had my Caravelle 05/174hp fixed, same problem, water pump was well worn and blocked up with muck but the water was clean, only 33K on clock. Total bill £330... new pump £56, gear £20, anti-freeze £12, Oil £35 and labour. I always thought VW’s ran for ever. Now we know why they changed the engines on the new model - Pete Vickery from Staffordshire
Submitted: 19/10/2010 10:27:17 | ID: 3717
I tried to open the bonnet of my T5 Transporter and the cable must have broken, the outer cable has come through the fire wall. Does anyone know how to get in and fix it? That is open the bonnet?
Submitted: 01/10/2010 10:40:34 | ID: 3646
Air Vent Control. Dial is difficult to select face position [dail wants to continue] When held no air flow from this position. Demister and feet are fine. How do I remove radio/storage bin to check mechanism? Thanks!
Hi there. The way to get to the dial in question is to remove the top parcel panel/tray that is located on top of the dash board. This panel is removed by gently pulling it upward. Once that’s off, there’s another see-through panel that is fastened by two screws on the top. Unscrew these and lift the panel out. You may also have to remove the radio head unit by unplugging it in the back and pulling it towards you. This will expose the instrumentation that you seek. I had the same problem and found that it was because of a bent adjuster cable. I straightened the bend and that fixed the problem - Rodrigue Resandt from South Africa
Hi Rodrigue, thank you very much for answering my question. I did all as you mentioned today and actually found the blue covered cable was bent at the control switch and with some difficulty was able to straighten it, but it did not stay this way for long, it continues to bend because I found that the flap control it connects onto gets hard to move to full travel and therefore the resistance overcomes the strength of the flexible cable and it bends? Looks like the flap or pivots within the heater box where the blue cable connects is binding it preventing the flap from fluently turning through its arc moving the direction of air. Any ideas? I cannot even fit my hand in there to pull anything apart... thank you very much - Peter Ramanauskas from Australia
Submitted: 30/09/2010 09:03:30 | ID: 2660
Hi, I just bought a 97 T4 and the heater is not working but the hoses are the same temperature either side of the control valve. Can anybody help?
Submitted: 28/09/2010 08:27:34 | ID: 2636
Hi readers, thanks for reading my call for help. I have a 128kw 4motion 2005 model. I was wondering how to remove the cheap black vinyl gear lever boot to replace it with a nice leather one I have purchased? Second thing is that a rattle has become evident every time I put the heater fan on, seems to actually be the impeller or fan - has anyone been able to fix this themselves? Third problem with the air vent control dial, it has over a short period of time become difficult to dial indicating "Face Vent" now it is impossible to dial the control to the "Face Vent " feels like the cables are binding and not allowing the dial to be rotated to the Face? Can anyone help with these stupid niggles on my van, thank you for all your advice, Peter.
Neding contact, Peter. Ches - Ceslovas Ramanauskas from Australia
Submitted: 20/09/2010 08:36:10 | ID: 2628
I have a Transporter (minibus) which I’m hoping to export to France. In the paperwork I need to state the original number of seats of this model as it has been modified over the years. How many seats would this model have had originally? (57 D SWB)
Submitted: 06/09/2010 08:50:39 | ID: 3304
An indicator says "SAFE" on the dashboard... so the engine starts and then switches off automatically within 1 or 2 seconds... What’s the fault? How can I fix it?
There is an immobiliser fault. When safe appears on the dash it is a message to inform you the immobiliser is in safe mode. The ignition key is most likely at fault. This would need to be re-coded or replaced. This can only be done at your nearest VW retailer or workshop... Mark from County Antrim
Submitted: 06/09/2010 08:49:49 | ID: 3303
Hi, I have fully refurbished my T4 spending a fortune on parts and work. Now it looks great and works fine exept of one thing. It loses power on motorway driving, engine revs up to 2-2,500 revs and no more, I can only go about 60mph (it used to do 100mph). My mate said it’s called a "flat spot". It was plugged in to a computer, no faults found, replaced some sensors but it’s still not resolved. Van has new cambelt and service. Any suggestions? (T4 2.5 TDI 88bhp LWB)
Have a look at the fuel pump pressure and air mass metering. I would reckon you’ve already checked the injectors - Roger from Worcestershire
Air flow meter most likley. Common fault. It’s located on the passenger side of engine bay. Take one of the cables off and drive van. If it makes no difference then its not working - Alun Davies from Swansea
Submitted: 23/08/2010 10:02:46 | ID: 2573
Could you tell how many miles per gallon (diesel) this engine should give. Also a very good condition van price would be? eric [dot] last [at] onetel [dot] net
Hey, we get around 36mpg form out 1.9 102 LWB t5. We typically do long journeys on the motorway to Scotland and stick to the speed limits - Chris from Cambridgeshire
Submitted: 20/08/2010 15:08:25 | ID: 2572
Hi all, I’m after a bit of advice. I have a VW Transporter 800 T4 special. It has done 137,000 and recently started blowing out smoke and losing water. I took it to a garage in Sheffield and they said the head gasket had gone. They replaced it and said the head was cracked - this was 7 days ago. It’s now blowing smoke and not holding water at all - does anyone have any suggestions??? I took it back to the garage and he had a look at the water pump but it’s not that and he says there’s nothing wrong with the work he’s done on it (£1,200?). Any suggestions would be welcomed thank you.
Try Motorcast near Shrewsbury. They fix alloy heads - Bruce from Swansea
Submitted: 20/08/2010 14:35:53 | ID: 1964
Hi! I bought a 2005 VW Transporter T5 about a month ago. A great van on diesel so far but I am unhappy about the comfort factor. It seems very rough, every bump I hit I feel. I sent it to the garage and got the anti-roll bars done, two rubber bearings on the top of the shock, new brakes, and new links. And even after all this it’s still rough to travel in when I do over 60 mph - the steering wheel starts shaking like mad. I got the wheels balanced, thinking it would solve that problem but no luck. The garage said they can not see anything else wrong so could somebody help me and let me know what my problem might be? Thanks, Gavin.
Hi mate, have ALL your tyres rechecked for bulges on the "tread side" of the tyres as this has happened to me TWICE! A tyre place (that will remain nameless!!) balanced our tyres and didn’t pick up on this!! What happens is the tyre structure gets damaged from hitting lumps and pot holes in the road too hard and the steel belts that make up the many layers a tyre is made from break and cause the tyre to loose its shape. It’s not as easy to spot this problem on the tread side as it is a side wall! Paul Mitchell from England
It will be your tyres, rims mate, I had the same problem - Paul Lamden from Berkshire
Submitted: 19/08/2010 15:23:40 | ID: 1951
The heater in the back blows cold air when you turn the blower on or when you dont turn blower on. Can anybody help?
Submitted: 18/08/2010 14:48:43 | ID: 1984
I have been led to believe that the flywheel has gone on my Transporter T25. I need a breakdown in picture form of how it is assembled. Can anyone help?
Google "vw dual mass flywheel" under images - Google It from England
Mine did that too... cost $A 2700. Split into 3 pieces, guy said I was lucky it didn’t shatter and bust the housing. My old Hi Ace didn’t give me this much grief with 386 klms on it... I wish I hadn’t sold it - Lloyd Jones from Australia
Submitted: 18/08/2010 14:42:31 | ID: 1931
I have a creaking from the side sliding doors when you go over rough ground or bumps, any suggestions?? It sometimes won’t go into reverse when stationary and if you change gear quickly at high revs it crunches and also uses water. It is not going into the oil and when pressure tested does not shown any leaks, any suggestions?? (T5 Kombi Window Van)
Grease the conical locating pins on the door and it’s probably the coolant pump if its a 2.5 (my background: 8yrs with VW experience) - VW man from England
Submitted: 12/08/2010 15:23:49 | ID: 1890
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