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Where does the ABS sensor loom go on my Volkswagen Transporter, front passenger side? (Careville)
Submitted: 07/03/2014 11:20:20 | ID: 26332
Hi. I have an 05 t5 2.5 Volkswagen Transporter that has been in 4 garages for repair and is still not fixed. My problem started with dirty fuel causing the van to stop. The tank was cleaned out and complete fuel system was cleaned but it has a serious miss and judders when revved out, sticks at 4500 revs then jumps up and down. It has had injectors done, new airflow meter, turbo checked, egr valve blocked, manifold changed and new heater plugs, but is still missing. 110k miles, vagcom showing no faults, all wires checked,. What else could it be, any ideas? Thanks. (Transporter t5 2.5)
Submitted: 04/03/2014 10:12:49 | ID: 26223
I am having problems with the heating control on the dashboard of my Volkswagen Transporter. After eight years of working fine I am not now able to direct the flow of air via the facial settings only on the screen. The fan is working fine. I have heard other people have experienced similar problems but cannot find a DIY solution with some explanatory diagrams to assist with disassembly/reassembly of the dash fascia. Can anyone offer any assistance and point me in the right direction of a good website? (Bilbo CELEX motorhome)
Hi Len, I had the same issue on my t5. http://www.brick-yard.co.uk/forum/topic49523_post387238.html#387238. This guide will help. I have managed to re bend/straighten my cable for now. If you need to replace the braided cable then I would suggest using the same cable/part number as the existing one and not the solid core like others are suggesting. I found it way too stiff to move the controls. There are 3 cables behind there, which range from £8 to £12 from VW etc. It’s a tricky job due to access, but since straightening it mine has been good for 4 months now. I just take care turning it from windscreen to face. Good Luck. - Jason Ranford from Essex
Submitted: 18/02/2014 15:56:17 | ID: 25905
Ciao! I have a problem with my Volkswagen Transporter that sometimes the turbo does not work. I just switch off the van and restart again and it works normally. I`ve already changed all the filters (air, gasole), working normally for hundreds of kms and I have the problem back. The computer says "low pressure of fuel". Can anybody help me please? (Transporter 2.5 TDI)
The T5 is famous for this problem, mine did the same. Check out the turbo hoses first before you go to the intercooler (common fault), these split on the seam and you can not see it unless it is under load. - Nathan from England
Submitted: 14/02/2014 14:59:27 | ID: 25795
After engine started it beeped once, then the electronic power was all off inside the vehicle, but the headlights still worked as normal. When the engine is turned off, then all the lights come back to normal.
Submitted: 06/02/2014 21:41:12 | ID: 25575
All dash lights on my Volkswagen Transporter come on okay. The glow plug light will go off after a few seconds. It turns over but won`t start straight away as it used to, it needs a lot of turning. Once hot it is fine. Is there a relay like our older VW number 109 somewhere? Does it have a temperature probe somewhere which could be faulty telling it not to put the plugs on? Plugs are okay. (Chassis/Cab T30 1.9TDI PD 85)
I am having the same problem. I think that the seal which the fuel injector sits in are leaking. The first thing is to check your engine oil level; if it is higher then the full recommended level your injector seals may be leaking diesel fuel, this means that too much diesel fuel is getting into your cylinder head what may make it harder to start your engine first thing in the morning or is you let it sit you van sit for a few hours. I hope this helps - Mark Napthali from Australia
Submitted: 06/02/2014 15:27:55 | ID: 25560
My Volkswagen Transporter has a problem with its fuel gauge. My van was off the road for quite some time so I connected the battery and it was working, but after some time the gauge stopped working so I want to know what the problem could be please? (1.9 d Transporter 800 special)
Hi, sorry to answer you question with a question, but did you manage to find the fault? I have a 2010 T5 TDi and have exactly the same problems as you have had, and I would be really grateful to hear how you got on. Regards. - Eamon Byrne from England
Submitted: 04/02/2014 15:22:34 | ID: 25530
What could be responsible for poor revs and rough idle of my Volkswagen T4 Transporter? At times it switches off in motion. When I start it up it will start again always at once but it will not accelerate as fast as usual? Please can anyone help me out?
Submitted: 03/02/2014 10:40:45 | ID: 25416
I have a Volkswagen Transporter T5 1.9 tdi and when driving over 60 mph it loses power. If I switch off the engine and start again the power is back. A mate told me it might be an air flow meter that needs replacing because if it was turbo the van would blow out black smoke. Would anyone know more about this problem? Thanks.
I had similar problem with my car. Check the turbo pipes, probably blocked or have a little hole - Cem Sengel from Lancashire
Has your van got a speed limiter fitted? Ray from England
Submitted: 28/01/2014 12:30:47 | ID: 25260
Suddenly my Volkswagen Transporter`s cooling system warning light has started flashing and the temperature gauge goes to 1/2 temperature as soon as the ignition is switched on. The water level is correct and when driven although the gauge increases to nearly hot the fans do not come on. I have run up the engine until the fans start and checked the gauge which shows no increase from before? On some occasions whilst driving the flashing light will go off as normal but the gauge still indicates running hot. I have bled the system as per the manual. Any suggestions please? (Engine type AAB 2.4 Diesel)
Submitted: 28/01/2014 10:41:41 | ID: 25233
Hi, I have a 1995 Volkswagen Transporter t4 2.4 d and the clocks have stopped working apart from the battery light and the handbrake red lights which stay on. Also the orange light works as normal but nothing else works. Can anyone please help?
Submitted: 23/01/2014 16:20:47 | ID: 25161
I`ve got a problem with my Volkswagen Transporter T5 1.9 diesel. When I accelerate to about 40-50 mph I feel a slight judder / chugging for a few seconds and then it accelerates fine. Sometimes when I’m putting my foot down to accelerate it`s not as responsive as it used to be, then it accelerates fine. I’m guessing it`s the fuel injectors/filters? Not been done in 12,000 miles. Any ideas? (1.9 diesel t5)
Sounds very like its vibration in fly wheel - Tom from County Fermanagh
Submitted: 23/01/2014 09:12:17 | ID: 25114
What could be causing air to be restricted coming out of the centre vents on the dash of my Volkswagen Transporter? (camper van)
Submitted: 09/01/2014 14:13:08 | ID: 24704
What could be causing an obstuction in the ventilation system that`s blocking the centre outlets in the dash of my Volkswagen Transporter? (camper high top long wheel base)
Submitted: 07/01/2014 12:52:23 | ID: 24632
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I changed into fifth gear on my Volkswagen Transporter and had a loud spinning sound with no drive? It`s working fine in all other gears. What could it be?
Gearbox strip repair, sooner the better as if there is loose parts or debris floating about it could cause even more damage. - Martin (Master technician 20+ years) from Durham
Submitted: 30/12/2013 14:32:53 | ID: 24278
I have been using my Volkswagen Transporter T5 everyday with no problems. This morning I went out in it to take the dogs for a walk with no problems starting. I parked up and left it in gear, walked dogs and came back, went to start it but left it in gear and it jumped forward slightly. Now it won’t start, it won’t even turn over until I put a jump pack on it. Then it starts normally. I replaced the battery with a brand new VW one but still the same. It`s really strange but will start normally with a boost pack. What is causing this please? (2.5TDI 174 BHP Manual)
Submitted: 20/12/2013 11:07:42 | ID: 24132
Hi, when I have to use my Volkswagen Transporter`s windscreen wipers they work usually for about 20 minutes and then don’t function right. They cut out or stop halfway across the windscreeen and eventually stop altogether. If I turn the engine off for a while they will start again and the same thing happens. Fuses seem fine. Does anyone know what it could be please?
Mate, I have excactly the same problem on my 09 T5 130 bhp. I first reported it when the warranty was valid to the local main dealer they said they couldn’t find any fault. Since then it has occured a few times, but is currently getting worse like you the wipers stop but the screenwash and the rear wiper still works i take the ignition key out wait for approx 15 mins and it will work again. It is so frustrating and dangerous in this current weather and I have lost faith in my local main Dealer who talks a lot but does nothing can anyone help with this please. Thank you. - Malcolm Tobin from Dorset
Hi, I have 2007 t5 with the same problem, if you get to the bottom off the problem could you post it please, starting to leave van at home. - Pete Smith from England
Check the bonnet catch adjustment and connections to Micra switch on it. It cuts power to wipers so doesn’t work when bonnet is open. - Simon Smith from Yorkshire
Submitted: 20/12/2013 08:28:27 | ID: 24104
My Volkswagen Transporter is lefthand drive. There is a warning light below the fuel/temperature gauge , the furthest left of all the warning lights. The display is a thermometer in water, and it won’t stop flashing! The coolant level is perfect, the temperature is always perfect when the engine is warmed up and it is getting on my nerves! I am selling the Transporter tomorrow, and I want to be sure everything is okay for the new owner. I was wondering if it was a water in fuel warning light, but I checked the bottom of the filter where you drain water from the circuit and there is none there. Thanks for any solution you might offer! (open back truck)
Submitted: 09/12/2013 16:17:15 | ID: 23805
Hi. I have a Volkswagen Transporter t5 on an 04 plate 1.9 tdi 104bhp and I want to know if there are two fans if you have a/c?
Submitted: 19/11/2013 10:46:54 | ID: 23233
My Volkswagen Transporter T4 was dragging and not going at the desired speed so I changed the fuel pump and fuel filter, but a week later it still drags. Seems like it’s not getting enough fuel pumped. What could the cause be?
Submitted: 07/11/2013 09:26:07 | ID: 22761
When my Volkswagen Transporter van is warm and I have been driving along say a motorway and come to a stop, my engine will initially idle at around 1000 revs (the speed it was going when I took my foot off the clutch), but then slowly accelerates by itself up to about 2000 revs and sits there until you blip the throttle, turn on the AC or load the engine by letting out the clutch whilst in gear with the brakes on. (Sometimes you have to do all three) Also the throttle response seems sluggish. My VW dealer diagnosed this as a busted Idle valve controller and wanted me to buy a new one from him for $800. I imported an after market Idle valve controller from the UK (for $70 incl postage!) and he reluctantly fitted it but it hasn’t solved the problem. I accept that after market parts aren’t always good so I tracked down a wrecker and got an original VW idle valve, cleaned it out and fitted that but it hasn’t solved the problem either, so I’m thinking it probably isn’t the idle valve controller. When I disconnect the electrics from the IVC the engine responds as normal ie accelerates when you push the pedal down and drops off normally when you let it up. It’s been checked for hose leaks by two different mechanics and they couldn’t find anything - I’m wondering if anybody has any ideas about what I start looking at now? Have you seen this before and what was the cause? (T4)
Hi mate, I got the same problem. My T5 2004... losing the power. With my one I’m guessing it’s a bit different... when I stop the engine and start again... problems solving for the next 1h approx. 3 mechanics looked it... and nothing... couldn’t solve the problem. Changed regulator, diesel pump... I love my van but mechanics around me are not good I’m guessing. VW (service) charged me $1500 for 120000km service... and problem still appears... I was wondering if you found any solutions? Thanks mate - Max Vincent from Australia
Sounds like something’s blocked in the fuel system and since it’s controlled by its own mind when not much fuel goes in it chokes and needs higher revves to stay on. - Seb from Australia
Not much of an answer but did you have it checked with VAG? It might be electrical - Manoj Bhika from South Africa
Submitted: 01/11/2013 15:16:59 | ID: 22595
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Submitted: 28/10/2013 10:50:38 | ID: 22287
I have a problem with my Volkswagen Transporter`s central locking which locks and re-opens again but will not stay locked. The passenger door seems to be the problem. What can I do?
Check for a broken wire at the door post. The wire will be broken from flexing inside the plastic cover, inside the sleeve from pillar to door and may not be visable. Test for continuity or if possible try to feel a weak spot by flexing the wire. - Ray Cook from England
Hi. My VW Caravelle had the identical problem. It was a small over centre spring which had broken, so I copied the shape using some thin piano wire. Make sure you wind it the same way. A bit fiddly, but an almost free repair which the vw garage told me would cost a fortune for locks, wiring harnesses etc. firstname.lastname@example.org - Richard Wallinger from Leicestershire
Submitted: 17/10/2013 15:35:30 | ID: 21883
Hello, my Volkswagen Transporter`s engine management light has started flashing whilst the power seems to be in a limp mode with the van not accelerating over 40mph. I’ve had no problems with the engine until yesterday, just after I ran it quite low on fuel and then refuelled, Ten miles later the light started. Could the low fuel have triggered the light? I’ve also realised that the brake lights work without having the key in the ignition, is this normal? Thanks. (2.5 4motion)
You may have a blocked fuel filter, t5/t4 diesel has a dual circuit filter, which filters both the fuel for lubricating the pump and the fuel to inject. Any plugging can damage the pump, so first easy step is replace the filter. If you do it yourself, be sure to fully fill the new filter with clean fuel with no air left in new filter or couplings, then re connect lines and start. Keep revs up for a minute to pass any air bubbles, then test drive. Good luck. - Alasdair Macarthur from Australia
You probably need a new brake light switch. Good luck - Francis Mc Cann from County Tyrone
Submitted: 10/10/2013 16:21:18 | ID: 21836
I have a Right Hand Drive Volkswagen Transporter Autosleeper Sandhurst 2008 on a ’08’ plate. My cigarette lighter is illuminated yet the lighter part doesn’t work. Although I’m a non-smoker I use the cigerette lighter socket to power my Satnav. As we’ve all become used to using a satnav it’s a bit of a nuisance as I keep on having to look at a map! I’ve looked at the wiring diagram in the handbook and there is no mention of a fuse, hopefully that’s all the problem is. Would anyone know exactly where the fuse is for the cigarette lighter on this vehicle? (VW 2.5 Autosleeper Sandhurst)
The same thing happened to me in the middle of nowhere. The vw fuse cards were useless, so I pulled every fuse starting at the top of block 1 and worked through, testing with a meter, luckily the bad fuse showed no visible break in the link, but tested open. I can’t remember exactly where it was, but it was the larger size fuse about halfway down, about 10-15 amp (Blue I think). Hope this is of some help to you. And a messageto VW: you’re fuse cards are totally infuriatingly useless. No idea which way up they go, what the stupid symbols mean or what card goes with what block. Thanks for nothing putting them in! - Alasdair McCarther from Australia
Submitted: 08/10/2013 12:58:13 | ID: 21700
What is the resistance of diesel fuel injectors on my Volkswagen Transporter?
Submitted: 30/09/2013 15:46:00 | ID: 21411
While driving my Volkswagen Transporter at 40mph suddenly the engine speed revved up and white smoke was all over. I went to the dealer and there was nothing wrong. Since restart I`ve had no problems. What could it be please?
Submitted: 26/09/2013 16:21:27 | ID: 21325
I have VW Sharan 2003 model and suddenly the internal security system got locked and the car could not start. I do not have the main key to de-energise. Because I am using the spare to start the car all these while. I was advised to use computer that can access the brain box to disable the security. Will this solve my problem? Thanks.
Submitted: 17/09/2013 13:44:56 | ID: 21018
Hello. The sliding door on my VW Multivan had closed and would not open. I worked out that the cable from the door handle to the latch on the rear of the door may have snapped or jumped its housing. I was unable to find advice on how to take off the door trim/card to repair the cable, so took it to the VW dealer. He said the cable had come off and charged me $375AUST, which, even at a hefty $80 an hour, is about four and a half hours work. Should it have taken that long to remove the door trim/card and reattach cable? Or, have I been taken? PS these sliding doors are big and need a bit of force to close fully - could this have caused the problem?
Submitted: 17/09/2013 10:43:42 | ID: 20995
I have a 2009 Volkswagen Transporter t28 transporter. Can anyone tell me if it comes with a built in alarm? When I lock it the red light comes on in the door pin but I don’t think it has an alarm as I have tried to set it off with no luck. Is there a special way to set it?
Submitted: 06/09/2013 11:52:25 | ID: 20808
Is there a common fault with the daytime running light on a Volkswagen Transporter? My near side is not working with no power going to it but the off side works fine. As my van has been in to VW for 3 days and they can’t sort the problem I thought I’d ask. They’re not the best at electrics from past experience. Any suggestions?
Submitted: 27/08/2013 14:38:59 | ID: 20576
Our Volkswagen Transporter is from Germany therefore the handbook is in German. What I would like to know is what it means when the heat gauge light stays on and flickers but the temperature doesn’t seem to be going up on the gauge? Thanks.
You probably got the problem solved by now, but just for reference: I had this same problem with my 1988 Vanagon when the main battery was practically dead and the auxiliary battery very low, often sitting in the back yard for half a year (got it started by jumper cable). The problem disappeared after I installed a new main battery and got the aux battery fully recharged. The shop told me, that the temperatur sensor problably didn’t work right, due to low voltage. - Michael from Germany
The anti-freeze resevoir has a sensor for low level and will cause a blinking temp light. - Ray Cook from Canada
Submitted: 23/08/2013 11:21:47 | ID: 20509
I have a Volkswagen Transporter and the fridge is not cooling. Fuses all seem fine. Are spares available for a Westphalia fridge? What is the gas pressure in the compressor and how can one check that the thermostat is working? (camper van)
Submitted: 06/08/2013 11:46:29 | ID: 20387
I have purchased a 2010 T5 2.0 lt. Diesel. The first time I had a problem was the EGR valve after 80000km. After the EGR valve was renewed, I drove 300km, and the car went into limp mode again As soon as you start the car, the engine light turns on and after about 100-500meters, the coil light turns on. The dealer put the car on diagnostics and the fault was low turbo boost. I felt that the turbo was "sticky" on the turbine, and renewed the turbo. The same problem persisted. The car is at the dealer to try and find the problem. They have changed sensor valves and had the car tested by a specialised auto-electrician. Nobody can find the problem. Does anybody had similar problems and what was the fault? Regards,
Submitted: 31/07/2013 07:25:10 | ID: 20283
I have just bought a Volkswagen Transporter which has a new cigarette cup holder console but it does not work. My user manual is useless as I can`t remove it to check wiring or verify fuse. I assume you read the symmetrical fuse chart from the passenger door and I have checked fuse 12 in the upper carrier as there is no fuse 12 provision in the lower carrier. I`ve also checked fuse 8 in the upper carrier with no joy, so has anybody got any suggestions please?
Submitted: 26/07/2013 09:00:56 | ID: 20218
My heating system in my Volkswagen Transporter t4 is not working. It has recently had a full service with cam belt and water pump renewed and it worked prior to this. Can anybody help?
Hi. With mine the cable that turns from cold to hot was stretched. So I followed the cable from switch to motor and just moved it with my hand instead. Now the heater cranks - Matthew from Australia
Submitted: 25/07/2013 11:11:20 | ID: 20191
The speedometer and odometer are not working on my Volkswagen Transporter T4 camper. Where does the cable attach to drive the gauge? It appears to be at the back of the engine. Is this problem common on older models?
It’s a long time since I had this problem with a 92 fuel gauge and I can’t now remember if the speedo was affected too. The fault with the fuel gauge was initially intermittent. Sometimes it read the correct value then the needle dropped to a lower value or zero. That was caused by a fault in the back of the speedo unit box. There was a copper sheet connector ((fabricated from sheet about 3 or 4 mm wide) joining several components together in a row. Due to a design error that sheet could snap due to metal fatigue, and the solution was simply to access it and solder the broken bit together. It is still working 15 years on. The guy who told me about that now runs Scottie’s van centre at Bicester. Sorry I can’t remember if the speedo was also affected. Chances are that copper strip connected several instruments together (either 12V or 0V) and that any one of several might fail due to the same design fault. Good luck! If you get no joy, contact Scottie. He’ll tell you or offer to fix it. - Peter from England
Oops! I have just noticed you said speedo/odometer and for some reason I assumed you said fuel gauge and speedo. The speedo connects to the gear box drive as I recollect. I have never had a problem with that drive, indeed anyone I have met with a 92 diesel 2.4 has had very little trouble with anything. My answer might be relevant but your problem is far more likely to be related to the cable than the unit, especially if the odometer isn’t working either as I assume that is completely mechanical. - Peter from England
Submitted: 23/07/2013 10:34:50 | ID: 20149
Hello people. Regarding my 2004 Volkswagen Transporter TDI 2.5 diesel, I’ve had an issue with a constant miss when my car warms up after 10 minutes of driving. Pistol one stops working according to the auto electrician`s computer. The electrician replaced the internal wire harness that lives in the engine and the problem disappeared for about 250km but then has returned. It’s not worth driving around as obviously it sounds terrible with lack of power and massive vibrations through the car. The problem grew over one month and it started during a long drive, I then pulled over and turned the car off, then on again and the issue went away. Now it’s to the point where it’s constant, despite the temporary happiness with the replaced harness. I`m back to square one and we are all bewildered! Can anyone suggest anything? It`d be really, truly appreciated.
Submitted: 22/07/2013 09:50:19 | ID: 20129
I changed the oil on my Volkswagen Transporter about 5 days ago. I let her run 5-10 minutes, shut off the engine for an hour, then took her out for a test drive and all was good. I got up the next day to drive to the forest. Halfway there, about 11 km into the journey, I noticed there wasn’t the normal amount of power. I drove home after trying to find the problem, mostly downhill so not much strain on the engine as it was rolling most of the way. An engineer friend has been helping me so we started by changing the filter again, then the distributor and rotator, coil, leads, plugs and fuel filter. I was able to do 80 km/h which is now down to 50, only reving to 3g unloaded and 2g with gear loaded. I have checked all contacts I have possibly come at and checked I haven’t left rags in the air filter. It`s driving me crazy. Does anyone have any ideas please? (Double cab synchro)
Submitted: 16/07/2013 09:40:26 | ID: 20056
Hi, I’ve recently replaced the engine in my Volkswagen Transporter T25 camper van with a 1.9 D (1Y) from a Golf. The engine is great but the gearbox has now gone. (I think this may have been the original gearbox for a 1.6D engine as it seemed to rev very high, so may not be the best replacement for a ’new’ one). Can anyone advise me what gearbox I should be looking for to replace it with? Thanks very much.
Submitted: 04/07/2013 11:40:54 | ID: 19932