The famous Volkswagen Golf is one of the most well-known car brands in the world, but it isn’t without its problems.
For decades, the German manufacturer’s brilliant compact sports vehicle has been a constant. However, there are some common VW Golf problems that we often see, as do other mass-produced vehicles.
Some issues will only surface after many years of use, while others are due to technical issues that have prompted the manufacturer to issue a recall. The most prevalent faults with the Volkswagen Golf, for which Volkswagen has issued a recall through the EU Rapex system, are listed below.
If the problem is caught early enough, it may not have an impact on your VW Golf’s overall dependability. However, the problem might sometimes go unaddressed because the prior owner was unaware of the recall or rejected the manufacturer’s letter. The best way to stay on top of your VW Golf’s health and reliability is to regularly bring it to us for an expert Volkswagen Golf service.
VW Golf Transmission Problems
Although diagnosing a transmission problem is difficult, you can tell when it isn’t working properly. If a transmission is overlooked, it might lead to costly difficulties. As soon as you notice an issue, you need to figure out what’s causing it and fix it.
You have a problem if your vehicle hesitates or refuses to go into gear. In an automatic transmission, the transition from Park to any other gear should be seamless. A delay indicates a glitch. A manual transmission can have the same problem, but it’s more likely to be a clutch issue than a transmission issue.
Your transmission should not be whining, buzzing, or clunking in any way. Automatic transmissions that make unusual noises require immediate attention.
When a manual transmission has a problem, it may sound like mechanical humming, although clunking sounds are typically connected with CV joints or differentials. Get your transmission examined out as soon as you hear an odd noise coming from it.
The automatic transmission fluid (ATF) is a bright red color. You leak if you observe this on the ground beneath your vehicle. All of those moving parts need to be oiled, and if they can’t get greased, they’ll grind together and become damaged, causing your engine to lock up. There’s nothing mechanically wrong with your ATF fluid if it’s red, even if it’s leaking; you merely leak. If the fluid is black or has a burnt odour, it should be replaced. You may need to make repairs as well.
The fluid level in a manual transmission is monitored at the transmission case via the fill plug.
The fluid must lubricate all transmission components, and it can burn if it becomes too hot. All of the parts overheat and break down as a result of the loss of fluid. It also raises the possibility of trash and sludge accumulating in the transmission. This may necessitate the replacement of the complete transmission.
Will Not Shift Gears
You may be using the wrong fluid type if you can’t shift your transmission and the fluid level is correct. It can be prevented from shifting if the fluid is too thick. The shift cable or clutch linkage may also need to be adjusted.
Another option is that the computer is malfunctioning. The computer can be reset by unplugging the battery for 30 minutes. Reconnect the battery and wait for the Volkswagen’s system to reboot. If that doesn’t work, you’ll have to bring your car to us here at the Automotive Hospital for specialist repairs.
VW Golf Air Conditioning Problems
One of the most inconvenient automobile problems is when the air conditioner stops blowing cold air. If your Volkswagen Golf isn’t keeping you cool, we’ve detailed some of the most common reasons why. Bring your Golf to us for air conditioning repairs, just in time for summer!
Lack of Refrigerant
If the refrigerant in your VW Golf air conditioner has leaked, it will not work. In fact, without the proper amount of refrigerant pressure, most won’t even cycle on. This is by far the most prevalent reason for a malfunctioning VW Golf air conditioner. It’s tempting to acquire additional refrigerant gas and go back on the road, but unless you figure out where the leak is coming from, it’ll happen again later.
The refrigerant cannot transform if your condenser has been damaged or blocked with metal sludge.
Clutch Cycling Switch
The compressor is activated by an electromagnetic clutch in air conditioning systems. If this switch fails, your air conditioning will be rendered useless.
The blower motor is faulty if there is no air blowing from your VW Golf at all. They’re not too expensive, and they’re simple to replace (most of the time).
The mix door regulates the amount of cooled and heated air that enters the cabin. Your VW Golf will be unable to respond to your request for a temperature change if it becomes stuck or locks up.
VW Golf MK6 Handbrake Problem
The lines in the hand brake can be cut, or the mechanical arm of the brake can be broken, resulting in VW golf mk6 2014 handbrake troubles.
The handbrake on a Volkswagen Golf MK6 is a manual cable-driven brake system adjusted using the center console grip. When you pull up on this handle, it pulls a metal cable to the rear caliper, which engages the brake pads with the rotor. It’s a pretty straightforward system with few documented issues.
One thing to keep in mind is that the system is only semi-auto adjusting. Most individuals are unaware of this and attempt to change it manually, which causes the brake to malfunction. The procedure for starting the adjustment varies depending on the year and trim. Still, most include fully depressing and holding the foot brake pedal while raising and lowering the handbrake a few times in a gradual, consistent motion.
VW Golf DS Gearbox Issues
This DSG control unit is a typical failure for VW Golfs with the DQ200 Direct Shift Gearbox made between 2003 and 2016. (DSG). The most typical symptom is a complete loss of drive due to an inability to pick any gears; as a result, the EPC light will remain illuminated, and the gear symbols on the instrument panel will continue to flicker. The main 30-amp fuse will often blow, and if you try to replace it while the DSG control unit is still connected, it will blow again.
Volkswagen MK5 GTI Problems
MK5) GTI Water Pump
While coil packs may be the most prevalent engine problem for your MK5 GTI, the water pump and timing belt frequently fail simultaneously. We’ll go over some of the signs that your water pump is failing, how to prevent it from falling, and how to replace it. The coolant temperature in your MK5 GTI is set to 90°C or 194°F by default. Only when the coolant temperature is dangerously high will the needle reach the 90-degree level. This is the time to pay attention to the symptoms you’re having.
Water Pump Failure Symptoms:
- Overheating at high RPM’s but cools down at idle (impeller spinning on the shaft)
- Overheating at idle but cool during steady driving (impeller broken)
- Multiple low coolant warnings in a short period (within a few months), water pump leak
The water pump and the timing belt are inextricably linked. If one of your timing belts, water pump, or tensioners fails, you will almost certainly need to replace them. What is the reason for this? Because the timing belt drives the water pump.
Your Ride Needs A Volkswagen Expert
The Volkswagen Golf is still one of the best cars to drive, and a nice new model will hold its value well over time. It’s generally a good idea to inspect any used vehicle for flaws, but be aware that particular Golf models have more visible issues that will necessitate further research.
At Automotive Hospital, we specialise in servicing and repairing cars, including the VW Golf. We have serviced and repaired a large number of Volkswagen cars in the locations surrounding Haberfield, Sydney.
We have highly trained professionals that understand how to handle the engine of your Golf, so you don’t have to worry about anything.