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So I gather that the release inside the car has release the hood's primary catch, but the T handle is not release the secondary catch to allow the hood to fully open.

If this is the case, take some lithium grease or WD-40 (lithium grease is much better and lasts much longer) and spray it onto the catch assembly.

Try pulling on the T handle some more after a few minutes of the grease soaking in and see of that releases.

If that doesn't work, then take a long flat screw driver and press it against the catch gently hit the screw driver with a hammer (you should be trying to push the catch towards the driver's side of the car)
You may need someone to be pulling on the T handle as you hit the catch with a hammer. I actually had to do this with a jetta before....

1998 Volkswagen... | Answered on Jan 09, 2012

Sounds like worn tie rod ends. The wobble usually reduces in intensity or quits when you lift your foot off the accelerator nut resumes when you apply power again. With tie rod end replacement you will need a front end alignment as they are part of the adjustment.

1998 Volkswagen... | Answered on Dec 31, 2011

The turn signals use one flasher and emergency uses another one. You can exchange the two (usually) for a quick check. The bad one will move to the other system when swapped, emergency flashers now don't work but the turn signals do. If this is the case go get a new flasher and replace it.

1998 Volkswagen... | Answered on Dec 31, 2011

Check the engine code. If It is P0103 then your mass air flow sensor is messed up. Also the wiring on the 1.8T deteriorate easily. Finally, you might have a vacuum leak. Check the hoses in and out of the intake box.

1998 Volkswagen... | Answered on Dec 14, 2011

Do not worry, follow these checks,
  • fuses dedicated for both of them
  • fuel sensor and temp. sensor
  • their power supply
  • display panel, wiring,etc
  • Pls vote!!

1998 Volkswagen... | Answered on Sep 24, 2011

sometime inside of the engine hood and mostly close to fuel tank underneath the car.

1998 Volkswagen... | Answered on Sep 22, 2011

A hinge might be kaput. Call the garage about it first to make sure they or the police can slim-jim it open. Google much?

1998 Volkswagen... | Answered on Sep 14, 2011

You must have the security anti-theft code for your VW radio from the car manufacturer, or from a VW dealer!

You can find the radio code at: http://www.radio-code.co.uk/

The sequence of VW radio programming is:
1. Push simultaneous "SCAN" and "RDS" keys until on the screen will appear "1000" displayed.
2. Release keys. No more push on "SCAN" and "RDS" keys because otherwise number "1000" will be considered as first safe code attempt.
For example: we have the security code "5079". Then:
3. By the no.# 1 key you will set up the first safe code digit. Push 5 times on the no.# 1 button. The "5" number will be setted.
4. By the no.# 2 key you will set up the second safe code digit. Push 10 times on the no.# 2 button. The "0" number will be setted.
5. By the no.# 3 key you will set up the third safe code digit. Push 7 times on the no.# 3 button. The "7" number will be setted.
6. By the no.# 4 key you will set up the four-th safe code digit. Push 9 times on the no.# 4 button. The "9" number will be setted.
7. Then push again simultaneous "SCAN" and "RDS" keys for confirm this safe code. On the screen will be displayed "SAFE" notice. Release keys! For few seconds a radio frequence will be displayed.

The radio is now ready for use!

1998 Volkswagen... | Answered on Sep 08, 2011

1998 VW Passat - Selector lever handle (automatic transmission)


1998 Volkswagen... | Answered on Sep 07, 2011

If your getting a P0302 ( cylinder #2 misfire detected), the first thing to check is the spark plug. If it's new then the next thing to check is the plug wire. If it has individual coils, then swap it out with another one and see if the misfire moves too. If so then the coil is faulty.

1998 Volkswagen... | Answered on Aug 24, 2011

Try this website for resolving car problems by downloading a FREE service manual for your vehicle. This is not an owners manual but a factory mechcanic's manual.


1998 Volkswagen... | Answered on Aug 17, 2011

usually in the trunk. if its carpeted then you have to pull the carpet back. rear fender area on either side.
here is a picture of it


1998 Volkswagen... | Answered on Aug 06, 2011

sounds like the turbo variable vane is clogged up with carbon, check the vaccum line going to the tubo and try to manually move the linkages on the turbo if they dont move you may need a replacment turbo

1998 Volkswagen... | Answered on Jul 31, 2011

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