Trusted VW Specialist Waterloo


Having issues with your VW? There are a number of common problems with volkswagens such as engine light problems, coil failure, rattling noises, oil leaks, and more. This article will walk you through what could be happening with your VW. If you're looking for a VW specialist in Kitchener-Waterloo, trust Hansma Automotive. Hansma has been servicing VWs for over 30 years.  To contact them today, click here.

Trusted VW Specialist in Waterloo: 10 Common Problems 

1. High Mileage Automatic Transmissions May Have Shifting Problems

Unfortuantely, shifting problems with high mileage VW vehicles is a common problem. Shifting issues often lead to transmission repair or replacement. Due to internal problems in high mileage (over 150,000 km) automatic transmissions, it can be difficult to resolve the problem.  A warning sign of this problem can be dirty or burnt transmission fluid. As well, if you're wanting to try a listen and feel procedure to check your transmission, try this: while at a stand still with your foot firmly on the brake, run the transmission (slowly) between reverse, neutral, and drive several times. Does it seem to be solid when it goes into gear? If it feels like it just sloppily goes into gear (long duration to get into gear) then there may be an issue.  (Source)


2. Power Window May Fail Due to Window Regulator

Often in VW vehicles, one or more power windows may fail. Unfortunately, this issues is commonly due to a failed window regulator which will require replacement.  Typically this problem starts with the drivers side window and stops with one window at a time. If this is occurring you will not be able to put down the window at all.  


3. Check Engine Light

In more recent makes, this problem occurs at a low mileage. This problem is common with 2013 Jetta hybrid models. The problem is likely a sensor or a software issue. Check engine lights on later model cars can be anywhere from innocuous to serious, but it is always better to have it checked out by a repair shop.  In most cases with newer models (2013+) the issue is simply the light being on, not actually signifying an engine issue. However it is still important to get it checked in case of the rare occurrence of an actual engine issue.

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4. Oil Sludge

In early 2000 model Passats, there has been a problem with engine failure due to a build-up of oil sludge. Oil sludge is a thickening of the oil created as moisture and contaminants build up and break down the oil, causing it to gel and reducing the oil flow and lubrication.  Aside from a problem with the car, oil sludge can typically be prevented by following all manufacturer guidelines on oil changes, including the type of oil used. If you are interested in learning more about oil sludge and seeing pictures, click here.  Arrange for regular oil changes with Hansma to prevent oil sludge. 

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5. Wiring Harness Shorts

Another issue, mainly with 2006 Jettas, is wiring harness shorts.  A wiring harness is an organized set of wires, terminals, and connectors that run throughout the entire vehicle and relay information and electric power, thereby playing a critical role in “connecting” a variety of components.The problem occurs once the car hits about 160,000 kms. Because this is an electrical problem, it should always be checked out by a qualified repair shop.


6. Airbag Malfunction Light

The same 2006 Jetta has an issue with the airbag malfunction light staying on.  If this light comes on, you should take it to the repair shop to get the airbag checked out to make sure it is functioning. If you happened to be pulled over or in an accident with this light on, it will cause you trouble.  Trust the professionals at Hansma to fix this problem.


7. Coil Failure

 Some Passat cars have an issue with coil failure. Ignition coils are a vital part of any car, increasing the vehicle battery from six or twelve volts, depending on the car's age, to thousands of volts in order to spark the spark plugs and get the engine running. The placement of these coils depends on the make or model.Three indications of coil failure are: difficulty starting the car, backfiring or constant engine sputtering, and stalling. This problem appears around 140,000 km and while it is a common issue, it should be checked out and repaired by professionals. Contact Hansma today.



8. Rattling Sound in the Centre of the Car

Sometimes, VWs experience a rattling sound in the centre of the car, which can mean there is a problem with a muffler bracket. This will sound like a loud metallic vibration.  Often, this can be resolved with a repair and does not mean full replacement. However, as soon as you hear a rattle it is crucial to make an appointment at a repair shop. The longer it is left, the more likely the damage is to increase. Hansma is known for their fast appointment booking service. Contact them today to get your VW repaired.


9. Rattling Sound Near the Rear of the Car

Another common issue is a rattling sound near the back of the car. There are a number of reasons why this could be happening, however the most common is a problem with the rear springs. When the springs break or are worn, you will hear rattling when going over bumps. Visit a repair shop as soon as possible to avoid further damage. Book an appointment today. Listen here for an audio example of the rattling sound: 

10. Oil Leaks

Oil leaks are common in VW vehicles. There are a number of reasons an oil leak could be happening, however, the valve cover gaskets typically are the cause of the leak. The top symptoms of oil leaks are: dark puddles under your car, smoke from the engine, the dashboard oil light, engine overheating, or the smell of burning oil. Covers and seals have been updated by VW multiple times, but these oil leaks are still an issue. If this is a problem you are facing, contact Hansma, experienced professionals in oil leaks, today!


The Hansma Difference

At Hansma we offer service with a difference. We have worked hard to gain a reputation for honesty and quality work.  As VW experts, trust the professionals at Hansma to only recommend and carry out the repairs that you actually need. We will let you know what you need done and when it should be done. Our customers have come to consider us as their mechanic friend. And as your mechanic friend, we promise to give you top-notch service at reasonable and competitive rates. Click here to meet our friendly team, read our testimonials, and contact us today and find out about the Hansma service difference for yourself.  We are open every weekday from 8 AM to 6 PM. Come see us at 88 Shoemaker St. in Kitchener, Ontario.

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Posted on February 22, 2018 .