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Watercooled VWs General FAQ



Watercooled VWs General Q&As

This Watercooled VWs General FAQ was compiled and written by Jan Vandenbrande with numerous contributions by others.

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-01 What does [W] and [A] mean in the UseNet posting headers?
-02 What are the best manuals for my car?
-03 Any interesting books?
-04 Can I get VW Service Bulletins?
-05 What periodicals are worth reading and are relevant to VW?
-06 Is there an index of articles of the above.
-07 Are there any VW clubs?
-08 I am going to Germany, what can I visit that may be of interest?
-09 What's A-1 and the A-2 designations mean I see all the time?
-10 What is captured in the US Vehicle Identification Number?
-11 What does the Karmann badge on some VWs mean?
-12 What are VWs OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturer)?
-13 Where can I get used parts?
-14 Where can I get DISCOUNT and PERFORMANCE parts?
-15 Who are the VW (performance) tuners?
-16 What are some of the brand name namufacturer/product addresses?
-17 Where can I get special VW tools?
-18 What are VW's related numbers and addresses?
-19 What does 'Fahrvergnuegen' mean (current commercial jingle in NA)?
-20 Who did the music on the US/Canada VW commercial?
-21 Where did VW car names come from?
-22 What does GTI, GLI and so on mean?
-23 Is VW the inventor of the VR6 and G-charger design?
-24 What is VW's heritage?
-25 What's the relationship between VW, Audi and Porsche?
-26 What do the oval "B", "D" stickers on car's bumpers mean in Europe?
-27 What are the racing colors per country?
-28 What is the VW Visa card?
-29 How do I obtain NHTSA (Recall) information (USA)?
-30 What are the known defects for the VW product line?
-31 Other Known Failures/Technical Service Bulletins
-32 I heard there is a recall on my Golf/Jetta/GTI heater core. What do I do?
-33 What are the symptoms of a leaky/bad heater core?
-34 My A/C is smelly after use, especially during humid summer months?
-35 My radio keeps on playing when the car is turned off?
-36 My oxygen sensor light has come on. What am I supposed to do?
-37 How do I reset the oxygen sensor light?
-38 I have a Clock, not a tach, can I get a "new" instrument cluster?
-39 What's a good car cover for my car? Will it scratch or dull my paint?
-40 Whenever it rains, the carpet in my VW gets wet?
-41 My back up lights don't work anymore, but the bulbs are ok!
-42 During hard cornering my inner rear wheel lifts. What's wrong? Is this bad?
-43 My VR6 equiped VW (Corrado, Passats) rattles in idle, but the sound goes away when I push in the clutch!
-44 The AC comes on when I turn on the defroster. What's wrong?
-45 What VW parts are interchangeable between models & years?
-46 Will Rabbit seats fit in a Scirocco?
-47 I need tool VW #xyz. Is there a suitable replacement?
-48 My factory VW radio is CD changer ready. What unit other than the VW one can I use?
-49 What are the FI types used by VW?
-50 How do I take care of my car to make it last long?
-51 Should I warm up my VW?
-52 Which is better High or Low revs when driving? Will either one damage the engine?
-53 How do you break into all A1 & A2 VWs (exc. Corrado, Passats, A3) w/o breaking glass in under 10 secs?
-54 What gas (petrol) should I use?
-55 When/how often should I get an alignment done?
-56 Good and bad VW years? Impressions?
-57 Translations
-58 Current VW Types
-59 Old VW Types
-60 Contributors (not exhaustive):









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