2001 VW Jetta

2001 VW Jetta questions and answers

Q: How do I reprogram my keys for a 2001 VW Jetta?
Just bought a 2001 Jetta and the owner replaced the batteries and now the remotes don't work. Can I reprogram them without going to the dealership?

A: Hi yes you need to give some more info, though if you bought a second hand car you should make sure the seller gives you the lock code! if not let me know if you have the car owners manual in the car? which should be able to guide you and you also need to give more info if the remote is orignal? is the key coded? if yes to any of the above then you need to get all the needful codes from the seller,otherwise its a costly affair. Good luck!

Q: How to replace an Oil Pan on a 2001 VW Jetta?
I have a 2001 Jetta and the oil pan threating stripped and needs to be replaced, does anyone know how to replace it, if you have a page with a diagram it would be greatly appreciated but instructions or a place where I can get them would be appreciated also. Before hand thank you.

A: VW has had this problem for a few years now on many of it's vehicles. The oil pan is aluminum and strips easily. They have redesigned the oil pan and it now has a steel lower half that will not strip as easily. Have the pan replaced with the newer design (available at any vw dealer). Not knowing how much experience you hve, the pan isn't too hard to replace but there are two bolts near the transmission that are almost impossible to get out without the proper tools. Check the local library for repair manuals or purchase one at most auto part stores.

Q: How to reset the Check Engine Light on a 2001 VW Jetta???
Does anyone know how to reset the check engine light on a 2001 VW Jetta? Thanks!

A: you really don't want to just clear the light without making any repairs. the light will just come on again. if you want to clear the light though you have to get an obd2 scan tool. the port to plug the scan tool into is on the drivers side under the dash above the hood release.

Q: How many watts can my 2001 VW Jetta speakers handle?
I have a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta and I was wondering if anyone knew how many watts the speakers can handle without me having to take them out and look on the back of them.

A: just untill they go bang mate.....about 20watts

Q: 2001 VW Jetta with lamp of Malfunction and Generator?
Dear All I wonder what's wrong with 2001 VW Jetta with lamp of Malfunction and Generator? After check by mechanic, its not battery or starter related -- all those parts look fine. I don't know what's wrong with this? Could you please help me to solve this? Mechanic hasn't been able to tell what exactly the problem is, now!

A: Have you not had the "plug in" diagnostic check carried out ? That should tell you what the fault is.

Q: What would i need to turbo charge a 2001 VW jetta?
My sister has a stock jetta and i would like to get it turbo charged for her because i have a wrx and she likes the power of mine.

A: your best bet would be to get a 1.8t complete motor, trans, ecu, and wiring harness off of a total jetta or gti, possibly from ebay. Its just far too much work turboing a NA engine and they aren't nearly as reliable. If you do choose to turbo her NA engine you are going to need; a turbo, bigger injectors, a better fuel pump, you have to tap the block for the oil line that feeds the turbo (once you do this there is no turning bad), and intercooler setup with piping, a blow off/ bypass valve, and you have to get your ecu reprogrammed to run all this new stuff. I'm sure that there are at least a few things that I'm missing in the list but you can see doing a swap would be much easy, cost effective, and reliable.

Q: What are common problems Found in 2001 VW Jetta VR6?
I'm thinking of buying a Jetta VR6 but I've heard both good news and bad news about them. Are they a reliable car or do they cause lots of problems? If you have owned one give me your feed back. If you haven't owned one, still answer.

A: Catalytic converter needed to be replaced at 25k miles ignition coil needed to be replaced at 48k miles They're not so good on gas as the Jetta parts are way too expensive new ignition coil plus spark plugs and wires. Total cost is $1200 This coil problem is not covered by warantee

Q: I have a 2001 VW Jetta and am looking to get it repainted due to several scratches?
The parking lot at my college is horrible. My car has been scuffed more than three times by other students who just hit my car and leave. I need to get it painted. I want to know how much something like this will cost me.

A: Do what I did in college, I used to park as far as I could from entrances. People like to park as close as they can to buildings, ramps and such. Stay away from there, and your paint will last longer. I do that even today, I park pretty far away in the parking lots. At least my car has very little dents and the walk is good for your body :-)

Q: 2001 vw jetta, which engine oil should i use??
I have a 2001 vw jetta with 2.0 litre engine, what weight of engine oil should I be using, currently I am using 10w40 castrol.

A: Do not use a 10-40 oil!! VW says that 5-30 oil is normally the oil to use in the vehicle, a 10-30 oil is ok, I'd recommend that you use a synethic oil such as Redline, Neo, or Castrol. I don't recommend Mobil 1 as its based on a synethic hydrocarbon design unlike the other oils listed above, which are based upon a diester base. However, any synethic oil is better than a "natural" oil; my 1998 vehicle (non VW) has 211,000 miles on it, and uses about 1/4 of a quart every 5,000 miles or so when I do change it. It has been run on a synethic oil for a very long time and will continue to do so; I expect the engine to last to 300,000 miles or more. My transmission (manual) has synethic fluid in it and still shifts like new. I recommend that you check the oil level at least once every thousand miles or more often to insure that it doesn't run out of oil. The 2.0 liter four (non turbo) is noted for high oil consumption and several people at the dealership I worked at have run out of oil by not checking the level and assuming that it only needed to be changed and not checked every 10,000 miles as listed in the VW owners maintanance guide. Hope this helps, a car nut.

Q: how to check transmission level in 2001 VW Jetta?
how to check transmission level in 2001 VW Jetta? Only honest answers, please Thanks

A: The automatic has a dipstick for the tranny fluid and must be checked with the car running, if its a manual then you have to remove a drain/check plug on the passenger side on the transmission. There are 2 plugs one on top and one on bottom. The top one is to check/fill the fluid while the bottom is for draining the fluid for changing it.

Q: Should I bring my 2001 VW Jetta to the dealer for service?
I bought this car used with 21000 miles on it. And the dealer had given it new breaks, tires, etc. But my manual says the care should be serviced at 40000 miles which it has now. Should I be bringing it to the VW dealer for authorized (expensive) service? Or ride it out? Or ask the advice of my regular mechanic?

A: i would bring it to the dealer, most mechanics do not have the proper diagnostic equipment to deal with volkswagen engine management systems. your owners manual will outline what service is due at specific milage. regular oil changes and the likes i would not hesitate to have your regular mechanic perform, but i dont think they will be much cheaper than the dealer. items like timing belt and waterpump service should be done at the dealer. you can always call the dealer for a quote on what the individual services will cost, and compare that to your regular mechanic. keep in mind that your regular mechanic will not be able to access most of the ecm programs. you should get a user id for vwvortex.com and browes the forums for mkvi jettas, a wealth of knowledgeable people who would be more than helpful.....just be sure to use the search function.

Q: What is the normal battery drain rate of a 2001 VW Jetta?
There appears to be an 80 milliamp residual radio drain with key out & all accessaries & lights off.

A: You've got a problem, that'll run the battery down i a couple days, about 30 milliamps is the acceptable level. Are you checking the draw after all the modules are asleep?, that takes about a half hour.

Q: Where is the starter solenoid on a 2001 VW Jetta?
My car won't start and I was told that sometimes the solenoid gets stuck.

A: It should be connected to your starter.. They are bolted onto eachother.. You can see the starter on the passengers side under the engine, then there should be a smaller cylindric shaped molded in with it. There should be two or three bolts to take it off and i THINK 3 wires. don't let the wires touch eachother or anything metal on the car... Hope this helps!

Q: How do i know what type of refrigerant is in my 2001 VW Jetta VR6? R12 or R134a?
I'm pretty sure it only needs to be refilled, but don't want to take it to a garage just so they could charge me $250 to tell me it does need refrigerant. I know how to do it, I just know that R134a kits are more readily available than the others. Is it safe to say that because my car was manufactured after '96 that it's R134a? If not, how would I go about evacuating any remaining R12 agent before converting to a store-bought R-134a agent?

A: You are correct in assuming that the year model dictates the type of refrigerant. Volkswagen starte using R134A in 1997. You can top of your system if it is low, but, I am curious to know how you know it needs it? Remember, overcharging can damage your system, especially the compressor. The only way to know it to take a reading with a gauge. Your system should run around 35 to 40 pounds. This pressure relates to your temperature also. By that I mean, 42 pounds of charge should produce 42 degree air at the vent. Just a little inside knowledge. You usually can find a sightglass in the low side hose that will have bubbles in it if your system is low. Remember that discharging R12 into the atmosphere is illegal. It should be recovered by a shop. Be careful adding the freon, never connect it to the high side. It is not entirely impossible even though the fittings are different. Use an oil charge also. Use on with a dye so if you have a leak, you can find it. Good luck and stay cool.

Q: How much should it cost to replace a T-stat and temp sending sensor on a 2001 VW Jetta 1.8T?
Both at the dealer and at a local shop. Thanks

A: Its going to cost more at the dealership, but if there is a local shop that specializes in european makes that would be ideal. The parts are reasonably priced, but the labor is going to be expensive- its an intensive process. Check out vwvortex.com and go to the regional section for your location. You will be able to get recommendations of qualified mechanics in your area.