1999 VW Passat

1999 VW Passat questions and answers

Q: Anyone know how to fix error P0441 on a 1999 VW Passat 4 cyl?
I am diagnosing error P0441 on my 1999 Passat, I learned it is an Evaporative Emission Control System Incorrect Purge Flow. I heard it could be the check valves or the purge valve or other hoses. Can anyone tell me where to start and what things to look for? If you have any picture or figure that will be great.

A: Check the evap and vacuum hoses, and also make sure the gas cap is on tight, until it clicks 2-3 times. It could have a bad purge valve solenoid but I think that code is P0446.

Q: 1999 VW Passat appears to be running to rich?
My 1999 VW Passat appears to be running to rich, I replaced the throttle body and it did not help, what else ca it be???

A: How did you decide it is running rich? Any codes? After you replaced the throttle body (that has no rich/lean control) did you relearn the throttle body. (Match the throttle body to the ECM) Codes stored is going to be the starting point for proper diagnostics. Do you have any way to check them? PO... codes are a start but VAG codes would get you farther faster.

Q: Can anyone help with a 1999 vw passat, it;s tachometer goes up and down when the accelerator pedal is pressed?
The problem seemed to happened when the engine was power washed. When I try holding the gas pedal steady (in one position) the rpm needle travels from say 2K to 10K repeatibly. Some person has said it's the "Throttle Body sensor" but after extensive research I don't believe the 1999 passat has a throttle body "sensor" Any lead would be very appreciated.

A: I have a 2001 VW New Beetle (that I LOVE) and I have found the website below to be a really big help. My son has two Volkswagen's (GTI and Sirocco) and my little sister has a Jetta - we love, love, love them. In fact the Jetta saved my little sisters life. Just like the commercials show.

Q: How do I check my transmission oil in my 1999 VW Passat?
I have checked the owner's manual and looked under the hood but I can't find the for it.

A: VWs have sealed transmissions. Most standard owners do not have the ability to check the transmission oil levels themselves. However if you are experienced. Raise vehicle so that it is level. Warm up the transmission by running the car for a few minutes. There is a sealed plug at the top of the transmission that needs to be removed. If you do it properly, you won't damage the plug, but it doesn't hurt to have a spare in case you do. Fluid should come out of the plug hole. If no fluid comes out, fill with proper VW transmission fluid until oil comes out of the hole. Replace plug. The honest truth is they are a REAL PAIN to get to. Especially since they are suppose to be tested when the tranmission is warm. Typically it's cheaper, and less hassle to take it to a dealership. (My opinion).

Q: Should i buy a 2002 Mazda Protege ES or a 1999 VW Passat GLS?
2002 Mazda Protege ES has 87,000 miles on it while the 1999 VW Passat GLS has 105,000 miles on it. Both cars are $5,000 and have the same features. So which is the better deal????? sorry its a 2000 Mazda Protege

A: protege is better vw are german and expensive to fix and vw are usually unreliable not too bad but not good

Q: How can I change the oil on my 1999 VW Passat myself?
There is cover on the bottom of this model vehicle. I'm wondering if there's a way to remove that cover myself, so that I can change the oil. Or maybe there's a resource that will tell me how to do this?

A: For the 2.8L 30V: http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=3127476

Q: My 1999 vw passat has lost power and is very sluggish on hills. Its not the clutch or the fuel system .?
I used a fuel system cleaner to clear the jets etc but to no avail. I have been told it could be the air mass meter? In neutral it revs as normal, but in gear put your foot down and it takes off like a milk float. Can anyone help please?

A: If the fuel line is sucking air, it well rev normally but when the engine is under load, it will struggle.

Q: My 1999 VW Passat 1.8T jerks and loses power, when I accelerate hard. When I go slow its OK but no pace?
My 1999 VW Passat 1.8T jerks and cuts out when I accelerate hard when I accelerate a lot more gently it doesnt jerk but I still cant get good pace from it. When the car is idling the engine runs very smooth and quiet no vibrations of any kind. Someone mentioned it could be a fuel pump. Does anyone have any ideas?

A: I have a 2003 1.8T Jetta and I had the exact same problem fixed this weekend. It was the mas air flow sensor (that service guy said that he found some corrosion on it). Good luck!!!

Q: how do you change brakes and rotors on the back of a 1999 vw passat?.?
the brake cylinder won't go back in so the new brakes fit in it?

A: You need a special tool that twists the piston while pushing it back. You can rent them and then get the fee back at some auto parts stores Autozone / Advance Auto for $35 like I did last time, but ended up being a nightmare and got stuck. Thought I was going to have to destroy the tool to get it off. I just ended up taking it to an indipendent shop and paying them 75 bucks. You can also order it online but if you're only doing this procedure once in your lifetime then it might not be worth the cost. Link below. Use the tool to turn the piston clockwise while pushing in. If it's stuck, try counterclockwise half a turn, then clockwise again.

Q: I have a 1999 VW passat and the ABS light is on and the brake light and oil light flashes with a buzzer noise?
I have replaced the brake light switch and well as the brake/cruise switch I have had it scaned and they told me that the brake light switch has a inpauseable signal and it was bad

A: Ok, you've done the basics, but now its time to go either to a dealer or some one who specializes in late model VW's and has the proper scan tool that can also update software in the ECU (PCM or whatever you wish to call the main computer for the engine management system). I suspect that you have an electrical feedback problem and not a brake or cruise control - brake light switch concern. I bet if the units were tested they would work just fine. My guess is that you have a wiring concern or a problem with the ECU, though other possibilities can also be the cause. Has anyone actually tested the oil pressure of the engine to insure that the pump is functional? With miles of wiring and various junction points for the many wiring harnesses in the vehicle, anything can and does go wrong. So, bite the bullet so to speak, have someone with the proper tools and knowledge take a look at the situation. You should expect to pay at least one hour's diagnosis at the posted labour rate to see what might be the cause. At the last VW dealership I was at (I left VW in December of 2005); we used to estimate electrical concerns with a starting estimate of 2 hours labour, though electrical concerns had labour charges based upon actual time and material. (so, sometimes it was less- and sometimes it was more). Hope this helps, a car nut.

Q: I just bought 1999 VW Passat GLS; can I put normal fuel in it?

A: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octane_rating check it^^ BUT from a Volkswagen owners view/exprience 1. Your car legally has to be made to run off lower octane, the specs the manufacture release to the press are using 91 octane. 2. Knock sensors will not matter 3. You will have "knock" and piston slop in a car that is this old, trust me, change your driving style a bit and ease up on her, its like making a 70 yr old lady run a 400meter marathon! I have a 12v 1998 vr6 jetta and i use 87, i only see a bit rougher idle in the winter and a bit performance loss in the end. I have used 93 octane and my engine performs a bit better, i get the same mileage and overall i still use 87. I would go with 89 octane, the best of both worlds, your car is almost ten years old so your not gonna be able to "save it" the carbon deposits now cause believe me she is pretty dirty inside. I have worked on swaps before and the blocks from 87 octane and 91/93 look slightly different but overall have alot of carbon deposit and wear. Use 10w30 or 5w30 oil, fuel with 89 and use your cruise on the highway! good luck and drive safely

Q: 1999 VW Passat 1.8T perfomance enhancement?
I have a 1999 VW Passat 1.8T What low cost modifications can I add to increase power and speed. Do these so called perfomance chips work and where can I get a compatible one. How much BHP will this add? Whats the down side? What do you think of this? http://www.yourhotcar.com/prod/Surge_Engineering/Performance_Parts/Performance_Chips/Stage_3_Surge_O2_Chip_Combo/544396

A: Chip or Remap the ECU is the cheapest power you can get. 10 to 15 hp is about all you get from it.

Q: 1999 VW Passat GLS 1.8T?
what do you guys think, 1999 passat 1.8t with 78k miles what is the upcoming maintenance i should anticipate?

A: You'll have to change the timing belt if it hasn't been done already also be warned MK4 VW's are known for needing replacement automatic window motors around 50-60k miles. I would suggest getting a Car Fax report done on it, just to see where you stand maintenance wise.

Q: 1999 VW Passat Armrest?
Well I was wondering I have a 1999 Passat and I am about to but an arm rest but it came off a 2000 Passat. So will it fit on my passat?

A: Good chance that it would, there wasn't a radical change in the interior.

Q: 1999 VW Passat?
I am buying a 1999 VW Passat for my Son, any idea about that type of car?

A: have it checked out BEFORE you buy it...they are known for electrical problems. engine and transmission are very good so long as they receive their maintenances throughout