ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Autos»
  • Car Care & Maintenance

Saving Money on Volkswagen Car Repairs

Updated on July 19, 2014

As with all car repairs, car mechanics are specially trained for their car type. Most will charge anywhere from $90 to $120 an hour. So, even spending just an half hour to do something can cost $60 in labor plus parts. Simple things like spark plugs, glow plugs, oil changes, oil filters and fuel filters can be done by the owner willing to use their labor. Doing these basic changes, can save you 50% since you are just buying the parts.

You should also buy or have the service manual for your car type. These show you how to do many basic services and more complicated ones. Going online also is valuable, especially, online car forums for your type of car. By searching the forum, you can often find out how to make repairs, or other problems others are having and how to resolve them. You can often find out the cause of a problem by entering in the symptoms your car has.

Car forums for your specific car probably exist and whatever your problem is, probably has come up before on the forum. You just have to find it on their site.

To highlight this, my own experience is great. My 2006 VW Jetta TDI had its glow plug light (the car is diesel) flashing. The manual tells you to immediately take the car into the VW place because this is a very serious malfunction. The VW service manual does not mention this much and neglects to tell you what causes it. When this light flashes, it can be serious or extremely minor that you can repair, it just depends. Not happy, I went to one of the several VW forums and entered in the search field various combinations of words to highlight my problem or symptom. A few threads or discussions popped up from others who had the same issue. As I read the threads, various suggestions of what to check came up- things anyone can check out.

It turns out, many others had simply replaced the brake light bulbs, even if they looked good, and that would correct the problem. Others had to replace the brake pedal switch behind the brake pedal (the switch activates the brake lights when applied) at a cost of $50. Still others had to simply replace fuses #14 and 34 at the cost of a few bucks. So, I simply spent less than an hour and replaced the brake light bulbs in the taillights and the fuses. As soon as I had done this, the flashing ominous glow plug light, stopped flashing. That was all. Now, had I heeded the dire warnings of VW in their manual, I would have been charged over $100 to do this because they would hook it up to their computer to analyze.

If your car has been running fine and the engine light or glow plug light turns on, the first thing is to see what engine codes are triggered. A code reader can be bought for less than $50 or you can take it in to many fast oil change places that will read it free. It could be minor or not. Then, go online to your car's forum and post what your codes are for feedback and advice or find how others fixed the problem. If you do not have codes, enter the symptoms your car has. You won't be the only other person having a similar issue.

As to VW, how they wire their cars is crazy. Fuses #14 and 34 also impact other functions that you would not think were. If the fuse is missing or blown, the glow plug light in their diesels with flash sporadically. Mine would flash then stop for days, only to flash again. In my case, my car did not even have a fuse in space #34, so, the car was telling me every so often. Yet, I would never have thought to look at the fuses had I not got online and searched the VW forum! Many others had paid a big price by taking the car into a dealer and paying $100 for a fuse. That would be a tough lesson. So, thanks to them, I avoided it.

If the end result is one you cannot easily fix, then you have no other choice, but at least try!

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)