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99 OVERHEATING

1999 Volkswagen Jetta • 4 cylinder FWD Manual • 168 miles

I have a 99 Volkswagen Jetta that has been intermittently overheating. I have checked for fluid leaks, but found none. What are possible things that could be only working intermittently and failing at other times to cause this problem?
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Dixiemomof3
March 20, 2011.



Electric radiator fan that doesn't turn on will cause overheating at slow speeds but not on the highway where there is plenty of air flow. Leaking head gasket can cause an air bubble in the cooling system. That could cause the thermostat to not open and allow hot coolant to flow to the radiator. Thermostats only open in the presence of hot coolant, not hot air. Your mechanic has a tool for testing at the radiator cap for a head gasket leak. Volkswagens have had some problems with the flimsy plastic water pump impeller breaking free and failing to circulate the coolant. The clue is there will also be cold air coming out of the heater.

Caradiodoc
Mar 20, 2011.


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