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VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE COOLANT PROBLEM

2005 Volkswagen Beetle • 14,400 miles

My VW showed hoy coming home yeesterday, my wife added coolant, not the type book called for. Now this morning, I can't even start it up and get it out of the driveway withou it showing hot. Can you help me?
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October 28, 2012.



Which engine is in your Bug?

Is the coolant level correct? A mixture that is too rich in Antifreeze can turn the red warning light on... there is a level sensor in the bottle / reservoir
that "senses" fluid level, but can not do so if the mixture is too rich (should be 50/50 mix of antifreeze & water).

Check for correct coolant flow BACK into the bottle... at idle, you should see fluid flowing back in to the bottle:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJN3biTfdGE&feature=plcp

Sample of incorrect flow:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thcwatH_BpI&feature=plcp

An "electrical glitch" or the wrong fluid mixture / level will cause and immediate flashing of the red light when cold... a mechanical issue such as a broken
water pump, will not cause the red light to flash until the engine has run for some time.

Sample of bad water pumps:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJlS7MvfRXo&feature=plcp

Thomas

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Oct 28, 2012.