WHAT DOES THE CODE P2181 MEAN ON THIS CAR?

  • Tiny
  • hwilde03
  • 2004 Volkswagen Jetta
  • 85,000 miles

This is a 2.0L engine. The thermostat seems to be working properly it usually runs at 190 when warmed up.

Monday, November 14th, 2011 AT 5:23 PM

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  • rasmataz
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Check and test the coolant temperature sensor-

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Monday, November 14th, 2011 AT 5:27 PM
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  • F4I_guy
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Replace the ECT and thermostat as a combination. This is very very common. Go to VW and request a new ECT. They will hand you a new sensor that has a GREEN top. If it isn't green, ask for the new superseeded ECT that is green. The one installed on your car is all black, VW has re-designed their ECT's because they are prone to failure.

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Thursday, November 17th, 2011 AT 11:50 PM

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