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Damn! I noticed some kind of fluid leaking on the drive behind my rear wheel. Thought it was oil or petrol or something. More likely to be this.
 

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This should be a recall issue. VW will be reluctant to do a recall, as it costs them a lot. The more cases that are reported makes it more likely.

If you have had this problem I would suggest contacting VOSA, who will advise VW on making a recall.

http://www.vosa.gov.uk/vosa/apps/recalls/aboutrecalls.asp

'It is the responsibility of the manufacturer to inform the Vehicle Inspectorate when substantial evidence of a safety defect that requires remedial action, has been confirmed. Additionally, evidence may be presented to the manufacturer by the Vehicle Inspectorate as a result of investigations into accidents, and safety defects which have been brought to their attention from other sources.'

Contact :

Any information regarding reporting car manufacturing safety defects (for consideration for a recall) should be addressed to this e-mail address:

[email protected] . The information will then be forwarded onto the correct person/department by the enquiry unit.

Recalls search :

http://www.vosa.gov.uk/vosa/apps/recalls/default.asp
 

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Could not agree more - although I love my TDI I,m getting increasingly fed up with having to spend time and money sorting out problems that are due to a lack of proper development by VW. Problems such as the rear axle bushes, window clips, weak clutches, rear wash/wipe etc etc.

Electrolytic corrosion is not exactly unknown to science and this problem should not have occurred. This is a real safety issue and VW should sort it out.
 

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Could someone help me with this.

I read the first post a while ago and I've just re-read it and I have a few concerns about my car/life.

Sometimes, when I've been driving for a while (usually fast on a motorway) and not using the brakes, I come to my exit or whatever and put my foot on the brake pedal. At which point, the pedal will move in about 1cm, but then I can't push it in any further. (The only feeling I can compare it to is like the resistance you get when you try to squeeze a fizzy drink bottle!) Luckily I'm quite quick and I kind of pump the brakes and then the problem is gone with 1 or 2 pumps.

What is this a sign of? Any ideas? Any help will be appreciated.
 

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My mate has a 51 plate Seat which is out of Warranty, and he has just had a letter to say bring the car into Seat to get this problem checked, seems like Seat are recalling all theres, does anyone know what VW are doing about this?
 

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Quote: posted by benjie on 10/04/2005 22:34:03

Could someone help me with this.

I read the first post a while ago and I've just re-read it and I have a few concerns about my car/life.

Sometimes, when I've been driving for a while (usually fast on a motorway) and not using the brakes, I come to my exit or whatever and put my foot on the brake pedal. At which point, the pedal will move in about 1cm, but then I can't push it in any further. (The only feeling I can compare it to is like the resistance you get when you try to squeeze a fizzy drink bottle!) Luckily I'm quite quick and I kind of pump the brakes and then the problem is gone with 1 or 2 pumps.

What is this a sign of? Any ideas? Any help will be appreciated.

Could be a problem with the brake servo vacuum assistance - the vacuum pipe splits and leaks. This was a recall - to replace the vacuum pipe, but may have been missed or happened again.

Check the 1/2inch plastic pipe attached to the brake servo (under the brake fluid reservoir), it tends to split at the ends and joins.

I had this problem - the brakes loose assistance and take a lot of pressure to use - pedal goes hard.
 

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Quote: posted by smithjoe on 11/04/2005 21:13:21

My mate has a 51 plate Seat which is out of Warranty, and he has just had a letter to say bring the car into Seat to get this problem checked, seems like Seat are recalling all theres, does anyone know what VW are doing about this?

The recent recall for Seat was for the brake vacuum pipe, unless I am mistaken.

This was a recall for VW ages ago and Seat have only just done the same recall. Partly due to there being fewer Seats and Seat customer service seems even worse than VW.

(Seat is part of VW and uses several common components with the Golf).
 

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This was a recall - to replace the vacuum pipe, but may have been missed or happened again.

If it was a recall, what do I do? I've never had to deal with anything like this. Do I just go to a VW garage and tell them the problem and let them know that I know it's a recall and ask them to fix it? Is there a reference number I can get from somewhere?
 

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Quote: posted by benjie on 13/04/2005 21:37:25

This was a recall - to replace the vacuum pipe, but may have been missed or happened again.

If it was a recall, what do I do? I've never had to deal with anything like this. Do I just go to a VW garage and tell them the problem and let them know that I know it's a recall and ask them to fix it? Is there a reference number I can get from somewhere?

Ring up or go the VW dealer with VIN number and number plate number, they can check if your car was affected by the recall (only certain dates were affected), and if it has been done already. If it needs doing then it will be done at no cost to you.

It would be a good idea to get it physically checked asap anyway.

Check this website for recalls :

http://www.vosa.gov.uk/vosa/apps/recalls/default.asp
 
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