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thermo2Hey everyone, today we are back to talk about more failing VW parts. The failing VW part was are looking at today is the thermostat on 2.0t FSI engine. This is the engine code BPY found in 2006-2008 Volkswagens. This is a failure that can cause a number of issues from overheating to a check engine light with a code p2181. While we are looking at the thermostat on a 2.0t FSI, this issue and fault are common on many other VW engines.

Sponsor Of The Day
Today’s show is sponsored by Deutsche Auto Parts. They are the VW and Audi parts experts. They have great prices and awesome service. Plus they work really hard on a ton of VW DIY videos. Paul and the fellas at DAP are awesome. Also check out their new site at SHOPDAP.com

Join me today as we breakdown:

  • What is a thermostat?
  • How the 2.0t FSI thermostat works
  • How the 2.0t FSI thermostat regulates coolant
  • How the 2.0t FSI thermostat fails
    Stuck open VS Stuck closed
  • Symptoms of a failing FSI thermostat
  • Diagnosing a Failing Thermostat
  • Diagnosing a check engine light p2181
  • Is replacing a VW thermostat a DIY
  • and more


Trouble viewing? Watch “How VW Parts Fail ~ 2.0t BPY Thermostat” on YouTube.

As always, your questions and comments are welcome.
Please post them below. If you would like to suggest a part of a show like this, email me Charles(at)HumbleMechanic(dot)com. Thanks again to Deutsche Auto Parts for being such a great sponsor.

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Failing VW camshafts

Failing VW camshafts

You guys wanted more TDI content, you got it! Today we are back talking about more failing VW parts. This time we are looking at the camshaft failures on the 1.9 and 2.0 Pumpe Duse engines. This engine was in the Mk4 platform and the B5.5 platform. Failures were much more common on the 1.9l, but that may be pure numbers game.

Sponsor Of The Day
Today’s show is sponsored by Deutsche Auto Parts. They are the VW and Audi parts experts. They have great prices and awesome service. Plus they work really hard on a ton of VW DIY videos. Paul and the fellas at DAP are awesome. Also check out their new site at SHOPDAP.com

Join me today as we breakdown:

  • What is a Camshaft
  • How does a camshaft work
  • What is “lift and duration”?
  • How TDI camshafts fail
  • Symptoms of a failing VW camshaft
  • How to diagnose a failing VW camshaft
  • Is this a DIY repair?
  • Shout out to Apex-Tuning
  • and more


Trouble viewing? Watch “How VW Parts Fail ~ 1.9 and 2.0 TDI CamShafts” on YouTube.

As always, your questions and comments are welcome.
Please post them below. If you would like to suggest a part of a show like this, email me Charles(at)HumbleMechanic(dot)com. Thanks again to Deutsche Auto Parts for being such a great sponsor.

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Back in action talking about more failed parts. We are well into the series where we are talking about overall failures of the car, not just the specific parts. I think it’s a lot of fun to look back and remember all the issues a generation had. The car we are talking about today is the 1998-2005 Passat. This would include the 1.8t, V6, TDI, and the W8. There is not much to talk about on the W8. They had their issues for sure, but the production run was so limited, they are a rare bird.

Sponsor Of The Day
Today’s show is sponsored by Deutsche Auto Parts. They are the VW and Audi parts experts. They have great prices and awesome service. Plus they work really hard on a ton of VW DIY videos. Paul and the fellas at DAP are awesome. When you are shopping for VW Parts Online be sure to check them out.

Join me as we breakdown:

  • This is one of the most expensive VWs to own
  • Passat Oil leaks
  • Passat Water leaks
  • Passat Suspension links failing
  • 1.8t Passat Engine sludge
  • Passat Rear brake wear
  • Rapid fire ~ Passat Recalls
  • Rapid fire ~ A lot of other issues
  • I LOVE my B5.5 Passat
  • and more


Trouble viewing? Watch “Top 5 Failures 1998-2005 Passat B5/B5.5 ” on YouTube.

As always, your questions and comments are welcome.
Please post them below. If you would like to suggest a part of a show like this, email me Charles(at)HumbleMechanic(dot)com. Thanks again to Deutsche Auto Parts for being such a great sponsor.

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VW and Audi 2.0t TSI High Pressure Fuel Pumps Fail (HPFP)

Next up in our series on failing Volkswagen parts, we are looking at the 2.0t TSI High Pressure Fuel Pump failure. I will be using HPFP for short. This is a failure that I was replacing regularly a few years ago. Today we don’t see the failure rate that we did, but they come in from time to time. We have had cars driven in with a bad HPFP, as well as towed in. This is a part failure that may leave you stranded. The good thing is that no top end damage is done to the engine. The BPY 2.0t is a much more catastrophic failure. I did a video on  BPY Cam follower and HPFP failure if you want to learn more.

Sponsor Of The Day
Today’s show is sponsored by Deutsche Auto Parts. They are the VW and Audi parts experts. They have great prices and awesome service. Plus they work really hard on a ton of VW DIY videos. Paul and the fellas at DAP are awesome. Also check out their new site at SHOPDAP.com

Join me as we break down:VW and Audi 2.0t TSI High Pressure Fuel Pumps Fail (HPFP)

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