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 Basics & Essentials
Jacking Up Your Car
Most common tasks need the car to be jacked up in the air. But where should you place the jack, and what is the safest method of lifting it? It's all answered here.
     Applies to: VW Passat (1996-00) - VW Golf (2000-02) - VW Jetta (2000-02) - VW Beetle (1999-02)
Serpentine Belt Replacement
The serpentine belt can seem a bit daunting to replace the first time you look at it. Here's some detailed instructions on how to change it easily.
     Applies to: VW Passat (1996-00)
Oil Change
The most common task to do on your Golf, Jetta or Passat is explained thoroughly in this helpful article.
     Applies to: VW Passat (1996-00) - VW Golf (2000-02) - VW Jetta (2000-02) - VW Beetle (1999-02)
Air Filter Replacement
New to working on your Volkswagen? Not sure where the air filter is? Check out this simple article.
     Applies to: VW Passat (1996-00) - VW Golf (2000-02) - VW Jetta (2000-02) - VW Beetle (1999-02)
 Engine
Spark Plug Replacement
Spark plugs are an important part of your engine - make sure that they are replaced every 60,000 miles or so, to keep your ignition system running smoothly.
     Applies to: VW Passat (1996-00) - VW Golf (2000-02) - VW Jetta (2000-02) - VW Beetle (1999-02)
Camshaft Position Sensor Replacement
A bad cam sensor can prevent the engine from starting. Here's how to change it out in under 10 minutes.
     Applies to: VW Passat (1996-00) - VW Golf (2000-02) - VW Jetta (2000-02) - VW Beetle (1999-02)
Exhaust Manifold Gasket Replacement
Over time, the exhaust manifold gaskets can wear out and start to leak. Here's how to replace them.
     Applies to: VW Passat (1996-00) - VW Golf (2000-02) - VW Jetta (2000-02) - VW Beetle (1999-02)
Intake Manifold Removal
Some jobs on the 1.8T require removal of the intake manifold. This article will show you how to remove it without breaking a sweat!
     Applies to: VW Passat (1996-00) - VW Golf (2000-02) - VW Jetta (2000-02) - VW Beetle (1999-02)
Timing Belt Replacement
Replacing the timing belt is an important maintenance job. This article outlines the steps required to changing it yourself.
     Applies to:VW Passat (1996-00) - VW Golf (2000-02) - VW Jetta (2000-02) - VW Beetle (1999-02)
Valve Cover Gasket Replacement
Got a small oil leak coming from the valve cover or spark plug tubes? Follow the steps in this article to fix the leak.
     Applies to: VW Passat (1996-00) - VW Golf (2000-02) - VW Jetta (2000-02) - VW Beetle (1999-02)
 Fuel Injection
Fuel Filter Replacement
You should replace your fuel filter about every 10,000 miles or so. This technical article shows you how to perform this relatively easy maintenance task.
     Applies to: VW Passat (1996-00) - VW Golf (2000-02) - VW Jetta (2000-02) - VW Beetle (1999-02)
Fuel Injector Replacement
Sometimes, fuel injectors can get clogged and stop working. Remove them in no time with this article!
     Applies to: VW Passat (1996-00) - VW Golf (2000-02) - VW Jetta (2000-02) - VW Beetle (1999-02)
Fuel Pressure Regulator Replacement
The fuel pressure regulator keeps a constant pressure on the fuel rail. If this regulator fails, don't fret, this article shows you how to swap it out.
     Applies to: VW Passat (1996-00) - VW Golf (2000-02) - VW Jetta (2000-02) - VW Beetle (1999-02)
Fuel Pump Replacement
Fuel pumps tend to wear out over time. The steps outlined in this article will show you how to access the pump and replace it!
     Applies to: VW Passat (1996-00) - VW Golf (2000-02) - VW Jetta (2000-02) - VW Beetle (1999-02)
Oxygen Sensor Replacement
Old, worn out oxygen sensors can cause poor mileage, low power and a variety of fuel injection problems. Learn how to replace them today with this handy article.
     Applies to: VW Passat (1996-00) - VW Golf (2000-02) - VW Jetta (2000-02) - VW Beetle (1999-02)
 Water Cooling
Coolant Flush
Your coolant should be changed every two years or so. If you haven't done so in decades (it's okay, we won't tell anyone!) this article will show to do it on a 1.8T engine.
     Applies to: VW Passat (1996-00) - VW Golf (2000-02) - VW Jetta (2000-02) - VW Beetle (1999-02)
Heater Core Flush
Heater not working? Sometimes, corrosion in the cooling system can clog the heater core. Here's how to flush it out.
     Applies to: VW Passat (1996-00) - VW Golf (2000-02) - VW Jetta (2000-02) - VW Beetle (1999-02)
Radiator and Hose Replacement
This article shows you how to replace the radiator and all of the heater hoses on a 1.8T engine.
     Applies to: VW Passat (1996-00) - VW Golf (2000-02) - VW Jetta (2000-02) - VW Beetle (1999-02)
Water Pump Replacement
Car starting to overheat? Heater not working like it used to? Occasionally, the water pump will fail and will need to be changed. This article will show you how to swap it out without bruising your knuckles!
     Applies to: VW Passat (1996-00) - VW Golf (2000-02) - VW Jetta (2000-02) - VW Beetle (1999-02)
 Transmission and Axles
Differential Fluid Change
One of the easiest tasks to perform on your Volkswagen is to change the differential fluid, but just in case you need a bit of guidance, be sure to read this article first.
     Applies to: VW Passat (1996-00) - VW Golf (2000-02) - VW Jetta (2000-02) - VW Beetle (1999-02)
Manual Transmission Fluid Change
In this article, we go over the procedure for changing the transmission fluid on your manual transmission VW.
     Applies to: VW Passat (1996-00) - VW Golf (2000-02) - VW Jetta (2000-02) - VW Beetle (1999-02)
 Turbocharging
Intercooler Cleaning
Over time, the inside of an intercooler can become coated with oil vapor and other contaminants. Follow the steps outlined in this article to get the most out of your intercooler.
     Applies to: VW Passat (1996-00) - VW Golf (2000-02) - VW Jetta (2000-02) - VW Beetle (1999-02)
Replacing the Diverter Valve
This article goes into the steps involved in replacing the diverter valve on your 1.8T engine.
     Applies to: VW Passat (1996-00) - VW Golf (2000-02) - VW Jetta (2000-02) - VW Beetle (1999-02)
Turbocharger Rebuild
Rebuilding a turbocharger isn't all that difficult (no really! We kid not). This article goes into the steps required to tackling this often daunting task. 
     Applies to: VW Passat (1996-00) - VW Golf (2000-02) - VW Jetta (2000-02) - VW Beetle (1999-02)
Turbocharger Replacement
Need to replace your turbocharger? This article goes into detail explaining the steps involved to replacing this unit.
     Applies to: VW Passat (1996-00) - VW Golf (2000-02) - VW Jetta (2000-02) - VW Beetle (1999-02)
 Brakes
Bleeding Brakes
Another tricky process. Here's a couple of hints and tips gathered from some good and bad experiences in brake bleeding.
     Applies to: VW Passat (1996-00) - VW Golf (2000-02) - VW Jetta (2000-02) - VW Beetle (1999-02)
Front Brake Pad and Disc Replacement
Want to know how to perform this relatively easy task and save some money at the same time? Check out our step-by-step instructions on front brake pad and disc replacement.
     Applies to: VW Passat (1996-00) - VW Golf (2000-02) - VW Jetta (2000-02) - VW Beetle (1999-02)
Rear Brake Pad and Disc Replacement
Want to know how to perform this relatively easy task and save some money at the same time? Check out our step-by-step instructions on rear brake pad and disc replacement.
     Applies to: VW Passat (1996-00) - VW Golf (2000-02) - VW Jetta (2000-02) - VW Beetle (1999-02)
Replacing Brake Lines
Repeated heat cycling and fluid contamination will eventually cause the lines to swell and crack. You've been warned, so now it's time to take action.
     Applies to: VW Passat (1996-00) - VW Golf (2000-02) - VW Jetta (2000-02) - VW Beetle (1999-02)
How to Change the Front Brake Rotors and Brake Pads in Your VW Passat
Stop! Yes, that's exactly what you want to do...but you can't always do so effectively if your front brake rotors or pads are worn too thin. Learn how to replace them both properly in this article here.
     Applies to: Volkswagen Passat (1996-2005)
 Suspension
Front Springs and Shocks
Replacement of your front shocks and springs is one of the most common procedures for your VW. See these instructions for complete details on the replacement process.
     Applies to: VW Passat (1996-00) - VW Golf (2000-02) - VW Jetta (2000-02) - VW Beetle (1999-02)
Front Sway Bar Replacement
Looking to replace your front sway bar or replace the mounting bushings? Follow this article to get this done right (the first time around)!
     Applies to: VW Passat (1996-00) - VW Golf (2000-02) - VW Jetta (2000-02) - VW Beetle (1999-02)
Rear Springs and Shocks
Replacement of your rear shocks and springs is one of the most common procedures for your VW. See the instructions here for complete details on the replacement process.
     Applies to: VW Passat (1996-00) - VW Golf (2000-02) - VW Jetta (2000-02) - VW Beetle (1999-02)
Rear Sway Bar Replacement
Looking to replace your rear sway bar or replace the mounting bushings? This article will guide you to getting this job done in a jiffy!
     Applies to: VW Passat (1996-00) - VW Golf (2000-02) - VW Jetta (2000-02) - VW Beetle (1999-02)
Replacing Front Upper Control Arms
Doing a front suspension rebuild? You may also need to replace your front control arms. If so, this article will show you how.
     Applies to: VW Passat (1996-00) - VW Golf (2000-02) - VW Jetta (2000-02) - VW Beetle (1999-02)
 Electrical
Alternator Replacement
Battery not charging anymore? Over time, the alternator can wear out, preventing the charging system from working. Here, we'll go over the steps involved with changing it.
     Applies to: VW Passat (1996-00) - VW Golf (2000-02) - VW Jetta (2000-02) - VW Beetle (1999-02)
Center Display Repair
The center display on VW's are known to have issues. This article will show you how to easily remove it to have it repaired.
     Applies to: VW Passat (1996-00) - VW Golf (2000-02) - VW Jetta (2000-02) - VW Beetle (1999-02)
ECU Replacement
Looking to boost the power in your VW? Often times, this involves removing the ECU and sending it to a manufacturer to have software installed. Here's how you do it.
     Applies to: VW Passat (1996-00) - VW Golf (2000-02) - VW Jetta (2000-02) - VW Beetle (1999-02)
Starter Replacement
If you've determined that the starter in your VW is bad, learn how to replace it without electrocuting yourself by reading this article first.
     Applies to: VW Passat (1996-00) - VW Golf (2000-02) - VW Jetta (2000-02) - VW Beetle (1999-02)
 Body & Interior
Wiper Motor Removal
Wipers not working anymore? It could be your wiper motor. Here's how you change it out.
     Applies to: VW Passat (1996-00) - VW Golf (2000-02) - VW Jetta (2000-02) - VW Beetle (1999-02)
Cabin Air Filter Replacement
Changing the cabin air filter is literally a snap with our handy replacement guide.
     Applies to: VW Passat (1996-00) - VW Golf (2000-02) - VW Jetta (2000-02) - VW Beetle (1999-02)
Cleaning Sunroof Drains
Frequently, the sunroof drains can become clogged with dirt, leaves and other debris. Don't want to get your hands dirty? We agree! So we've created this article for you to follow and get those drains flowing freely again!
     Applies to: VW Passat (1996-00) - VW Golf (2000-02) - VW Jetta (2000-02) - VW Beetle (1999-02)
Fixing Lower Door Trim
The lower trim pieces your VW can rust out over time, causing them to fall off the car and making your baby look ugly. Follow the steps outlined in this article to restoring the beauty back into your pride and joy.
     Applies to: VW Passat (1996-00) - VW Golf (2000-02) - VW Jetta (2000-02) - VW Beetle (1999-02)
Floppy Door Handle Fix
Door handles are known for breaking and causing a floppy door handle (and a ton of headaches). This article will show you just how to replace them.
     Applies to: VW Passat (1996-00) - VW Golf (2000-02) - VW Jetta (2000-02) - VW Beetle (1999-02)
Front Bumper Removal and Service Position
Many jobs on your VW require that the front of the car be extended into a service position. Here's how you do it.
     Applies to: VW Passat (1996-00) - VW Golf (2000-02) - VW Jetta (2000-02) - VW Beetle (1999-02)
Trunk Debadging
Want a stealthier look for your VW? Here's how to remove your rear trunk emblems and keep those envious drivers guessing!
     Applies to: VW Passat (1996-00) - VW Golf (2000-02) - VW Jetta (2000-02) - VW Beetle (1999-02)
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