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Top 5 Common Issues with Volkswagen Vehicles and How to Fix Them

At Volksmaster, a family-run business with over 30 years of experience serving North Manchester, we’ve seen it all when it comes to Volkswagen (VW) repairs. With 4 branches conveniently located in Oldham, Bury and Heywood Rochdale, our team of expert mechanics are passionate about keeping your VW running smoothly and safely. Our motto, “Confidence in Quality,” reflects our commitment to providing exceptional service at competitive prices.

Here, we’ll delve into the top 5 common issues Volkswagen owners face in North Manchester and provide tips on how to identify and fix them:

1. Faulty Coil Packs:

Volkswagen Golf Country Road
  • Symptoms: Engine misfires, jerky acceleration, lack of power, illuminated check engine light.
  • Cause: Coil packs deliver electrical impulses to spark plugs and over time, they can malfunction due to wear and tear or heat damage.
  • Fix: Replacing the faulty coil pack(s) is necessary. While some attempt DIY repairs, a qualified mechanic at Volksmaster can diagnose the issue and replace the coil pack(s) efficiently, ensuring proper function and avoiding further engine complications.

2. Failing Timing Chain Tensioner:

  • Symptoms: Rattling noises from the engine on startup, especially when cold. Reduced engine performance, rough idling.
  • Cause: The timing chain tensioner maintains proper timing between the crankshaft and camshaft. When it fails, the chain can loosen, causing the symptoms mentioned above.
  • Fix: Replacing the timing chain tensioner and, in some cases, the timing chain itself is crucial. This is a complex job best left to experienced mechanics like ours at Volksmaster. We have the expertise and tools to ensure your VW’s timing system is operating optimally.

3. Faulty Mass Airflow (MAF) Sensor:

Volkswagen Golf
  • Symptoms: Increased fuel consumption, hesitation during acceleration, rough idling, potential stalling.
  • Cause: The MAF sensor measures the air entering the engine. A faulty sensor can provide inaccurate readings, leading to a rich or lean air-fuel mixture, causing the issues listed above.
  • Fix: Cleaning the MAF sensor can sometimes resolve the issue temporarily. However, a faulty sensor often requires replacement. Our mechanics at Volksmaster can diagnose the problem and replace the MAF sensor if necessary, restoring proper air intake and fuel efficiency for your VW.

4. Clogged Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF):

Volkswagen Golf Engine
  • Symptoms: Reduced engine power, increased fuel consumption, difficulty starting, illuminated DPF warning light.
  • Cause: Modern VW diesels have DPFs to trap soot particles. Over time, the DPF can become clogged, hindering engine performance.
  • Fix: Depending on the severity of the clog, a DPF regeneration process might be attempted to burn off the soot. In some cases, however, the DPF may require cleaning or even replacement. At Volksmaster, our experienced technicians have the tools and knowledge to diagnose DPF issues and recommend the most appropriate solution for your VW.

5. Electrical Issues:

  • Symptoms: Electrical components like windows, lights, or the infotainment system malfunctioning. Battery drain, difficulty starting the car.
  • Cause: Electrical issues in Volkswagens can stem from various sources, including faulty wiring, blown fuses, or malfunctioning electrical components.
  • Fix: Diagnosing electrical problems requires specialised knowledge and equipment. Our team at Volksmaster has the expertise to pinpoint the source of the electrical issue and provide an accurate repair solution, ensuring your VW’s electrical system functions flawlessly.

Preventative Maintenance is Key


Remember, preventative maintenance is essential to avoiding these common issues and ensuring your VW’s longevity. Regular servicing at Volksmaster allows our mechanics to identify potential problems early on, preventing more significant and costly repairs down the road. We offer comprehensive servicing packages tailored to your VW’s specific needs and mileage.

At Volksmaster, our team of VAG specialists are dedicated to providing comprehensive servicing and repairs for all Volkswagen models. We use the latest diagnostic equipment and genuine or OE-matched parts to ensure your car receives the highest quality care.

Here’s what sets us apart:

  • Experienced VAG Technicians: Our team boasts over 30 years of combined experience working on all makes and models within the Volkswagen Audi Group. They have a deep understanding of the specific requirements of SEAT and Skoda vehicles, ensuring they can diagnose and repair any issues efficiently.
  • Competitive Prices and Transparent Quotes: We offer competitive prices on all servicing and repairs, and you’ll always receive a transparent quote before any work commences. There are no hidden fees and we’ll only recommend work that is truly necessary.
  • Convenient Booking System: Our user-friendly online booking form allows you to get a free quote and schedule your appointment at your preferred branch, 24/7. We also offer courtesy cars and a pick up and drop off service to minimise disruption to your daily routine.
  • Family-Run Business with a Personal Touch: As a family-run business, we take pride in building strong relationships with our customers. We offer a friendly and welcoming environment and our team is always happy to answer any questions you may have about your SEAT or Skoda.

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By following the expert advice outlined in this guide and taking advantage of Volksmaster’s comprehensive services, you can ensure your car is a safe and enjoyable drive.

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