engine tempt. gauge not working

Chad Bechan

Asked by Chad Feb 20, 2009 at 12:07 AM about the 1999 Volkswagen Jetta

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

i have a 99 jetta and the engine tepmt. gauge doesnt work. its not a big problem in the winter but i would like to get it fixed when it becomes hotter.. is it an expensive repair? how easy would it be to do myself?

1 Answer

Jeremy Trieloff

Not sure how to do it yourself but I don't think it would be expensive to have a mechanic fix it. When my gauge broke on my 00' Jetta, I managed to crack a water hose while driving it and didn't notice it (it was 0 degrees temp outside and there was a lot of steam coming from all running exhaust pipes that night). I drove it too long without noticing the over heat and ended up blowing a head gasket. I'm sure something like that is your fear. When the mechanic repaired it, the temp gauge worked. The mechanics weren't even aware of it because I forgot to mention it. That said, I believe that the gauge repair shouldn't be too bad. It's probably electrical which wouldn't be surprise with a Jetta.

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