2002 VW Beetle overheating

Asked by Jan 01, 2016 at 05:24 PM about the 2002 Volkswagen Beetle GL

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

After replacing the radiator, thermostat, water
pump and cooling sensor my 2002 VW Beetle 2.0
engine (not turbo) continues to overheat to boiling!
What have I missed!??

3 Answers

251,615

Was it overheating before? Air in the system? Perform a cylinder pressure test?

It rode good for 3 mths after purchase then began to overheat. What's a cylinder pressure test?

73,175

What Tom is getting at is you may have a blown head gasket. If you do a compression test on the cylinders, and there are 1 or 2 low cylinders in compression, this would be an indication of a blown head gasket.

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