A cylinder head of diesel power units in B1–B5 cars is apt to crack. You can remove minor defects yourself if you have proper equipment.
If you own a car produced before 2004, you should regularly check a camshaft of the petrol engine. Do not ignore its scheduled inspection. Timely removal of small camshaft scuffs will help to extend the lifespan of the power unit itself.
Timing chain tensioners break down fast. Check them every time you repair and service VW Passat yourself.
The oil pump of both petrol and diesel turbocharged engines may fail. Inspect the turbine vanes yourself: if there are oil leaks on the turbine impeller, immediately contact the car service.
The main reason of a clogged catalytic converter is poor-quality fuel. You can easily recognize this problem by the lowered vehicle performance. Most of the exhaust system elements can be installed in your garage, with the help of step-by-step manual on Volkswagen Passat repair and operation. You should use new gaskets.
Don’t skid at high RPM if your car is equipped with an automatic transmission. Violation of this recommendation may lead to the torque converter overheating and friction plates deformation.
Buttons on automatic transmission lever may jam due to moisture or dust. In most cases, you can eliminate this problem by treating the lever with an anti-corrosion fluid.
Bushings rapidly fail. Their malfunction leads to the decreased vehicle stability and impossibility to align wheels. The reasons can be a continuous car operation in the extreme cold weather or improper repair. The latter often results in the oil leak on the rubber elements and their accelerated wear-out. Having downloaded free illustrated PDF manual on Volkswagen Passat repair, you will be able to avoid mistakes when mounting new components.
CV boots may split if you frequently use your car in off-road conditions. If a CV boot breaks, you will hear a crackle while driving. Replace the part as soon as possible; otherwise you will have to install a new CV joint. Watch a special video guide – our step-by-step video tutorial on Volkswagen Passat repair.