2002 VW Beetle overheating


Asked by Denise 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


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

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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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The same thing happens to me every couple days unless I top it off with coolant. I know mine is leaking at some points and it doesn’t seem like oil. After having my car looked at by multiple people was told I have a corroded hose and a fan which could be why I loose coolant and overheat quickly. I don’t know if you’ve already looked into these things but that’s my current issue with my 02 beetle!

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