This is not an uncommon problem with these cars. I had the speedometer cut out intermittently on me, and at first suspected the speed sensor (the plastic gear on the transmission). Unlike the person below said, this gear can easily be removed from the top of the transmission, WITHOUT dropping the engine/trans. I know because I pulled the gear to check it.
Turns out that my problem was a few cracked solder joints on the back of the instrument panel circuit board. I removed the instrument cluster, disassembled it, and re-soldered a capacitor near the speedometer, as well as all of the pins where the wiring harnesses clip into the circuit board. I wrote up a DIY and posted it in the FAQ here, if you want to search for it: http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=3370991
sounds as though you cluster craped out as the tach and the speedo are controled by to separt things.
The last answer is incorrect as I have the same problem. But they will work every now and then (probably loose wire). When I get my Bentley manual I will find out which one and fix it, instead of giving half-###ed answers.
I had a similar problem with my GLX VRG, the VW Jetta GLX VR6 get's it's speed signal from a hall sender which is a means to change a mechnical sugnal from the transmission into an electronic signal that is read by the dash. I tried replacing the hall sender as it mounts on the transmission at the back of the engine. No Luck. Changed the instrument cluster. No Luck. It turned out to be a small gear in the transmission that rotated the hall sender. I had to replace this. The gear worth about $3 bucks and to get to it, was dropping the engine and removing the tranny at a cost of $700. Hope that your problem is the hall sender and not the gear.
The problem is your speedometer cluster. I had the same problem, and it had to be replaced. If it was just the sender, the tach and speedo would not be out at the same time.
I am going thru the same with my sons car we just bought. The first test is to see if you have power (12volts) to the two outside contacts of the 3 wire hall sensor on the transmission ( the sensor is very visible when you open the hood and look down at the transmission, being just below a 2 wire sensor, it is removed by popping off the wire bale). if you have 12 volts to the outside contacts with the ignition on (not the engine running) you would then reinstall the sensor and then connect (probe) the center wire with one lead of your multi meter and the other connected to the positive terminal (Yes, positive terminal) on your battery. now with that all hooked up, jack one wheel off the ground, turn ignition on and turn the wheel slowly. If the sensor is good, the voltage will change from approx 2 or 4 volts up to 12 volts and then back and forth as you rotate the tire. Now I am headed for the instrument cluster which is in my hand and awaiting a replacemnt. (was easy to remove cluster).
Replace the dash cluster that's what it sounds like to me since your tachometer and speedometer both don't work
you need a new onr they do this occasionally and then need to be replaced
In the dash next to the speedometer? Is this a trick question?
you need to replace the gauges
Check the speed sensor.
its is you tachnometer that needs to be reseated or replaced.
The wires on the back of the gauge pod could have possibly come loose. Two of the screws that hold the gauge assembly in are hidden behind the air vents, they just pull out at a slight downward angle.
The speedometer needs to work in a vehicle for safety and informative reasons. The causes of it intermittently working could be the lack of electricity, or a problem with the sensor.Ê
If it has stopped working then you will need a new a/c compressor. Get out your wallet they will run you about $1200.
YOU HAVE A BAD INSTRUMENT CLUSTER, i OWN AND OPERATE A REPAIR FACILITY THAT SERVICES A LOT OF VW`S AND THIS IS AN INHERENT TRAIT. Answer2: I have a 1997 Jetta TD. The cluster went down also. For me I had to resolder each pin out of the 20 or 24 pin connector on the Electronic board of the cluster. Hope it can help.
Fuse box on 98 Jetta is located under steering wheel above pedals.
buy a new car
The 2002 VW Jetta speedometer fuse will be the number 14 fuse. The number 14 fuse will be in the second column, fourth from the top.
Top of the transmission...
buy a new one speed sensor on tranmission going bad. If you go to your local library you can usually access repair manuals on the shelf or online to find out how to diagnos the problem.
What do you mean? The heat is fine in my 97 volkswagen jetta.
you cant you basically have to go and get one from a junk yard because I have a 97 Jetta and thatsw what I did because there was no other way to replace it.
Check wiring in door jam to door.
I just had this same problem with my 1998 VW Jetta. My parking brake light came on one day, but only half illuminated. Shortly after my windshield wipers and headlights stopped working. My radio works but the fans don't work either. I just found a thread which seems to point the problem at the ignition switch: http://car.justanswer.com/volkswagen/6uht-1998-volkswagen-jetta-headlights
Hi, I had this problem some years ago, the first thing you can check is the speed sensor (some small gears over the transmission). If the speed sensor is ok, then, as in my case, may be a faulty connection in the speed/tach panel, I removed the full panel, open the case and see that the solder connections were broken, so I just resoldered them and that corrected the problem. If you are not familiar with electrictronics or soldering, is better to look for a car instruments workshop.
Volkswagen Jetta's produced in 1996 do not have dipsticks. To check the fluid levels one will need to take out the speedometer sensor.
suggest you call Vibration Free see www.vibrationfree.co.uk
This is a common problem with the Celebration Edition (or so I'm told). There is a small array of lights around the edge of the display and when they go out, you need to basically remove the dash to replace them. The part is about fifteen bucks, but the labor is 2-300. Awesome.
Check your Fan Control Module!!! Check your Fan Control Module!!!
This light comes on to tell you that you must depress the brake pedal to shift from park.