Monday, 25 July 2016

Changing VW Golf Brake Light

The rear brake light bulb had broken on my VW Golf Mk4. This video shows how you can replace the brake light bulb and fit a new one.

Monday, 9 May 2016

VW Golf TDI PD130 Diesel - Best MPG Achieved

The Golf TDI PD130 is a brilliant car and today I've achieved the best MPG since I've owned the car. The long term average for MPG over the last 4 months and over 2000 miles is 52mpg but on a long drive today I managed to get over 62MPG from the car. It appears that the slightly warmer temperatures are helping the fuel economy as the same journey generally has achieved a maximum of around 55MPG over the last few months.


So if you are thinking of changing to a new car "to save money" then think again! An old car doesn't necessarily mean you're paying more for fuel and a new car is guaranteed to lose masses more in depreciation!

Monday, 2 May 2016

Fixing VW Golf/Bora ASR ESP Light Comes on After 10 mins

If the ASR/ESP light comes on in your VW Golf or Bora after about 10 mins then this will show you how to fix it

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Fixing VW Golf/Seat Leon MK4 ASR Light Intermittent - Comes On After 10 minutes driving

A common problem on the VW Golf Mk4 is the ASR light coming on after around 10 minutes driving. This happens because the ASR system is looking for a load signal from the alternator and when it isn't detected it times out which happens after around 10 minutes. If you turn the engine off and back on again the light will go out again and come on after another 10 minutes but how do you fix the ASR/ESP light so it doesn't come on long term?

The fix is a straightforward repair to the cable that runs from the alternator across the gearbox to rejoin the ends that have broken. It's easily visible but you may need to replace the plug as the wires can be quite embedded inside it.
VW Golf/Seat Leon MK4 ASR Light Intermittent - Comes On After 10 minutes driving
VW Golf/Seat Leon MK4 ASR Light Intermittent - Comes On After 10 minutes driving


Monday, 4 April 2016

Part Number for VW Golf ASR Plug 1J0 976 824

The wires to the plug on the VW Golf ASR connector can break and cause the ASR light to come on after driving 10 mins. The part number to get from VW to replace it is 
1J0 976 824
1J0 976 824
1J0 976 824

VW plug part 1J0 976 824
VW plug part 1J0 976 824


Sunday, 3 April 2016

VW Golf MK4 ESP/ASR Light Fault Warning after 10 minutes

A common fault on the VW Golf MK4 is that the ASR or ESP Light can show a fault and display warning light on the dashboard after driving for about 10 minutes. This is normally due to a wiring fault. The ASR/ESP module is waiting for a signal for the alternator load and if this isn't found after 10 minutes then the system shows a fault and error code on the dashboard light.
VW Golf MK4 ESP/ASR Light Fault Warning after 10 minutes
VW Golf MK4 ESP/ASR Light Fault Warning after 10 minutes

The most common place for the wiring to break is just above the gearbox where there is a connector with 4 wires coming from the alternator and disappearing under the battery tray.

VW Golf MK4 ESP/ASR wiring broken
VW Golf MK4 ESP/ASR wiring broken
The connector plug has the wires and terminals in it, the part number is 1J0


4 wires come into the connector plug and often break.


The order of the wire ASR socket colours and plug numbers is:

1 - Yellow
2 - Blue
3- Green
4 - Brown



Replacing Interior Door Grab Handles on VW Golf MK4 and VW Bora

A common problem on the Mk4 VW Golf and VW Bora is that the interior door handle plastics can get badly chipped and wear over time so start to look very tatty. This video shows how to remove the door handle and replace with brand new parts.


Photo of VW Golf Mk4 driver's door handle wearing badly
VW Golf Mk4 driver's door handle wearing
It's an easy fix to remove them and to replace with new parts which are commonly available on Ebay. Just make sure you order the correct parts - the drivers door handle is different for 5 door and 3 door cars and also ensure it's for a right hand drive car if you're in the UK.

Driver's door trim showing fitment for 4 electric window switches
Driver's door trim showing fitment for 4 electric window switches

New door handle trim fitted to VW Golf MK4
New door handle trim fitted to VW Golf MK4

New door handle trim fitted to VW Golf MK4 showing vast improvement 

Passenger door handle replaced on VW Golf MK4 Bora
Passenger door handle replaced on VW Golf MK4


This video shows how to remove the door handle and replace with brand new parts.

Replacing Interior Door Grab Handles VW Golf MK4