The Volkswagen Jetta is a great car that's affordable and easy to maintain. If you take care of your Jetta, it can last a long time.
That's why it's important to arm yourself with information and resources on maintaining your Jetta. That way, you can fix any problems that come up instead of neglecting them to the point that they become even bigger problems.
In this post, we'll walk you through Jetta maintenance tips and provide a list of must-have replacement parts.
The Most Common Volkswagen Jetta Problems
A good way to start is to find out the most common issues Jetta owners face with their cars. The Jetta is a well built car with high safety ratings, as discussed in this blog post. Like any other car, the Jetta has its own share of issues. Let's discuss the most common ones:
1. Camshaft Failure
Like we discussed in this blog post, Jettas are prone to camshaft failure. It usually happens around the 128k mile mark. Symptoms include:
- Loss of power
- Lots of coaxing to get the car started
2. Malfunctioning Power Windows And Power Locks
It's common for Jetta owners to face power window and/or lock issues. Sometimes it's because these cars are built with faulty wiring harnesses. If you're experiencing door lock failure, this guide can help you troubleshoot the issue.
3. Sagging Headliner
This issue is more common in the 2006 Jetta than in other years. It's common for the headliner to start sagging before the 100k mile mark. The sagging headliner makes the car look worn out. Fortunately, the headliner is easily repairable or replaceable.
4. Engine Burning Oil
It's common for Jetta engines to consume more oil than other VW engines. If you've noticed that your engine eats up more than a quart of oil between oil changes, refer to this troubleshooting guide. It'll help you figure out what's going on.
5. Rattling Noise In The Transmission
Some Jetta owners have reported hearing a rattling noise coming from the transmission once their cars hit the 100k mile mark. This is actually a pretty common issue in 2006 Jettas. In most cases, you can attribute the noise to flywheel failure. You can fix this issue by replacing the flywheel.
6. Low Light Output
Sometimes Jetta headlights can get too dim. In some cases, this only means that the headlights need to be adjusted. This is something you can do yourself. All you need to do is follow this guide.
7. Heating System Issues
The Jetta's heating system is prone to several different issues. The good news is these issues are fixable, even the DIY way. If you're experiencing heating issues with your Jetta, refer to this troubleshooting guide.
8. Horn Failure
It's somewhat common for the horn to fail in Jettas. The most common reasons this happens include a blown fuse and electrical issues (such as bad wiring). If you're in this situation, this troubleshooting guide will help you navigate through it.
Ways To Upgrade Your Jetta
The Jetta is a great car that offers plenty of space for passengers and cargo. If you're looking to upgrade your Jetta, it's important to do so without compromising its resale value. This means only using OEM replacement parts. Here are a few parts you can replace with different OEM replacements:
Spare Parts To Keep In Your Trunk
It's always a good idea to keep some spare parts in your trunk, especially if you're going on a road trip. That way, if a part fails on the road, you can pull over and replace it on the spot. We recommend storing these parts in your trunk:
- Windshield wiper blades
- Fluids (windshield wiper fluid, motor oil, etc.)
- Serpentine belt
- Spark plugs
If you can afford it, keep a spare catalytic converter in your car, too. With the rise of catalytic converter thefts, it's possible that you'll wake up with the catalytic converter missing on your Jetta. If you have a spare one in your trunk, you'll be able to install it without having to bring your car to a shop. Check out our catalog of OEM catalytic converters.
Keep The Jetta Owner's Manual In Your Car
Your Jetta comes with a comprehensive owner's manual. It has everything you need to know about properly maintaining your car. If you're looking for diagnostic information or tips on how to fix specific issues, refer to this manual. It's a good idea to keep this manual in your car. If you don't have a copy, you can download one online.