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Old February 18th, 2018, 08:03   #1
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2006 Jetta TDI with 156,000 Miles.

It just came up on the instrument cluster and will not go away.
On the tachometer there is a picture of a yellow engine - Exhaust System Malfunction. On the Multi-function indicator it states "Emissions Workshop". I have been driving for a week with no ill effects. What damage could i potentially be doing? It tells me to go the dealer immediately....UGH!
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Old February 18th, 2018, 08:20   #2
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The first and best place to go is to someone who has a VCDS and can read the actual codes stored in the ECU. Only then will you be able to figure out what is really wrong and therefore what you want to/can do/will do about it.

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Old February 18th, 2018, 11:42   #3
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Do not go to the dealer. They are usually the most expensive option and there is no guarantee they will fix your car correctly. If you do not have access to a VCDS cable go to one of your local parts store. They will check your car for fault codes for free and give you a printout of the fault codes stored in you Engine Control Unit..

A VCDS cable is a better option however a free generic scan at a parts store could be very helpful in figuring out why the check engine light is on.
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Old February 18th, 2018, 12:16   #4
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just go to advanced auto, borrow the scanner for free, read codes, go home, look up codes, report back with said codes and fix whatever is wrong yourself or by a TRUSTED TDI Mechanic from this forum recommended sticky. your not hurting anything by driving it as is with a emissions issue. maybe a few MPG less worst case. if you go to a dealership, dont come crying back here for help after you got ripped off and got the car damaged, over worked on issues that did not solve or was not issue.
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