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VW MKIV-A4 TDIs (VE and PD) This is a general discussion about A4/MkIV Jetta (99.5-~2005), Golf(99.5-2006), and New Beetle(98-2006). Both VE and PD engines are covered here.

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Old January 3rd, 2005, 12:53   #1
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Default Low Coolant Warning Light in Cold Weather

This has been described before in posts but I haven't seen an explanation.
When the temperature is around freezing or below, the coolant CEL comes on even though the reservoir coolant level is at the maximum mark. If I shut off after driving no more than a mile and restart, it doesn't come on. This didn't happen the first winter I had the car but has happened each winter since.
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Old January 4th, 2005, 06:45   #2
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Default Low Coolant Warning Light in Cold Weather

You need a new coolant temperature sensor, no doubt!

If you take the car to the dealer, they'll tell you there's nothing wrong because there won't be any codes or CELs. However, I can almost guarantee that the temp sensor is the problem. My immediate family has 3 (including a '02 Golf TDI) MkIV cars and all 3 have had bad coolant temp sensors with the exact symptom you describe.
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Old January 4th, 2005, 09:00   #3
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Default Low Coolant Warning Light in Cold Weather

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You need a new coolant temperature sensor, no doubt!

Interesting, since I replaced the coolant temperature sensor only last summer. The original had failed, the CEL came on steadily, gave a code, etc.
In this cold weather thing, the light flashes indicating low coolant level in the reservoir. Both sensors (original, before failure, and replacement) manifest the same winter problem.
A puzzlement.
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Old January 4th, 2005, 19:47   #4
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Hmm. When you replaced the coolant temp sensor last summer, did you replace it with the green-topped version?
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Old January 6th, 2005, 14:14   #5
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Hmm. When you replaced the coolant temp sensor last summer, did you replace it with the green-topped version?
Yes, that's right. The Green one.
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Old January 6th, 2005, 20:41   #6
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Hmm, well then I guess it's possible that you got a defective one or that there's another problem.
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