Mk7 Common issues and resolutions

PlaneCrazy

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Didn't you notice my official title? It is my job to make a federal case over it. :D
You should join our airfield breakfast group on Saturday mornings, we're all trying to out-curmudgeon each other!

We still can't figure out why the Prime Minister won't return our calls though... pity because we've got how to run the country figured out :p
 
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Rcbamm

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Anyone else have their headlight switch break?
Mine will not turn off of the "fog light" setting.
Fog lights are not on and full headlight system is always on
(when the car is running.)

If I leave the key in the ignition after I shut off the car the parking lights stay on.
Sorta afraid to take it in, in case they ding me a couple hun. for a new switch.

On my first Mk7 TDI I took apart the light switch and modified it so I could be able to turn on the fog lights in any position. It was over a year ago and can’t remember exactly what I modified in the switch assembly. With my new GSW I’m gonna do the same thing. But just gotta get some time and patience to sit down and tear it apart. You could probably take yours apart too and figure out what’s keeping it stuck.
 

codyayrton

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My 2015 GSW while driving straight has a slight bind to it. It is annoying at the most. I doubt bad enough to ever cause a collision. However, it will take a bit more effort to make small corrections left or right in order to stay between the lines. My 2011 JSW did not do this and also had the electro steering assist. The problem is intermittent. I bought the '15 at 99 miles and didn't notice it until about 5,000 miles ago. It's at 13,000 miles now. I was going to have the stealership look at it for the 10,000 mile service then opted to do that service myself. I still plan to take it in for the steering bind and a flaw in the paint where the right rear fender meets the rear bumper. But I am procrastinating due to the whole dealing with the stealership thing. Anyone else notice this bind?
 
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thundershorts

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Most likely your steering problem is the alignment. Mine was off and it caused the servo steering sensor to create a slight understeer, but quite annoying. Left was towed out .1 degree, right was toed in .1 degree. Do yourself a big favor and have it aligned. Set toe to zero! You won't believe how much better it will drive.
 

codyayrton

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Most likely your steering problem is the alignment. Mine was off and it caused the servo steering sensor to create a slight understeer, but quite annoying. Left was towed out .1 degree, right was toed in .1 degree. Do yourself a big favor and have it aligned. Set toe to zero! You won't believe how much better it will drive.
I've actually had it aligned twice after hitting a rock and blowing out both left tires and then later I drove over a curb during poor visibility. I know, you'd think I shouldn't be driving. In my defense, these are my first blowouts and curb strike in 25+ years of driving. Anyway, the bind did not start immediately after any one of these. Quite a bit after the rock and way before the curbs. The alignments seem to have zero affect on the bind.
 

Keli_OR

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This happened to me too. Cut my hand pretty good, and the metal/plastic pulled away when I pulled my hand back. Dealer replaced under warranty. It just wasn't rolled over the edge far enough, I guess.
This just happened to me!
Cut a chunk out of my little finger and bled all over.
Contacting the dealer tomorrow...
 

nkgagne

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Apologies if this has been covered already, but I have a sure-fire way to know if a regen is occurring:

I have a Canadian car and usually use the Consumption screen (instantaneous). In standard Canadian (SI) units, that screen reads l/100 km in motion, and l/h (litres per hour) when stationary.

I noticed that, stationary at idle, the car pretty consistently shows 0.5 to 0.6 l/h unless it's doing a regen, then it shows 0.8 to 1.0l/h stationary. Bam, easy way to tell! Once it drops back to below 0.8 l/h, leave it run for 3-4 min to let the temps fall.

On a recent road trip through the U.S., I flipped the units in the CAR > Settings screen to MPG US, and when idling, saw that the consumption is always indicated as -- mpg when stopped (no switch to fuel flow like in metric). Well heck, no wonder you guys can't tell!

So, if you only see -- when stopped, try switching your consumption units to l/100 km and you'll get the l/h readout when stationary. Make a habit to check the Consumption screen right before shutting down, and then you won't interrupt a regen!

You'll get a pretty good sense of the conversion from l/100 km to mpg before long, and you can easily switch back and forth easily in the CAR>Settings menu if you're curious...
 

Mike in Anchorage

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Gawd, I wish we'd go metric and be done with it.
 

Blue_Hen_TDI

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There's obviously no resolution available for this, but just a gripe: the high beam indicator on our instrument display is too small and poorly located.

I have forgotten I had my high beams on too many times in both my Mk7s. I've never had this issue in another car before, because I usually have a prominent blue icon, usually high and center in the speedometer. Ours is small, down and to the left in the tach next to the temperature gauge, and no more prominent than any other icon.

Conversely: I added a euroswitch and euro LED Golf R tails and wired the rear fog on my GTI and the icon for the rear fog is very prominent, orange, large and top dead center of the speedometer panel. They should have put the high beam indicator there instead.

 
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Grigg3

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I don't believe that is an issue.

High beam indicator is the only blue light on the dash, wherever it is located I find it very easy to see.
 

Blue_Hen_TDI

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I don't believe that is an issue.

High beam indicator is the only blue light on the dash, wherever it is located I find it very easy to see.
I don’t and it’s certainly an issue. I feel bad for the drivers I inadvertently blind. Poor design. Numerous folks on the much busier GolfMk7 forum have said the same.
 

Growler

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FYI the cabin filter is located above the glovebox, you have to push up on the two catches inside the glovebox to allow it to drop down and expose the door to remove to replace the filter.

it is not under the removeable panel UNDER the dashboard like it was on the mk5-6...(first place I checked)

and it is NOT under the cowling, or under the water/air deflector snap in piece, it can be seen under the plastic grille that is held on by 3 10mm nuts on studs under the deflector... but you CANNOT replace it through the cowling...

a little you tube foo later and I learned that it is behind the glovebox, and easy to get at once the glovebox is emptied and the catches get released... UGH.
 

Growler

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yep. I just hit 20k since my purchase in April 2017 from new. fun times.

of course the real fun one is going to be doing all of the previous PLUS adding a DSG service likely Fall of 2018 when I hit 40k miles...

makes the 30k oil change, DEF fill and tire rotation that will be due late spring seem tame... lol.
 

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FYI the cabin filter is located above the glovebox, you have to push up on the two catches inside the glovebox to allow it to drop down and expose the door to remove to replace the filter.
it is not under the removeable panel UNDER the dashboard like it was on the mk5-6...(first place I checked)
and it is NOT under the cowling, or under the water/air deflector snap in piece, it can be seen under the plastic grille that is held on by 3 10mm nuts on studs under the deflector... but you CANNOT replace it through the cowling...
a little you tube foo later and I learned that it is behind the glovebox, and easy to get at once the glovebox is emptied and the catches get released... UGH.
I just did mine for the second time (I have two Mk7’s).

Those tabs can be a bit tricky if you don’t understand how they work. Each tab has a top and bottom half. Perhaps you were able to pull up on the top half of the tab, but it was much easier for me to pull down on the bottom half. I found that the top half was fixed while the bottom half was the flexible part, if that makes sense.

This video from DAP isn’t bad: https://youtu.be/csGNkZSj_JU
 

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If you have the stock halogen lights, it's a testament to how poor the high beams are on them, that you can't tell if the high beams are on or not!
Not at all. I have the same problem on my GTI with HIDs. If the high beam icon was more prominent and closer to the driver’s line of sight, like on every other vehicle I’ve ever owned in my 30 years with a driver license, instead of tiny and buried down to the left of the instrument panel like on this car, there wouldn’t be an issue.
 

elcid86

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I just did mine for the second time (I have two Mk7’s).

Those tabs can be a bit tricky if you don’t understand how they work. Each tab has a top and bottom half. Perhaps you were able to pull up on the top half of the tab, but it was much easier for me to pull down on the bottom half. I found that the top half was fixed while the bottom half was the flexible part, if that makes sense.

This video from DAP isn’t bad: https://youtu.be/csGNkZSj_JU
Thanks! I have a "new" '15 TDI and was wondering where that little bugger was ( I was looking in the footwell... :-/ )
 

IndigoBlueWagon

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Since I'm finding more and more drivers use their high beams all the time, I don't think the indicator light is doing a lot of good, no matter where it's located.
 

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Since I'm finding more and more drivers use their high beams all the time, I don't think the indicator light is doing a lot of good, no matter where it's located.
That’s become a problem here as well, primarily when city slickers get out from under all their lighted roadways. They freak out and think it’s OK to leave them on all the time.
 

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My rule of thumb is that if I can see the lights, front or rear, of the other car, the brights are off. If you can't tell the brights are on from the driver's seat then your lights aren't doing a very good job. One problem that we used to have is that the dash lights were always on in our CR-V. More than once we got flashed by the cops for not having lights on at night.
 

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My rule of thumb is that if I can see the lights, front or rear, of the other car, the brights are off. If you can't tell the brights are on from the driver's seat then your lights aren't doing a very good job. One problem that we used to have is that the dash lights were always on in our CR-V. More than once we got flashed by the cops for not having lights on at night.
That's a common problem with Asian cars and I don't know why they don't fix that!

On the VW the dash lights dim out as it gets darker out, so it reminds you to turn your lights on. My new Sportwagen has automatic lights with coming/leaving home. Come on automatically at a preset darkness, and when the rain-sensing wipers come on. Still have to turn them on sometimes in fog. You can also, with VCDS, program the DRLs as Scandinavian, which also illuminates the other lights.
 

codyayrton

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My 2015 GSW while driving straight has a slight bind to it. It is annoying at the most. I doubt bad enough to ever cause a collision. However, it will take a bit more effort to make small corrections left or right in order to stay between the lines. My 2011 JSW did not do this and also had the electro steering assist. The problem is intermittent. I bought the '15 at 99 miles and didn't notice it until about 5,000 miles ago. It's at 13,000 miles now. I was going to have the stealership look at it for the 10,000 mile service then opted to do that service myself. I still plan to take it in for the steering bind and a flaw in the paint where the right rear fender meets the rear bumper. But I am procrastinating due to the whole dealing with the stealership thing. Anyone else notice this bind?
I've figured it out with help from Audi and other VW model forums. Turned off the Driver Steering Recommendation (DSR) and no more 12 o'clock bind.

Use VCDS. Select control module > 44-Steering Assist > Security Access-16 > enter 19249 > Do it! > Close > Coding-07 > Long Coding Helper > uncheck Bit 0-Driver Steering Recommendation (DSR) active > close > Do it!
 

740GLE

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My rule of thumb is that if I can see the lights, front or rear, of the other car, the brights are off. If you can't tell the brights are on from the driver's seat then your lights aren't doing a very good job. One problem that we used to have is that the dash lights were always on in our CR-V. More than once we got flashed by the cops for not having lights on at night.

if I could have enough digits to count the number of Subarus/Toyotas I've seen with no head lights (and no rear parking lights!!!!!) on at 10PM i'd have like a million digits.

Soooo annoying,
 

RIP TDI

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I've figured it out with help from Audi and other VW model forums. Turned off the Driver Steering Recommendation (DSR) and no more 12 o'clock bind.
Use VCDS. Select control module > 44-Steering Assist > Security Access-16 > enter 19249 > Do it! > Close > Coding-07 > Long Coding Helper > uncheck Bit 0-Driver Steering Recommendation (DSR) active > close > Do it!
Great find, Thanks!
 
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