The Volkswagen (VW) Cabriolet is a convertible car manufactured from 1979 to 2002. VW Cabriolets can develop various operational problems that can often be detected and resolved via some basic troubleshooting checks.
Reduced Engine Power
The VW Cabriolet engine can bog down, or lose power, due to a malfunctioning fuel pump, which, under normal circumstances, draws fuel from the gas tank and pumps it to the engine. A defective fuel pump may cause reduced fuel to reach the engine, resulting in less power. Replacing the fuel pump typically restores proper engine function.
Engine Won't Start
If the VW Cabriolet fails to start but emits a buzzing noise when the key is turned in the ignition, lack of spark may be to blame. Check the spark plugs for dirt, sludge, corrosion or other damage, and clean and replace them as needed to restore proper VW Cabriolet engine function.
Electric Windows Malfunction
The electric windows on a VW Cabriolet can malfunction due to a bad window-switch control panel, which connects to contacts located at a switch for each window. A burnt out or defective control panel may not send power to the individual window switches, resulting in electric window failure. Replacing the control panel typically restores VW Cabriolet electric window function.
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