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Volkswagen Jetta VR6 Concerns

Q. I have a few questions for you. I own a 1998 Volkswagen Jetta VR6 with an automatic transmission. I notice that when I shift from park to either reverse or drive it takes a few moments for it to engage. I have already had the fluid and the filter replaced but the problem still exists. Also after purchasing the car I decided to check my tire air pressure and noticed that all the tires were kind of low but my rear left tire was totally free of any air pressure.

Volkswagen Jetta VR6 Concerns

I filled it up and have kept an eye on its pressure it doesn't seem to have a leak, but when I drive I notice a thumping noise that comes from that tire. What could this be a cause of? And my last question is, I have this clicking noise that is quite loud coming from what I believe to be the CV joints when I turn sharply in either direction reverse or forward, I had a mechanic check them out and he said they were good What could be another cause for this problem?

Thanks for you time,
Ben

A. Some delay to engage drive and reverse is normal. I would have to feel it for myself to determine weather or not it is normal in your case. As much as a two second delay is not unusual. What kind of transmission fluid did you put in it? Volkswagen uses a very special kind of ATF and I would recommend using it as it does make a difference. The Volkswagen ATF is yellow in color.

If the left rear tire was flat then there may be tire damage. I would suggest having the tire put on a balancing machine to check for out of round and possible belt separation.

If you are hearing a clicking noise when making sharp turns, that is an almost sure sign of bad CV joints. That's about all there is up there that will make that kind of noise.

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