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VW Passat GLS: what is fault code..malfunction..1.8T..eng

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what is fault code P1296 (Engine cooling malfunction)? what do i need to fix it?
02 VW Passat GLS 1.8T eng code AWM
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Super mechanic :

Hello and welcome to Just, Super mechanic here. About your vehicle.

Super mechanic :

That could be just the thermostat

Super mechanic :

You will want to make sure that the engine is not running too hot and that it is gettting up to the proper temperature

Super mechanic :

P129617704Malfunction in cooling system

Check Engine coolant temperature (ECT) sensor

Super mechanic :

Check thermostat.

JACUSTOMER-w9b1ggow- :

its getting up to the right temp

Super mechanic :

Then you will want to check the coolant sensor

JACUSTOMER-w9b1ggow- :

where can i find that at

Super mechanic :

I can get the test for that, but I would put it in a PDF format so you can print it out

Super mechanic :

Let me get that. However, I will switch to Q&A because half of the page does not show up on this side, (don't know why)

JACUSTOMER-w9b1ggow- :

whats that

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.

hey can u post that PDF on my email


Here is the test for the sensor. It is sometimes easier to replace it though. You can download the test at this link. No emals allowed, sorry



1 - Air filter housing
2 - Heated Oxygen Sensor (HO2S) -G39-* before catalytic converter, 50 Nm
3 - Oxygen Sensor (O2S) behind Three Way Catalytic Converter (TWC) -G130-*, 50 Nm
4 - Engine Coolant Temperature (ECT) sensor -G62-*
5 - Recirculating valve for turbocharger -N249-*/**
6 - Secondary Air Injection (AIR) solenoid valve -N112-*/**
7 - Throttle valve control module (J338)*

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