I have a 2009 Jetta tdi with 53000 miles on it. we are on a road trip 1200 miles from home, and supposed to drive 250 miles today to spend the fourth in NYC with a friend. Yesterday evening the catalytic converter light came on, although in every other way the car is running fine. Is it dangerous to drive it a few more days before I see a mechanic? not sure I can find one on July 4th or anywhere in NYC easily
Country: United StatesMake: VolkswagenModel: Jetta TDIYear: 2009
nothing so far
are there warning signs I should watch for? I have to drive from Utica ny to NYC (250 miles) and then to Ithaca NY (another 200) and really then to DC (360 miles) in the next few days. The question is do I rearrange my plans to get to a mechanic, or can I see one in DC on Mondays?
Should I keep to a lower speed or change the way I drive in any way to protect health of the car?
No check engine, just the yellow catalytic converter light
the car did smell a little funny when we got out of it the other day, before the light. More diesel smell than usual
so it is polluting a bit more than normal, but not dangerous, right?
should I change the way I drive today, keep to 60 instead of 65/70 or anything else?
are you still there?
thanks this was helpful
i am on half full could it be from the diesel I put in? should I refill? I last filled about 200 miles ago
not in NYC now
I found 2 recalls that you will need to address.
These are safety recalls.
VEHICLE MAKE/MODEL: MODEL YEAR(S):Volkswagen/Golf 2010-2012Volkswagen/Jetta 2009-2012Volkswagen/Jetta Sportwagen 2009-2012MANUFACTURER: Volkswagen of America, Inc. MFR'S REPORT DATE: September 30, 2011NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID NUMBER: 11V490000NHTSA ACTION NUMBER: N/ACOMPONENT: Fuel System, DieselPOTENTIAL NUMBER OF UNITS AFFECTED: 168,275SUMMARY:Volkswagen is recalling certain model 2009-2012 Jetta and Jetta Sportwagen vehicles, manufactured from May 2008 through September 2011, model year 2010-2012 Volkswagen Golf Vehicles, manufactured from May 2009 through September 2011, that are equipped with a 2.0L TDI Common Rail Diesel Engine/Clean Diesel Engine. The fuel injection pulses could coincide with the natural frequency of the #2 injector line, in specific load and rpm conditions. This resonance creates additional stress in the fuel line.CONSEQUENCE:Due to the resonance condition, injector line number 2 could develop small cracks which could lead to fuel leakage. Leaking fuel in the presence of an ignition source, may lead to a fire.REMEDY:Volkswagen will install an improved fuel injector line for the number 2 cylinder on certain vehicles and will install vibration dampers on all of the injector lines. Volkswagen will notify owners to have the vehicles repaired free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during November 2011. Owners may contact Volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987.
VEHICLE MAKE/MODEL: MODEL YEAR(S): Volkswagen/Eos 2009Volkswagen/GTI 2009-2010Volkswagen/Jetta 2009-2010Volkswagen/Jetta Sportwagen 2009-2010MANUFACTURER: Volkswagen of America, Inc. MFR'S REPORT DATE: August 20, 2009 NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID NUMBER: 09V333000 NHTSA ACTION NUMBER: PE09035 COMPONENT: Power Train: Automatic Transmission POTENTIAL NUMBER OF UNITS AFFECTED: 16000 SUMMARY: Volkswagen is recalling certain model year 2009 and 2010 passenger cars manufactured between September 2008 and August 2009. The wiring harness of a temperature sensor in the Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) may have connector wires that were insufficiently crimped. With insufficiently crimped connector wires, a temperature sensor has the potential to falsely detect a high gearbox oil temperature, causing the transmission to abruptly shift to neutral. If this happens, the selector lever position indicator within the instrument panel will flash. In addition, the "DEPRESS BRAKE PEDAL" indicator light will be illuminated, alerting the driver to apply the brakes. CONSEQUENCE: The abrupt shift to neutral could lead to a crash without warning. REMEDY: Volkswagen will notify owners, inspect the DSG and, if necessary, replace an affected DSG temperature sensor free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987
Good luck and don't drive from Utica to NYC.
It is mostly a emission issues like clogged exhaust pipes, bad senors, bad gaskets or something is clogged inside the pipes that is preventing normal operating.
Get this car to VW and rearrange for another car.
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does this mean if I drive I could trigger the more serious problems?
are you still available?
yes i'm still here.
Yes, it could trigger more serious problems.
Don't take the chance.
Are you by your car now?
I want you to do a little test for me.
Have someone block the exhaust pipe with a wood something.
Look under the car and see if there is exhaust gas leaking from the exhaust pipe.
This is to prove if you have an exhaust leak somewhere.
For testing purpose - try to drive the car at cruising speed 50 -60 mph and see if the light goes away.
Drive for 20 minutes.
Don't go far just stay local.
is it good or bad if no smoke? just did test in driveway for two minutes and no smoke, but can take it out.
If you see a the exhaust gas leaking from the middle of the pipe then it is no good.
If you exhaust in the middle of pipe, that means you have leak in the exhaust.
You should see it immediately .
After this test. Take a drive and see if the light stays ON.
If the light still stays ON then there is no nothing you can do.
You have to visit the dealer on Thursday.
I've been working in the automotive industry for over 10 years. Diagnostic is my strength.