Having problems with your 2001 Volkswagen Golf ?

I had the check engine light come on last night. The DTC code was P1296. I reset the light and it has not come back on so far. Should I expect any problems?

Posted / edited by AnonymousUser on : 10-12-2018

Answers :

P1296 Malfunction in Cooling System
To\015\012Properly diagnose this problem, you will need to retrieve freeze frame\015\012data from the vehicle. If the temp at the time was -40 then the coolant\015\012temp sensor is faulty, if the temp was around 78 C then the problem is\015\012the thermostat, and if the temp was high the problem could be the water\015\012pump. Freeze frame data required and expanded OBD II scanner to\015\012retrieve.

The two things that will set this DTC is\015\012a defective Engine Coolant Temperature (ECT) sensor or the thermostat.\015\012This would cause the symptoms you described to me.

Good luck and Merry Xmass

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