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Service Circulars

The following VW issued Service Circulars are in Adobe PDF format.  Click on the Circular Number to view.

Subject Circular Number
Loose or Missing Fuel Cap VWA-01-03
Change to California Lemon Law VLS-00-23
Increase in Rialta Labor Reimbursement Rate V99-23
California Emissions Warranties V99-07
1999 Warranty Coverage on Euro Van Camper, and Rialta Motorhome V98-11
VR6 EuroVan Tool Package V98-05
Pre-delivery Inspection and Lubrication & Maintenance Schedule V98-01
VR6 EuroVan Camper Tool Package - USA V96-09

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Tech Bulletins

The Tech Bulletins displayed here are only those that are of interest to Rialta owners or owners with a scan tool such as the Ross Tech VAG-COM.  Click on the TB Number to view.  All files are in Adobe PDF format.

The Technical Bulletin number format is as follow:
     First two digits indicate "group
     Second two digits indicate "year of issue"
     Third two digits indicate "bulletin sequence number.

For example: "TB 70-00-02" indicates Group #70 (Glass), Year 2000, and sequence 02.

Models & Years Affected Subject TB
Number

Year of Issue = 2001

All with Electronic Throttle Control and Automatic Transmission Customer States, “Vehicle Hesitates or Will Not Move After Stopping” 01-01-01
All with Electronic Throttle Control; Model Years Up to 2001 DTC P0606 (16990) “Control Module Defective” Stored in DTC Memory 01-01-02
All Models Oil Consumption, Evaluating 17-01-01

Year of Issue = 2000

EuroVan 2000 Radio Inoperative at Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI) 00-00-01
All models; Model Year 2000 Fluid Capacity Chart 00-00-03
All Sealants, Liquid Gaskets and Lubricants Containing Silicone 00-00-15
All Models; Model Year 2000 and on Driver's Side Airbag, On Board Diagnostic (OBD)
(Supersedes 01-99-20)
01-00-02
All Models; Model Year 2000 and on Passenger's Side Airbag, On Board Diagnostic (OBD)
(Supersedes 01- 99-21)
01-00-03
All Models; Model Year 2000, 2001 Side Airbag, On Board Diagnostic (OBD) 01-00-05
All Models; Model Year 1999 - 2001 Oil Drain Plug, Cleaning Threads Before Installing After Draining Oil 17-00-02
All with 5 cyl. (eng. code AAF & ACU)
All with VR6 (eng. code AAA & AES)
Spark Plug Connector, Using Proper Removal Tool 28-00-01
All Models Windshield, Cleaning Residue From Exterior Surface
(Supersedes 64-99-03)
64-00-02
All Models Interior Fabrics, Vinyls and Plastics, Cleaning Tips
(Supersedes 70-99-01)
70-00-02
All with Leather Upholstery Leather Upholstery, Cleaning Tips
(Supersedes 70-99-02)
70-00-03

Year of Issue = 1999

All with Airbag; Model Years 1990-2000 Airbag System, Inspection Service 00-99-10
All Models; Model Year 1998, 1999 Fluid Capacity Chart
 (Supersedes 00-99-09)
00-99-12
All USA Models; Model Year 2000 and on Airbag WARNING! Labels, Compliance with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 208 00-99-18
All Canadian Models; Model Year 2000 and on Airbag WARNING! Labels, Compliance with Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 208 00-99-19
All with 01M Automatic Transmission Speed Sensors, Locating on Transmission and Associated Diagnostic Trouble Codes 01-99-02
All Models; Model Year 1999 and on Procedure After Restoring Electrical Power
(Supersedes 01-99-12)
01-99-15
EuroVan with Engine Code AES; Model Years 1997-2000 DTC's P1580 (17988) and P0103 (16487) Stored in DTC Memory 01-99-18
All Models; Model Year 2000 Paint Finish, Reducing Swirl Marks and Fine Scratches 50-99-03
All Models, Model Year 1990-2000 Airbag Units, Replacing following deployment 69-99-02
All with Manual Heating/Ventilation Controls; Model Years 1998-2000 Heating and Ventilation Controls, Replacing Fresh Air Control Lever Light -L16-
(Supersedes 85-99-01)
85-99-02
All with A/C Musty Odor from Heating and Ventilation System
(Supersedes 87-98-01)
87-99-01

Year of Issue = 1998

All with 4 speed auto transmission with Digimat 2.1 TCM Automatic transmission shifting erratic, harsh or delayed upshifts 01-98-05
All with airbags Airbag Coding 01-98-17
All with automatic AG4 Transmission Differences between Phase II and Phase II ETA Transmissions 37-98-03
All with 4 speed transmission AG4 Automatic Transmission Fluid (AFT) Seeping From Final Drive Breather Vent 39-98-01
All with CD Players; All model years Use of Novelty Compact Discs in Compact Disc (CD) Players 91-98-02
All Models Wiring Harness, Repairing 97-98-03

Year of Issue = 1997

All (USA) New Airbag Warning Labels 00-97-02
All (Canada) New Airbag Warning Labels 00-97-03
All models; Model year 1990 and on Fluid Capacity Chart
(Supersedes 00-97-04)
00-97-08
All with 4 speed auto transmission Automatic Transmission Shifting, Erratic, Harsh, Delayed 01-97-01
All with 4 speed auto transmission (AG4) Transmission, erratic shifting, Not DTC's Stored 01-97-17
All with 020 Transmission; All model years Transmission Case, Sealing 34-97-06
All with 4 speed automatic (AG4) Automatic Transmission, repairing 37-97-01
All with 4 speed automatic transmission AG4 Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) Seeping From Final Drive Breather Vent 37-97-01
All w/ A/C; All model years Musty Odor from Heating and Ventilation System 87-97-01
EuroVan (before VIN 70_VH075829) Horn, Sound is Distorted 90-97-03

Year of Issue = 1996

All watercooled; All Model Years New Coolant 19-96-01
All with OBD II (1996 on)) Engine Idle Speed Adjusting 24-96-02
All models; All model years (CANADA Only) Speedometer Replacement, Compliance with Governmental Regulations 90-96-02

Year of Issue = 1995

All VAG 1551 Scan Tool Printout 01-95-02
All with 2.8L VR6 (Engine Code AAA) DTC Readout 00735 Incorrect 01-95-07
All models; All years Battery Charging Precautions 27-95-01
All models; all model years New VW ATF / 01M Transmission, checking ATF level, changing ATF 37-95-02
All with Goodyear Tires; 1995 on Vehicle Drifts To One Side 44-95-02
All with airbag systems; All model years Airbag System, Use of Stabilant on Electrical Connections OK 69-95-03
All models with CD changers, All model years CD Changer, Skipping 91-95-03
All with Panasonic CD Changer CD Changer, Grounding 91-95-04
All models; All model years Electrical Contact Enhancer 97-95-03

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Vehicle Maintenance Schedule:  

2000 Engine: VR6

Procedure Mileage (in thousands)
  5 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100
Engine Oil - change X X X X X X X X X X X
Engine Filter - change X X X X X X X X X X X
V-belt/Ribbed Belt - check         X       X    
Spark Plugs - replace         X       X    
Air Cleaner - replace filter         X       X    
Windshield Washer Fluid - check level   X X X X X X X X X X
Automatic Shift Lock-check operation   X X X X X X X X X X
Brake System - check damage/leaks, pad thickness, fluid level   X X X X X X X X X X
Wheels - rotate from front to rear   X X X X X X X X X X
Air Bag System - check function/damage   X X X X X X X X X X
Battery - check electrolyte level   X X X X X X X X X X
Engine - check for leaks     X   X   X   X   X
Pollen Filter - replace     X   X   X   X   X
Cooling System - check level     X   X   X   X   X
Transmission - check for leaks     X   X   X   X   X
Tires/Spare - check condition     X   X   X   X   X
Driveshaft - check boots     X   X   X   X   X
On Board Diagnostics -check Diagnostic Trouble Code memory     X   X   X   X   X
Door Hinge - lube     X   X   X   X   X
Headlights - check and adjust if necessary     X   X   X   X   X
Exhaust System - check for damage and leaks     X   X   X   X   X
Power Steering - check fluid level         X       X    
Brake Fluid         X       X    
Check Automatic Trans. Fluid and Differential for leaks, level; add if necessary         X       X    
Front Axle - check dust seals, ball joints, tie rods         X       X    
Road Test-check system functions during and after     X   X   X   X   X
Air Bag System - visual check every 12 months regardless of mileage
Manual Transmission - check level; add if necessary
Brake Fluid - change every 2 years regardless of mileage
Change ATF EuroVan only

The intervals shown in the table are based on vehicles operating under normal conditions.  In the case of severe conditions, such as extremely low temperatures, excessive dust, etc., it is necessary for certain operations to be carried out between the given intervals.  This applies particularly to engine oil changes and the cleaning or replacing of the air cleaner filter element.

2002 Engine VR6

Miles (in thousands) 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 60 65 70 75 80 85 90 95 100 105
Engine Oil – change X X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X  
Engine Filter – change X X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X  
V-belt/Ribbed Belt – check               X               X          
Spark Plugs – replace               X               X          
Air Cleaner – replace filter               X               X          
W/W Fluid – check level   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X  
Auto-shift Lock – check operation   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X  
Brake System – check damage/ leaks, pad thickness, fluid level   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X  
Wheels – rotate front to rear   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X  
Airbag System – check function/ damage*   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X  
Battery – check electrolyte level   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X  
Engine – check for leaks       X       X       X       X       X  
Pollen Filter – replace       X       X       X       X       X  
Cooling System – check level       X       X       X       X       X  
Transmission – check for leaks**       X       X       X       X       X  
Tires/Spare – check condition       X       X       X       X       X  
Driveshaft – check boots       X       X       X       X       X  
OBD – check DTC memory       X       X       X       X       X  
Door Hinge – lube       X       X       X       X       X  
Headlights – check and adjust if necessary       X       X       X       X       X  
Exhaust System – check for damage and leaks       X       X       X       X       X  
Sunroof Frame – clean and lubricate       X       X       X       X       X  
Road Test       X       X       X       X       X  
Power Steering – check fluid level               X               X          
Brake Fluid***               X               X          
Check ATF and Differential for leaks and level; add if necessary****               X               X          
Front Axle – check dust seals, ball joints, tie rods               X               X          

*Air Bag System – visual check every 12 months regardless of mileage
**Manual Transmission – check level; add if necessary
***Brake Fluid – change every 2 years regardless of mileage
****Change ATF EuroVan only


2002 Engine: 2.8L V6

Miles (in thousands) 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 60 65  70  75  80  85  90  95 100 105
Engine Oil – change X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Engine Filter – change X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Timing Belt – check               X               X          
Timing Belt – replace                                         X
Timing Belt Tensioner – replace                                         X
V-belt/Ribbed Belt – check               X               X          
Spark Plugs – replace               X               X          
Air Cleaner – replace filter               X               X          
W/W Fluid – check level   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X  
Auto-shift Lock – check operation   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X  
Brake System – check damage/ leaks, pad thickness, fluid level   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X  
Wheels – rotate front to rear   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X  
Airbag System – check function/ damage*   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X  
Battery – check electrolyte level   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X  
Engine – check for leaks       X       X       X       X       X  
Pollen Filter – replace       X       X       X       X       X  
Cooling System – check level       X       X       X       X       X  
Transmission – check for leaks**       X       X       X       X       X  
Tires/Spare – check condition       X       X       X       X       X  
Driveshaft – check boots       X       X       X       X       X  
OBD – check DTC memory       X       X       X       X       X  
Door Hinge – lube       X       X       X       X       X  
Headlights – check and adjust if necessary       X       X       X       X       X  
Exhaust System – check for damage and leaks       X       X       X       X       X  
Sunroof Frame – clean and lubricate       X       X       X       X       X  
Road Test       X       X       X       X       X  
Power Steering – check fluid level               X               X          
Brake Fluid***               X               X          
Check ATF and Differential for leaks and level; add if necessary               X               X          
Front Axle – check dust seals, ball joints, tie rods               X               X          

*Air Bag System – visual check every 12 months regardless of mileage
**Manual Transmission – check level; add if necessary
***Brake Fluid – change every 2 years regardless of mileage
****Change ATF EuroVan only

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Service Reminder Light

The model year 2000 EuroVan included an automatic Maintenance Reminder system that would flash every 10,000 miles or so  the "Service OIL" or "Service INSP" light that on the instrument cluster where the trip odometer miles are normally displayed.  This reminder will flash for about two minutes when you first start the engine and then it will go out automatically.  This is NOT an indication of a malfunction but rather just a friendly service reminder that VW calls the "Service Reminder Indicator" (SRI) display.  It is interesting to note that only the 2000 EuroVan has this feature and it is not found on any other model of car in the VW line or any other production year.  Apparently they figured out that it was a bad idea, something it took the owners less than a week to come to the same conclusion.

Please note that this is NOT the "CHECK ENGINE" yellow icon that may display in the center area of the instrument cluster.  That "CHECK ENGINE" display is an indicator that the engine computer has noted some type of fault that needs to be diagnosed by a VW dealer.

When the VW dealer performs the oil change, one part of the procedure involves hooking your vehicle up to the computer system which normally will download your vehicle VIN and mileage information into a database that is supposedly available at any dealership.  In other words, you can be at any VW dealership and they can tell via the database information if your vehicle received all the required maintenance.  However, there is a problem with VW dealers servicing Rialtas in that a lot of them have the heavy duty hydraulic lifts required for the Rialtas installed at the exterior of the service bays and therefore the computer hook-up may or may not be available.  Some dealers will manually reset the service mileage reminder and some are totally ignorant of the procedure required.

The Service Reminder Indicator (SRI) is fitted to all 2000 EuroVans.  It stores two sets of information: Oil Change and Inspection Service.  And after 5 years of research, I was finally able to determine that the mileage interval is hard coded into the Engine Control Module for illuminate the "Service Oil" indicator every 7,500 kilometers (4,660 miles).

Here is the method to manually reset the SRI after performing a service:

  1.  Switch ignition OFF.
  2.  Press and hold down the trip odometer reset button (at the lower right of the instrument cluster).
  3.  Switch ignition ON and release the trip odometer reset button.  It is not necessary to start the engine; merely turn the key until the ignition is ON.
  4.  The trip mileage area now displays "Service OIL".
  5.  If trip odometer reset button is now pressed again, the display turns to "Service INSP". Pressing the button again will cycle the display back to "Service OIL".
  6.  When the reminder that needs to be reset (either OIL or INSP) is displayed, turn button for setting the clock (at lower left of instrument cluster) to the right.  The display changes to "Service ----". That reminder is now reset.
  7. The second reminder is unaffected unless it is displayed by pressing trip odometer reset button and the clock button is turned right again.
  8.  Switch ignition OFF and back ON to resume normal display.

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Service Tips

Just a collection of some assorted service and repair tips:

If the arm of your VW seat is sagging down, then that's an indication that somebody has effectively leaned on it and has bent the small metal part on the pivot of the arm that normally holds it in a horizontal position.  The part can be repaired through one of the following means:

Before you buy a new armrest, check out these links:

http://www.t4-shop.de/arml/index.html
This is a German site and you can order a repair kit

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