Hello! Thank you in advance to anyone who might have an idea of what the heck is going on with my Beetle.
This started a little over two years ago, right after I moved to California. My “check coolant” signal came on (red light with bell), so I pulled over, stopped my car, and let it rest for a few minutes. I assumed I needed to get it to a mechanic ASAP, but when I restarted my car, no warning light came on with it. Since I’d just driven cross-country and had my car tuned up beforehand, I thought it would be strange to have a low coolant level, and sure enough, it was fine. Since then, about a half dozen times a year, the same thing has happened. I just pull over and turn off the car, restart it, and it’s fine. It only happens in stop and go traffic–never on a highway.
On one occasion about a year ago, immediately after the light came on, I started to smell an overheated engine. By that time I had a neighborhood mechanic to have my car towed to, and he found a hose that had become loose, so he resealed it. For an unrelated reason, I’ve also had my car’s computer system reset twice, and before I went out of warranty last May I had a VW dealership carefully inspect my whole engine, and I was told there is absolutely nothing wrong with my car. And the alarm still comes on sometimes.
A little background info: I own my car, so there’s no hidden history. It has about 45,000 miles on it, and there was a year and a half before I moved to California that it was rarely driven (hence the low mileage for its age). I also live in Los Angeles, so it hits a ton of potholes (I currently need new shocks) and I rarely get to drive more than a quarter mile without having to brake for a light.
I’d love a diagnosis! Or at least reassurance that my current state of “not worrying” is okay for me and my silly car.