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Volkswagen Golf, GTI, Passat, Jetta, EOS, Rabbit and Tiguan Air Conditioner Compressor Failure

Air conditioner does not work, noises from engine compartment

Volkswagen Technical Product Information # 2023580/1
Repair Operation # 87 34 01 99
Release Date: 29-Jun-2010


Air conditioning does not work.

Noises from the engine compartment.


Pulley bolt works it’s way free from compressor shaft creating noise and eventually failure of the compressor.

Only Delphi Compressors are affected, optimised Delphi compressors fitted from August 2008.

The refrigerant circuit does not need to be flushed as the damage to the compressor is external.


Check the connection between the pulley and the compressor shaft while they are fitted:

  • The cooling performance check shows no pressure increase, although the refrigerant circuit is correctly filled and the control valve current is about 0.8A.
  • The mounting bolt of the pulley has visibly wandered out of the compressor shaft (see photo above).
  • The pulley turns without transmitting power, because the teeth of the pulley are worn.


Replace the compressor.

Models affected

137 –
1F7 – EOS
1K1 – Golf V
1K2 – Jetta III
357 – Passat CC
3C – Passat / Passat Wagon
5K1 – Golf VI
5M1 – Golf V Plus
5N1 – Tiguan

10 comments to Volkswagen Golf, GTI, Passat, Jetta, EOS, Rabbit and Tiguan Air Conditioner Compressor Failure

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  • navin

    hi i have a golf 5 gti 2006 my air con compressor was changed now there is no power to the compressor pls help urgently

  • Sid

    2009 tiguan air does not blow really cold had system checked all OK but was told the compressor not working to it’s max but still working is this possible please help.Thanks Sid

  • Just been to VW main dealer in Stoke on Trent with 2009 Tiguan with failed air con compressor exactly as described above. Despite being out of warranty VW will pay 100% of the cost of replacement unit but I have to pay a reduced labour charge which is still £385 for 4.6 hours work inc VAT. Delivery of new unit end Sept 2013.

  • Gus

    similar problem on 2009 golf.
    Has anyone received a discount on the labour – I understand that in Germany VW are paying 50% of the labour costs on this problem.

    • Brian Hanmore

      My Tiguan was 4.5 years old and VW Stoke (main Dealer) contacted VW and they agreed to pay 100% of the compressor cost. I had to use the main dealer for fitting which they said was a discounted price at £386 for 4.6 hours work.

  • paul

    HI all thats happened to my tiguan 2009 is that mean main vw dealer will fix it?

  • Paolo

    If you search on you can find only the pulley!! I replaced it 😉

  • It can be fixed relatively easily without removing the compressor, other than removing the centre bolt which is a real pain. I bought the part from Ebay for £30 delivered from X8R which included four new bolts. You need to use thread lock when refitting to ensure they won’t come loose again, and tighten very tight. I’ve currently removed the old plate but struggling with the centre bolt as it turns the shaft. You can only grip the shaft after removing the plate. I had to hacksaw the head off the centre bolt but am still struggling to remove the remaining stub in the centre shaft as it’s glued so firmly despite somehow having worked it’s way partially out. My next plan is to drill the centre bolt out, then use a tap to redefine the threads to put the new centre bolt in. It’s very tricky though when working from underneath the vehicle as a little awkward to get to. I’m confident that if I can manage it the system will then work fine again.

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