I have a 2004 Golf.
When I open the driver's-side front door, I can hear a faint
whirring sound, apparently coming from behind the instrument
It only lasts for about two seconds -- not enough time for me
to locate its source more precisely.
And it only happens if the car has been parked for quite a
while -- e.g., first thing in the morning, or when I return
to the car after work at the end of the day.
Does anyone else experience this same sound? Does anyone know
what it is?
Rich Wales email@example.com http://www.richw.org
I can hear it in my fathers 2003 Golf CL, but my 1999.5 Golf GLS doesn't
make the noise.
His car has only power steering and A/C and a radio as accessories.... so I
ruled out a central locking system, alarm system, or any other power
system... No electrical component to turn on the dome light would make a
noise like that. (Relays click, charing capacitors for the dimmer make no
noises at all, resistors and lights also - no noise).
He says it doesn't bother him (not knowing what it was) but he's brought it
up a few times, and I've heard it when I drive his car... would be
interesting to know what it is. - I think, he thinks it's a potential
problem with something.
I have heard similar sounding noises from our 93' Volvo 960... but only when
it's driving, and much quieter and higher pitched, it's the electronic
climate control adjusting its valves and vents using vacuum acctuators - tho
I have doubts that a Golf would have such a sophisticated ventilation
My 1999 Golf had this too. It is the fuel pump sending some fuel up the
line towards the engine, so the engine can fire straigh away without waiting
for fuel to come up from the tank. Only happens when opening drivers side
door and only happens when the car has been parked for awhile. I thought
the noise actually came from down near the tank, rather than from behind the
If you try sneaking in the passenger's door and then start the car, perhaps
you'll notice it doesn;t start as quickly? :)
This would explain why my Golf (a diesel) does not make this noise... System
should already be pressurized and the pump as far as I know is the one on
the engine, no electric assist.
Golf CL's don't have central locking - and our 2003 Golf CL makes that
A4's seem to use solenoids for their locks (judging purely by sound) - it's
a fast clunk like most cars... I've heard the A2 Jetta's lock pump working,
it's WAY different then the A4 central lock system's sound. A2's take a
while to lock/unlock the doors, the A4's are almost instant.
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