2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI Coolant System Failure

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

Lemberg Law is investigating complaints regarding radiator problems that lead to the coolant system failing in the 2022 Volkswagen Golf. Vehicle owners report that their radiators are not firmly attached to their cars causing damage to hoses and serious coolant leaks.

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Is There a Problem with the Radiator & Coolant System in the 2022 VW Golf GTI?

Numerous complaints by new 2022 Volkswagen Golf owners have revealed a serious factory defect that results in up to 100% loss of coolant from the radiator coolant system. There are also reports that replacement hoses are in short supply. This results in cars not being drivable for prolonged periods of time.

2022 Golf owners state that this issue happens to cars with anything from less than 200 to 6,900 miles on the clock. Often the radiator comes loose not long after they have taken possession of their new vehicles.

While there are 17 engine and engine cooling manufacturer communications on file with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). But not one of these deal with the issue.

What’s Wrong with the Coolant System in the 2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI?

2022 Volkswagen Golf owners are complaining to the NHTSA, on social media, and in forums, that because radiators are not properly secured in the factory, they break loose under acceleration. Once loose, the radiator knocks other parts out of position, which ultimately results in damage to the radiator hose. This, in turn, causes overheating and can result in the engine seizing.

Here are examples of complaints to the NHTSA from 2022 Golf GTI owners living in various parts of the U.S. They were all logged between May and July 2022.

An owner from Illinois states:

“Radiator was loose from the factory where it clips to (the) intercooler allowing movement of (the) radiator within (the) engine bay. Lower radiator hose then hits (the) crank pulley from movement in (the) radiator causing loss of coolant. Dealer replacing radiator hose, radiator, and intercooler. Factory defect – happened with less than 200 miles on the car.”

An owner from Pennsylvania states:

“After 3500 miles my radiator came loose and pushed a lower coolant hose into the alternator belt, chewed through the hose and all the coolant leaked out. Now my car is sitting at a dealer lot awaiting the replacement hose which is on back order in the entire country with no ETA. After this incident I realize this is a common issue (posts on Facebook & Reddit) and, for whatever reason, VW doesn’t seem to be addressing this issue. At the very least they should be shipping a large shipment of these hoses to the US so customers can get back on the road ASAP.”

An owner from Texas states:

“Factory radiator came loose while driving causing the radiator to fall towards (the) engine block. Lower radiator hose was cut by the crank or AC pulley causing all the coolant (to) drain out. Dealer is replacing the radiator hose, but is not addressing the radiator falling out of place. Car had 6,900 miles when the fault happened. The car (has) not been in an accident or been modified in any way.”

An owner from Texas states:

“Clips that hold radiator failed, allowing a coolant hose to come into contact with a pulley, resulting in the immediate and complete loss of coolant. This is not an isolated issue – many owners in online forums have experienced the same issue, generally at 300-3000 miles.”

An owner from Connecticut states:

“After hearing reports that some 2022 VW GTIs were suffering total coolant loss due to a loose radiator I checked my own new GTI. I found that my GTI’s radiator was unsecured at the top on the passenger side and it could freely move back and forth approximately 1.25 inches. This could allow the radiator, shroud and fan to contact moving parts in the engine bay.”

What Should You Do if Your 2022 VW Golf FTI is Experiencing Coolant System Problems?

Lemberg Law is currently investigating the many complaints about the 2022 Volkswagen Golf coolant system failures. If you have experienced problems relating to a loose radiator, you may want to consider contacting us.

It’s possible that your 2022 Volkswagen Golf is a lemon. All you have to do is contact us for a free case evaluation. It‘s not going to cost you anything because the law makes Volkswagen pay the legal fees for your action.

Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 30 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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  • adam

    Radiator came loose from mounts hitting accessory belts putting a hole in the radiator.

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