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Volkswagen Jetta Starting and Stalling Issues

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  • I have the same problem with hesitation after start. Just started the car in the garage and it ran very rough for a few minutes. Started about a month ago and I took it to a dealer in Mt. Could not find a problem - yada yada yada.

    So are you still having issues?
  • YES, the problem never went away and dealer did virtually NOTHING to find it, even after I left the car with them for 2 weeks so they could drive it repeatedly. My hesitation is brief, just a "burp" and then nothing else, no running rough-- AND my daughter's same car does the same thing. Finally, after 30,000 mile service, I took service mgr for a ride and it actually hesitated with him in the car. They could no longer deny the problem!! A week later, the message was "VW has acknowledged there is a problem but there is no fix, they are working on it and it may be a while." Really?? 97,000 reports of this to the NTSB and they are only no admitting to a problem, and no fix??

    I was so ticked off, I traded in the car on a 2012. I told the finance manager right then and there, if this 2012 TDI does it too, it is all over! VW is going to have to step up - this is their problem, not my problem. Well, trade in was a bad move, should have turned it in as a LEMON and gotten a new car pretty much for free. Because, guess what?? The 2012 does it too!! I could scream. As of my 5000 mile checkup, I have put the finance manager on notice and have given them 3 weeks to get back to me as to what VW is going to do about it. Time is up. I am on this later today.

    Good luck, VW is stonewalling, just like Toyota did with those surging problems.
  • From what I have read, your hesitation is apparently a transmission issue. My problem is most like ly the high pressure fuel pump, a $2500 repair nobody wants to perform unless absolutly forced to.
  • Dear Jettaqueen:

    What was the ultimate cause of your problem in your post of 7/11/11? I bought a used 2007 Jetta for my daughter last summer and she had some problems with it - had a lot of warranty/recall work performed, including replacement of the coils (I think). Recently, my other daughter drove it to the door of her apartment at college and it died and I can't get it to start at all. The gas gauge said past empty so I added gas just to make sure she hadn't run it to empty. The battery only clicked, as it does when the battery is about dead. I jumped it and the starter cranked energetically but endlessly without the engine ever kicking over - even a single surge. It's as if it has either no fuel or no air, or some other mixture problem. What did you learn from your bad experience from 2011?
  • After spending a morning online looking into what's "possibly" wrong with my car and reading about this dang First Extended Warranty company, I feel sick. I have the 2010 VW Jetta TDI Sportwagen. Last week while driving back from lunch at work the glow plug light came on with the warning "Service Immediately." I've always had my car serviced by VW so I didn't think much of it. I called the service center they said to get it up to them but if I turned the car off and back on again and there was no light present it would be okay to drive - otherwise have it towed.
    When I turned it back on, not only did the glow plug light come back on but so did the "check engine" light. We had it towed to the dealership where they looked at it and told me there had been a "failure in the fuel pump which caused." (& I'm quoting here) "shards of metal to spray throughout my engine." Sounds great, right?
    I bought this car brand new in 2010 with only 30 miles on it. I had noticed a bit of a hiccup every once in a while which reminded me of how it felt when my old car would have bad gas or something in it - like it just wasn't getting the right fuel for a second and then it would go again. Aside from that hesitation, we never stalled, never had trouble starting in the morning, never had any signs that anything was wrong and then one day...BOOM! You have shards of metal in your engine.
    I'm glad we purchased the extended warranty but after waiting over a week (I'm trying to be patient because it's the week before and now Christmas) to hear from them to see if my issue is "covered" I started reading reviews of the company and it's made me nauseated. I came on here to see if anyone had any sort of similar problem to mine and your thread was the closest I could find when it came to mentioning the fuel pump.
    I'll keep you updated as I learn more. :confuse:
  • mandamo85mandamo85 Posts: 6
    edited January 2013
    I leased in April of 2012 a new Jetta SE automatic 2012. Within 2 months the check engine light came on. It comes on and goes off now and again. Dealer said don't worry about it as long as it goes out, lol, okay? I can count at least 10 times I had to turn the key twice and hold for longer than normal to get my car to start meanwhile the battery or check engine light comes on then a few days later goes away. Again, don't worry about it.
    8 months into this lease this morning my car hesitated to start then idled so low that I tought the car was going to stall. The stalling sound was making the car move like it was bucking but never stalling out. Check engine light came on. Was bucking down the road luckily to make it to work that is only a mile away.
    Called the dealer, it's going there tonight and I told them I don't want it back until it's fixed. I will be calling VW customer care tonight to list these problems. I'm so frustraited, a 3 year lease is too long for this piece of crap. They don't make VW like they used to. JUNK! :mad:
  • Dealer states they need to replace the cam shaft adjustment valve. I've had my car 8 months and it has less than 6,000 miles on it... :confuse:
  • Can you reply back in few weeks or so and let me know if this solves the issue. I still have problems with the car stalling, but am not under warranty so anything I do is out of pocket :(

    Thanks!
  • So a week went by and I started having problems with getting the car started again. I have to turn over for long periods of time, multipe times, each time the battery and check engine light come on. Once I get the car started all is good and the lights go back out. It's going back to the dealer today actually, they mentioned checking the fuel in the car (I always get my gas at the same Cumberland Farms) to see if it's "too dense." I will let you know what they find out. :mad:
  • Just got off the phone with the dealer. The car was throwing a code that VW has a bulletin (not a recall) on stating that if the car prveiously had a code for N205 to replace the high pressure adjustment valve (which mine did about a week ago) to reset and change the car's oil. They did this and it was covered under my warranty so no charge. We will see what happens from here and I will update you! :confuse:
  • So I picked up my car last night (as mentioned above). Everything was great, car started great even though it was -2 below out. Car started great this morning even though it was -9 below this morning. Less than a mile down the road on my way to work the check engine light came on. It's going back to the dealer a third time tomorrow. AGAIN, I will keep you posted. :mad:
  • mandamo85mandamo85 Posts: 6
    edited January 2013
    So my car went back to the dealer last Friday morning. They called me that afternoon and said the cam tensioner gasket/seal needed to be replaced and that they would order the part but because they had to pull the header off it wouldn't be ready before Tuesday the 29th. I got a call today that they pulled the header ready to change the gasket and saw their was more than normal condensation in or on the pcv valve and that it needed to be replaced as it was not working and was a manufacturer defect. AGAIN, they would order the part and call me when the car was ready. Can you say :lemon: ?
  • Check main alternator wire to battery on most jetta they are to small of a wire I changed mine to a larger wire and never had another problem
  • In hopes this helps others who have had this sort of problem: My 2010 Jetta TDI manual has been hesitating since I purchased it new. It was rare at first and never missed when the VW mechanic drove it. As the 3 year warranty ran out the hesitation had become frequent. After leaving it with VW for a week, a "code" occasionally advised replacing #3 fuel injector for code P020C. Haven't had any hesitation in 150 miles driven since it was replaced. VW didn't charge me for this as it was covered under the 5 yr engine and drive train warranty. I am very pleased with VW and my car. :shades:
  • lancer7lancer7 Posts: 1
    I have a 2002 Jetta 11 years old now. No major issues other than your wear and tear.

    So today I am at the gas station filling up. I start the car and it stalls on me. The EPC light, battery light, and I think engine light all turned on.

    Called AAA, they didn't know what was wrong with it so they called in their tow service. Car sat there for over an hour while waiting for the tow truck to come. tower comes tries to start the car and same thing. But then while he's loading it on the truck, he reaches down in front of the car, bangs something w/ his tool, starts the car and it works now, it actually starts and I drove it home which was only 1-2 miles away. He tells me bad fuel pump.

    Now car is here at home but I am afraid it may not start to get it to the shop tomorrow.

    But based on what i wrote, do you experts think it is only fuel pump problem? it was weird that right after I filled up the car this occurred, never occurred before too. and the whole EPC / BATTERY LIGHT coming on I thought the engine had had it.

    Thanks.
  • kmr92kmr92 Posts: 3
    I have a 99 VW Jetta Wolfsburg Edition. Ever since I have had it it's always had issues starting, but nothing more than that. After 6 months of having it it shut off randomly and did not want to start so we replaced the starter, it still had troubles starting up but was fine. Now this past two months it has started shutting off on me while driving, NUMEROUS times now. It doesn't seem to have a pattern, just at random, a few times it felt like a skipping sensation before it died, but not every time. We have had the battery replaced, spark plugs, fuel pump replaced, replaced distributor, temp sensor, and now recently the crank sensor. Hoping the crank sensor would do the trick, but it once again shut off on me while driving. Every time it shuts off the lights on the dash all come up then go away once I turn the key off. It takes a few minutes to maybe an hour or so to get it to start back up. Other than now looking to see if it's throttle body, does anyone have input on what could be going on?
  • It could be two things:
    1. throttle body is bad
    2. engine management system is bad (it is the computer in your car that runs all of the different fuel injection components)

    Best bet is to get a mechanic to drive the car with a scanner connected to it to see what codes pop up.
  • kmr92kmr92 Posts: 3
    Thanks for the reply. I had the mechanic do that exactly, all the codes were reading perfectly fine. We drove it around for a little bit before he finally got it to die down on him. When it did, he looked at the scanner and it said it could not connect. He suggested throttle body and or possibly the computer. Hopefully its one of the two.
  • I am having the same issue. I am certain it is the fuel filter, because the engine light is not on and if I use gas additives it kinda helps. Let me know what you did to your car to get it fixed!
  • Mine never got fixed! I gave up and traded the 2010 in and the 2012 does it too! I am totally disappointed in VW. Story now is it is a "software issue" and that the NTSB has to bless the update before I can get the car to quit stalling in intersections... been about a year not, waiting... not happy!
  • kmr92kmr92 Posts: 3
    Well the problem had progressively gotten worse, it had gotten to where just sitting in park for about 10-15min it would die. So we went ahead and changed out the computer. So far it runs without dying on me, but now I have to change either the alternator or volt. regulator.
  • hallheidihallheidi Posts: 1
    COOLANT LEAK MIGRATION MAY BE CAUSING TONS OS ELECTRICAL/misc. ISSUES!!-I have been scouring the Internet looking for answers to my recently purchased used 2001 vw new beetle which intermittently stalls while driving... On the freeway or surface streets, it doesn't matter but it is very intermittent. After looking through the glovebox into all the repairs done in the paperwork, it looks like it has been an issue from the beginning of this car! Unfortunately we bought it "as is" from a private seller so there's nothing we can do about it. Anyways, we have taken it to a few different highly recommended mechanics specializing in foreign cars and even specifically VWs all to no avail. They even were able to reproduce the issue which scared them half to death when it stalled on them on the freeway. They too, reviewed all the previous repairs done changing everything from the throttle body to the mass air flow sensor and much more multiple times! They were unable to find any definitive answer and did not charge a penny due to being unable to diagnose and suggested taking to a vw dealer to hook up to their computer. Today after scouring the Internet for possible answers I came across one thing that finally sounds like a possible answer.... A coolant leak migration that can migrate as far as back to the tail lights! It supposedly is due to the reservoir design up to a certain year where the connector is tilted down in an angle that somehow can allow a leak to migrate all thought anywhere on the whole wiring harness and affect a plethora of things throughout the vehicle causing you to need to repeatedly replace parts over and over thinking it is defective parts when the actual cause is actually the coolant leak migrating throughout the whole car! We just found this possible idea today and I wanted to share to help others be aware of this possibility when you seem to feel there is no answer! I will update after my husband takes a look at all and we check where there may be any corrosion from coolant migrating to what areas and affecting electronics and other things, Heidi
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    edited July 2013
    The "Coolant Migration Problem" is well-known, easy to detect and easy to stop.

    The Technical Service Bulliten is dated April 2001 which proves how long it has been understood.

    However, a vehicle suffering from the symptoms of the "Coolant Migration Problem" may have too much damage to be financially feasible to correct.

    In other words, it is FARRR easier to be proactive and often check for "Coolant Migration Problem" than it is to FIX the damage it causes.
  • jetta2012jetta2012 Posts: 1
    Not sure if this will help at all but I have a 2012 Jetta that randomly shuts off when driving. I've had it in the shop numerous times and they couldn't figure out what was going on.

    Fingers crossed, I will be picking my car up again today and they think they may have found the problem. A software update was needed. The dealership contacted VW who told them they have been having a few issues with this and said after they run the software update the problem seems to be fixed.

    I love my Jetta, my experience with the dealership and VW has been the best I have received anywhere. I hope this fixes the issue and maybe can help you too!
  • carimaricarimari Posts: 8
    :blush: The Stalling Issue occured again last week. I have it on video because the dealership never believed me. When I called the dealership they wanted $120 to put it on the computer again.. since this never produced anything last year... I did want any sensible person would do... I now drive a Honda and am so happy that I don't ever have to worry about stalling issues again :) Good Luck, my heart goes out to everyone that has this issue!!!
  • I did 2 things that solved the issue:

    1. Removed the steering power sensor plug from the sensor.
    2. Changed the fuel pump (it was cracked, and hardly notice!).

    Since then i have no issue. Hope this solve your issue too.
  • tat2dqteetat2dqtee Posts: 1
    edited November 2013
    Ok this is my first post so sorry if someone has already asked/answered this question but i have a 1999 jetta manuel transmission that will run fine for a short time then it will start sputtering and trying to die to the point that i have to pull over and kill the engine. After doing this it no longer wants to start and i have to sit and wait. At first it would start after just a few minutes now it takes any where from 30 minuts to an hour before it will start again. I have been told it is the fuel pump so. purchased a new one yesterday but before i put it in (cause it was $350) i would like to know if it might be something else. Please help a girl out. Thanks in advance. Oh i have also already takin it to have codes read to try and fimd out what it could be and it wouldnt communicate with the machine
  • cl002004cl002004 Posts: 1

    I had an issue where my key would not go in my 2005 Jetta ignition. I literally looked around the stuff in my car to check that I was in the right car. A locksmith came out to try to fix it, but they weren't able to. Ultimately, I had to get my car towed. The dealership quoted me around $700 to replace the ignition lock. I have no idea what was going on with my car? Was it something I did to somehow break it?

  • pickel62pickel62 Posts: 1

    I have a 2003 Jetta VR6: and my friend a 2002 Jetta, both cars stall if fuel level is at or under ¼ tank. After many Web search results I see many stories like mine, car stalls on Highway, traveling at speeds from 50 to 75. Sometimes I can feather the accelerator and will save from stalling but if not I have to pull over put the car in park and it will restart.

    This has been trouble on both cars for over 2 years, we never let the fuel get below ¼ tank. The tanks get flushed and filter replaced every two years but same problem. VW had done many tests but can’t figure it out. Someone said the fuel pump could over heat and shut off, that the gasoline keeps it cool, it makes sense when the gas is below ¼ tank that the pump is more above the fuel than under. If the manufacture had the pump designed with a low heat tolerance than maybe all the OEM replacement pumps and aftermarket pumps would react the same causing same failure and confusion after replacing one.

    In conclusion, I believe there are multiple diagnoses posted that are correct. More than one specific failure could cause the same symptom. I’m told by VW a faulty crank shaft sensor would typically cause a computer error code, they are either working or not unless it has poor connection. The tank is clean so I am going to try replacing the fuel pump with a more superior one pump like BOSH and not an OEM part.

    I’m curious as to the person that posted they used the BOSH pump and seems to have worked if this stall had resurfaced or not.

  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,085
    edited February 9

    Lets be clear, this car is over 10 years old and not worth a whole lot. It makes no sense to pour money into this 'problem' you describe.

    Personally, I would not waste much time nor money on this 'issue'. Since you have already diagnosed the problem as happening ONLY when the fuel-tank is less than quarter full.

    Hence, you have already figured out how to resolve the 'issue'. JUST KEEP THE FUEL ABOVE QUARTER FULL..

    End of problem, worries and no money spent.

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