I've got a 2001 Beetle and tonight for the first time it started to shake and sputter very badly while drivinf, even when i put the car in reverse or forward i checked all the fluids and there all good any ideas??
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It could be multiple things. The easiest I would start with is the spark plugs and spark plug wires. If they are bad it will cause a misfire in the motor which would cause shaking. They are fairly cheap and easy to replace. It could also be a plugged fuel filter, a weak fuel pump, bad distributor cap, these are just a few things to check out. It's hard to tell what it is without actually being there. But here are the basic rules, no compression, no fuel, no spark, no start.
you have a bad engine missfire. a flashing check engine light means you are in danger of damaging your catylitic converter and you should scan the car. most causes of missfires are plug wires and or coil pack.
Sounds like one of the coil over plugs have gone bad. this will cause mis-fire which causes your car to sputter, skip, and shake. It can be changed easily when finding out which one it is. But rather expensive for a simple part $40+ each.
have your injectors cleaned, if they are clogged it can cause sputtering and plug misfiring. You can try putting some Lucas fuel treatment in your tank, but it sounds like its time to have them cleaned.
the shaking can, and most likely is, caused by the tires being out of balance.