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Rev counter jumps whilst idling and then engine cuts out

I have a 1999 Golf 1.6 and it works perfectly except for every now and then the rev counter will start jumping (between 0 and 2) and it then seems to cause the engine to cut out. It usually happens within the first 5 minutes of me driving the car; sometimes I will just be waiting at a junction and then when I go to pull off the car has cut out and the battery light has come on without me even realising.
When driving at speed the rev counter works fine, it is only whilst doing very low speeds or idling that it seems to happen. I suspect it is because the rev counter goes too low that the engine therefore cuts out although I have no idea what would be causing this. As I say, the problem is intermittent and sometimes it will start up and drive fine. Any help would be much appreciated! Thanks

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  • kellynash935 Mar 09, 2009

    Thanks for your help. I took it to the garage in the end as they said they would have a look for free and anyway it turns out it was the accelerator cable which kept seizing up causing the revs to fall and the engine to cut out. So £90 later it seems to have done the trick, so far at least.. fingers crossed anyway!

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Your problem sounds as if the thermo sensor....which controls the air fuel ratio when engine is cold....is faulty. It is a common fault on this model.
This is not an expensive part, and takes only a short time to fit.
Good luck
John

Posted on Feb 27, 2009

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