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When I start my 2001 volkwagen beetle (5 speed) it shakes and the check engine light flashes at me. Then when I shift into first to move forward, it acts like it doesn't want to go, feels like its

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Possibly an O2 sensor or a fuel pump/filter going bad/clogged. It sounds like a fuel issue. does the car have abs brakes and an abs dash light that turns on with the other lights when you turn the car to on before starting? dragging brakes is not fun and i have seen abs sensors go bad and lock up on people including myself.

Posted on Apr 20, 2013

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  • Marisa Hoover Apr 20, 2013

    Yes, I do believe that I have ABS brakes, also I the light does not come on when the car is started, but is visible when in accessory mode. What do you mean by dragging brakes?

  • James Lillard Apr 20, 2013

    sometimes the abs sensors get really dirty and dont always work right. they will sometimes engage the brake on one wheel or multiple wheels depending if theres more than one bad or dirty sensor. i had a van that did that every once in awhile until i figured out it was a bad abs sensor. you might wanna go to the local mechanic or auto parts store and have them run the scanner on your car to see if any codes for problems pop up. a bad or dirty abs sensor will log a code into the cars computer that says it has a problem. the pulling me back sensation you described is what i felt when i had that problem.

  • Marisa Hoover Apr 20, 2013

    I have taken my care to Advanced Auto, and it reads Cylinder 2 misfire. The check engine light only flashes when the car is first turned on. Then the light completely turns off, even tho my car may run rough.

  • James Lillard Apr 20, 2013

    well your tune up should have taken care of the misfire because that was probably just a plug going bad. i just looked at some of the other comments, is your car a turbo model? if so you might have a boost regulator acting up. If I were you though I would just get the brakes checked out. my old van would feel like that for a minute and then snap out of it when the brake got hot.

  • Marisa Hoover Apr 20, 2013

    No, my car is not a Turbo. Thanks for your advise, I will get the brakes looked at!



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SOURCE: 2001 Beetle check engine light is on.

Hi, the MIL (engine check light) will only go out when the car has had 50 drive cycles - start, run to normal operating temperature and stop, without further faults. A normal EOBD code reader such as you used to check for the fault originally should also be able to cancel the fault and put the light out. If the code won't clear, suspect a faulty ignition coil. Which is a common fault on these vehicles.
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SOURCE: Check Engine Light Flashing Briefly and Throttle revving

go to a shop and see if there is a code stored in memory. anything else would just be a blind guess. If you are near an Autozone that do a scan for free

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SOURCE: engine pulling at 3000 rpm and above

Sounds like a turbo problem, check all electrical connections and vaccum hoses, any engine lights on? Then it's time to take it in, I assume you have a good VW expert just around the corner who is honest, reasonable, and reliable,,,, sometimes it happens! Hope this helps, and look into it right away, it can cause other problems if let go $$$$.

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SOURCE: 2001 VW Beetle 2.0L Gas - - Car has been acting

Sounds like the coil is getting wet!!!!!!!

Posted on Feb 13, 2011

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SOURCE: 2000 beetle , bucks , stutters , acts like it's running out of gas

So many possibilities. But I would look for arcing on the coil packs. Use dialectic paste on all the plug wire connections. Arcing is easiest to see at night.
If it is the purge valve, then opening the gas cap to relieve vacuum will temporarily make it run better.
Look for vacuum leaks.
Temporarily pinch off hoses to see if they are the source of a leak.
Try putting gas dryer in the tank, in case there is water.

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