Question about Volkswagen Beetle
My 2002 beetle will start for a few seconds then shuts down. This happened once before about a year ago and the mechanic said that the "kill switch" activated. How do I resolve this without towing it back to the garage?
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
There are 3 things that cause this, 1st and most common is a dirty idle speed control valve, 2nd is carbon on the back of the intake valves, last but not least is the wrong octane of fuel, if it requires 89 Octane and 91 or 92 is used the engine will stall code.
To clean the dirty idle control valve follow this procedure:
Here is the most common cause of surges and stalls, it is the idle speed control air-bypass valve and throttle valve, they get full of gunk over the miles and cause idle issues (stalls) like yours, Get a can of intake cleaner from any local parts store, not carb spray, intake cleaner, it is made by a company called CRC, remove the air intake hose to the engine, hold the idle high so the engine won't stall, then spray the can of cleaner into the intake while keeping the engine running, use at least 1/2 the can, shut down the engine and disconnect the battery for 5 minutes, then restart and complete a number of mixed driving cycles, town, freeway, stop and go etc., after a few days the problem will go away as the system will relearn to the clean intake.
Posted on Nov 22, 2008
SOURCE: 1994 Buick Regal Grand Sport
i just recently purchased a 94 GS with the same problem, where it would die pretty much just after starting,and i found the crankshaft postion sensor to bad replaced it and have not had the problem any more
Posted on Feb 17, 2009
Your car is equipped with a system called PASSKEY standard on all GM cars and light trucks, try the following procedure to reset the system, the battery being dead will trigger the system.
PASSKEY LOCKOUT RESET GM CARS 1999 UP
1) Put the key in the ignition and turn to the "ON" position. Leave it that way for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes turn the key and take it out. Repeat this process (2) more times (3 times, 30 minutes total) This should reset the passlock system to recognize your key.
Posted on Mar 30, 2009
Could be the starter solenoid. Locate the starter in your car, and have someone turn the key for you while you take a hammer or screwdriver and lightly tap on the solenoid on the side of the starter. If that doesn't work, take the screwdriver and lay it across the 2 terminals on the solenoid at the same time with someone turning the key. But I must emphasize, BE CAREFUL, as the screwdriver could be welded to the terminals in a split second. You won't get shocked or anything like that, but there is alot of juice there.
Posted on Mar 10, 2010
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