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Car shuts off while driving, push in clutch, car back to life

95 vw cabriolet started bogging down, thought I had another speed sensor problem, noticed rpm was not dropping down, engine speed seemed fine, thought possible transmission problem. Now the craziest part, when driving the entire car just shuts down, no instrument panel lights, engine stops, I instinctively push in the clutch car comes back to life. Runs a few feet and it happens again, this is mainly when I am driving up my bumpy hill. I must hold the clutch just at engage point and burn the tires off to keep car running enough to get up drive way.
Over 7 years I have replaced, speed sensor, gaskets, plugs and wires,distrib. button, timing belt, filters, boot covers, etc. Thought I had all the bugs worked out. HOPE YOU CAN HELP!

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That sounds like wiring or connection issue.
I would firstly try getting a wiring schematic of the vehicles loom then find all the earth points and start by cleaning those and making sure there is clean and secure earth connections

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Sounds to me like not all valves are fully closed at ignition stroke
try putting some Redex through the fuel system in case it is a carbon build up at inlet/exuaust valves which wont allow them to close properly. Sniff exaust gasses for smell of unburnt fuel.redex will also clear dirty injectors which could be another source of the problem.
this failing to solve it after a week or 2 get yor engine timing checked by a garage

Posted on Nov 01, 2008

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It could be. The car seems to be flooding its self as though you are driving on the choke all the time. Replace the air filter if dirty and clean all the breather pipes. Also check the accelerator cable is not snagged and is adjusted correctly.

Posted on Nov 28, 2008

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SOURCE: i drive a vw jetta

I had the same symptoms and found I had suffered from turbo failure and the final cost at the dealer was $3500, last VW I will ever own. I hope this isn't your trouble too, good luck

Posted on Jan 22, 2009

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SOURCE: 99 jetta check engine light on, runs fine, speedometer not workin

o2 sensors will put your check-engine-light on. it is attached to the exhaust (closest to the motor)and rusts-out sometimes. you could try to fix it by buying the o2 sensor and use a socket-set to see if it loosens. i 'm not a mechanic but have had the issue, in the past, with the jetta II's and a 1997.the guys at vw dealers are great with info, if your a hands-on kinda guy/girl.
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The oil in the spark plug may cause the car to run sluggish. The oil may prevent the spark plug from firing correctly or cause you to burn oil. You may want to replace the oil seals around the spark plug holes by removing the valve cover and you should be able to change the oil seals underneath the cover. While at it check the engine for loose wire connections and loose vacuum hoses.

Posted on Jul 10, 2009

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