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1999 New Beetle. Check engine light is on. Hard

1999 New Beetle. Check engine light is on. Hard to start. Dies a 1-3 minutes after starting. Hard to start back up most of the time. Only does it in town-not on the highway. Changed mass air sensor...didn't fix the problem. Runs fine as long as you can keep it that way.

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Could be the cranck shaft sensor

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"I compression started my 99 beetle but when i put it in gear and let the clutch out it dies and or loses power. now whenever i put it in gear and let clutch out it dies even though battery is good.

So if I'm reading your question correctly, your problems started when you had a dead battery and had to compression start your Beetle. Is that right?

Now, presumably, the battery has a charge and you are able to start the car with the starter, but it has no power; so much so that it won't run when you try to put a load on the engine.

Unfortunately, there are a huge number of problems that can cause this kind of behavior. Is your Check Engine light on? If so, it would be extremely helpful if you could get the trouble codes from the On-Board Diagnostics (OBD-II) port.

Otherwise it's going to be a trial and error process to pin down the issue. An engine needs three things to run: air, fuel, and a spark. Since the air and fuel are all computer-controlled on the Beetle (and pretty much every car currently being made), the only thing obvious left to check is the spark.

The only time I've had a similar-sounding problem with my beetle was when one of the two coil packs went out. Since each coil pack handles two cylinders, one of them going out leaves you running with only two pistons. Get some heavy insulated gloves and try pulling the spark plug wires one at a time and see if any particular cylinder is affected. If the source of the problem is a bad coil pack, then pulling the plug wire on two of the cylinders won't have any effect, and pulling the wire on the either of other two will almost certainly kill the engine.

If all four plug wires act the same when you pull one, then it's likely something in the engine management system, and should have an indication in the OBD-II trouble codes. But without more information, it's impossible to figure out what's going on with your Beetle.

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My 1999 new beetle won't start

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Car won't restart right away.

your car is bringing in air that the mass airflow sees as way to hot, so it is not allowing the car to start, if this is happening, you may also be experiencing a random misfire during operation.

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