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Starts but does not keep running

1.9 TDI engine quits after starting for a few RPM's

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Sounds like the immobilizer. Does the key light in the dash stay on when you turn it over?

Immobilizer is the code that the key has (it's actually a radio frequency identification or RFID chip). If the key code doesn't match the car code, the car will turn over but won't stay running.

If this is the problem, you'll need to take the car to a dealer to get the key recoded.

Posted on Sep 29, 2009

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  • San Juan Vet Sep 29, 2009

    Now you just have to scream at the service manager to get him to recode it without charging you $150! There is a software you can buy called vag.com that will let you recode yourself. If you ever intend to do a timing belt on your own, you can buy it now and save a bit later. Website is www.ross-tech.com

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