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My 1983 Jetta starts perfect, but then only runs for 2 seconds and then dies as if I turned the key off. It had been sitting for a couple of years and I just replaced the fuel pump because the one on it died. Any ideas what could cause this?

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  • marlin65 May 31, 2010

    I have a repair manual but I can't find anything in it about the immobilizer. Do you have any info on where it is and how to reset?

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Vw immobiliser needs reseting.if you dont have the book get back...

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  • geoff hunter Jun 01, 2010

    put key in door,hold over to unlock and keep holding over,then lock,holding key over(the windows may go down then up)then unlock with remote,you have just reset the system.....
    hope this helps/works for you.....

  • marlin65 Jun 01, 2010

    Will this work if I don't have power locks, power windows or a remote?

  • geoff hunter Jun 01, 2010

    no,only if all above fitted.have you looked at the fuel filter(if fitted).

    you have spark/you have fuel,so has the exhaust pipe got blocked?because that would have same effect.have someone stand behind and check for blow....

  • marlin65 Jun 01, 2010

    I will check the fuel filter and the exhaust pipe and get back with you.

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SOURCE: My 1983 Jetta starts perfect but then only runs

It could be a clogged fuel filter, I would change that and throw a bottle of STP Super Concentrated Fuel Injector Cleaner in your tank. When a vehicle sits for a long period of time the fuel inside of the tank and lines gets gummy and forms varnish deposits on and in parts. You want to make sure you clean all of that out so your car does not have any issues in the future.

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