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I just put in a new battery and now my 98 VW Cabrio seems to act like it's not getting gas. It all started yesterday with a dead battery. I jumped it off and it drove great until I turne dit off. Then it was dead again. So today, I put a new battery in it. During all of this time, the anti-theft alarm (horn honking) has been going off any time I was jumping it etc. So I'm wondering if there is some kind of anti-theft deal that effects the fuel system? My son put ihis hand on the fuel filter and felt gas moving through it although I figure that doesn't really mean it's ok, but like I said earlier; it starts out driving great and then wham it's not getting any gas...

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The same happens to my 1998 Cabrio. the secret is that you must have the key inserted the whole time.
1). Move the key as if you are going to start the engine.
2) turn the key back to the off position.
3) without removing the key disconnect the positive terminal
and wait 3 minutes to let the pc reset.
4) reconnect the positve terminal. the pc will recognize the key and the alarm will horn.
now your car is going to be fine!

trust me, It took me time to figure this out.
what I did is disconnect the battery for a few minutes and then make sure when you reconnect the cables do it very smooth first the negative and last the positve.
if the alarm is honking you are fine!

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Yes their is a factory immobilisor and a dead battery can upset it quite easily ,sorry but as its the antitheft then its a dealer only job

Posted on Aug 26, 2010

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