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I bought a 1996 jetta 2.0 GLS from a guy at work. None of the gauges work, the right window wont go down and the radio keeps going off and on. I Recently changed the oil, spark plugs, & Spark plug wires (which were electric taped together). So was driving after we replaced everything and now my car will only run for like 10-15 miles then the oil light comes on and the car shuts down. Then after it seems to "cool" off it will start again. Then the same thing. all the lights and stuff work it try's to turn over but wont till it sits for awhile.

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  • dbates978 Sep 13, 2010

    We replaced them one at a time? do you think maybe it was a temp sensor that could be bad shutting the car off?


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Hi! One thing can caused this issues. The PCM (powertrain control module) is faulty and needs replacement. The PCM has connectivity on all electrical current that runs inside the car including, engine, transmission, accessories, etc. The PCM is like a car's brain that when it is faulty everything else fails. Have it replaced and you'll be good. Hope this helps and thank you for using FixYa!

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OK! What I think has happened is when you replaced the spark plug wires, you got a couple of them swapped. When the car starts and runs for a short time this is normal for having wires switched. What happens is the spark plug fires at the wrong time and doesn't burn the fuel that it pumped in the cylinder. Which basically the engine will flood after a short time. I would swap plug wires 2 at a time. Then start the engine. Don't let it run long or it will flood again.

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