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My 1997 vw betta gl feels like its going to stall when idling.

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Im thinking about buying a 1997 vw golf gl, guys says he's replaced the clutch once and still has problems, also he says the car wont start without fixing the clutch first. could it also be an el


I have no idea why your even asking any questions
about that VW

Replaced the clutch & still has problems---so you want to
buy someone elses problems?


Car won't start-- so you can part with your money & get
a car that you can't even start?


Could be electrical or something?


Your going off what the owner said---Ya & why is he
selling it--because he can't afford to or figure out how to
keep it going?


I know money may be an issue but you don't buy a 16 year
old car regardless of condition ,not even if it was free ,I wouldn't
take it.


Do you know anything about VW's or have a college degree
in automotive technology?



Oct 04, 2012 | 1997 Volkswagen Golf

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I want to adjust the idle on my 1997 vw jetta gl


the idle speed is controlled by the computer and is not adjustable, any attempt to raise it will just be overridden by the automatic system. What is the problem with the idel speed?

Oct 26, 2010 | 1997 Volkswagen Jetta

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Where can I find a free online guide describing the process for replacing the clutch on 1997 VW Jetta GL 2.0


If you Google for VW forums or user clubs you might get a good one with even step by step photos.

Jul 01, 2010 | 1997 Volkswagen Jetta

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Vw polo 1997 999cc often idles eratically


First- lets change engine coolant sensor/ECT/ and you will be very surprised.Black head with four pins.Be very carefull when change it because there is pressure into coolant system.First-open slowly the cap of engine coolant tank.Then tighten again to safe coolant.Unplug the sensor,remove the pin and pull out the sensor.If the "O"ring/old one/ is still inside-take it out.

Apr 21, 2010 | 1997 Volkswagen Golf

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Manufacturer: Volkswagen Model: GL 2 litre Year: 1997 September Engine Capacity: 1600cc Vin: VVWZZZ1HZWW139290 had been inconsistantly stopping during drive at any speed - then after few mins would start...


ur description is somewhat vague. by "stopping during drive" mean the engine stalls?

oh actually yea replace the crank sensor. i cant quite remember which side it's on. although i'm about 80% sure its on the front side. the side closest to the front of the vehicle. this is a very very common problem on the 2.0 liter engines. when the engine is cold the sensor works good and it will run until it gets hot and then the sensor will fail and the engine will stall. this sounds like your exact problem. i used to work at a vw dealer you can trust this diag.

Feb 15, 2010 | 1997 Volkswagen Golf

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I have a 1997 VW Jetta GL. I disconnected the


Reconnect starting with positive then negative.

Jul 19, 2009 | 1997 Volkswagen Jetta

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I have a 1990 vw vanagon it will shut off when at idle, once it is warm it idles fine


Here is the common cause of surges, stalls at stops, slow idle speed, erratic idle speed, rough idle and engine hesitation (and other problems), it is in most cases the idle speed control air-bypass valve and or throttle valve and upper intake, these area's get full of gunk and combustion residue over the miles and cause idle issues (stalls, low idle) like yours, Get a can of intake cleaner from any local parts store, not carb spray, intake cleaner, it is made by a company called CRC, remove the air intake hose to the engine, hold the idle high so the engine won't stall, then spray the can of cleaner into the intake while keeping the engine running, use at least 1/2 the can, shut down the engine and disconnect the battery for 5 minutes, then restart and complete a number of mixed driving cycles, town, freeway, stop and go etc., after a few days the problem will go away as the system will relearn to the clean intake.

Jun 13, 2009 | 1990 Volkswagen agon GL

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Engine idle incorrect nearly stalls runs on 3 cyl on low rpm


Best way is to get the fault codes read using a £15 interface cable and VAG-com software (£free) on a laptop computer. It will save you money. In the meantime, have you removed and examined the spark plugs?
Hope this helps you a bit. If it does, a "Fixya" rating would be much appreciated. If it doesn't
help you, I'd be grateful if you didn't bother with a rating at present - they can't be increased later if I do manage to solve your problem! Just come back and tell me what you found. Cheers, D

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