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2002 vw new beetle with multiple problems

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Aug 4, 2022, 3:12 PM

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I have an 02 beetle that i just bought a week ago. On the drive home I started to lose power but it worked ok the rest of the way home. I have my room mate drive me to and from work since I didn't have insurance that day. I get home that night to check the headlights. When I started the car the whole thing shook like an earthquake and the check engine light came on. I had a mechanic come out and he says I need a new coolant temperature sensor. so I got that replaced but then i go to fill up my gas and it starts to do the thing mentioned above. I got to the traffic light and my battery light and check engine light comes on. this time though the car doesn't go. so I turn it off and try to turn it on again but only the lights on my dashboard came on. so I get out push the car forward and back, then it starts fine, without any of the lights on. from there on the car started working fine. I unfortunately know very little about cars, so if anyone can help me figure it out or want to just take the car off my hands i would greatly appreciate it.

Hammer Time
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Aug 4, 2022, 3:31 PM

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The first thing you have to do is have the computer scanned for stored trouble codes.

Post the numbers here.


We offer help in answering questions, clarifying things or giving advice but we are not a substitute for an on-site inspection by a professional.

Tom Greenleaf
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Aug 4, 2022, 4:33 PM

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Late now but the best time to check out a car is before you buy it. Now a 20+ year old car and you said you know little about them suggest you find a reputable shop to go thru this thing now - checking the routine expected things what is OK and what needs attention get an estimate first to put it in shape.

All of it. Electrical checks as Hammer said to include code reading plus obvious things, brakes, belts, battery, tires if unknown tuned up and fluids changed doesn't seem like much was done by prior owner so far.

IDK why pushing it back and forth made a difference to start or not isn't the point you listed out a lot things. Lights on dash coming on, so you know would be normal for a stalled engine or one about to. That's plain not normal for cars to stall for no reason.

If totally new to owning a car it's boring sometimes read the owner's manual if it doesn't have one probably on line or get one tells of how the thing works and schedules of what items to check or do all along.

Good luck, off to a tough beginning hope it's not a horror show isn't known yet so job is finding the shop to help as if you were buying it all over again what it would need,


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