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2004 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GL 4dr Sedan Manual

2004 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan
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Front Wheel Drive, 4 Door Sdn, Compact
24 mpg city / 31 mpg hwy
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May 23, 2013, 8:16 pm

James K

Question: My car stalled on a very small uphill after decellerating to make a turn. What could have caused it?

I own a Volkswagen Jetta 2010. It has roughly 55,000 miles on it and is definitely in need of service. However just the other day as I was turning left there was a small hill. The moment i got to the bottom and began to accelerate, my car just stalled. I immediately tried to start it back up to find that the engine was completely dead, meaning no turning over, no cranking, no nothing. The lights were the only thing that responded when i put the keys in the ignition. I waited 5 minutes and tried again, and to my surprise, it started just fine. What could have caused this random occurrence? I took it to Midas where they ran all kinds of diagnostics on it and said that everything came back fine and that I just needed a tune-up/service. Could driving a few miles over the recommended service cause something like that??

May 28, 2013, 3:52 pm

Ron W
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If it wouldn't crank, I'd suspect a weak connection at the battery.

Check the terminals and connections at the battery. Sometimes greenish/gray corrosion gets on the battery cables and even when a new battery is installed, it doesn't make a good connection. Use a little sand paper or terminal brush to clean them up. It may be all you need to do. If they're OK, you may have to take it in and have it checked.

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