Acceleration Issue with my 2002 VW Golf (83k miles)

Tiny
JCBERGREN
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  • 2002 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF
  • 2.0L
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 83,000 MILES
I let the car sit in the cold for a week outside. I am from the Chicago area, so it can get pretty cold. When I came back, the car started fine, but when I tried putting it into reverse or drive, it was quite a bit shaky. I couldn't accelerate very easily. I let it warm up a bit, then tried driving it around the parking lot. The engine was riding very rough and the check engine light started flashing. After letting it sit while running for a little bit, the light stopped flashing but stayed on. I drove it around a little and the acceleration got a little bit better and the roughness pretty much stopped.

I drove about an hour and a half with the car and it seemed okay, until I would need to accelerate quickly. If I press the petal too much when it is in 2nd or 3rd gear it wont accelerate but only slightly. Sometimes if I press the gas too much it will shake a lot. On the highway it would not accelerate over 70 mph and it stays a little over 3000 rpm.

I ran the codes and it gave me a P0301 and a P0342.

What do you suggest I do? Do you have any thoughts on what it could be? I have done a little work before on my old car, but I don't know a whole lot. My mechanic is busy until after the holidays.
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Thursday, December 18th, 2014 AT 3:41 PM

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Tiny
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Okay, A P0301 is a cylinder #1 misfire. P0342 is cam position sensor circuit low input. Most likely curing one of these issues would fix both. Check you spark plug and wire for cylinder #1. If you are getting good spark then I would look into possibly changing the cam sensor. If you haven't done a tune up in a while then it may not hurt to do both.
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Thursday, December 18th, 2014 AT 5:24 PM
Tiny
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So I got a tune up a few days ago. I got the car back and it was working better for the most part. It had a little hiccup with the same issue as before when I started it up with it still being cold. After driving it out at low speeds it started driving fine.

Today I tried starting the car again and it wouldn't start. The engine will keep cranking, but it won't start. When the key is turned on I see a battery light and an EPC light.

I am not sure what to do next, and I am wondering if these two issues are related.
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Saturday, December 27th, 2014 AT 12:09 PM
Tiny
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When I try to start it I see sparks near the 3rd and 4th spark plug wires near the distributor. If I try to start it a few times I start smelling gas fumes. I also tried jumping the battery but it didn't help.
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Saturday, December 27th, 2014 AT 2:13 PM
Tiny
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It may be a failing crank position sensor (engine speed sensor). Common on these cars.
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Sunday, December 28th, 2014 AT 3:35 PM

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