2002 Volkswagen Beetle my veh will start but shut-off

  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • 98,000 MILES
My vehicle will start but then @ times it will shut itself off, sometimes taking 2-3 attempts for the veh to stay running. I have three main concerns/questions regarding this:

A. My key light on the dash has appeared. Re-programming of the keys or possible computer malfunction/replacement.
B. Fuel pump.
C. Cluster that helps operate dashboard/odometer.
Do you
have the same problem?
Monday, October 27th, 2008 AT 11:10 AM

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There are several different models of VW Beetle. A GL, GLS, GLX, Turbo S. Also, there is different 4 cylinder engines. 2.0L AVH and 2.0L AZG etc. I will give you what I can on the GL, 2.0L AVH.

First I suggest go to Auto Zone or O'Reilly's and for free they can pull the codes to the car. Most important. Once they check your codes, if they find something and you don't get it fixed and need to get back with us, please make sure you tell us exactly what the code was, number and all. Example, if the code was E0568 O2 Sensor bad. Then make sure you give us all of that. While there for free also they can bring their tester out and check your battery, alternator and starter.

Next, this sounds like your fuel pump. You need to get it check and the pressure. If it was not operating at all I would have you check fuse 28. However it runs and cuts off. There are checks you can do on pressure and voltage but you have to have certain tools for that. You also have a fuel relay that may be acting up but again, you need test equipment. But it sounds like a fuel pump.


As for the key, I attached a pic. I believe it means your key fob battery is getting very low and needs replacing. While at Auto Zone the actually have a battery fob tester there at some locations.

The last item C, "Cluster that helps operate dashboard/odometer" I wasn't sure what you meant by that.

I hope this helps.
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Tuesday, October 28th, 2008 AT 7:38 PM

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