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1996 VW Jetta: transmission great..gear the car dies

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just had the transmission rebuilt on 1996 VW Jetta. has run great for last 2 months. but now when you put in gear the car dies. is this a transmission issue? car starts and idols great.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: VW
Expert:  vwnewton replied 8 years ago.

Hello, Jason here to help. Any check engine light or codes? Are all the fuses good? How long does it take to die, like you said, shakes for a second or a few seconds? Jason


Customer: replied 8 years ago.
HI, new develpment. started car today and when i put in reverse it immediately shook and died. I then restarted and hit the gas the same time i put in reverse. Car backed up i then put in drive and the car drove nomal and did not have any problem. No enhine lights or codes. all fuses are good - as stated the car just had a COMPLETE turn up and major work. My thought is it was the idol/throttle and maybe the cold weather (live in Denver) caused the issue. Car drove perfect today no issues after initial start. kinda confused by the whole deal - per a recommendation from a friend i sprayed some lubracant on the throttle cable. Again, car drove perfect and no isues all day. What are your thoughts?
Expert:  vwnewton replied 8 years ago.
Ice build up on the throttle body may have been the issue. Or just really cold weather... As long as no check engine light, drive it, but check fluid levels and be careful in the snow... Jason