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Marty, ASE Certified Technician
Category: VW
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Experience:  ASE & Bosch master tech. 30 years experience.
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Unhooked the battery now it turns starts then stops, yes the

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Unhooked the battery now it turns starts then stops
JA: Will the headlights turn on? Is the battery fully charged?
Customer: yes the lights turn on and I have the charger on it not fully charged
JA: What is the model/year of your VW?
Customer: 98 beetle
JA: Are you fixing your Beetle yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: yes a deer hit my daughters car broke the headlight I unhooked the battery to fix the light socket now it wont stay running
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: no
Submitted: 26 days ago.
Category: VW
Expert:  Marty replied 26 days ago.

Hi, it sounds like the electronic throttle actuator has lost it's setting. Try turning the key on but don't start the car. Leave the key on for 3-4 minutes then start the car and see if it will idle.

Let me know if it works.

Marty

Customer: replied 26 days ago.
No still the same
Expert:  Marty replied 26 days ago.

Ok, if the throttle will not reset by leaving the key on you will need to get the car connected to the VW tester to have the throttle adaption done with the tester. This is a common failure when the battery is disconnected.