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My VW Golf 2000 Auto...
My VW Golf 2000 Auto 1.6 cuts out whilst starting up (and now whilst driving) quite frequently. The battery light comes on, power steering is lost and everything cuts out. Car will restart first time with no probs. But as this has started to happen whilst driving along it now feels dangerous.

Any ideas what I should look at getting done?

Thanks
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UK Auto Mechanic: Mike, UK Car Mechanic replied 12 years ago
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Hello and Welcome to justanswer...

The problem as you describe it sounds very much like the idle control valve..

If and when this unit plays up - it wont "catch" the revs as they fall - ie, on approach to junctions etc, on tick over - or at low engine revs while running...and it allows the engine revs to drop too low, and hence , you get the engine cutting out.

I don't know if you can do this yourself or not but its a quick job for a garage to check this for you and renew the valve if needed..

Air / vacuum leaks need to be checked for as well around the engine as anything like that will cause this too..

I Sincerely XXXXX XXXXX have helped you - but let me know if I can help any more..

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