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Volkswagen: 2002 Jetta gas, starts then stops

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2002 Jetta gas, starts then stops
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: VW
Expert:  Matt replied 2 years ago.
if the engien starts then immediatly stops then I'd say that this sounds like a lack of fuel and could be a lack of fuel pressure from the electrical pump at the tank.
If the connections to the pump are corroded or damaged then the pump could stop at any time or could not be running at full speed. Check that its relay switches in and out and the relay contacts are clean and bright – replace the relay if in any doubt and do the same for the fuse,
Ideally measure the pressure at the injectors and if this is low check the pump as described and also consider changing the fuel filter as if this partially blocked this too will reduce pressure.
this is assuming that you don't have any check engine lights on - if you do then the next step should really be to have a diagnostic device plugged in as this is by far the fastest way to repair
Expert:  Matt replied 2 years ago.
do you still need help?