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Went to go to work started backed out of driveway put into

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went to go to work started backed out of driveway put into drive it died and wont start
JA: Have you checked the battery, particularly the terminal connections? Are they corroded?
Customer: no all good new alt and distribution box and alt harness
JA: What is the model/year of your VW?
Customer: 03 beetle
JA: Are you fixing your Beetle yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: 3.8
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: nope
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: VW
Expert:  Wolfgang replied 8 months ago.

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i need a clarification.

does the vehicle crank and does not run ? or is it different please explain!

does the check engine light come on when the key is on ?


Customer: replied 8 months ago.
it will crank and yes check engine light is on when key is on
Expert:  Wolfgang replied 8 months ago.

lets try this try to spray some carb cleaner in the throttle body area and crank to see if it will attempt to start

let me know

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Really doubt that is it do you know any common reasons last trip it was shift control module
going to try your idea real quick like
Expert:  Wolfgang replied 8 months ago.

let me know!!