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If you turn ignition and nothing happens, the problem is usually in the interlock system. Manual transmission cars, including the Jetta from what I am reading, have a clutch switch or clutch interlock switch. It is basically a cylinder with a rod sticking out of it which is mounted on a bracket in front of the clutch pedal. Pressing the clutch pedal extends ...


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These things are unfortunately more common with VW than they should be. First, what year? So the first most likely cause is that your caliper is not retracting when you drive the car. That could be a "seized caliper" but more often it is a cable that is not moving smoothly, leaving the parking brake slightly on. The second most likely problem is that ...


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You can top off with any fluid which meets VW factory specs. VW has several suppliers of transmission fluid, but I have not seen Ravenol listed as one of them. A major point of fluid specs is to ensure that added fluids are compatible with what is in there already.


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Don't rule out the alternator! If the car is running, and the lights go dim, it means that you are not getting the power you need, which comes from the alternator. Many of the VW alternators from the 2000's had overrunning clutches on them. IMO, this just created another failure point. So much so that every alternator I have replaced (more than 20 on the ...


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Your battery should be around 12V with the engine off (11V upwards usually still works). With the engine running, a test at the battery should show 13.5-14V. My guess would be that your battery is dead - you'll need a new one. Once you get it in, drive to a car spares store and have them test the battery and alternator. I'm amazed that the car did anything ...


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Ok, you’ve got a few (very well written) questions, so I will try to answer the ones which I am able to. Stalling Based on the fact that the stalling is prevented/reduced by pressing the accelerator or by opening the hood, it sounds like the engine may not be getting enough air. (New addition to my answer below) Regarding the accelerator pedal stopping ...


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I had this problem with my 2013 Passat wagon. I took the car to the dealer and the mechanic repeatedly pressed the unlock on the remote while at the same time pressing and releasing the fuel flap. It worked. He explained that the flap lock can fail in a number of ways. In my case it just got stuck and the press-release was sufficient to solve the problem....


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