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Car shuts of suddenly while driving. Starts back up after 20 minutes.

It is a 2005 Volkswagon GTI 1.8T. Sometimes I can drive 13-15 miles and upon arrival and turned off won't start again until 20 minutes. Other times can drive 5 miles and it will suddenly stop, again will start after 20 minutes. Other times it seems to stop running then starts up again, with EPC light, oil light (Had oil change recently and new clutch, flywheel, pressure plate replaced and valve cover gasket done as motor oil was leaking), and beeping going on, on instrument panel. I bought it used in August 2014 with 123,000 miles. What can be causing this problem?

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  • Anonymous Jun 26, 2015

    My car for the above shut off problem is a 2005 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T

  • Claude Kayser
    Claude Kayser Jun 27, 2015

    I appreciate the blessing, and may you have His favor.



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When the gas-cap is plugged, you build up vacuum in the gas- tank and cause the gas flow to stop.
Use premium gas only, ETHANOL in the mix is attracting moisture/water which is part of the problems.

Posted on Jun 26, 2015

Testimonial: "I have been using Premium, I thought maybe it would be the fuel line, such as filter, pump, or pressure control of fuel. I did two Lucus gas treatments in a row to and was thinking it may have loosened debrie in the gas tank and intermittently clogs the fuel system?"

  • Anonymous Jun 27, 2015

    Thank you, Claude, I appreciate your help! Bought a new gas cap, now I have to find a time to drive it around a safe route, in case it shuts off, last time it shut down almost got hit by a big truck whose driver didn't see me stalled, he swerved at the last minute, almost hit, another car to his right. Blessings to you!



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SOURCE: runs ,then loses power after driving for 30-60 minutes.


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SOURCE: Car starts, drive a mile, stalls.

try haviing your alternator checked advance auto parts can check it while its on the car and the can check the battery too. if thats not it it may stall due to a loose battery connection or a loose ground strap. if it stalls and everything turns of (electrical) it may be a connection or ground strap.

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SOURCE: '99 chevy Silverado Z71,5.3 engine.....will not rev when hot.....

try replacing your EGR Valve, or your Oxygen Sensor

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have u had the crankshaft position sensor replaced?, this is the most common cause of this issue.

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SOURCE: 92 cadi coupe deville won't start sometimes

the first one is your security light on?

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