Q: Car won't start - 2003 Volkswagen Passat

asked by on November 06, 2016

I was driving my car and stopped at a red light and the engine just slowly shut off. And after that would start for a sec then just slowly shut off again. I want to say it's my fuel pump but I'm not sure.

My car has 124000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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Hey there. Unless you’ve been experiencing other symptoms, it’s probably not the fuel pump. But that’s easy enough to determine by performing a fuel pressure test. A car that struggles to idle and then dies might have trouble with a vacuum leak or an air leak in the intake system. You probably can’t see much under the hood without removing the plastic covers, but if you did you could look around and see if there are any broken vacuum hoses visible. You haven’t mentioned a Check Engine Light, but it seems to me that there should be some kind of code in the system if the car has shut off repeatedly. If you contact YourMechanic, they will send a technician to your home to diagnose the no-start and move forward with repairs.

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