Q: Intermittent starting problem

asked by on February 16, 2016

I am having an intermittent starting problem.

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Hi there, is the Check Engine light on? This helps with diagnosing the issue and would help point to a cause. There are multiple things that could be happening, so have a certified technician diagnose your starting issue further to get more information. Other VW owners have reported issues with their fuel pumps and fuel pump relay, so be sure to have them inspected.

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