Q: When we start the car, the engine shakes and makes a noise. In about 5 seconds, it cuts off. What's the problem?

asked by on November 03, 2016

Engine shakes when turned on and is making a weird noise then we can move slowly but then it cuts off
My car has an automatic transmission.

In general, the engine vibration you’re referring to is caused by a restriction of fuel flowing into the engine. This can be caused by dirty or clogged fuel injectors, a bad idle control valve, or the throttle body being dirty.

Due to the fact that many or multiple components might be the source of your Volkswagen’s shaking and noise issues, it’s a good idea to have a local mechanic complete an inspection of the shaking and vibrating problem. This service will allow them to pinpoint the source of your engine’s trouble so they can recommend the right service that will repair your vehicle.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

What is the anti-lock brake self-test?

The anti-lock braking system (ABS) on your car is designed to conduct a self-test every time you crank the engine. During the test, the ABS light on the dash will turn on, and then should go out after a few...

What does the Cal message mean?

The Cal message can appear on your driver information center (DIC). When the DIC displays this alert, it means that the DIC compass needs to be calibrated. If this alert is accompanied by three dashes, then your compass is not...

What features are included for the rear seat entertainment?

If the truck is equipped with the Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE) system, which is an option on trucks that have a rear seating area, then there are a few interesting features to take advantage of: The screen that is...

Related articles

A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche
Few Few vehicles are as distinctive as the Chevrolet Avalanche. Part SUV, part truck, the Avalanche is actually surprisingly practical. On the inside, it feels more like a Chevy Tahoe, except when you look out your rearview mirror, you’ll notice...
A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 BMW 1-Series
The The 2012 BMW 1-Series, which includes both the 128i and the 135i in both a coupe and convertible options, provides the perfect combination of power, performance and luxury. Designed with a focus on thrilling acceleration and a smooth, elegant...
A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Nissan Armada
If If you need an SUV that lives up to the name “full-size SUV”, the 2012 Nissan Armada just might be your best option. With up to eight passenger seating and a 317-horsepower V8 engine that hauls 9,000 pounds with...