2013 VW Jetta 2.0 stalls while at idle after about 5 minutes

I was at the pump getting gas. Left the engine running. Put in my $15.00 worth of gas. Put the cap back. Checked to make sure it was tight. Got back in the car to find that the engine had stalled. I thought maybe just a fluke. Then it happened again a few days later. Same situation. Last night I was sitting at idle (not at the filling station) and same thing. The engine is not running rough --nor is the idle. I seems to take around 5 minutes or so before stalling. It starts right back up no problem. I had a dealer tune-up about 2 months ago. Replaced spark plugs, plug wires, coil, PCV valve, etc. It cost a small fortune. :slight_smile: Any thoughts on why this is happening?

It is possible that you caused a problem with the evaporative emissions system by leaving the engine running while you were fueling the car.
I would suggest that you cease that practice, and–with any luck–the problem will resolve itself.

On the other hand, since the Check Engine Light is apparently not lit up, I could be completely wrong.

I thought that here was a connection to leaving the engine running while fueling the car. The first time it happened there a a small yellow “fuel cap” icon on when I got back in the car . It hasn’t come back on but I will try fueling the proper way.

I thought it is illegal to leave the engine running while pumping gas. Perhaps it depends on the state.

But definitely not safe.

Are you topping off the tank ? Another practice to avoid.


In my neck of the woods, the fillings stations have very prominent signs, telling you to shut off the engine while filling the vehicle


“The Average Person Breaks The Law 260 Times A Year And You Don’t Even Realize It …” This must be one on them. I get the message from now on I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully follow the laws of self-service gas, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."[1]

Well, maybe in your case it was 261 times :slight_smile:

Now, do you have access to a place that would read codes for you. I know the CEL is not on, but seems like the gas cap sign is on, it might be worth checking/scanning.

I do. I will ask them to run a scan. Thnx

had the same problem with my 1999 Dodge Durango for the last five days. Less than two hours ago, I changed the IAC and it runs like a charm.

How many miles? Have you tried cleaning the throttle body?

110k No haven’t tried that

I had the purge valve replaced and that fixed the stalling at the gas pump problem.

Good for you OP. Glad you got your Jetta back to trouble free fill-ups. Yes, the purge valve is a common cause of that problem as reported here.

Many thanks to Cartalk for a similar post. It helped me know it was the Crankshaft Position Sensor! They couldn’t diagnose it for the first 6 months until it finally threw the EPC fail light on the dashboard. Then they covered it. Crankshaft position sensor!!!

Did you accidentally post in the wrong thread @Catherine_Herriman ? This thread doesn’t seem to be about a crank position sensor problem.