I am stuck. I have a 2002 Volkswagen Passat, and I have been having a couple different issues that no one has been able to explain (or there have been too many explanations). The main issue started a few months ago. Any time I drive long distances I stop to get gas and my car has a difficult time starting up. It takes a longer turn of the key, or sometimes it will take more than one try to get it started. Then once it starts the car makes a “womp womp womp” sound, and the tachometer (? the gage on the left hand side of the dashboard) passes back and forth from 0 to 10 until it finally calms down. Also, the check battery light comes on if it doesn’t start the first time. This ONLY happens after I have been driving for a few hours at a time during car trips, and I think it has gotten worse recently. I went to AutoZone to get my battery checked. That was a terrible mistake because they just confused me further. They said the battery was fine (which I would hope, because I just replaced it a little over a year ago). They said the alternator was fine, and no error codes came up when they tested my starter. One kid told me he thinks it is the fuel filter, or the fuel pump. Another lady said that if your starter is wearing down it gets flat spots, and sometimes your car will land on those flat spots and it will be hard for your car to start (this ignores the fact that it only happens after long car trips, and it sounded like gibberish to my mechanic-challenged mind). The manager said that the starter could be swelling in the heat, making it hard to start. AHHH!! Too many unsure people in one store! I took it to the Volkswagen dealership to get an oil change, and for them to check if anything was wrong. They found nothing. HELP.
Not to mention about a month ago I stopped at a stop sign, and I went to speed up again and nothing happened. My gas pedaled stopped working. The engine wouldn’t rev, and the car was still running. When my car cooled down again it seemed fine. I took it to a mechanic and they found NOTHING wrong with it. My dad thinks it is the fuel filter.
If anyone could help me I would be so happy. I am so confused, and I have to make an 11 our car trip back to school soon. I would hate for something to go wrong, and get stuck in the middle of nowhere.