Stalling when driving


#1

My 98 Jetta just started to stall while I was driving it. The first was when I was idling at a light, and the next was when I was driving in 3rd gear. It starts up fine, and all the lights stay on when it quits. Also the check engine light came on as I made my way back home. Any ideas on what the problem is and if it will be real expensive to fix?


#2

The check engine light code would be a BIG help in finding a place to start with this problem. Many auto parts stores will pull the code for you…just ask. Then, bring the code here for cussing and discussing.


#3

That CEL (check engine light) is just a kid in class waving her hand trying to get you attention because she has the answer. You need to have the codes read. Some places will read them for FREE. Try Autozone or Advanced Auto Parts. Get the exact code (like P0123) not just their translation into English and post it back here.

Regarding warning lights:

  1. if the coolant temp light comes on, shut off the engine ASAP

  2. if the oil warning light comes on, shut off the engine ASAP

  3. if a FLASHING MIL/CEL comes on, shut off the engine ASAP

    ASAP means driving to the berm of the highway right now and not waiting for the next exit.

But if the MIL/CEL is not flashing, then it’s not an urgent indicator.