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I have a 2000 new beetle with a 2.0 standard shift and I accidentally touch the hot wire shorted it out just for a split second and now I have this little car on my dash with a key in it and now the car starts and runs for just a split second and then diesAre there any secrets or bypasses to quick fix this
 

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You probably just blew a fuse. The easy way to find out which circuit has the problem is to go to a place like an Auto Zone, and rent an OBD II scanner. Take it back to the vehicle and plug it in under the dash - left side, and follow the instructions that come with it. Or, maybe you have a car buddy that already owns a scanner that will do this for you. It should quickly tell you where the problem is.
 

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You've triggered the immobilizer. You might unhook the battery and see if things reset.
 

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Hey, basically your immobilizer; is kicking on and killing the ignition (thus, the start/stall issue) and the immo activation, is confirmed by the immo light blinking (e.g. "little car with a key in it"). This can be caused by a number of issues; a fault in any part of the immo system, a low battery or charging issue or you might try a "hard reset" of the ecu, see if it fixes the issue (the immo can get goofy; hard reset, can clear things).

Let us know, what you mean by "I accidently touched the hot wire shorted it out just for a split second"; so, we can understand what you meant and any possible electrical problems, it might have caused. Thanks.
 

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Hi billymade - you and I are also communicating about fuel injection hoses now, but I have to ask a question ( or two ) about your response above.
My recently acquired '98 Beetle is my break-away from a long life of Studebaker restorations. I grew up in a Studebaker dealership family, and over the years I have restored and put back on the road 46 Studebakers. But I personally don't care for the direction the Studebaker owners are going, as they are becoming more of a trailer queen group, and less of a drivers club. I always believed that if you own them, then drive them.

So, anyway, at 75 years old I am striking out in a new direction, and this Beetle , and the attitude of the Forum group has impressed me a great deal.
I bought the white cover Bently shop manual. It's great, but like so many manuals it still leaves out many items, or maybe I haven't located them yet.
Regarding the above info you passed along , tell me where in the Bently book I can learn about the immobilizer ? Not heard of that before. Also, what did you mean by the term " hard reset " of the ecu ?

I hope you don't mind helping to teach this old dog some new tricks. Remember, none of those Studebakers had an ECU !!!! Thanks
 

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A hard reset is to disconnect the battery cables and hold them together for a few seconds. Sometimes it helps and sometimes it doesn’t.

Here is a link to some immobilizer info.

 

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Thanks for the info. I certainly hadn't heard about that before ! Proof that there's always something new to learn. Thanks again,
 

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Your '98 won't have an immobilizer, just FYI. That started with the 2000 model cars. Makes life much easier!
 

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Well, thanks again for the info. Very much appreciated, since all systems are new to me with this vehicle. I'm enjoying the challenge of learning about it.
Odd to think of a 1998 vehicle as "new technology" for me, but thinking back to all that I've worked on in the past, it really is " new " to me!
 

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I have a 2000 new beetle with a 2.0 standard shift and I accidentally touch the hot wire shorted it out just for a split second and now I have this little car on my dash with a key in it and now the car starts and runs for just a split second and then diesAre there any secrets or bypasses to quick fix this
You probably have a DTC in the trans, erase the codes and it may erase the problem?
 
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