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Greetings.

I own a used 2002 VW New Beetle. Has 126000 miles on it.

Recent work done on it is:
New Catalytic converter
Oil Change: 5/30 SAE Synthetic oil

The car was running great, with the exception of the engine light being on, which came back on shortly after the cad replacement.

3 days ago I was driving it with no problems what so ever. The tank was below a quarter, so I filled it to a half tank. Came home and parked it. 3 days later, the temp dropped down to high 20's with snow to boot. Went out to start the car, and it cranked over, but would not fire.

Lights on the indicator are:
Engine light
EPC Light
Battery

also some stuff that was happening when I bought it.
(Fuel warning light stays on all the time, also air bag deployment light is on all the time too. Never been wrecked though.

These lights stay on after I have turned the key BEFORE trying to start the car.

It has plenty of juice. Even tried using jumper cables to see if it was alittle to drained to start. No avail.
Cleaned the battery terminals.

What gets me is the car was running beautiful, no bumps shakes or shimmys in the engine. Although, before we had the cad replaced in the car, it was running very rough, hard to start. had little power. After replacing the cad, it ran fine lots of power and the engine light was off. Then it happened again. The engine was running rough, the engine light was back on, but I gave it alittle gas and it cleared the issue.


My thoughts on this are:
plugged fuel filter.
Frozen fuel lines
Coils are bad
air in lines

I wanted to post here and see if any1 else has experienced this issue, and maybe could give me some tips on what to try to get this issue resolved.

Any help would be greatly appreicated.

Thanks in advance
 

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Greetings.

I own a used 2002 VW New Beetle. Has 126000 miles on it.

Recent work done on it is:
New Catalytic converter
Oil Change: 5/30 SAE Synthetic oil

The car was running great, with the exception of the engine light being on, which came back on shortly after the cad replacement.

3 days ago I was driving it with no problems what so ever. The tank was below a quarter, so I filled it to a half tank. Came home and parked it. 3 days later, the temp dropped down to high 20's with snow to boot. Went out to start the car, and it cranked over, but would not fire.

Lights on the indicator are:
Engine light
EPC Light
Battery

also some stuff that was happening when I bought it.
(Fuel warning light stays on all the time, also air bag deployment light is on all the time too. Never been wrecked though.

These lights stay on after I have turned the key BEFORE trying to start the car.

It has plenty of juice. Even tried using jumper cables to see if it was alittle to drained to start. No avail.
Cleaned the battery terminals.

What gets me is the car was running beautiful, no bumps shakes or shimmys in the engine. Although, before we had the cad replaced in the car, it was running very rough, hard to start. had little power. After replacing the cad, it ran fine lots of power and the engine light was off. Then it happened again. The engine was running rough, the engine light was back on, but I gave it alittle gas and it cleared the issue.


My thoughts on this are:
plugged fuel filter.
Frozen fuel lines
Coils are bad
air in lines

I wanted to post here and see if any1 else has experienced this issue, and maybe could give me some tips on what to try to get this issue resolved.

Any help would be greatly appreicated.

Thanks in advance
Go to Autozone or another Auto parts place and have it scanned for codes.

Report back what those codes are and we can better help you with your problem. Otherwise you can guess yourself to death with these cars.
 

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You need to get your codes read and also buy a $3 can of starting fluid. 2 second spray of starting fluid, if the engine fires and dies, then you have a fuel supply issue.

The airbag light is not likely an indicator that they have been deployed, you likely either have a bad seat belt sensor as mentioned and/or a bad front dual stage sensor (some models were recalled for these).

The low fuel light on could be a bad fuel level sender?? Not sure if you fuel gauge is working properly.
 
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