Jetta starts but won't move


Asked by Kabicolee Mar 21, 2014 at 03:56 PM about the 2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T

Question type: General

2003 Volkswagon Jetta GLS 1.8T.... I parked it over the winter, disconnected battery
and add stabilizer to the fuel tank.  I charged the battery this spring and started the
vehicle with no problem.  I let it idle for awhile, then put it in gear to move it to the
garage.  I put it in gear and pressed the accelerator and it does not move forward or
backward.  What might the issue be?

7 Answers


Automatic or Standard trans?


your brakes are locked maybe? If the engine is turning freely and you just hear it revving up then you've got a burned out clutch in the case of a manual transmission or you're out of transmission fluid or have a burnt transmission in the case of an automatic transmission.

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automatic transmission


Do you feel the trans clunk into gear when you select it? If you do then it is a high possibility that what nicolaconroy stated might be correct about the brakes, sometimes the pads will rust to the rotors causing your problem, the best way to find out for sure is place it in neutral, make sure the brakes are off, and try to move it by pushing it slightly, if the brakes are free it should move fairly easy, if it won't move then you are going to have to remove each wheel and caliper assemblies to clean out the rust. If it does move by hand then you have either a low fluid condition for the transmission or the transmission has failed completely. HTH

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Nick Reese

im having the same issue but its a vr6 automatic and it rolls freely it will not go into gear engine sounds fine but doesnt move. i heard its either shift linkage or a bad solenoid. i was about to buy a new trans but am waiting to do so.

Armaan Rajwani

^ Nick, first check to make sure the trans fluid is topped off.

Jolene Davis

My 2011 Jetta tdi has has this issue a few times. I shut it off and start it again and it works.

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