Car not accelerating properly while pressing gas


Asked by Dec 16, 2015 at 09:39 AM about the 2004 Volkswagen Passat

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Let me start by saying that the only change between when my car was working fine and the problem at hand is that my car got an oil change and a change of spark plugs. This was done last Thursday. I don't know much about cars, so i don't know if that has any impact, but might as well share any info I can. The first time I experienced the issue was Sunday. I pulled out of my driveway and started driving down my road, and halfway down my road I noticed that my car wasn't accelerating while I was pressing the gas pedal. This lasted for about 5 seconds max, then my car had a little kick and jumped right back to normal. That was it for the problem until today, 3 days later when I was driving through town on my way home and the same issue started occuring, although this time it lasted a bit longer. I came to a stop at a traffic light and my car stalled. I restarted it and didn't have much of an issue the rest of the way home.

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Have you replaced your fuel filter lately?

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

Yeah, I actually replaced it about a week or so before the oil change.


If you changed external fuel filter,it may be the sock filter in tank that may be stopped up from trash.


I don't know if you have a check engine light? I have a 1999 Passat and was having the same issue and it progressively got worse until one day driving through town it starting running really rough and not accelerating the check engine light started flashing and then went back to normal. Got home ran codes and it pulled a misfire code. Turned out my ICM (ignition control module) was dying a slow death getting worse and worse. Replaced it and car has ran great sense I guess it's a common issue with these. That might help if your still experiencing the problem.

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