why the engine light came on, speedometer quit working

Asked by Jun 21, 2015 at 09:04 PM about the 2004 Volkswagen Passat GLS

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I was driving down the freeway yesterday, and all of a sudden the car felt like it was losing pwer the check engine light came on, and now the speedometer quit working. I was low on gas , and thought it was because I needed gas

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if you lost power that means your car went into limp mode. the fact you lost the speedo would imply probley a bad wheel sensor or your speedo cable got cooked on something under the hood. Crack your hood open and trail the speedo cord it comes straight out from behind your dash unit and find out if there is any breaks or open spots. Also check your wheel hubs and the wire and harness for the sensor in them. Have the car scanned by a garage with Ross tech software if you don't see anything wrong and they should be able to find the problem fast and efficiently. The vw dealer or a VW/Audi Specialist shop should be able to do this.

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