Why wont my car stay running?

Asked by Jun 04, 2015 at 07:36 AM about the 2006 Volkswagen Rabbit 4dr Hatchback w/Manual

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I drove my car a little bit then left it home, The next day the battery was dead, i charged
the battery 2 days ago.  Well i just got it legal a day ago but now when i go to start it will
start for about 2 seconds then just shut off. What do i do? Does anyone know what is
wrong with it?

2 Answers


Put a volt meter on your battery with the engine off. It sounds like you have a dead battery. Either that or your connections are loose or corroded. If you charged your battery and drove the car, it should still be fully charged. Charge the battery again and start the car. Put the volt meter on the hot side of the alternator. If not putting out 14 volts, you may have a bad alternator which is not charging your battery. If you get 14 volts, the battery is bad and needs replacing.

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Sounds like the immobilizer is faulty. Do you have another key to try? Look for a little wrench symbol lit up in the cluster as you're cranking it over.

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