1984 VW GTI dying when not accelerating?

Asked by Aug 28, 2015 at 10:35 AM about the 1984 Volkswagen Rabbit 2 Dr GTI Hatchback

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Hey there,
My 84 Rabbit GTI is having an interesting problem. When the car seems to
have warmed up, the engine cuts off when I take my foot off the gas. For
example, braking and coming up to a stop sign, or slowing down to make a
sharper turn; when I am not accelerating, the car will die. No shakes or
noises, all electrics stay on, just no power to the engine. If I can catch it,
revving the engine will save it. Once it dies, I need to have my foot on the gas
when I start it or else it will crank longer than it should. Any ideas as to how I
can get this fixed would be great! My first order of business is to change out
my fuel filter, but I am waiting on that to show up in the mail.

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Check the cam position Sensor, clean the throttle body really good, I would also change the fuel filter..

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