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01 Jetta is shaking. Misfire?

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Mar 9, 2015, 5:45 PM

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I have a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta 1.8T manual transmission with about 120,000 miles on it.

My problem is that when I shift gears the car shakes quite a bit and feels weak. Once into 4th or 5th gear the shaking will eventually die off, but then when I have to start shifting again the symptoms repeat. My check engine light is on (obviously), but flashes whenever the car is shaking.

I thought the problem might be clutch related, but I am pretty easy on it so that seemed strange. I am not very well versed in the language of cars, so I am likely incorrect. My Dad thinks that it might be misfiring, as he knows a bit about cars. That said, he is not confident as to what is causing the misfire. He thought maybe it could be a result of a loose spark plug.

Any help/suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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Mar 9, 2015, 6:10 PM

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If the check engine light is flashing, you definitely have a misfire. In fact, you have a catalyst damaging misfire. Your first step is to retrieve trouble codes from the engine computer.

Since we volunteer our time and knowledge, we ask for you to please follow up when a problem is resolved.

(This post was edited by Discretesignals on Mar 9, 2015, 6:11 PM)

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Mar 9, 2015, 6:24 PM

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Thank you very much for the response! I will look into it right away.

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