Hi all. Let me first start by talking about what lead up to it. The car has been sitting, with a dead battery for many weeks now (about 2-3 weeks). Today, I attempted to jump start the car (not knowing the battery was completely shot this time) as i've done in the past (it used to charge up fine and last me several days) but this time something different occured. The car immediately would stall out... I would pump the gas and it would freak out with the rpms jumpg up and down not really responding to the gas pedal as you would like. If I let it go, it would stall out. After keeping it reved for a few seconds (and yes, while having the pedal at a specific point, barely pressed, the rpms freaked and jumped up and down on their own...) it would finally keep its own, yet struggling idle. I let it run for about an hour idle, it still jumped around but steadied out a bit. Turned it off and back on (by the way now, its with a NEW battery) and the process started all over.
I decided to bite the bullet and take it for a drive up the street.. i was literally flooring it, and it would not go passed about 30 mph. The rpms would not go over i'd say 1.5 - 2k...and occasionaly it would kick severely, the rpms would jump to about 3k for a moment and go back down.
Does anyone have ANY ideas what so ever? It does kind of smell like something might be burning a bit underneath, like a fluid... but, again maybe thats from it sitting so long? And also, supposively according to the VW dealership, theres a tiny hydraulic leak from the steering column (i think thats what they said) leaking onto the back of the motor...maybe thats the smell? Not sure.
PLEASE help it's crucial this car get working again, because i'm handing it down to my sister who's pregnant and needs a decent safe car Any thoughts would help, thanks much!