dk (_kino) wrote in stick_shift,

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Question: Manual car jerks until it gets to 2nd gear?

I have a '98 VW Golf (2.0L). The other morning when I started it up, it was jerking and putting until I kicked it up to 2nd gear for the first 5-10 minutes. Then a CHECK ENGINE light comes up! Today it was fine, but the CHECK ENGINE light is still on. Wtf is going on!

Thank you.

Also: when going downhill, is it better to be in neutral/use foot break, or to downshift? When I try to downshift it just sucks to hear the engine stress - is that even great for the engine??
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