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Question jetta 99 won't start

I had jetta 99 (new body style) which gone into an accident. The car was hit in the front left tire. The airbags and the seatbelts were deployed. A mechanic fixed just the tire so I can drive it and it worked just fine. he changed ball joint, control arm, sway bar, and tie rod end. I drove the car for about a week. Now, the problem is when I start the car it dies right away except if I press down the gas. I can start the car and immediately press the gas and drive it. I also was able to drive the car with this situation but the rpm is low (about 500).

by the way, the mechanic was thinking about changing the strut mount but he said it might be not necessary. And, it seems that the battery goes off once i try to start the engine because the car goes without electricity for a while after i try to start the engine for the first time.
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Based on your description, It might be possible that the battery cables or battery were damaged during the accident. This might be your charging problem.

Now for the idle, the throttle position sensor might need to be re-aligned. This is something that would have to be done with a VAG-COM.

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