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Volkswagen Jetta, Sedan
May 06, 2005 (4:49 pm)
ANY HELP AND SUGGESTIONS WOULD BE APPRECIATED!
1997 VW Jetta, GL
The car died 2 months ago in a puddle. It started within 30 minutes. The engine light came on and stayed on, within a few hours and a few starts later it shut off. I was told to replace the ignition coil.(by VW) So i did and since no problems, until today. I went through the car wash and needed some help getting out. My money pit decided to die in the carwash. AAA came and took me home. It hasnt started since, Its been 8 hours. what now?
#3609 of 6655 Re: 1997 Jetta Cigarette Lighter Fuse [chuckt1]
May 06, 2005 (11:02 pm)
did you ever get an answer ....I have the same problem?
#3610 of 6655 Re: what now? [mramex]
May 07, 2005 (3:06 am)
Get it to a dry place and slowly bake it, don't set it on fire. What did the check engine light tell your mechanic?
Interesting and ditto experience with a 1996 Jetta. "must be spark plug wires, we will replace distributor cap and the sparkplug wires". Seemed logical. Next puddle, Check Engine light, car died. 5 minutes later, started again. "Must be the coil". Sounded logical. Slushy snow on interstate and 10 minutes down the highway car died. After sitting in mechanic's yard overnight, started right up.
"Do you know the WD-40 and water bottle trick? WD 40 displaces water so start spraying on your wet wires. Wires not wet, run the engine & use a spray bottle and selectively get those wires wet," from an old bug hippy. "Engine starts to go rough, there is the problem wire, wire harness or what ever." Why don't those dumb mechanics figure that one out? Well 10 quarts of water later, sprayed at every wire, engine never stuttered.
"What does your check engine light say?" Evident the going rate is $35 to read it with an ODBII reader and to turn it off. It goes on before the engine dies. Mine stays on. 3 times it said "Miss fire $1cylinder". Decided to leave it on, then last week I bought an ODBII reader on Ebay for an Audi/VW/Jetta for under $40 delivered. Easy to use, got rid of the Check Engine light and learned myself that "Miss fire #1 cylinder" was the only event in its little memory.
I did notice that when I accidently nailed the "new" #1 spark plug wire with an errant stream, it started visably shorting along the rubber near the end.. Don't know if that is normal and just might be a problem.
I have started slowly renewing the wire harness coverings (not the hard plastic type) with liquid electrical tape. I am making sure where the wires emerge from the harness are sort of resealed with the goop. Trying to be neat.
My next moves? Pray for no rain of course but carry WD 40. Carefully clean up the grounds (first find that special radio code). Start looking at places where the water might be driven into the body where the wires disappear. Carry my ODBII unit and see what happens the next time my check engine light comes on. Replace the #1 sparkplug wire again. Hope someone else in the forum can come up with something for me to try.
Electrical problems are always horrible, especially the intermittent kind.
#3611 of 6655 Oil Drips and spurts Jetta 1996
May 07, 2005 (4:06 am)
I am still looking for a solution. Apparently when the engine gets hot, say after 25 miles of travel at 50 MPH or faster, oil starts leaking. I think it is comming from the oil sensor, or the oil filter flange where it attaches to the engine block, or perhaps the black thing to the left of it (which seems to send a tube to the carb air supply). Suggestions appreciated. Here is the longer story.
My daughter discovered a big puddle under her car (she paid for it) about a month ago having driven 40 miles.. Local college town garage said must be the rear seal and you need to replace your clutch - $1500. Decided if we were going to bend over, I would rather do it closer to home. Dye in the engine revealed a rocker cover seap, nothing from the rear seal, in fact no leak at all. I was feeling pissed at one place and happy with the other. Daughter lost all faith in Jetta, so now I am driving it and she has my Honda.
Then my wife drove it and I discovered about a quart of oil dump after she idled the car while talking to me. So my trusty american car mechanic said "head gasket, rear near #4 cylinder. And yes the oil sensor was leaking a little oil but I could not find one in town." But if it is a head gasket, why no oil in my antifreeze, why no antifreeze in my oil? I got the impression that the oil sensor could not throw out that much oil in so short a time.
I continue to drive the car to and from work 15 minutes, 12 miles each way. No oil leaks on the cardboard under the car at home for last 3 weeks.
Two cans of Gunk and my trusty spray bottle (see my posts on electrical problems) cleaned up all the new and old oil from the engine. Took my time, over 3 days hour or so each day. Not super show car clean, but wiped down with newspapers, scrapped nooks and crannies with a wooded stick. Engine block, head and pan has no oil on the surface and a paper towel comes away pretty clean..
Drove it 25 miles 50 to 65 MPH up and down hills. That is when I saw the sheen of oil. Nothing from the back side, comes from the front. Oil Filter does not have a drop of oil on it. Rubber boot on oil sensor has oil inside of it (a little).
Removed what I think is just a shield attached to the manual transmission, maybe clutch, because it continued to drip stuff. It had oil pooled in it along with water and Gunk. My paper towel said there was no fresh oil higher up in the cavity, just the normal black "road film". This would be where the rear seal is and I agree with the dye guy, it does not need to be replaced yet. I am looking along the head gasket and not seeing oil.
My next moves? Got to go to the big city in my Honda to an event. Will stop by the VW dealership and pick up a new oil sensor. I will have my american mechanic replace it. Then I will drive the car up the Mt Washington Auto Road and see if it leaks oil.
Sometimes this forum gets a little heavy. I will keep you posted.
#3612 of 6655 Re: 1996 Jetta bought cheap, but has electric problems [bpeebles]
May 07, 2005 (4:58 am)
Can you expand a bit about coolant in wireing harness. Does it breakdown the rubber or just find places to short and not evaporate until the engine burns up ?
#3613 of 6655 Re: 98 Jetta, gl 2.0 4cylinder [mn_pat]
May 07, 2005 (5:24 am)
you got any solutions. Have similar problem in NH' similar climate. People in the forum are probably sick of reading my life history about my daughter's Jetta.
#3614 of 6655 Re: what now? [chrisnh]
May 07, 2005 (6:27 am)
Next day- still not running, checked all wires, found a hose with a hole in it (got out the duck tape), air filter cover not completely on and wet. (love that Jiffy lube) battery dead from tring to start it, even ran it down a hill tring to pop start it. Called another tow truck. did notice * when i turned the key all lights came on as normal, but when i tried to start it all the lights went out and the oil light was flashing?
#3615 of 6655 1989 jetta electrical problems
May 07, 2005 (10:16 am)
i have a 1989 jetta and it has some electrical problems. Sometimes the reverse lights work and sometimes they dont, the hazard lights dont work, and the rear lights work sometimes. Also when you turn on the lights and hold on the high beams on all the accessories in the car work without the key in the ignition What could be the problem?
#3616 of 6655 Jetta won't start
May 07, 2005 (9:32 pm)
I've got a 1980 Jetta that has a horrible trouble with 1rst/2nd gear but otherwise has been working fine. I parked it and suddenly the next morning it will not start. Not only is it not starting, it's not even turning over or clicking, and it was starting quite normally the day before. Any ideas on what I should do to fix it? I attempted a push start with miserable results (Engine turned over but wouldn't fire).
#3617 of 6655 Re: what now? [mramex]
May 08, 2005 (4:01 am)
Sounds like it got real wet. Hose had coolant in it? So now things are also soaked with antifreeze? Now your engine got a nose full of water and parts of its electrical system are soggy. Way beyond me but you have my sympathy.
For sure you got to replace that hose and dry things out, again. However if you are 50 miles from civilization and that hose has pressure, then your ducktape needs some help. Sometimes creative hose clamp work (2 or more of the screw type), with some sort of pad over the hole/split can act as a stronger finger in the dyke than ducktape. The engine has to get dry and it would be a shame to get there (forever the optimist) and then have the temp repair get it wet all over again.
Sorry I could not be of more help