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#4612 of 6655 Re: 1994 VW Jetta Hiccups and Stalling [cosmo]
Jun 22, 2006 (5:08 am)
Well, I finally took the car to a mechanic that spent an insane amount of time diagnosing the problem, switching out parts and testing every wire and pump in sight. Final diagnoses: Distributor. Not the distributor cap and other miscellaneous parts - the distributor itself, which he has offered to replace with used parts. I'm banking on the car NOT doing this again within the next couple years and the used part holding out.
I have not received the car back yet to give it a full endorsement, but I'm too excited to have my car back after a near-month of this headache. I just had to update.
#4613 of 6655 Re: 2002 Jetta GLS, Loss of Power to Radio [hlecover]
Jun 22, 2006 (7:25 am)
I did try this and it worked right away. Its a little anoying just waiting for the radio to turn off again. Does anyone know if the same thing with the fuse happens if the radio is replaced by an aftermarket radio? Thanks for the fuse #42 info.
#4614 of 6655 Re: Anyone Else having Transmission Problems?? [mjdtdi]
Jun 22, 2006 (9:43 am)
I am having the same problem with my 2000 Jetta. The dealership acts like they have never heard of this problem before and claims not to be able to replicate the problem. Has anyone figured out what the fix is for this problem. The dealership said the fluid was low, but as soon as I left the dealership I put the car in reverse and it had the same problem, the car revved like it was in reverse with no movement. Please help.
#4615 of 6655 Re: 2002 Jetta TDI (sluggish acceleration) [sean57]
Jun 24, 2006 (2:08 pm)
Hi Sean, my 2000 TDI is behaving exactly like yours did... what did you end up doing?Was it the MAF sensor? Cant afford to take it to VW, hoping you can offer some advice.
#4616 of 6655 Re: 2002 Jetta TDI (sluggish acceleration) [fritzler]
Jun 24, 2006 (4:35 pm)
Dont be so hasty about not going to a VW dealersip. You may be eligible for the MAF Extended warantee.
It is also likely that your intake plemum is plugged up. This tends to happen if TDI is "babied" combined with some other factors.
#4617 of 6655 1995 jetta gl 176,000 2.0 liter 5 speed
Jun 25, 2006 (7:33 am)
When I purchased this car for my daughter,it seemed to work
perfect. When we arrived home & let the car sit for a couple
of hours , started the engine noticed blue & black smoke.
smoke only lasts moments , then the engine runs smooth & the smoke is gone.She has been driving the car of 6 months & love's it.
I have changed the plugs,cap&rotor, air filter, oil& filter (twice).Used good grade high milage oil . There is a
lot of sluge in the engine,& changing the oil does not seem
to be removing it. I also found a plastic moulded hose connected from what I think is the PCV valve to the valve cover that was cracked. I replace the hose but the engine still smokes on start-up ONLY sometimes . The engine uses
very little oil ,does not use any anti-freeze. Seems a little sluggish in first gear but once you are in second gear & up the car has lots of power.Checked the compression , all cylinder are even 170 lbs. The catlic converter has
a rattle , I am wondering if this could cause the oxygen sensor to not work proverly . The car is hard on gas & seems to be running rich. Any one know there the PCV Valve
is located on a 2 liter or any ideas on the problem.
Father needs help
#4618 of 6655 Re: 1995 jetta gl 176,000 2.0 liter 5 speed [tveinotte]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jun 25, 2006 (9:55 am)
This sounds like a textbook case of worn valve guides or old and hard valve stem seals---which makes sense given the high mileage of the car and condition of the oil.
Basically oil left on the top of the engine after it shuts off then leaks down through the valve stem seals or worn guides and drips onto the tops of the pistons. When the car is started, this oil is burned off, and then the engine smooths out and burns cleaner.
This can be fixed but given the mileage on the engine, I wouldn't do correct surgery at this point, but rather live with it if you can.
#4619 of 6655 Re: 1995 jetta gl 176,000 2.0 liter 5 speed [Mr_Shiftright]
Jun 26, 2006 (4:32 pm)
hard on gas, poor power... catalytic convertor?
#4620 of 6655 Re: 1995 jetta gl 176,000 2.0 liter 5 speed [user777]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jun 26, 2006 (9:35 pm)
nah, because it would run WORSE at higher speeds, not better, right, if the catalytic were clogged. As for being hard on gas, who knows with that high mileage what's up with that....you'd need to do a careful fuel consumption test to see if the car is in spec or not.
I guess you could run a catalytic by-pass test pipe for a day and see how that works.
You could test for bad valve stem seals by driving to the top of a hill, then driving downhill with your foot off the gas...this creates high vacuum and should suck oil through the worn seals or guides....now, being very careful and aware of traffic ahead and behind, PUNCH the gas and observe if there is a cloud of blue smoke behind you at that point.
#4621 of 6655 Re: 1995 jetta gl 176,000 2.0 liter 5 speed [Mr_Shiftright]
Jun 27, 2006 (8:21 am)
you suggested a good test.
actually, i was thinking that a clogged cat would result in loss of power and increased consumption... harder to get uphill.
i imagine a cat convertor death spiral: too much fuel, nukes the cat some, modifies the back pressure, causes more fuel to be consumed, possibly more cat damage and so on and so on.