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#1361 of 1529 Re: 96 VW Golf-- electrical/starting issues [brkdwn]
Sep 12, 2006 (11:32 pm)
I recently had my heater core replaced too in my VW Golf II (1992)
Before we proceeded with this job I was checking my vehicle out with a knowledgeable VW mechanic. He noticed an unusual clicking sound when the vehicle cold started (not otherwise). We weren't able to 100% trace it.
It seemed to be coming from the computer (under the hood, far rear right just under hood). peter reckons it may be a faulty connection between the computer and it's large connector plug, possible short or whatever. thats where 'click' seemed to be coming from. Maybe check there.
Hope this incomplete information helps!
#1362 of 1529 Back in Canada for an encore: The (City) Golf.
Sep 20, 2006 (7:29 pm)
VW Canada has decided to bring back the Golf, and sell it along side the Rabbit. The rather amazing thing is that the soon to be available City Golf will sell for $3,600 (Canadian) less than it did in 2006, although it is substantially the same car. There will also be a City Jetta, also reduced in price.
#1363 of 1529 starting/electrical
Sep 22, 2006 (11:17 am)
Wanted to thank everybody for the response to my dilemma. Oddly, I was competent enough to replace the heater core, but not to have a good connection on the negative terminal. That was, simply, the only error. Genius.
#1364 of 1529 Re: starting/electrical [brkdwn]
Sep 23, 2006 (2:23 pm)
Is that not exactly what I suggested your problem was? (post #1354) - I guess 30+ years of working on electroncs has taught me a thing or two
#1365 of 1529 HELP! 98Golf Electrical HAUNTED
Sep 24, 2006 (2:16 pm)
HELP! My 98 Golf (automatic) Is seriously doing weird things! It used to be rare, not i cant get it to stop...
When I turn on my car, the BRAKE light in the dash stays on, the AC doesnt work, neither do the headlights or windshield wipers. Sometimes it goes away if i turn off the car and restart, but not lately. I dont feel safe driving at night because the lights will go off while i am driving, if i can even get them to turn on in the first place. What the heck IS this? Its not a fuse, is it a wiring harness with all of these items connected? Please, if you have any advice, i am not able to afford to take it to a dealer and get charged hundreds of dollars! thank you thank you thank you.
#1366 of 1529 Re: HELP! 98Golf Electrical HAUNTED [hauntedgolf]
Sep 25, 2006 (3:00 pm)
I would check the relays, then suspect the ignition switch itself.
#1367 of 1529 Re: Back in Canada for an encore: The (City) Golf. [gregs]
Oct 05, 2006 (5:50 pm)
The City Golf is a great deal for sure, at least from a price perspective. I priced one out on vw.ca and, fully equipped with everything except alloys/sunroof, it is about $4000 less than a similarly equipped 2006 Golf from last year.
I was seriously considering trading my 2006 Corolla, until I browsed through this forum. Almost every Golf post concerns reliability issues, troubleshooting, maintenance and repair advice, or dealer annoyances. It appears nothing much has changed over time. My last Volkswagens were a 1976 and then a 1977 Rabbit. They cost me a fortune just to keep them running. I'm pretty sure my local VW mechanic (Karl) put his daughter through university on my tab.
The Golf/Jetta are definitely nicer cars than the Corolla, but reliability is key at this point in my life. I don't want to spend all my time underneath the car, or waiting at the dealer for warranty service.
Question: Why, after so many decades, is reliability still an issue? If Hyundai can get their act together after the Pony, Excel and Scoupe disasters and become a top rated manufacturer (check JD Power), why can't Volkswagen?
I just don't get it...
#1368 of 1529 Re: '97 Golf stalling after a brief rest following long drives [chrisando1]
Oct 15, 2006 (10:00 pm)
turned out that it was the crank angle sensor. the plastic housing was cracked and worn out and it was shorting out becuase it is precariously located. it cost 450 AUD to replace and i haven't had any problems since.
#1369 of 1529 Re: Problem Starting first thing in the morning [bpeebles]
Nov 03, 2006 (9:19 am)
I seem to have the same problem with my 1998 Golf. The car won't start anytime there's a little cold weather (early in the morning and late night) Whenever I can start it, have to step in the gas for some time, (if not the car stops at idle speed). Some other times this happens after running 1 mile or so.
The technician, says there's no error code from the scanner and has replaced an electrical device which name I don't know (it's not the alternator, but a winding connected to the distributor) It helped for four days, but with winter season entering the region, I have the same problem. Where should I continue?
#1370 of 1529 Re: Problem Starting first thing in the morning [guayo]
Nov 03, 2006 (2:40 pm)
It sounds to me as if your cold running enrichener circuit is not working at all. Its role in life is to add extra fuel to the engine when cold to keep it running properly.
The cause of this could be several things. You did not mention which engine you have so I cannot help very much.
Certainly consider the "engine temparture sensor" may be sending false signals to the computer. (If sensor tells computer that engine is always hot... then enrichener will not kick in.)
If your engine has a "fifth injector" which is used to add xtra fuel when cold, it should be scrutinized too.
Some older VW engines used a "bypass idle circuit" to increase the idle when engine is cold.