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Cardone
1988 Volkswagen Golf Distributor 4 Cyl 1.8L Cardone - Reman. Distributor

P311-11A34FD    31-298  Remanufactured

026905205S , 0237520005 , 0237520026 , 037905205 , 050905237CX , 0237520036 , 037905205AH , 0237520044 , 0237520010

Qty:
$212.08
Cardone Distributor
  • Remanufactured Electronic Distributor
  • Electronic
  • Reman. Distributor
  • Product Attributes:
    • Features and Benefits:
      • 100% New Points And Condensers Installed Where Applicable
      • All Electronic Module Components Are 100% Computer Tested To Ensure Full Functionality
      • Automated Test Equipment Verifies Signal Strength, Correct Polarity Of Wire Harness, Air Gap, Crank Reluctor Tooth Size, As Well As Ignition Coil And Pickup Performance
      • Guaranteed Fit And Function
      • Meets Or Exceeds O.e.m. Performance
      • O.e. Components With Consistently High Failure Rates Are 100% Replaced Or Repaired To Meet Or Exceed O.e. Performance
      • Precise Machining Tolerances Prevent Oil Leakage, Poor Timing, Setting Of The "check Engine" Light, And Premature Failure
      • Remanufactured Under Stringent Quality Standards To Ensure Product Reliability
  • CARDONE Remanufactured Distributors provide reliable performance at the best price. Installing a CARDONE Distributor on your vehicle will ensure that proper voltage is transmitted to the spark plugs in the correct timing pattern so that your vehicle will perform on command.
Brand: Cardone
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Submodel Block Engine CID CC
1988 - Volkswagen Golf GL L 4 Cyl 1.8L - 1781
Cardone
1989 Volkswagen Fox Distributor 4 Cyl 1.8L Cardone - Reman. Distributor

P311-0EC4BF5    31-938  Remanufactured

0237020089 , 027905205F , 026905205B , 0237020146 , 0237020087 , 026905205S , 0237020148 , 026905206B , 0237020111 , 027905205Q , 026905205L , 0237020109 , 026905205AH , 0237020105

Qty:
$35.10 $138.91
Cardone Distributor
  • Remanufactured Electronic Distributor
  • Electronic
  • Reman. Distributor
  • Product Attributes:
    • Features and Benefits:
      • 100% New Points And Condensers Installed Where Applicable
      • All Electronic Module Components Are 100% Computer Tested To Ensure Full Functionality
      • Automated Test Equipment Verifies Signal Strength, Correct Polarity Of Wire Harness, Air Gap, Crank Reluctor Tooth Size, As Well As Ignition Coil And Pickup Performance
      • Guaranteed Fit And Function
      • Meets Or Exceeds O.e.m. Performance
      • O.e. Components With Consistently High Failure Rates Are 100% Replaced Or Repaired To Meet Or Exceed O.e. Performance
      • Precise Machining Tolerances Prevent Oil Leakage, Poor Timing, Setting Of The "check Engine" Light, And Premature Failure
      • Remanufactured Under Stringent Quality Standards To Ensure Product Reliability
  • CARDONE Remanufactured Distributors provide reliable performance at the best price. Installing a CARDONE Distributor on your vehicle will ensure that proper voltage is transmitted to the spark plugs in the correct timing pattern so that your vehicle will perform on command.
Brand: Cardone
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
1989 - Volkswagen Fox L 4 Cyl 1.8L - 1781
Cardone
1996 Volkswagen Cabrio Distributor 4 Cyl 2.0L Cardone - Reman. Distributor

P311-1387A30    31-85408  Remanufactured

037905205L , 0237520050 , 037905205R

Qty:
$44.10 $133.77
Cardone Distributor
  • Remanufactured Electronic Distributor
  • To Chassis # E-T-000750 Electronic
  • Reman. Distributor
  • Product Attributes:
    • Features and Benefits:
      • 100% New Points And Condensers Installed Where Applicable
      • All Electronic Module Components Are 100% Computer Tested To Ensure Full Functionality
      • Automated Test Equipment Verifies Signal Strength, Correct Polarity Of Wire Harness, Air Gap, Crank Reluctor Tooth Size, As Well As Ignition Coil And Pickup Performance
      • Guaranteed Fit And Function
      • Meets Or Exceeds O.e.m. Performance
      • O.e. Components With Consistently High Failure Rates Are 100% Replaced Or Repaired To Meet Or Exceed O.e. Performance
      • Precise Machining Tolerances Prevent Oil Leakage, Poor Timing, Setting Of The "check Engine" Light, And Premature Failure
      • Remanufactured Under Stringent Quality Standards To Ensure Product Reliability
  • CARDONE Remanufactured Distributors provide reliable performance at the best price. Installing a CARDONE Distributor on your vehicle will ensure that proper voltage is transmitted to the spark plugs in the correct timing pattern so that your vehicle will perform on command.
Brand: Cardone
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
1996 - Volkswagen Cabrio L 4 Cyl 2.0L 121 1984
Cardone
1995 Volkswagen Golf Distributor 4 Cyl 2.0L Cardone - Reman. Distributor

P311-1387A30    31-85408  Remanufactured

037905205L , 0237520050 , 037905205R

Qty:
$44.10 $133.77
Cardone Distributor
  • Remanufactured Electronic Distributor
  • Electronic
  • Reman. Distributor
  • Product Attributes:
    • Features and Benefits:
      • 100% New Points And Condensers Installed Where Applicable
      • All Electronic Module Components Are 100% Computer Tested To Ensure Full Functionality
      • Automated Test Equipment Verifies Signal Strength, Correct Polarity Of Wire Harness, Air Gap, Crank Reluctor Tooth Size, As Well As Ignition Coil And Pickup Performance
      • Guaranteed Fit And Function
      • Meets Or Exceeds O.e.m. Performance
      • O.e. Components With Consistently High Failure Rates Are 100% Replaced Or Repaired To Meet Or Exceed O.e. Performance
      • Precise Machining Tolerances Prevent Oil Leakage, Poor Timing, Setting Of The "check Engine" Light, And Premature Failure
      • Remanufactured Under Stringent Quality Standards To Ensure Product Reliability
  • CARDONE Remanufactured Distributors provide reliable performance at the best price. Installing a CARDONE Distributor on your vehicle will ensure that proper voltage is transmitted to the spark plugs in the correct timing pattern so that your vehicle will perform on command.
Brand: Cardone
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
1995 - Volkswagen Golf L 4 Cyl 2.0L 121 1984
Cardone
1996 Volkswagen Cabrio Distributor 4 Cyl 2.0L Cardone - Reman. Distributor

P311-42763D3    31-85407  Remanufactured

0237520065 , 037905205T

Qty:
$44.10 $256.66
Cardone Distributor
  • Remanufactured Electronic Distributor
  • From Chassis # E-T-000751 Electronic
  • Reman. Distributor
  • Product Attributes:
    • Features and Benefits:
      • 100% New Points And Condensers Installed Where Applicable
      • All Electronic Module Components Are 100% Computer Tested To Ensure Full Functionality
      • Automated Test Equipment Verifies Signal Strength, Correct Polarity Of Wire Harness, Air Gap, Crank Reluctor Tooth Size, As Well As Ignition Coil And Pickup Performance
      • Guaranteed Fit And Function
      • Meets Or Exceeds O.e.m. Performance
      • O.e. Components With Consistently High Failure Rates Are 100% Replaced Or Repaired To Meet Or Exceed O.e. Performance
      • Precise Machining Tolerances Prevent Oil Leakage, Poor Timing, Setting Of The "check Engine" Light, And Premature Failure
      • Remanufactured Under Stringent Quality Standards To Ensure Product Reliability
  • CARDONE Remanufactured Distributors provide reliable performance at the best price. Installing a CARDONE Distributor on your vehicle will ensure that proper voltage is transmitted to the spark plugs in the correct timing pattern so that your vehicle will perform on command.
Brand: Cardone
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
1996 - Volkswagen Cabrio L 4 Cyl 2.0L 121 1984
Cardone
2000 Volkswagen Cabrio Distributor 4 Cyl 2.0L Cardone - Reman. Distributor

P311-42763D3    31-85407  Remanufactured

0237520065 , 037905205T

Qty:
$44.10 $256.66
Cardone Distributor
  • Remanufactured Electronic Distributor
  • Electronic
  • Reman. Distributor
  • Product Attributes:
    • Features and Benefits:
      • 100% New Points And Condensers Installed Where Applicable
      • All Electronic Module Components Are 100% Computer Tested To Ensure Full Functionality
      • Automated Test Equipment Verifies Signal Strength, Correct Polarity Of Wire Harness, Air Gap, Crank Reluctor Tooth Size, As Well As Ignition Coil And Pickup Performance
      • Guaranteed Fit And Function
      • Meets Or Exceeds O.e.m. Performance
      • O.e. Components With Consistently High Failure Rates Are 100% Replaced Or Repaired To Meet Or Exceed O.e. Performance
      • Precise Machining Tolerances Prevent Oil Leakage, Poor Timing, Setting Of The "check Engine" Light, And Premature Failure
      • Remanufactured Under Stringent Quality Standards To Ensure Product Reliability
  • CARDONE Remanufactured Distributors provide reliable performance at the best price. Installing a CARDONE Distributor on your vehicle will ensure that proper voltage is transmitted to the spark plugs in the correct timing pattern so that your vehicle will perform on command.
Brand: Cardone
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
2000 - Volkswagen Cabrio L 4 Cyl 2.0L 121 1984
Cardone
1990 Volkswagen Cabriolet Distributor 4 Cyl 1.8L Cardone - Reman. Distributor

P311-11A34FD    31-298  Remanufactured

026905205S , 0237520005 , 0237520026 , 037905205 , 050905237CX , 0237520036 , 037905205AH , 0237520044 , 0237520010

Qty:
$212.08
Cardone Distributor
  • Remanufactured Electronic Distributor
  • To Chassis # 15L012000 Electronic
  • Reman. Distributor
  • Product Attributes:
    • Features and Benefits:
      • 100% New Points And Condensers Installed Where Applicable
      • All Electronic Module Components Are 100% Computer Tested To Ensure Full Functionality
      • Automated Test Equipment Verifies Signal Strength, Correct Polarity Of Wire Harness, Air Gap, Crank Reluctor Tooth Size, As Well As Ignition Coil And Pickup Performance
      • Guaranteed Fit And Function
      • Meets Or Exceeds O.e.m. Performance
      • O.e. Components With Consistently High Failure Rates Are 100% Replaced Or Repaired To Meet Or Exceed O.e. Performance
      • Precise Machining Tolerances Prevent Oil Leakage, Poor Timing, Setting Of The "check Engine" Light, And Premature Failure
      • Remanufactured Under Stringent Quality Standards To Ensure Product Reliability
  • CARDONE Remanufactured Distributors provide reliable performance at the best price. Installing a CARDONE Distributor on your vehicle will ensure that proper voltage is transmitted to the spark plugs in the correct timing pattern so that your vehicle will perform on command.
Brand: Cardone
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
1990 - Volkswagen Cabriolet L 4 Cyl 1.8L - 1781
Cardone
1996 Volkswagen Jetta Distributor 4 Cyl 2.0L Cardone - Reman. Distributor

P311-1387A30    31-85408  Remanufactured

037905205L , 0237520050 , 037905205R

Qty:
$44.10 $133.77
Cardone Distributor
  • Remanufactured Electronic Distributor
  • To Chassis # 1H-T-130600 Electronic
  • Reman. Distributor
  • Product Attributes:
    • Features and Benefits:
      • 100% New Points And Condensers Installed Where Applicable
      • All Electronic Module Components Are 100% Computer Tested To Ensure Full Functionality
      • Automated Test Equipment Verifies Signal Strength, Correct Polarity Of Wire Harness, Air Gap, Crank Reluctor Tooth Size, As Well As Ignition Coil And Pickup Performance
      • Guaranteed Fit And Function
      • Meets Or Exceeds O.e.m. Performance
      • O.e. Components With Consistently High Failure Rates Are 100% Replaced Or Repaired To Meet Or Exceed O.e. Performance
      • Precise Machining Tolerances Prevent Oil Leakage, Poor Timing, Setting Of The "check Engine" Light, And Premature Failure
      • Remanufactured Under Stringent Quality Standards To Ensure Product Reliability
  • CARDONE Remanufactured Distributors provide reliable performance at the best price. Installing a CARDONE Distributor on your vehicle will ensure that proper voltage is transmitted to the spark plugs in the correct timing pattern so that your vehicle will perform on command.
Brand: Cardone
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
1996 - Volkswagen Jetta L 4 Cyl 2.0L 121 1984
Cardone
1992 Volkswagen Passat Distributor 4 Cyl 2.0L Cardone - Reman. Distributor

P311-1E1CAB7    31-289  Remanufactured

0237521010 , 0237521046 , 051905205B , 0237521033 , 051905205A , 027905205P , 0237521027 , 051905205C

Qty:
$3.60 $177.06
Cardone Distributor
  • Remanufactured Electronic Distributor
  • Electronic
  • Reman. Distributor
  • Product Attributes:
    • Features and Benefits:
      • 100% New Points And Condensers Installed Where Applicable
      • All Electronic Module Components Are 100% Computer Tested To Ensure Full Functionality
      • Automated Test Equipment Verifies Signal Strength, Correct Polarity Of Wire Harness, Air Gap, Crank Reluctor Tooth Size, As Well As Ignition Coil And Pickup Performance
      • Guaranteed Fit And Function
      • Meets Or Exceeds O.e.m. Performance
      • O.e. Components With Consistently High Failure Rates Are 100% Replaced Or Repaired To Meet Or Exceed O.e. Performance
      • Precise Machining Tolerances Prevent Oil Leakage, Poor Timing, Setting Of The "check Engine" Light, And Premature Failure
      • Remanufactured Under Stringent Quality Standards To Ensure Product Reliability
  • CARDONE Remanufactured Distributors provide reliable performance at the best price. Installing a CARDONE Distributor on your vehicle will ensure that proper voltage is transmitted to the spark plugs in the correct timing pattern so that your vehicle will perform on command.
Brand: Cardone
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
1992 - Volkswagen Passat L 4 Cyl 2.0L 121 1984
Cardone
1996 Volkswagen Jetta Distributor 4 Cyl 2.0L Cardone - Reman. Distributor

P311-42763D3    31-85407  Remanufactured

0237520065 , 037905205T

Qty:
$44.10 $256.66
Cardone Distributor
  • Remanufactured Electronic Distributor
  • From Chassis # 1H-T-130601 Electronic
  • Reman. Distributor
  • Product Attributes:
    • Features and Benefits:
      • 100% New Points And Condensers Installed Where Applicable
      • All Electronic Module Components Are 100% Computer Tested To Ensure Full Functionality
      • Automated Test Equipment Verifies Signal Strength, Correct Polarity Of Wire Harness, Air Gap, Crank Reluctor Tooth Size, As Well As Ignition Coil And Pickup Performance
      • Guaranteed Fit And Function
      • Meets Or Exceeds O.e.m. Performance
      • O.e. Components With Consistently High Failure Rates Are 100% Replaced Or Repaired To Meet Or Exceed O.e. Performance
      • Precise Machining Tolerances Prevent Oil Leakage, Poor Timing, Setting Of The "check Engine" Light, And Premature Failure
      • Remanufactured Under Stringent Quality Standards To Ensure Product Reliability
  • CARDONE Remanufactured Distributors provide reliable performance at the best price. Installing a CARDONE Distributor on your vehicle will ensure that proper voltage is transmitted to the spark plugs in the correct timing pattern so that your vehicle will perform on command.
Brand: Cardone
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
1996 - Volkswagen Jetta L 4 Cyl 2.0L 121 1984
Cardone
1986 Volkswagen Golf Distributor 4 Cyl 1.8L Cardone - Reman. Distributor

P311-11A34FD    31-298  Remanufactured

026905205S , 0237520005 , 0237520026 , 037905205 , 050905237CX , 0237520036 , 037905205AH , 0237520044 , 0237520010

Qty:
$212.08
Cardone Distributor
  • Remanufactured Electronic Distributor
  • Before 08/1986 Electronic
  • Reman. Distributor
  • Product Attributes:
    • Features and Benefits:
      • 100% New Points And Condensers Installed Where Applicable
      • All Electronic Module Components Are 100% Computer Tested To Ensure Full Functionality
      • Automated Test Equipment Verifies Signal Strength, Correct Polarity Of Wire Harness, Air Gap, Crank Reluctor Tooth Size, As Well As Ignition Coil And Pickup Performance
      • Guaranteed Fit And Function
      • Meets Or Exceeds O.e.m. Performance
      • O.e. Components With Consistently High Failure Rates Are 100% Replaced Or Repaired To Meet Or Exceed O.e. Performance
      • Precise Machining Tolerances Prevent Oil Leakage, Poor Timing, Setting Of The "check Engine" Light, And Premature Failure
      • Remanufactured Under Stringent Quality Standards To Ensure Product Reliability
  • CARDONE Remanufactured Distributors provide reliable performance at the best price. Installing a CARDONE Distributor on your vehicle will ensure that proper voltage is transmitted to the spark plugs in the correct timing pattern so that your vehicle will perform on command.
Brand: Cardone
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Submodel Block Engine CID CC
1986 - Volkswagen Golf GTI L 4 Cyl 1.8L - 1781
Cardone
1990 Volkswagen Jetta Distributor 4 Cyl 1.8L Cardone - Reman. Distributor

P311-11A34FD    31-298  Remanufactured

026905205S , 0237520005 , 0237520026 , 037905205 , 050905237CX , 0237520036 , 037905205AH , 0237520044 , 0237520010

Qty:
$212.08
Cardone Distributor
  • Remanufactured Electronic Distributor
  • To Chassis # 1GLW320000 Electronic
  • Reman. Distributor
  • Product Attributes:
    • Features and Benefits:
      • 100% New Points And Condensers Installed Where Applicable
      • All Electronic Module Components Are 100% Computer Tested To Ensure Full Functionality
      • Automated Test Equipment Verifies Signal Strength, Correct Polarity Of Wire Harness, Air Gap, Crank Reluctor Tooth Size, As Well As Ignition Coil And Pickup Performance
      • Guaranteed Fit And Function
      • Meets Or Exceeds O.e.m. Performance
      • O.e. Components With Consistently High Failure Rates Are 100% Replaced Or Repaired To Meet Or Exceed O.e. Performance
      • Precise Machining Tolerances Prevent Oil Leakage, Poor Timing, Setting Of The "check Engine" Light, And Premature Failure
      • Remanufactured Under Stringent Quality Standards To Ensure Product Reliability
  • CARDONE Remanufactured Distributors provide reliable performance at the best price. Installing a CARDONE Distributor on your vehicle will ensure that proper voltage is transmitted to the spark plugs in the correct timing pattern so that your vehicle will perform on command.
Brand: Cardone
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
1990 - Volkswagen Jetta L 4 Cyl 1.8L - 1781
WAI Global
1996 Volkswagen Golf Distributor 4 Cyl 2.0L WAI Global

P311-59D4029    DST85407  New

Qty:
$201.25
WAI Global Distributor
  • ; From Chassis# 1H-T-130601
Brand: WAI Global
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
1996 - Volkswagen Golf L 4 Cyl 2.0L 121 1984
WAI Global
1993 Volkswagen Cabriolet Distributor WAI Global

P311-136C286    DST85405  New

Qty:
$173.67
WAI Global Distributor
Brand: WAI Global
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle
1993 - Volkswagen Cabriolet
Volkswagen
1970 Volkswagen Beetle Distributor Volkswagen

P311-11E556C    0231178009  New

Qty:
$39.60
  • ; Centrifugal Advance; Points and Condenser; Kühltek Motorwerks
Brand: Volkswagen
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle
1970 - Volkswagen Beetle
Volkswagen
1972 Volkswagen Beetle Distributor 4 Cyl 1.6L Volkswagen

P311-56AE374    0231178009EL  New

Qty:
$71.23
  • ; Centrifugal Advance; Electronic Ignition; Kühltek Motorwerks
Brand: Volkswagen
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
1972 - Volkswagen Beetle H 4 Cyl 1.6L 97 1584
Volkswagen
1964 Volkswagen Beetle Distributor 4 Cyl 1.2L Volkswagen

P311-11E556C    0231178009  New

Qty:
$39.60
  • ; 40 HP; Centrifugal Advance; Points and Condenser; Kühltek Motorwerks
Brand: Volkswagen
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
1964 - Volkswagen Beetle H 4 Cyl 1.2L 73 1192
Volkswagen
1965 Volkswagen Beetle Distributor 4 Cyl 1.2L Volkswagen

P311-56AE374    0231178009EL  New

Qty:
$71.23
  • ; 40 HP; Centrifugal Advance; Electronic Ignition; Kühltek Motorwerks
Brand: Volkswagen
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Block Engine CID CC
1965 - Volkswagen Beetle H 4 Cyl 1.2L 73 1192
Volkswagen
1972 Volkswagen Super Beetle Distributor Volkswagen

P311-11E556C    0231178009  New

Qty:
$39.60
  • ; IAP Performance; Centrifugal Advance; Points and Condenser; Kühltek Motorwerks
Brand: Volkswagen
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle
1972 - Volkswagen Super Beetle
Volkswagen
1973 Volkswagen Fastback Distributor Volkswagen

P311-56AE374    0231178009EL  New

Qty:
$71.23
  • ; IAP Performance; Centrifugal Advance; Electronic Ignition; Kühltek Motorwerks
Brand: Volkswagen
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle
1973 - Volkswagen Fastback

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1987 VolksWagen Golf Distributor Problem

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Question From Shakey12 on 1987 VolksWagen Golf Distributor Problem

DISTRIBUTOR

Here is a picture of the Distributor in my WolksWagen Golf (1987)

Can anyone tell me where to fit the Rotor Arm onto this, or is there anything missing from it ?

Response From Tom Greenleaf Top Rated Answer



Just searched out a rotor for this and for both gasoline engines available it looked like the one above? The organge item in your pic look like the it's a rotor for that distributor. Don't know for sure but that could be a cap and rotor combo that was or is used together for perhaps models not sold in the US or some hi-performance set up for the original. Hard to say why it looks like that - perhpaps take your in to parts store and match it up??

T

No start and distributor 84 Jetta

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Question From RoboDisko on No start and distributor 84 Jetta

A friend gave me a car after it broke. He didn't want to deal with it, so he bought a newer one. Well it's my first car, and it would be great if I could drive it. My best skills are robotic, electronics, and programming. I'm a fairly beginner mechanic, but I'm not afraid to get my hands dirty.

I was told it is an 83 but the manufacturing date is January 84. Its a Volkswagen Jetta and it has around 225K miles on it. I'm pretty sure it has fuel injection, but I'm not sure which motor it has. If you need to know I can find out.

I am obviously trying to get it to work. The main problem seems to be no spark. The coil was tested by connecting and disconnecting to 12V and produced a spark, when the output wire was held very near a ground. However, the distributor doesn't seems to be properly signaling to spark as when trying to start there is no spark directly from the coil. The distributor was removed before he gave it to me and I know it's at least partially broken, and it is going to need retimed or something. I have access to oscilloscopes, but I don't know how to test it. Another seemingly relevant fact is when the engine is cranked and then released, it continues cranking for a bit. This started happening when it broke so it is probable related.

The car was driving down the road normally and completely out of the random the engine cut out and yea. It seems most likely that the issue is either the distributor or the icm.

I know when I try to explain things they tend to get jumbled and thus become hard to understand, but I hope that makes sense. What I was hoping for is to get some suggestions in what to do to it next. So, what should I try next in troubleshooting and fixing this vehicle? If I missed a detail that would come in handy to figure out what is wrong, let me know and I will do my best to answer.

Thank you for your time, I could never fix cars without you guys!

Response From Tom Greenleaf Top Rated Answer

I won't be able to follow this up with you but at a minimum find out what the heck it is. Uncertain of model year, engine size of perhaps four possible, whether it's fuel injected or not and a distributor pulled out and who knows why for now. Distributor type will matter whether it's an automatic or standard.

It cranks when key released or you seem to think so. Spark testing and how you determined no spark questionable.

For the moment at least see if rotor turns in distributor with cranking. The initial problem and still now could be ignition switch itself. 30 year old or so with some miles up there despite low per year is still up there IMO.

Find out exactly what this is at least,

T

Response From Discretesignals

Should be a 1.7L. I agree with Tom that you should make sure the rotor rotates when you crank the engine. If it doesn't, you won't have any spark.

Another thing is that when you test a coil using that type of test, it might not produce enough spark because your cut off time isn't fast enough. Your cut off time has to be under 30 microseconds. You need to do a bypass test at the igniter and the spark has to at least be able to jump a 3/4 inch gap. If you have a scope and know how to use it, you have an ace in the hole.

Response From RoboDisko

More info incoming.
Its an 84
I think its a 1.8L (The cylinder head is 026 103 373h)
I'm almost certain it is fuel injected.

The distributor has been removed and is going to need re-timed or whatever you call it when it is put back in. I'm fairly sure the rotor would rotate if the distributor was in the engine.

My coil testing showed that the coil DID produce a spark. The spark didn't jump very far at all, but that is probebly because I had a high cut off time? However, the coil isn't getting a signal. When the ignition is turned on, the coil gets 12V
The distributor is getting battery voltage on on 3 of the wires. I think this is an issue. (It's supposed to have + , ground, and signal, right?)

I got another ICU, it isn't identical but it has the same plug. It also isn't know good, it could be bad. It has the same voltage on the distributor wires as the original one. If the ICU is bad, I saw a really good deal on one that I would like to order ASAP if a new one is needed.

I tested the distributor by connecting 12V and ground to the respective pins, and monitoring voltage on the signal wire. As i turned the distributor I got a signal ranging from 0V to 1.5V. I THINK it is ok.

I have also manually grounded the signal wire for the distributor when the distributor was off, and the voltage on the coil stayed at battery.

A wiring diagram for the ignitinon would be very helpful in diagnosing it. Would any of you happen to have an ignition wiring diagram for an 84 volkswagen jetta 1.8L?

Response From Discretesignals

Check your messages.

Response From RoboDisko

Thank you for that. It seems incomplete though, where do the wires go to on the fuse/relay section? Anyways, it should help quite a bit. I don't think the fuses have been checked on it since it broke, I think it would be worthwhile to do that...

I will let you know any more info next time I work on it (tomorrow evening). If you have any comments/suggestions before then I would love to know. Also, do you think the ICU is bad?

Response From Discretesignals

The Euro track schematics are pain to read. Especially when they use alphanumeric codes to name components. Usually the top is power and the bottom is ground. The numbers and letters at the left hand corner are indicators for how the circuit is powered. The track is huge and to provide every single path would be like 40 attachments. What makes the track difficult to read unless you have practice is that every symbol, number, and letter refers to something. Almost like a legend on a map.

Does your hall sensor have power, ground, and produces a signal when you rotate the distributor. I honestly don't know which wire is what for the hall, but checking each wire should tell you what they are.

By looking at the schematic the wires going to the ICM is going to be:

Black is ignition or starting supply voltage for the coil and the ICM
Green is the ground side of the ignition coil. The ICM's transistor will ground that wire to charge the coil and remove the ground to cause the coil to fire.
Brown/white, Green/white, Red/black are going to be power, ground, and signal for the hall effect sensor that the ICM uses for position input.
Brown is going to be ground and should have less than 0.3V with the ignition turned on.
Red/black at the coil ground side splice is going to the engine controller and fuel pump controller to be used for the engine speed signal or tach.

All these checks need to be made by back probing the connector with the circuits loaded.

Response From RoboDisko

If you like reading stories, read everything. If you want to get to business, skip to the second last paragraph.

Well, had a fairly interesting evening.
Using the diagram you sent my I was doing some wire tracking. One of the wires was supposed to go to ground (wire #2 on the ICM, brown I think), I decided to do a continuity test on it. Not connected. With ignition on, still not connected. Traced the wire and found that it went right next to the negative side on the battery (It was one of those hook things, but it broke off somehow). Well, I put that back on ground, and then put the distributor back on with TDC and 1342 firing, and it started. Left it running for a bit and it idled fairly smoothly. (You know, about as smoothly as a car is going to idle that might be 13,000 past due on oil, has no timing curve, spark plugs, spark plug wires, and who knows what else)

Now, the distributor had been suspected so it had been removed, I opened it and then I couldn't figure out how to put it back together. So, I managed to get it back together without the vacuum advance thingy, and it probably wasn't right anyways. When I put it on, it idled smoothly, and I then adjusted it to the point where it got the most RPM at idle. I know I don't have a timing curve, but it seemed logical that without the vacuum advance that that timing position would be the best. And also when I say a smooth idle, it was missing quite a bit, but the rpm was pretty stable.

Ok so once I got it running good I drove it home. I only killed it twice in a row (I'm fairly new to manuals and I think the engine decided to misfire at the perfect time) but made it home fairly easy. The distance home was a few blocks so not very far. Myself and my dad decided to get some oils for our vehicles (me for mine, him for our family's 08 suburban) at walmart, (belive it or not walmart is a lot better priced than autozone) which is across our small city. Driving down there wasn't too bad, It drove fairly smooth. I insisted on synthetic and got penzoil platinum or something at $26 for 5 quarts, and he got part synthetic high mileage at like $16 for 5 quarts. Kind of ironic that the 08 suburban got the high mileage vs the 84 jetta got the high-performance synthetic, but I couldn't talk him into synthetic.

And the problems started on the way home. Started fine, got to the turn lane to get on the main road home, and it kind of jerked and died when starting to get moving. After trying to start it a few times, it acted a bit like it was out of fuel, as it would kind of start but wouldn't idle (the fuel gauge was broken so we had no idea how much fuel it actually had, its on my to-fix list which happens to be a VERY long list) After pushing the vehicle to a gas station a few block and putting 5 gallons into it, we decided that the problem wasn't fuel. When trying to start it, it sounded like it rotated about 1 turn and then the engine stopped when still trying to crank on the same cylinder. After several tries, we got it to start, but if it got under about 2000 rpm, there was a good chance the engine was going to die and that it would be difficult to get it to start again. You might call it an extremely rough idle. Anyways, my dad drove home, allowing the engine to die numerous times, and when it was trying to accelerate the whole car shook and you could feel when the engine when it decided to fire correctly, as most of the time, it seemed, it wasn't.

OK, so what is likely to have caused this? I know the lack of a timing curve probably didn't help, but why did it make it down there fairly smooth and jerk like crazy on the way back? I'm going to see if I can rebuild the distributor tomorrow, but do you think that is the only problem? What else do you think could cause this?

Response From RoboDisko

Sorry for delay.

Engine wasn't running well because the timings were off. Timings got off because since the vacuum advance thing wasn't in, the timing sensor was free to rotate by itself.

Anyways, got the vacuum advance back on, and it's running fairly well. Thanks a ton for the advice, and those diagrams are amazing! If I have any more questions or problems, and I probably will, I will start a new thread.

Again, thank you.

Response From Discretesignals

Your welcome! Glad to read that you got it figured out. Thanks for the follow up.

Thread is locked as solved. Can be reopened upon request by the OP.

Response From Hammer Time

Maybe this one will be easier



Response From Discretesignals

Reminds me of the old Chrysler wiring schematics...LOL. Those are a big PITA.

Response From Hammer Time

Most of the old ones look like that. My Vette has everything on one diagram. I have Mitchell Vintage and they all look like that.

Response From Discretesignals

I love Mitchell diagrams...especially when you can highlight each circuit. If AllData had Mitchell's style of wiring diagrams, they would be #1.

97 VW Jetta GT 2.0L engine trouble!!

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Question From Southernfire735 on 97 VW Jetta GT 2.0L engine trouble!!

1997, Volkswagen, Jetta GT, 2.0L, 190,100 miles. I just recently bought this Jetta for a price i couldn't pass up well I'm having some issues with it and need some advice on what all i should do to repair it. I've never really worked on Volkswagen at all but i work on american vehicles on a regular basis. My car has 190,100 miles on it and the previous owner abandoned it and the company i work for impounded it so i got it for cheap. Well so far I've had to replace the left front steering knuckle, Driver Side Window, Coolant reservoir and ignition lock housing and cylinder as well as get new keys. So I haven't put but about $240 bucks into the car. I know it needs a tune up but i want to know where to start before taking on this project. The car has two problems that concern me which are, 1) Once the car reaches normal running temp. when coming to a stop and down shifting as well as taking off the car will make a weird sound and it will die and oil light will come on. Well my first thought is that its out of oil or low so i checked it and its completely full. Also when the car dies i can start it right back up and continue driving but it will do it again within a few more stops. 2) The car when cold runs like a champ but once its warm it cuts out when you mash the throttle like it hesitates which the tune up would most likely fix, also it has a problem back firing from time to time. It seems to be running rich as well. The only other real problems it has is a rear main seal leak which is just a matter of me getting the time to pull the transmission back and replace unless there is an easier way I'm open to suggestions please like i said I'm new to Volkswagen. Thanks for reading such a long post but I'm really excited to get this thing running the way it should be.

Response From Discretesignals

Check engine light on? If so, have it scanned and write down the numbers.

If it needs a tune-up, that would a good place to start.

Response From Southernfire735

No Discrete it is not on I'm sorry I forgot to mention that. I have the snap on solus pro and I've hooked it up and haven't found anything to raise suspicion at all. I will start the tune up process as well and see what that possibly fixes. Where do you recommend I start? I'd like to replace one thing at a time so that I can check off what is causing the problem that way if it does it again I will know instead of having to replace everything. So knowing that where do think a good place to start would be from reading my previous post?

Response From Discretesignals Top Rated Answer

Tune-up = Plugs, wires, fuel filter, distributor cap, rotor, air filter, PCV valve, etc. Have you inspected the plugs, wires, and inside the distributor?

Probably wouldn't hurt to perform a compression test while you have to plugs out, just to see how well the compression is. Wouldn't be worth dumping a bunch of money into if you have a tired engine.

Probably wouldn't be a bad idea to pull the timing cover back and take a look at the T belt. You sure don't want a worn out, dry rotted, oily T belt snapping on that engine. That would be a disaster.