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Replacing spark plugs in a '99 VW Cabriolet

My sister's car died a few days ago, just stalled out of the middle of nowhere.  Since that time it will crank but not start- so we have ruled out the battery. I have tested the spark from the spark plugs with the tool they sell at an auto parts store, and did not see any spark.  So now I am going to replace the spark plugs to see if that is where our problem lies.
Problem being, I took a spark plug wire off, and there is a hard plastic orange cylinder surrounding the spark plug.  I have not seen this before, and I can not get it off without damaging it.  I thought I had all the tools to do this job, I have replaced spark plugs previously in a toyota camry, but these are totally different.  Please help -- are VW's different than any other type of car where you merely unscrew the spark plugs?

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Make sure the immobiliser is not active.
Turn ignition key to on position and monitor (observe) the key icon and the EPC light in the instrument cluster. Look for and read the the warning light section of the owners hand book. Try a spare ign key!
Hope this helps.
Don't know how you tested the High tension leads but they have a nasty habit of tracking through the metal shield to ground and this is difficult to diagnose.
Garry Reid (gasau)
electransw@optusnet.com.au
Australia

Posted on Oct 06, 2008

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