I came to stop and the engine died; then wouldn't start.
It died at an awkward moment, but didn't make any weird sounds; just kind of shut down. I turned the ignition and heard a click, but the engine wouldn't turn. I connected jumpers to another vehicle and tryed, but still only a click. the engine almost caught once or twice but mainly just clicked. I stopped trying after noticing a very small puff of smoke arise.
there were no signs of a problem before and the engine sounded normal. Anybody?
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It's gotta be the distributor. They are a common fault for that model and I actually have the same model as you. They are very sensitive to water as well. Easy part to replace if you are a do it yourself kind of person. If the distributor goes bad, you can crank it all day long and it wont spark. You say your rpm gauge was steady the whole time? That sounds like something else but i'll stick with my original guess. Throw a used one in it from a wrecking yard if you like. Make sure to keep the adjuster bolts in the same place as your current position as that is your timing. Distributor is located on the right side on the top of the engine and have the wires for the spark plugs going into it. you will need a 10mm socket to remove the 2 bolts holding it in. Its easier to do if you disconnect the air intake as well by simply using a screw driver. Any more questions, I'd be happy to answer. All the best
Whatever happened, the engine computer sensed it and turned on the light. You will have to have the computer scanned for the trouble codes- a tech or mechanic could then follow the codes to find the problem.
Hi sounds like the typical fuel pump or filter problem with these cars, best way to tell is take top fuel hose off on fuel filter under hood, turn key on ignition (not start) and fuel should pump out, if not its your pump, just beware of doing when engine is hot
Try having the seatbelt sensor checked. Just bought 1991 vw jetta yesterday. They Owners said that the car wouldn't start. They had the starter rebuilt, they tried boosting it, but it still didn't start. They finally found out that the seatbelt sensor was bad, and because it is a safety feature it wasn't allowing the car to start. Instead of replacing the sensor they by passed it by cutting the wires that go from the latch down through the door ppanel and twisted them together. The seatbelt still latches it just by passed the senso sor and allow the car to start.
The power steering system holds only a small amount of fluid and isn't under any pressure unless the engine is running plus it wouldn't take much of a leak before you wouldn't have any power assist when steering so I doubt if that is the root cause of your problem... however the cooling system is under pressure once the engine is running and it sounds like you have a coolant leak somewhere that is causing the spraying of fluid under the hood...especially since the motor is now overheating. If the coolant level gets low enough it will boil/bubble out and may give off a scorched smell. I would start by just checking all the fluid levels while the engine is off and cool. If the coolant level is low but the engine oil level is high [like it was overfilled] then you may have a bad head gasket that is causing the engine to overheat and is allowing coolant to enter the oil. The engine oil may also look like chocolate milk when this happens. You could also have something simpler such as a leaking water pump or hose that is causing the loss of coolant. I would have this problem checked out as soon as possible since it doesn't take much overheating to cause some pretty serious engine damage. Good luck, hope this helps!
yes check all of your ground wires in the engine bay area starter ground computer in glove box area
ground check all major grouns for loosness or corrosion also check instrument cluster for loose grounds behind dash if you are a little tec savy and have the time
If the gas tank was low or a piece of dirt floated in the suction port, the engine could have died for a moment, but then restarted because the flywheel hadn't fully stopped. If you want to start looking for an answer in the electrical area, you will run around like crazy, spend money, and probably not pin it down.