Question about 1998 Volkswagen Cabrio
When it rains my cabrio would take forever to start. Once I got it running, everytime i would stop or slow down it would die once I tried to accelerate again. After about a week of it raining and snowing constantly, it died while I was on the highway. Got it towed to my house, kept it in my garage for a few days. I drove it around my neighborhood before driving to work, it seemed fine. I got a mile down the road and it died, wouldnt start again. Needs new battery, but what could be the main problem?
5 minutes with the hairdryer and it started. Need a new distributor cap.
Posted on Apr 27, 2010
I had the same exact problem. It ended up being the coil also. I could also see it arc in the dark and once i got it off, I saw it was cracked. It took me about 4 months to figure this one out! Good Luck!
Posted on Jul 05, 2009
The ignition coils are a big problem on these vehicles. They are located on the fire wall and feed the distributer cap. They usually crack the plastic case, and when that spot gets wet, it arcs to the body. It costs around 118 dollars and is easy to replace. I could see the small crack once I took it off, but not before. It took me about 3 months of problems to track this one down.
Posted on Apr 12, 2009
Probably distributor cap is worn. Moisture condensed inside. To check it heat it up with hair dryer for 10-15 mins. Try to activate the engine
If it starts look the problem where. If not check spark plugs/cables.
Ignition control module
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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