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Runs rough and smells of fuel after washing engine!

Just bought a vw for my daughters 21st and washed the engine, after that it would not start, now it does but has a smell of fuel, runs rough and has no power.This a 96 vw Golf with 1.4 8 valve petrol engine AEX.
I changed the plugs, checked the leads which are new, the dizzy is new. There does not seem to be any smoke from exhaust, it has a blowing sound as though the exhaust was blowing but there is no problem that I can see with the exhaust. I do not have a compression tester. I am flumuked at the moment so any help would be really appreciated.
Car was running fine prior to washing the engine.

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  • atma755 Jan 24, 2009

    Thanks for thje comment, no money just now to pay for a diagnosis. If any one has expirence with this problem please let me know?

  • skosta1281 Mar 08, 2009

    I have an 09 VW Rabbit ,when it rains and the temperature drops below zero outside the car won't start properly it turns over chuggs like is is running on 1 cy;linder then dies after repeated tries and over an hour it will start ,run rough then the engine just takes of like normal . I have had it in and they replaced the engine knock sensor just 3 days ago but it did it again today . Don't know what to do next?????

  • Anonymous May 09, 2009

    I have a 01 Ford Escape and it runs perfect unless it gets cold/rains and sits for over 24 hours without running. It feels like I have moisture in the gas and the problem is temp fixed when I put the product Heat in the gas which is a form of alcohol that gets rid of moisture in fuel. I have not washed the motor so you can rule that out. Help!

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Don't "wash" the motor, like you wash the outside. Did you pressure wash it? God people are too freakin anal retentive and go screwing up their engines. Next time use engine cleaner and try not wet any wiring harnesses or anything electrical. You probably killed a sensor connection or something.

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You might want to take your ride to a garage and have them hook it up to a computer. More than likely the problem will be the ignition coil/coils.

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You did not have the car Running while washing the Motor did you?????? If you wash the Motor and it is not running it can cause all kinds of Problems. At this Point you really need to find an Authorized Mechanic to Run a Complete Diagnostics on the Computer and Electrical to locate the Exact Problem.

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