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Re: engine died when incontact with water
Hello! Are you saying Died or Dies? does the car still run but when wet dies? or have you driven through deep water? if driven through water then you have possibly drawn fluid into the intake causing the engine to die as you put it, you may if too much liquid has been inducted have caused damage by bending the con rods as too much compression with water in the cylinders. Please I hope this isn't so and don't take it out on me if it is? If the car got very damp try spraying a de-watering fluid or Wd40 around the plugs,leads,coil and any exposed electrical items that look damp/wet. Wait a while before trying to start again as the propellant in the aerosol is highly flammable and could start a fire if your ignition tracks down to earth causing a spark. Press the Blue button if sorted please! Sorry to bring bad tidings. Paul 'W' U.K.
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Sounds like it shorted out. Never worked on a mini-van. I try to avoid them. Does the coil pack plug into a tray, like on a late 90's cadillac? If so that tray needs to be cleaned or replaced. Make sure the terminals in that tray are not shorted across, meaning the power hole isn't touching the ground hole, with anything conductive.
it is a spark issue.
im pretty sure these have a coil pack ignition.
when a coil pack gets old it may develop a crack and anytime moisture gets in the coil it kills the spark and the engine doesnt burn fuel like it should.
the way to check for a cracked coil is to start the engine and get a spray bottle full of water and spray the coils with a light mist of water. the engine should die down or quit completely if a coil is cracked. you will notice no difference if the coils are fine and the water will not damage anything.
if you have a cracked coilpack then it will need to be replaced accordingly.
"I have a 1996 Golf III GSX. I had the timing belt
Problem with the 2001 Volkswagen Golf"
Can you confirm whether your car is 1996 or 2001, I am assuming from GSX it is a 2.0 inj?
If 1996 I would say quite simply an air leak on the inlet side (likely to be the inlet manifold gasket or a small pipe that has come disconnected)
If 2001 try a throttle body reset, it could be a calibration fault.
Come back to me with more details / questions if you wish
The most reliable and tried and true method is to check the transmission oil. Check it for... 1. Correct level 2. Right colour: a nice light red. (or somtimes yellow) not brown 3. Smell, it should have a not unpleasant smell, if it smells 'bad', it is starting to break down and will attack the friction material on clutch packs and brake bands. 4. Remove the transmission oil pan and check it for flecks of friction material, metal filings and pieces of rubber. If any of these things are present, you have, or will soon have a transmission failure. The whine could be the transmission oil pump, the gear set is known to to come incontact with the pump body causing whining noises and creating metal filings which cause the transmission valves to stick..