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Engine has no horsepower

I was driving my 1992 jetta home then all of a sudden it had no horsepower what so ever but was still running. I got home, finally, and started working on it. It would still run but very very rough. I checked, plugs, wires, module, coil, timing, compression, fuel pressure and nothing was in the bad range on the meter or gauge. Then I rechecked my timing and it started and ran like the day I got it but something was knocking so I figured out was knocking and fixed it, started it back up and it ran good, then I went to give it some throttle then it went back to running very very rough with no horsepower. Now I am confused and stuck.

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  • yonkster4g4 Feb 11, 2009

    It has an all new exhaust system on it, so a clogged cat. isnt it, sorry thanks for trying though.

  • yonkster4g4 Feb 11, 2009

    The ticking was a pulley hitting a sprocket so i took the pulley off and the ticking stopped.

  • yonkster4g4 Feb 11, 2009

    The exhaust was replaced from engine back and the cat. was not put back on. The pulley is for the water pump, steering pump. And the sprocket is for the shaft that drives the distributor.

  • yonkster4g4 Feb 12, 2009

    I took the crank pulley off because it was hitting the sprocket that drives the distributor. So in taking the pulley off, the knocking stopped. Water wasnt being pumped through the engine, but the engine was cold.

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Sounds like the catalytic converter is clogged.



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  • Randy Hough
    Randy Hough Feb 11, 2009

    Check the rotor bottom and make sure it's not loose on the shaft and make sure the distributor is tight and not able to turn from vibration.



    You didn't say what the ticking was,But it could be a valve or 2 are sticking open.

  • Randy Hough
    Randy Hough Feb 11, 2009


    1. Was the exhaust replaced from the engine back or was it the normal replacement from the cat back?

    2. What was the pulley for?

    3. Sprocket or gear?

  • Randy Hough
    Randy Hough Feb 12, 2009

    Let me get this right, You took the pulley off the water pump/steering pump because it was rubbing the distributor sprocket?



    Is that what you are saying?



    If so,How is the water being pumped through the engine for cooling?

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