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Sudden engine stalling

Lately I've encountered a problem where my 1992 VW Jetta Wolfsburg edition stalls out. Essentially, I'll be driving along at low rpm's and boom, done. The engine actually just shuts off. No lights, no buzzers, no sound. And no explanation. Auxilliary power is still on (the rad fan continues to whirr) but it's just not running.The same thing happens when it's idling. Suddenly it shuts off inexplicably. At first I was able to restart by just throwing it in neutral and turning it over while still rolling. That doesn't work anymore. The only solution seems to be pull over, let it sit for awhile, then restart and let it run at higher rpm's for awhile. Once the car is nice and warmed up, the problem seems to vanish. At first I thought fuel filter, but changing that did not solve the problem. Is it fuel related, or is it something to do with timing perhaps? The problem seems to worsten in cold weather, and it's not water in the gas line, 'cuz I have been pouring on the methyl hydrate with no results. I'm at a loss as to where to look next.

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  • Dan Wallace
    Dan Wallace Mar 12, 2009

    Hey dupunk8, thanks for the help. I never got to try your idea though. I was driving to work and my car died for good. I wound up getting a tow to the VW dealer and it turned out that the distributor, distributor cap, plugs & plug wires were worn out. They changed them, and say my oxygen sensor is pooched too. I think I'll give the oxygen sensor a try myself though. I appreciate your replying to my question though! : )

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In the trunk the fuel pump has a wiring harness on it,s own and there is also a plug with 4 wires on it 2red/yellow stripe and 2 brown wires that kinda runs behind the back seat in the trunk take that plug apart and make sure it is not fryed mine was fixed and boom away we go, also your cold problem could be ignition wires again same prob for me new wires fixed . hope this helps out

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