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1992 Volkswagen Cabriolet

My 1992 Volkswagen Cabriolet won't start, there is no ignition spark. I replaced the distributor cap & rotor. Any suggestions of what to try for this model? Thank You, Richard

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Depending on which engine your car is equipped with; the following components could be at fault.

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If they haven't been replaced in the last 30K miles, I suggest you check and /or replace the the plugs and wires first.

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My 1992 VW Cabriolet will not start in humid or wet weather. Should I start repairs by checking moisture in the distributor cap and then replacing cap if necessary? If that does not fix the problem,...

first of all if you have moisture in your d-cap itll prob missfire or bk-fire when you try to start it. if this is the case then yest replace both the d-cap and rotor. you do both at the same time no mater what so you always start with clean electrodes and to ensure the propper spacing between the 2.

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1992 vw Cabriolet. replaced dist cap, rotor, plugs, wires, Getting spark but will not start. Any ideas?

check grounding first,
replace coil- not expensive.
check the module connected to the computer(ECU).

getting the spark is a good sign!
try those first

BTW- NKG spark plugs beat BOSCH.

good luck!

if either

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