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Push the accelerator, nothing happens or falls on face and dies

I have a 1987 VW Jetta. I have a difficult time getting it to start and stay running and when it does eventually stay running, I push the accelerator and either it doesn't do anything, or it falls on its face. Also, sometimes there is popping sounds coming out of the hose that comes out of the fuel distribution center. There is also a screw under the accelerator cable that seems to control the idle a little bit (air mixture screw?) I can hear air when that screw is turned loose a little but if its tightened all the way, no air sound. I don't know where that is supposed to be set, though I know the car is supposed to be around 1000 rpm plus or minus 50. No matter where I set that screw though, the car never makes it past around 750.

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  • Stryker9799 May 21, 2009

    It doesn't have a carburetor, it's fuel injected and I have already done the carb cleaner thing around the hoses and stuff.

  • Stryker9799 May 22, 2009

    yeah, 25 bucks i don't have right now...i don't think its a vacuum leak anyway. thanks for your input.


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You might have a vacuum leak just get a can of carb cleaner the spray kind not the foam stuff and spray it around your carb and vacuum lines and see if anything changes.l

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  • nate hacker May 22, 2009

    did you try and get a vacuum pressure gauge you can get one at autozone for 25 bucks and it does more then read vacuum but it also lets you know what it supposed to read and if not what it can be


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