Question about 1983 Volkswagen Rabbit Pickup
Well, it's not a fix, but it will get you where you are going in your truck... since it's a diesel the only electrical things you should have are a fuel pump and a fuel distributor. IF your truck has mechanical injection you should be able to run your fuel pump off of a new circuit to a switch on your dash. I know that's pretty ghetto, but there ya go. Now if it is electronic fuel distribution with camshaft sensors and the like then you will need to check that whole wiring harness. sorry, no easy fix there. I hope for your sake that it's mechanical injection...
Posted on Jul 04, 2009
Found this comment by (David van Rooyen) on a similar question:
"Engine dies right after starting - The wire from your solenoid valve goes directly to your ignition switch there is no fuse in line. The ignition switch contacts or the plug just behind the switch probably has a bad contact. The switch is easily replaceable, just one ***** that holds it in place. They did have a tendency to wear out. Don't forget to check the plug behind the switch, and make sure that there is no immobilizer fitted that can give you the problem."
Posted on Mar 27, 2016
My 81 VW Diesel pickup has been doing this as well. Runs fine until the headlights are on, sometimes it does instantly, other times its random, quite the feature when the head lights go out with the engine.. and you only had them on so you could see the road in front of you. This evening it started to happen with the headlights off. The only way i could keep the car running was to hold the key slightly forward from its rest position. I am pretty desperate for a fix on this one. I am thinking a relay. idk...
Posted on Mar 27, 2016
I had the same problem today with my 1.7L vw rabbit! will run with Headlight hi beam pulled back, if I let off of it car dies and blower motor goes out.
Posted on Feb 23, 2015
I would try unplugging the wire socket at head lights just to see what happens then with lights on low beam. Not sure if this may help you fix it. I have a 1981 diesel rabbit pickup and it died today when I was getting ready to go home from work. I started it ran for about five minutes idling and parked. Then it was as if I just shut it off. With key turn on I have no lights on dash no horn, park lights head lights on dome light. I check fuses and changed glow plug relay cause I had one with me no luck. To dark to check anything else. If you have any ideals for me to try would appreciate it. Thank you ... Mark
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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