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96VW jetta stalls out when warm

My 96 Jetta GL 2.0 gas will stall out and refuse to start. It will crank, but no spark from the coil. Plugs, wires, rotor, cap and coil are all new. Both the new and old coils will start up cold , but motor dies as soon as it warms up, and no more spark. Fuel filter is new as well, and fuel is getting to plugs. What next?

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Change the crank censer.

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I had the same problem to the point that the car turned off. Turns out, I changed the spark plugs with the wires, fuel filter and cap. Runs better than ever and problem solved. Oh I also changed the coil. Hope this helps.

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