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VW Polo 1997, very low mileage, is in danger of being scrapped. Nobody seems able to sole the problem. After running perfectly for several years, the car was left outside, unused for 4 weeks in wet

When you try to start the engine, it fires (cylinders 1 & 4 only) but often will not run. Smell of unburned petrol. From time to time, it will start and tick over normally for several minutes. Once running the engine is reluctant to accelerate, but if you can get it up over about 2000 rpm, it seems happier. It is sometimes possible to drive it almost normally for 1/2 mile or so, but then it returns to rough running and stalls. Tests tried so far - All normal mechanical tests have been carried out and check ok: valve timing, ignition timing, distributor and rotor, new plugs, coil pack & leads, fuel drained and replaced, fuel pump, no oil in the water, no water in the oil - no indication of head gasket blown, compression consistent, manifold gasket ok. Therefore assumed to be electrical/electronic problem, so ECU sent away for testing and checks ok, spare idle air control and spare manifold pressure tried with no improvement. New coolant temperature sensor. Are there any known conditions with Polos which could cause this?

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Timing belt slipped around cam pulley. Take off your timing belt cover and check the position. This would explain misfiring and compression loss. Stretched belt or missing cogs in belt likely culprit.

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