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2000 vw beetle has a p0301.i already channged

2000 beetle 2.0 automatic, 79,000 miles. bought from a private party as is(i am a dummy)when i got home, the car had a hesitation @ idle and acceleration, then the check engine light came on. i bought a scanner and a p0301, p0302, and a p1255 codes appeared. so i replaced the coil pack, spark plug and wires, both o2 sensors, and the engine coolant temp sensor. afterwards the idle smoothed out, so i erased the codes. after a few test drives, the check engine light came back on, and only the p0301 misfire code came back on. so now i am stuck. so i know the catalytis converter has extended warranty 10yrs or 100,000 miles. but b4 i take it to the shop to look stupid, what else can i do to make it idle better?

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  • bryantpavlat Jul 17, 2009

    actually, there is no cap and rotor. that is what the coil pack is for. all of the plug wires plug into the coil pack, instead of a cap and rotor. the funny thing is, i changed the new plug to cylinder #1 to one of the old plugs, and it was idling fine for a couple of test drives. and again the idle hesitated again. so i actually think there has to be a vacuum problem or possibly the fuel injector. but how does the problem temporarily fix itself, then comes back? and only cylinder #1?


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Did you swap out your distributor cap and rotor? Try that first - it's not going to be the cat. You may be losing compression in cylinder #1 one... Hope its the cap/rotor...

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  • Joe Blow Jul 17, 2009

    Sorry, I answered your question as if you were driving a MkIII. Duh... Sounds like you covered it all. Compression test?


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