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2001 beetle 1.8T "No spark"

This car runs slightly rough. While checking to see if any of my ignition coils were bad by unplugging one at a time, the engine suddenly died. Further investigation finds a crack on the insulation on one of the wires. These wires lead up to the plug that attaches to the ignition coil.
This plug snaps onto the coil. There are four wires and the one that shorted is Black with a purple stripe. I am pretty sure it shorted because I can see evidence of an "arch" on the copper wire. The car will not start at all. I checked and there is no spark.
Need help on what I can do next. Thanks...

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Never let the spark plug gap (between electrode and ground) exceed 5mm (0.20 in) when checking for spark, as the power output stage may be damaged. Always ground the plug on the engine when checking for sparks.

If there is no spark, visually ensure that the engine speed sensor plug is connected properly and that the speed sensor is secured into the mount in the cylinder block. If the above inspection reveals no obvious defects, then test the ignition coil output stage and ignition coils.

Next time if you want to see if electricity is leaking out the insulation, use water in a spray bottle and spray around the suspected area. You'll see it arching around the mist of water. You could also kill yourself, it's not similar to a stun gun which your body can tolerate.

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