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Suddenly died while driving. Turns over but won't start. Ran for a sec on ether so spark is not an issue. Throttle body was making an add noise so replaced but new one makes the same noise. Still will not start. 1997 vw Golf K2 2.0L Multiport Injected

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    Dan Martin Jul 03, 2010

    Hi there Sounds like the distributor has failed. Lift the dizzy cap and check for broken plastic and dust. Here is a checklist for the cheapest options first: Check HT leads are on fully to the dizzy cap and spark plugs. Check the one from the center of the dizzy cap to the coil. Replace all if they are more than 1-2 years old. At the same time, change spark plugs if they are cracked, burnt out or old. Check distributor cap for cracks and condensation, if it is damp inside, then there is a crack and needs replaced - £$ cheap. Under dizzy cap, check the rotor arm, the center screw might have worked loose causing the symptoms you have. If so, replace it, only a few £$. Check that you are getting fuel to the injectors. Try and start the car for a few seconds, pump gas pedal and then pull an injector. Strong smell or damp injector = fuel. Start with the cheap stuff first, if you replaced the throttle body, has everything been replaced correcly, fuel rail etc? Hope this helps.

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Agreed with yogegoy,
Old days are gone , on diagnostics without scaner you have small chances to find the problem .
But you can check basics - Spark(you said it's ok) , timing(timing belt can jump a tooth or two), fuel delivery (disconnect fuel hose and crank the engine, if flow is strong - ok) .
Also I think on those cars throttle is electronicly controled unit , so it needs adaptation after replacement with apropriate tool (scaner).

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Should have it scanned for blink codes (DTC) before you start speculating on parts you think are malfunctioning, replacing them even if they were just fine.

Even if you don't have it scanned, at least have proper knowledge diagnosing systems using Benrley's Factory repair manual.

Nine out of ten times I still have to glance my manual's pages just to feel satisfied that I did it the right way besides the torque spesifications.

Just my opinion, geustimating is long gone and replaced with a system that tells you it's about to break or it's gone, regardless if it's an electronic or mechanical part.

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