Question about 2001 Volkswagen Passat
Started my passat to run to the store and realized I forgot something. Shut it off and ran in the house. When I came back out, it wouldnt start (cranked fine). I pulled a plug and laid it on the coil mount, and cranked....no spark. Third time I cranked, the spark came back and it started on 5 cyl. I shut it off and replaced the plug. I started it up and ran to the store less than a mile away. When I came back out it wouldnt start again. I had it towed home and it still wouldnt start. Two hours later, I tried again and it started right up. I took it for a test ride this morning and it started right up again. Shut it off when I got home and it started again fine,
What could be causing the intermittant spark? I dont want to be left stranded.
Older VW's and Audi's are notarious for this type of behavior. You actaully need a Vag or good diagnostic tester to tell you which plugs are mis-firing. You will need to replace a coil-pac or two. VW's issued a recall notice about 3 months ago about this issue and intends to re-imburse owners on certain models and years for coil-pac repalcement. After market coil-pacs should cost less than $50.00 each. Hope this helps.
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