Question about 1997 Volkswagen Golf
My ex-boyfriend's dad gave me this '97 VW Golf and it had been a dream car for me as a teenager. Ran just fine every day I needed it . . . now, I've moved out on my own and the car died while it was running.
I don't know much about cars -- I was going like 40 mph and it just turned off. I coasted to a stop and when I tried to start it again it just turned over but didn't "catch"? (wouldn't start).
The two truck cost me most of my free money and due to a language barrier the tow driver couldn't answer any questions.
I know I have gas in the car - 1/2 tank. I had a recent oil change (about 2,000 miles ago).
Any ideas for things I can check with tools limited to like a screwdriver and basic knowledge? The car isn't worth much to others, I can't really afford to tow it to the VW dealer and pay a diagnosis fee on top of a repair.
Thank you for your help, Tina
I have a Golf 97 in Malaysia and have the same problem. My engine at one time died while going at 110 km/h and on a few other occation on slower speed. Once it died can't get it started for 1 or 2 hours. My mechanic changed the computer box relay numbered 53 and for years now it never happen again. I'm a visitor here and you can give me feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on Sep 08, 2008
Do an oil change. I know this sounds stupid but it worked for my vw golf. I first changed the plugs, cap, rotor, the three oil sensors. And it still didn't work. I changed the oil and filter and it started up.
Posted on Feb 19, 2009
Hey I don't know if this helps or not, but there is a piece of plastic moulding on the 97 Golf right above your shins when you are in the driver's seat, above the clutch, gas pedal, and break. A few tabs hold this in. Pull it out to reveal your fuses. I had the same problem as you, and as it happened, the problem was that one of the fuses became unseated. I was dead at a red light and had to be towed home. After finding the culprit fuse and pushing it back it, the car started right back up.
Posted on Sep 14, 2009
Check the coil and see if it is cracked or not. I had the same problem once and the coil was cracked. This causes the distributer not to fire right because the electricity is being grounded out at the crack in the coil. Easy do it yourself. Just follow the cable that runs from your distributer up to the back of your engine compartment just infront of the steering wheel. Plenty of room for removal and installation.
Posted on Jan 27, 2009
Sounds like the timing belt broke.
if you know any one that can help with that. that is where i would start.
timing belts are usually around 15-40 bucks, but they are a ****** to replace.
Posted on Aug 16, 2008
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