[Vwdiesel] Quattro no start (Well....)
LBaird119 at aol.com
LBaird119 at aol.com
Wed Aug 9 21:24:15 EDT 2006
Went up, checked and no spark. Tried grounding the center
pin to the hall effect to no effect. Swapped ignition control
modules, nothing. Checked a few things, tried a few things,
nothing really. I was just kind of shotgunning it first to see if
I hit anything. Put the module back in and checked and had
spark! I may have had spark all along. It wouldn't jump over
1/8 inch! I never held the wire THAT close. Tried and still no
start. Fuel pump was working just as it should and it had a
half tank of fuel. I said screw it and put the chain on to tow
it home. Turned out to be just under a 2 hour drive instead of 3.
We got a few hundred yards down the highway and I decided
to put it in gear and see what happened. Not much for a bit
then with a little throttle it'd jump, chug and almost start. It
got better and better util it started! I gave Dad the thumbs up
and we pulled over and it died before we got the chain unhooked.
Tried again and almost made it. Next time we didn't even get
back on the road and it was running. I kept it at 3K while he
unhooked it and away I went bucking and chugging now and
then. All smoothed out pretty well and when we were about
half way home we had to make a stop and pick up some stuff
for a job. Kept it idling then Mark comes in and asks if that's
my Audi puking all over the lot! Ugh! Add coolant fan
thermoswitch to the list of things that don't work.
He'd shut it off so.. Oh crap! It started right up! :-) I found a
small vacuum hose that was disconnected so I plugged it.
Idle was fairly high, after restarting it was a little high, after
plugging the hose and running a little it was about normal.
I don't have time to chase it all down in a reasonable time so
I took it to my friend Jim's shop. By then it idled smooth,
started perfectly, you name it.
Didn't surprise me a bit. They do that when I drive them
or when you take them to a shop. He said it was in home
territory so no fun breaking down there so it was running fine.
He'll do injector seals, replace a part the battery ate a long
time ago (maybe, depending on price and just how important
it is), chase down that weak spark, and put in a new thermoswitch.
Thanks all, especially Tony for the support and suggestions.
It helped a lot even though my attitude toward it still sucked! ;-D
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