[Vwdiesel] '84 Quantum TD no start :(

Andrew Buc AndrewBuc at staxman.net
Fri Jan 19 23:57:56 EST 2007

I know I've been incommunicado on this for a while, so here's an update.

I got slammed with some other demands on my time the weekend of Jan.
6-7, and I wasn't able to make much diagnostic progress. There was no
guarantee that the weather would be suitable for alfresco wrenching the
following weekend, a car in Seattle can theoretically be ticketed if it
sits in the same parking space on the street for more than 72 hours
(although this doesn't always happen), and I didn't want the situation
to drag out more than it already had. So on Jan. 13 I dropped the car
off at my regular garage.

We'd been proceeding on the assumption that it was a no-fuel problem,
and this was reasonable, based on what we knew at the time. But it
turned out they had to replace the glow plugs and glow plug wires. If I
had an IR thermometer lying around, I would have been able to nail this
at once--I still may get one for future use. Of course, if I had a
garage or it were summer, I would have been able to make some progress
in the evenings.

Anyway--many thanks to all who took the time to offer advice on this,
even if I didn't diagnose it successfully. I'm archiving the most
informative posts, and maybe they'll help me in the future.

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