[Vwdiesel] I got the Rabbit all buttoned up, and...

Erik Lane eriklane at gmail.com
Fri Mar 27 21:17:11 PDT 2009

Sounds to me like you might have the timing off by 180 degrees. I did
that once and it took me quite a while to find it, since the pump to
the crank was still correct, and the stupid thing still ran, but the
pump was 180 off from the camshaft. I never thought that it would run
when it was *that* far off.

Did the same thing, lots of smoking, didn't really want to start, and
I could actually make it drive if I kept the idle up a bit, but there
was no power.

So just make sure that the notch on the back of the injection pump
gear matches up and the slot on the back of the camshaft is offset
towards the top at TDC together. If that's already the case then back
to the drawing board, but it really sounds like that could be it.


On Fri, Mar 27, 2009 at 9:01 PM, Matt <matt_lisa at sprynet.com> wrote:
> it starts and dies.  The last time I ran it, it ran fine, now it
> starts and dies.  I can't believe it.  Why can't this damn thing just
> work?!
> So I hooked up the tachometer bits again, and they seem to work.  What
> happens is the car starts and runs as long as you keep your foot on
> the gas.  It smokes like mad for awhile, then dies.  You can
> immediately restart, but it does the same thing, over and over.  It
> feels like the timing is off, but I set the stupid timing the last
> time I had it apart  Stupid car.
> After my garage filled up with smoke, I decided to call it a night and
> come bellyache on the internet.  I'll recheck the stupid timing again
> and see what it's at the next time I go out there.
> -Matt
> http://matt_lisa.home.sprynet.com/
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