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I've replaced the cap, rotor, and spark plugs on my newly aquired 1983 VW Rabbit Convertible. I've gone through all the fuses and replaced four of them that were bad. I've replaced the fuel filter assembly. I've fully charged the battery and tried starting it with the charger set on "jump-start." I even dumped in five gallons of gasoline, just in case an empty tank was the problem (funny how old cars don't work well without any gas). Heck, I even bought a new top kit, with outside material, new headliner, new foam liner, and new cables. Haven't installed it yet 'cause, well, what's the point if it ain't running yet?

So I'm getting good spark, the fuel pump appears to be working (lots of gasoline spray when replacing the filter), and there's no air obstruction or vacuum leakage (though I'm replacing the air filter tomorrow), but I'm not smelling any unburned gas as I ought to.

Hmmm. I'm thinking an issue with the complicated, mechanical fuel-injection system.

Anyone out there have experience troubleshooting this issue?

Thanks,
Chris

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mckitterick
Aug. 9th, 2005 04:40 pm (UTC)
Cool, thanks. I'm going to try replacing the cold-start relay today (the previous owner got back to me last night and said he got it started "by lightly tapping on the relays while turning the key and that always worked") and see how that goes. It fascinates me, the silly things people do when all this really needs is a $30 switch.

Chris
arian1
Aug. 9th, 2005 05:38 am (UTC)
It's a curse. Probably something late Mayan. I suggest we get you a goat to sacrifice.

Or it could be gremlins...from the Kremlin!
mckitterick
Aug. 9th, 2005 04:42 pm (UTC)
Dammit, I shoulda known! I bet it was made in Mexico... oh, wait; it's the Karmann edition, which means made in Germany.

In 1983.

Hmmmm... your commie theory is looking likely....

Chris
jamer_31
Aug. 9th, 2005 02:19 pm (UTC)
Demo Derby !!!!!!!!!!
mckitterick
Aug. 9th, 2005 04:43 pm (UTC)
*g*

Somehow I don't think a convertible would be very good at it. Or allowed. Imagine the flying bumpers with no top: Wheeeeee!

Chris
chronovore
Aug. 9th, 2005 02:47 pm (UTC)
Anyone out there have experience troubleshooting this issue?

Yes. I had a VW Rabbit in college that I picked up for US$700 and continued dumping money into it, never getting it running right, for a total of US$1200 additional. Solution: Sell it now before it swallows your soul.
mckitterick
Aug. 9th, 2005 04:44 pm (UTC)
You had to go and tell me that. Sigh. I'm replacing at least one relay (the windshield gasket was replaced due to water leaking into the fuse panel!) that is likely bad (see comment at top). You just watch! I'll beat these Teutonic Gremlins!

Chris
chronovore
Aug. 10th, 2005 12:01 am (UTC)
You just watch! I'll beat these Teutonic Gremlins!
Seriously, it is like War Games: the only way to win is not to play. Bag an old Toyota; they are indestructible.
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