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Re: [gti-vr6] Check Engine Light/missing "Ron L" <vr6torq@hotmail> Mon, 25 Jan 1999 01:16:57 PST
[gti-vr6] Check Engine Light/missing Back From Dealer TFrangella@aol Mon, 25 Jan 1999 23:15:44 EST



From gti-vr6-owner@cobra.ccsi Mon Jan 25 03:20 CST 1999
From: "Ron L" <vr6torq@hotmail>
To: jtraenk@darkridge, gti-vr6@cobra.ccsi
Subject: Re: [gti-vr6] Check Engine Light/missing
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 1999 01:16:57 PST
 
I had that similar problem too, with my 97 gtivr6.  I happen to open the 
hood when it was idling rough.  It was like, a cylinder was missing a 
spark.  Sure enough, it was arcing by the distributor coil pack. It's 
not your typical distributor cap, $15 bucks or so.  I think, not sure 
but from 97-on it has a coil pack.  The coil pack itself, runs for about 
$350-400, at Timmons VW.  You might want to take the cheaper route first 
and try 8mm spark plug wires before you drop in a new coil pack.  I went 
with the new coil pack.  I put it in about 6 months ago, with the stock 
plug wires.  It hasn't done it since then.  I recently put in the 8mm 
just about 1 month ago.  Hope this helps. 


>Date: Sun, 24 Jan 1999 18:06:10 -0500 (EST)
&gt;From: "Jeffrey A. Traenkner" &lt;&#106;traenk&#64;darkridge<img src=/i/dc.gif border=0 width=35 height=15>&gt;
&gt;To: &#103;ti-vr6&#64;cobra.ccsi<img src=/i/dc.gif border=0 width=35 height=15>
>Subject: [gti-vr6] Check Engine Light/missing
>
>
>Started up my car this afternoon (was about 55 degrees, and raining), 
and
>the rough startup was a little rougher than normal. And it didn't stop
>after a minute or so of idling. Then pops on the Check Engine Light. I
>turned the car off, and took my housemate's car instead.
>
>I just went out and started it up again to see if anything was any 
better.
>Well, the rough idle smoothed out to normal after about 20-30 seconds 
of
>idling like normal. Then it felt like one of the cylinders was missing. 
It
>got real rough, and I could feel it shake. This would come and go. I 
also
>noticed a nice big cloud of exhaust out the back of the car, and it
>smelled strongly of unburned gas. I looked under the hood, but didn't 
see
>any arcing even though it was still raining.
>
>My car is a 98 w/18,000 miles, a Garrett v10, and I always use premium 
gas
>(I think Mobil this tank). I just switched to Mobil1 0w30 last weekend,
>and that actually smoothed out the idle at startup. Until now.
>
>Question is, does this sound familar, and, if it does, have you taken 
the
>car to the dealer? Do you think I should yank the chip, give it time to
>reset the fault code, and then take it in?
>
>Thanks for any input.
>
>Jeff Traenkner
>Network/Messaging Engineer 
>Valinor Inc., Southern New England
>Subsidiary of IKON Technology Services
>Boston, MA
>
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From gti-vr6-owner@cobra.ccsi Mon Jan 25 22:23 CST 1999
From: TFrangella@aol
To: gti-vr6@cobra.ccsi
Subject: [gti-vr6] Check Engine Light/missing Back From Dealer
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 1999 23:15:44 EST
 
I got my car back from the dealer today, with the aforementioned stubling and
rough idle.  They replaced my coil pack under warranty, thank goodness.  It
would have been about 375-400 if I had to pay for it.  My car is a 97 gti vr6
with 18,500 miles.

I hope this helps so people know whats going on.  BTW, I have a g-chip (08)
and the dealer never found out it was there, or they didn't mention it.

Tory Frangella
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