1996 VW Cabrio Sputtering when I drive

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Asked by Feb 10, 2013 at 04:49 PM about the Volkswagen Cabrio

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I just replaced the plugs and wires to my 1996 VW Cabrio.  Now when I accelerate, the car sputters and the check engine light blinks on and off.   I have recently changed the fuel filter and cleaned the Mass Air Flow Sensor.

The plug seem secure.
Thanks,

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Go back under the hood and make sure you got all the plug wires back where they are supposed to be ...if you get a pair crossed it will start but do what you describe, even a 4 banger will run with 2 crossed

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Plan B is have your OBD codes read

89,715

I would go with David's plan B - it's probably going to be P0300

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Thank you all. To give a bit more information. A week ago, I had replaced Plugs 1, 3 and 4. I was having trouble getting the wire off of 2, so I left it. The car ran great, best since I have had it. I tried again this weekend and was able to get the wire off and change the plug. Now it doesn't run well at all. The wires are all new and I believe in order. Just perplexed...

Well then, at the risk of stating the obvious, the problem lies in #2. Correct me if I'm wrong tenspeed I have not looked it up but P0300 is random misfire unknown cylinder. I think. But we know it's #2 eh? Did you maybe accidentally bend the tip to no gap? Look at the gap at all? Sometimes, I have seen it, a new plug in box has been smashed to 0 gap.Guessing here...

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I took the plug out and checked the gap. It looks to me like all the wires are secure and in the right order. When I turn the car on, it idles quietly, just when I get a block away from home it starts acting up. I am able to drive it, but not a lot of fun. I did not replace the distributor cap, but I did replace all of the plugs and all of the wires. Any idea? Thank you.

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