no spark


Asked by Jan 16, 2011 at 06:15 PM about the 1997 Volkswagen Cabrio 2 Dr Highline Convertible

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My 1997 vw cabrio highline doesnt have a spark.  It turns over but just won't start.  I checked and it looks like the distributor and the coil aren't getting a reading from the computer to spark. I'd rather not buy a computer if I don't have to, but does this seem to be my only option? I looked at it and it didn't look burned out or anything.  I've already replaced the fuel pump and the ignition coil.

2 Answers

how about camshaft and crankshaft position sensors? Either of those will cause no spark.

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Well, I actually got it to spark and run but then it started to loose its acceleration. But, the next time I went to turn it on to do some more tests, it wouldnt run again. The ecu is sending out codes that the fuel injectors are bad. I checked those and they were fine. The camshaft and crankshaft position sensors are fine. I actually put another ecu in it too, which is when it started sparking again and running, but now I seem to start over again since it won't turn over...

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