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#1: 90 Golf is great, but jumpy when it's damp

Posted on 2006-07-22 22:24:36 by larrynospam.raynor

I just purchased a 90 Golf GL with nearly 240.000 miles. It has been
well maintained, has a brand new distributor even. The plug wires have
also been replaced. The previous owner told me that it stalls when
it's driven in the wet occasionally. It stalls for about 5 minutes,
then all is well.

Well.. it has been very damp and rainy here, and even though it's
wasn't raining today, the car is bucking like a bronco ride in a
roadside saloon on occasion. The idle is a little rough, and it stalls
now and again at a trafficl lite.

I have heard from another Golf owner that the older Golfs 'just do
that".. well, I'd really like to figure this one out. It is a whole
lot of fun to drive, but the bucking has got to go.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Larry

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#2: Re: 90 Golf is great, but jumpy when it's damp

Posted on 2006-07-23 00:11:37 by no

In rec.autos.makers.vw.watercooled, Ldray wrote:

>I just purchased a 90 Golf GL with nearly 240.000 miles. It has been
>well maintained, has a brand new distributor even. The plug wires have
>also been replaced. The previous owner told me that it stalls when
>it's driven in the wet occasionally. It stalls for about 5 minutes,
>then all is well.
>
>Well.. it has been very damp and rainy here, and even though it's
>wasn't raining today, the car is bucking like a bronco ride in a
>roadside saloon on occasion. The idle is a little rough, and it stalls
>now and again at a trafficl lite.
>
>I have heard from another Golf owner that the older Golfs 'just do
>that".. well, I'd really like to figure this one out. It is a whole
>lot of fun to drive, but the bucking has got to go.

Look at the running engine at night, and look for arcing. If things
are smooth and dry, try spraying the coil and other ignition area
with a fine mist from a sprayer.

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#3: Re: 90 Golf is great, but jumpy when it's damp

Posted on 2006-07-23 14:58:28 by Sandy

I've had the same problem with my Golf but I find an easy solution is
to spray WD-40 over the HT leads and distributer. I don't know if you
get WD-40 in the states but it is an oil based spray lubricant. Works
every time.


Ldray wrote:
> I just purchased a 90 Golf GL with nearly 240.000 miles. It has been
> well maintained, has a brand new distributor even. The plug wires have
> also been replaced. The previous owner told me that it stalls when
> it's driven in the wet occasionally. It stalls for about 5 minutes,
> then all is well.
>
> Well.. it has been very damp and rainy here, and even though it's
> wasn't raining today, the car is bucking like a bronco ride in a
> roadside saloon on occasion. The idle is a little rough, and it stalls
> now and again at a trafficl lite.
>
> I have heard from another Golf owner that the older Golfs 'just do
> that".. well, I'd really like to figure this one out. It is a whole
> lot of fun to drive, but the bucking has got to go.
>
> Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
>
> Larry

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#4: Re: 90 Golf is great, but jumpy when it's damp

Posted on 2006-07-23 19:54:46 by joe

> I have heard from another Golf owner that the older Golfs 'just do
> that".. well, I'd really like to figure this one out. It is a whole
> lot of fun to drive, but the bucking has got to go.

replace distributor cap, rotar arm and HT leads then come back here. WD-40
is the quick and easy option though.

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