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Engine valve timing
This is a simple engine to work on. Check for compression in the dead cylinder. If low or none, you found your problem....likely burnt exhaust valve.
If compression good, check injector for fuel spay or fuel delivery head for fuel delivery. With engine idling, crack each line nut at the fuel distributor and see if any fuel squirts out.
If so, check spark delivery by pulling lead to dead cylinder and install used/spare spark plug into plug lead. lay this against engine and run engine watching for spark at plug tip. Do not touch the plug or wire while engine running.
If no spark, check distributor cap for cracks inside. The electronics are primative on these so the above should get you close to the reason cylinder is not firing.
on Apr 07, 2014
Cant get golf in 1st gear
If you'd said 1st and reverse I would have said clutch. First check your gear sgift rod for aligbnment. If it is out when you push the gear lever left to engage 1st your selector might be somewhere between 1st and 2nd. Next check all the linkage bushes for wear. Those also cause misalignment. Last thing to check is the gearbox itself for synchromesh damage.
on Oct 19, 2012
My motor hols back on power, I think the timing is
You will need a timing light. Connect it to the No 1 spark plug, run the hot engine at idle speed and adjust the distributor until the timing marks on the front pulley line up with the timing mark in the cam belt cover, This is the basic method. Depending on where you are situated, anti pollution settings come into play and things like Digital idling Stabilisers need to be bypassed, or vacuum pipes need to be disconnected. Also timing points differ and could be anything from 7.5 degrees before top dead center to 3 degrees after top dead center. Engine types and specs are all related to the engine codes which are found either on the engine data plate or stamped on the engine block.
on Jan 17, 2011
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