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    Thread: 8 valve Digifant Stalling and Rough Idle Thread to end all threads

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    1. 03-10-2005 12:10 AM #1
      I have an 8 valve 1991 GTI and I have searched and searched and tried almost everything that has been posted. I though it would be good if people could post their personal experiences with these two topics and how they fixed them since they usualy cover related items. Also many people post having these problems but they usualy don't post to say that they fixed it and how they fixed it. Lets all work together to end these problems for everyone once and for all.


      These are all the things that I have replaced sometimes it seems as if I have fixed it but the problems just come back I am running out of stuff to replace.
      New Thermostat
      New Vacum Lines.
      New Coolant Sensor
      Bosch Platnum+4 Plugs
      Bosch Cap
      Bosch Rotor
      New Wires
      Cleaned ISV
      New Fuel Injector Seals


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      03-10-2005 12:19 AM #2
      Throw the platinum 4 plugs in the garbage, digi hates platinum 4. Go spend half the money and get the silvers and you'll thank yourself.
      My ISV never acted up until I cleaned it, go figure. After removing AC and PS I just threw my ISV in the trash and plugged the holes. It's never idled or run better.

    3. 03-10-2005 01:02 AM #3
      Quote, originally posted by quadmodrophenia »
      Throw the platinum 4 plugs in the garbage, digi hates platinum 4. Go spend half the money and get the silvers and you'll thank yourself.
      My ISV never acted up until I cleaned it, go figure. After removing AC and PS I just threw my ISV in the trash and plugged the holes. It's never idled or run better.

      Took me 5 min to remove mine and plug the holes.

    4. 01-30-2006 09:32 AM #4
      Quote, originally posted by ridefuel »

      Took me 5 min to remove mine and plug the holes.

      What did you plug the holes with?

    5. 01-31-2006 08:25 PM #5
      my idle keeps fluctuating, and sometimes stalling at stop lights, but only after the car is up to temp, and it only acted up after i ran a bunch of injector, and engine cleaner through the gas.

      one of my coolant sensors is garbage, so im replacing that, and would suggest it.


    6. 01-31-2006 10:10 PM #6
      Quote, originally posted by jerminator »
      my idle keeps fluctuating, and sometimes stalling at stop lights, but only after the car is up to temp, and it only acted up after i ran a bunch of injector, and engine cleaner through the gas.

      Change out your fuel filter, it's probably clogged from all engine cleaner loosining up the gas tank gunk.


    7. 03-10-2005 06:25 PM #7
      "My ISV never acted up until I cleaned it, go figure. After removing AC and PS I just threw my ISV in the trash and plugged the holes. It's never idled or run better."

      ISV? What's that?


      Modified by NeoMK2 at 3:30 PM 3-10-2005


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      03-10-2005 06:40 PM #8
      Idle stabilizer valve, it's the big metal cylinder on top of your valve cover, has a connector on the left hand side and some vacuum hoses going into it.

    9. 03-10-2005 08:29 PM #9
      I tooled around with my car for a bit today. I couldn't throw the bosch
      +4s away so I put them in my spare parts box but I did throw in the cheapest plugs I could fine and I fidled with the MAF sensor connector and my car is running much better but not perfect. I would like to redo the entire engine wiring harness does anyone know where you can get a complete new one. After almost 15 years it seems as if most of the wiring is brittle. Also I am thinking of deleting the ISV Idle stabilizer valve but I know it has something to do with adjusting the idle when you turn on the air conditioning since I live in the south I use the A/C alot in the summer so I don't want to pull it out if it's gonna make me stall at every stop light this summer. Also I am interested in putting an extra ground to the ECU but I can't find any pictures or a more detailed explanation of how to do it. Keep up the posting I am sure this tread can help lots of people since stalling and bad idleing sre such common problems.

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      03-11-2005 11:39 AM #10
      Did you check the crankcase breather grommet on the valve cover? When these go bad you can experience the symptoms you are having as well...

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      03-10-2005 01:58 AM #11
      bad O2 sensor or maybe Coolant Temp Sensor (CTS for short)....
      I've had similar symptoms from both
      Quote Originally Posted by sciroccohal View Post
      Hugely built 16v's are always 'nice'

    12. 03-10-2005 02:55 PM #12
      I recently had the same problems. Check these 3 things....

      1 - Air Flow Sensor - The black box on top of the air box. (will be $$$...I paid $75 for rebuilt...about $200+ for new)

      2 - Fuel Pressure Regulator - Gold looking fuel filter like unit just below and to the left of the fuel rail. (about $75)

      3 - Air Idle Control Valve - The gold looking tube device just above the engine. (currently about $150)

      I replaced 1 & 2 and now my car runs like a bat outta hell....MPG's shot up from 22 to 27

      NeoMK2


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      03-10-2005 02:59 PM #13
      Slowly move the throttle plate by hand and listen for a click when you first start moving it and right before it's fully closed. There is an idle switch directly below the wide open throttle switch on the throttle body. The lower switch tells the ecu that the engine is at idle or that the throttle is closed and the upper switch tells the ECU to richen the fuel mixture at WOT.

      If that doesn't work try disconnecting the ISV and running the car without it. Also check your timing to make sure that is spot on.


    14. 03-10-2005 03:09 PM #14
      All 3 of my mk2s have had a problem with the AFM connector. After ziptying them so they aren't loose, the car always runs better.

      It takes 3 or 4 zipties, make a circle around the black box on top, so the tab on the connector is inside the ziptie.


    15. 03-10-2005 03:12 PM #15
      check your spark gaps...

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      01-31-2006 10:38 PM #16
      If you get an o2 sensor just get a cheap one for an Escort and splice the connectors. It should be in the FAQ. The blue coolant sensor/new o2 sensor/cleaned ISV trifecta worked really well on my dad's beater. About 2 hours of work and $60 later and it idled dead on at 1K. And now that it doesn't have the a/c holding it back, it runs like a friggin' swiss clock.
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      01-31-2006 11:06 PM #17
      Wow, talk about back from the dead thread....

      Anyway, here is what I did the other night to fix my bouncy idle.. After cleaing and ensuring that I had a working ISV, I drove around til the motor was nice and warm. Then:

      Turn off the engine, unplugged the ISV and blue coolant sensor
      Started motor, crazy low idle, adjusted idle screw, noticed it was loose.
      Tuned off engine and reconnected ISV and blue coolant sensor.
      No more bouncy idle.

      Thought I was good to go.

      Yesterday, car starts bouncing again. F@#(K!
      In the parking lot of a grocery store, adjusted idle screw again
      Then I went over to Home Depot, and got some loctite (not the red) to hold the screw in place.
      After a little bit of loctite, looks like the problem is solved.


    18. 02-01-2006 12:15 AM #18
      my digi seems to rev up and down up and down if the idle screw backs out too much, its like the car see's its reving too high and trys to compensate for it. once i screwd it in alittle bit to lower the idle problem went away immediatly. Weird thing is, is that it seems to back out, yet the o ring looks perfect.

    19. 05-03-2006 01:04 AM #19
      I have a problem where me engine will die when the rpm drop down from switching gear but not every time some times idle kicks in at the last min any one know if the aboved stuff would fix that?

      P.S. This also occures on start up!!


    20. 02-03-2007 11:48 AM #20
      Lets bring this thread back.......

      My car is having a similiar problem. When ever I push the clutch in my cars RPMs bounce from 750-2500. I have changed out:

      Fuel filter
      Blue sensor
      readjusted idle screw
      readjusted throtle cable tension
      cleaned ISV
      new plugs and wires
      oil change


      Please help!!!


    21. 03-14-2007 02:11 AM #21
      Quote, originally posted by wgriffiths2000 »
      I have a problem where me engine will die when the rpm drop down from switching gear but not every time some times idle kicks in at the last min any one know if the aboved stuff would fix that?

      P.S. This also occures on start up!!

      I'm looking at buying a mk2 8v jetta with these same symptoms. If anyone has but together a really good cure for this I'd like to know. It looks likes theres many ways to approach it, just curious if theres anyway to narrow it down. Also, when I accelerated I heard a small clicking noise, but not when I was in neutral revving the the engine. I also noticed a hard jerk when letting out the clutch in first, and reverse; bad motor mounts? Any ideas?


    22. 05-03-2006 04:51 AM #22
      the idle screw o-ring fixed like 90% of my headaches. CTS and that darn AFM connector as well. (i just sprayed some electronic cleaner on the AFM connector, so far so good). grounds are next, even tho the car runs fine now.
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      02-27-2007 08:50 PM #23
      I add vote for cleaning the throttle body.

      I had a horrible idle problem for several years. Up, down, up, down...stalled a lot too. Was hair pulling to drive it. I checked everything, several times. Then I removed the throttle body and thoroughly cleaned it, including the vacuum ports.

      It idles normally now and has improved the overall driveability, because it's no longer doing funky things during gear changes.

      Mike


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      03-14-2007 02:27 AM #24
      Best solution is to swap in a full 2.0 crossflow engine + management, digi2 is garbage. But I'm only replying to this with that comment so I can subscribe to this thread, cuz I can't afford a new engine and I'm getting terrible mileage and having kind of bad idle.

    25. 03-14-2007 03:16 AM #25
      ok all off us are not super car savy with all the parts(such as myself ....sigh), does someone have or could make a reference picture diagram with some arrows to where the possible trouble parts could be im sure that would really help out alot. oh and a real life pic would be better not and illustration

    26. 01-06-2009 06:32 PM #26
      Quote, originally posted by supapowies »
      ok all off us are not super car savy with all the parts(such as myself ....sigh), does someone have or could make a reference picture diagram with some arrows to where the possible trouble parts could be im sure that would really help out alot. oh and a real life pic would be better not and illustration


      I'm the first to admit i'm just shy of Neanderthal when it comes to labeling parts on the actual car.

      Then my uncle bought me a Bentley for Christmas. Don't have the car, but I kept the Bentley. (Figgered it'd come in handy again, since I've got this a2 virus...)

      Save up your pennies, buy a Bentley. (not only will it help with the "what step do I do next?" questions, it can keep the car from rolling down the drive while you're doing the repairs.)


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    28. 01-07-2009 02:44 PM #28
      Where was this when I was trying to work on mine?

      I haven't gotten all the way through it, and my head hurts from all the new knowledge...


      I had to replace the sparks on my first one, and the guys at the store convinced me to upgrade to the splitfires. I drove back thirty minutes later for a new set of wires because I ripped the old one out of the boot trying to change the plugs. They tried to get me to upgrade wires, and I told 'em I spent my money on the plugs, so just gimme the ones out of the grimy box in the back.

      Then I took the air box off, lifted the filter out, and discovered the squirrel's nest.

      (I should mention that the car was not driving during all this time. I had gas tank straps to replace, a rotten floorboard that had me feeling like Fred Flintstone, no brake lines from the replacement of the floorboards, and a gas leak. The car got more mileage on the tow truck than under it's own power.)


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      02-19-2012 07:07 PM #29
      I just put in a new fuel pressure regulator today. My symptoms were rough idle, inconsistent power, and having to pump the gas pedal to start the engine.

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      04-15-2012 09:30 AM #30
      Car has passed safety and is on the road,

      The car is stuttering/misfiring?/wandering idle (300-1200)/if i take it out of gear as im slowing down to a light, engine shuts off completely and the battery light will come on just before.

      Took the ISV out, cleaned it and put it back in, prior too i realized there was a tear in rubber hose leading into the back of ISV so i did my best to close it up with electrical tape for the time being.

      I had it at the mechanic for safety prep and he pulled the o2 sensor out and it seemed to calm down slighty. When my foot is down on the gas it calms down a little.

      Was really wondering how I should go about this, work from the distributor and go back? Really looking for any advice/insight if you've ever had a similar issue. Was also wondering if I should try another battery? Dont want go spending blindly

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      04-15-2012 09:47 AM #31
      Quote Originally Posted by eshort View Post
      Car has passed safety and is on the road,

      The car is stuttering/misfiring?/wandering idle (300-1200)/if i take it out of gear as im slowing down to a light, engine shuts off completely and the battery light will come on just before.

      Took the ISV out, cleaned it and put it back in, prior too i realized there was a tear in rubber hose leading into the back of ISV so i did my best to close it up with electrical tape for the time being.

      I had it at the mechanic for safety prep and he pulled the o2 sensor out and it seemed to calm down slighty. When my foot is down on the gas it calms down a little.

      Was really wondering how I should go about this, work from the distributor and go back? Really looking for any advice/insight if you've ever had a similar issue. Was also wondering if I should try another battery? Dont want go spending blindly
      The battery light will come on when the car dips below 500rpm since the alternator wont be putting out 12.6v or more... go through the thread and buy the bentley.... spray carb cleaner while the car is running on any place there might be a vacuum leak and see if it revs up... the ISV should buzz as soon as you turn the car to on and stay buzzing (feel it with your hand) if it is sputtering or not buzzing then replace with a new one...the o2 sensor being pulled is only masking the issue for the moment since it defaults the ecm to run the car rich...good luck

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      04-26-2012 10:14 PM #32
      Car seems to be burning alot of gas, I think I am getting 22mpg instead of 30 mpg

      Have a new CAT, new O2 sensor..

      I have a 1989 VW CIS Injection 16v Valve engine. The car just does not want to move in 1st, 2nd and 3rd gear. On the freeway in 5th gear the car runs amazing, on the streets it misses and jerks like crazy....I need some help trying to troubleshoot how to resolve this issue. Hope someone can point me in the right direction.

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      04-26-2012 10:58 PM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by VWDubstep View Post
      Car seems to be burning alot of gas, I think I am getting 22mpg instead of 30 mpg

      Have a new CAT, new O2 sensor..

      I have a 1989 VW CIS Injection 16v Valve engine. The car just does not want to move in 1st, 2nd and 3rd gear. On the freeway in 5th gear the car runs amazing, on the streets it misses and jerks like crazy....I need some help trying to troubleshoot how to resolve this issue. Hope someone can point me in the right direction.
      Sounds like you are running waay too rich. Get a new AFM. If you can't afford that, get one from a scrapyard. If you can't find one, then crack open the cover on your afm and adjust the position of the wiper arm. Only do this as a last resort. I spent most of last month trying to find the sweet spot with mine. If you do decide to do this search AFM wiper adjustment on google, there is a pretty good write up on the Samba.com. Just remember if you make it worse, it's your own fault!

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      04-27-2012 01:11 PM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by BromptonRodeo View Post
      Sounds like you are running waay too rich. Get a new AFM. If you can't afford that, get one from a scrapyard. If you can't find one, then crack open the cover on your afm and adjust the position of the wiper arm. Only do this as a last resort. I spent most of last month trying to find the sweet spot with mine. If you do decide to do this search AFM wiper adjustment on google, there is a pretty good write up on the Samba.com. Just remember if you make it worse, it's your own fault!
      Thanks, I have a CIS 16V where would I locate AFM on it?

    35. 01-02-2009 12:27 AM #35
      damn idle

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