Had initial start up issues for a while that I have chalked up to simply being cold start issues that have gotten progressively worse. Normally after 5-10 mins of driving issues clears up and car stops surging and will have a loopy idle when I stop at a light. Lately past month car has several times not wanted to crank , so I drive another vehicle come home try to crank it and it will start eventually figured it was because it was cold first thing in the morning. Almost like it was not getting fire as it will turn but never act like it wants to stare. It also started to not want to idle right all of a sudden after the intiall start up at random and then cut off if I dont gas it. sometimes taking 2 or 3 tries to get it to crank back up after it idles down and shuts off. I was thinking bad ignition switch since sometimes I did not hear the fuel pump come on. Well changed ignition yesterday car would not startup. Since it seems like a fire issue checked my distributor and the side plug was loose and oil was all over the inside. I replaced with one off a passat 2.0 that worked last time I tried it 5 year ago. Something else I noticed is that the bottom shaft has a lot of play on the old one but the new one the bottom part dies not have much play in it.
Car will turn over but not start I am able to get it to sputter and I was able to get it to crank a couple of times but it seems like its not running on all cylinders when it finally cranks and having to keep gassing it or it dies, pretty much have to use another vehicle to crank it up because it takes so long to attempt to sputter.
Car has a new ignition switch, fuel pump primes, new distibutor off a passat 2.0 that worked 4 years ago when I got it when I was having random shutoff issue but since it did not fix the issues I put the original distributor back on.
My next step is to use my test light and see if I am getting fire to each cylinder as soon as I can get a buddy to give me a hand... I spent like 2 hours playing with it and was thinking maybe I installed distro 180 degrees off but realize in comparing the old with the new that you cant install it wrong. I have new distro cap and and rotor but because I have already put other parts in I want to wait and look at other things first.
Im baffled .... and thinking coil going bad and not putting out ?
What are the symptoms of a coil going bad ?