need more info...any check engine light action?
any other lights?
does it studder? what temp was it at? sounds like you have a few issues.
Driving home yesterday, after I just bought this 93 golf a few days ago and I lose power and the car dies.????? I start it again and have to keep on the gas to keep it running. I pop the hood and notice that its pretty hot and the fans are not running. Anyone have some ideas? Thermostat? Water pump? How do I test the fans? -170,000miles and still ran strong.lol. Please let me know your thoughts! Thanks
GUESSING it's an aba 5speed.
Guessing rad temp sensor could be bad. You can test the fans by jumping the 10 or 30 amp wires (high low speed) to the other wire in the connector and fans should turn on. There is a diy floating around, I know the vr rad sensor connector by heart and that's all, sorry. Failed FCM usually has fans running wide open (high.)
Tell us the rest of "etc" not working. Is the BRAKE light on? Headlights not working? Turn the ignition key harder. If it's all solved when you do, replace the ignition switch. They can fail in a way that keeps the motor running, but not much else.
Open the main connector for the engine, on the upper right of engine. It untwist, to a certain point, then pulls straight out. See if any connectors are degrading/corroded. Now that you have unhooked it anyway, spray one side with crc spray electrical cleaner, reinsert, unplug again, let dry, reinsert. Also get to spraying the trans ground connector and rub it some with a nail file. Rub the contact area on trans as best you can as well. Don't forget about battery leads and alternator negative lead can get dirty.