Edit: It's summer time and the requests for help are starting up as the weather outside gets better. To help us help you here's an older post I'm reviving!
The word has gotten around that this is a very helpful forum, filled with sharing, knowledgeable contributors. As such, we're seeing an influx of newcomers that are needing and asking for help. Welcome! This is a great forum and a friendly place to be. But a word of advice....
If you need help with your car/engine/suspension/heater etc. we'd be better able to help you if you if you thoroughly described the problem. Let's look at an example.
"My car has trouble starting when it's cold" That sounds typical but here's the right way to state it.
"My car won't start when it's cold. It won't crank. The starter clicks. The voltmeter says it has 12volts. "
From this I can tell you to check your cables and I'll probably would be right and you'd be happy. The first post though would result in many guesses of anything from ignition to fuel system to bad key switches etc.
Don't post a problem without first thinking thru every symptom you can remember. Did the starter turn over? If so did the engine ever "catch" even for a second? Did it start then die? Did you hear the fuel pump running?
No one wants to play 20 questions just to figure out what your problem is in the first place. We're looking forward to helping you solve the problem. Don't make us figure out what it is. That's a waste of our and your valuable time.
And a few more things. Let us know if you have the Bentley manual. If we know you do we can point out exactly where to find the correct procedure. Otherwise, we're wasting our breath suggesting that.
Have you put your city and state in your profile? If you do we can maybe refer you to a local Vortexer or shop in your area. Ditto on making sure you tell us what car you have. "Cabby" isn't enough, is it CIS or Digifant? What year? Mk1 or Mk3? If you don't know these things that's ok just tell us what year and we'll figure it out. Stock engine or a transplanted 16V 2.0?
And finally if you post here for help please monitor the post regularly (use the email notification feature!) and respond to everyone's suggestions. Let us know you didn't die in the meantime. Thank us for the help even if it didn't solve your problem .
There are alot of peeps here with years of experience willing to help if you'll help us. Make it difficult and we'll probably ignore the post. Many of us use our work time to reply to these posts. Don't make us regret it.
End of my rant.
One more item, please use paragraph breaks to break up your post so it's readable. Seems rambling on isn't very readable for most of us.
Modified by Moljinar at 12:45 PM 11-29-2007