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    1. Member LuEDuB's Avatar
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      08-01-2020 05:03 PM #1
      Hi

      so i have a 97 jetta 2.0 and a couple weeks ago i hit a huge puddle/pond and my car basically choked up and stalled out.

      after a day in the heat the car dried up and it started fine no issues. recently i changed out the spark plug, wires, ignition cap & rotor. i recently installed a new clutch.

      i took the car out for the spin and went through the car wash and right after leaving boom the car sputtered in 1st almost stalled out but i was still able to get it into second. the car was sputtering on the way out but it eased up.

      i made it home (30 minute drive) without an issue.

      i would like to know what could be causing this issue for the car to sputter, the car only has 76000 so its not the engine and before hitting that huge puddle my car never did this.

      any recommendations on what i should change out? i was thinking crankshaft and possibly the knock sensor. it felt like the car was getting choked and it sounded like at the red light that the firing wasnt right

      also NO check engine light or codes so its tricky
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      08-01-2020 05:35 PM #2
      Have you checked for moisture inside the distributor cap?

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      08-01-2020 05:44 PM #3
      Also check the ignition coil for cracks, a common issue with the ignition coils on these cars.

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      08-02-2020 05:53 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by AtomixMK3 View Post
      Have you checked for moisture inside the distributor cap?

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      i changed this already i called it the ignition cap. but it was dry as a whistle.

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      08-02-2020 05:56 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by YJSAABMAN View Post
      Also check the ignition coil for cracks, a common issue with the ignition coils on these cars.

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      you know ... i was staring at my engine after this post and realized that the ignition coil sits right underneath the rain tray. def going to change this out as well as the mass air flow sensor on the intake. i have the crankshaft sensor as well that im contemplating on installing or having the shop do the replacement because its a pain to reach.

      also changing out the egr breather valve on the intake. def dont want to worry about my car messing up if it rains.

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      08-02-2020 07:00 PM #6
      Dont blindly throw parts at it, sometimes aftermarket parts can cause more problems you'll overlook because that part was already replaced. I'd pull the coil off and visually inspect it for damage or burn marks, you can also spray it with water from a spray bottle (engine running) and if its cracked you'll hear/see an idle change and sometimes the arc depending on where the crack is. Instead of replacing your MAF clean it off because some aftermarket MAFs just dont work well.

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      08-03-2020 10:03 AM #7
      I have to vote ignition coil all the way on this one
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      08-03-2020 11:27 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by Turkish_Royal View Post
      I have to vote ignition coil all the way on this one
      i ordered everything lol

      hey these parts gotta get replaced at some point figured might as well do it all. will report on it once German Auto parts delivers

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      Today 05:29 AM #9
      If it happened in the rain it’s the coil.

      Only diag needed is a water spray bottle on the coil.
      And I bet you $$ if you spray coil directly car shuts off.
      And won’t restart.
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