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RE: [T3] Fuel Trouble!

On 20 Mar 2002, at 20:47, Bryan "bc" Castles wrote:

> Thanks again Jim for more great info!  Unfortunately, this time I did not
> get to run any of your tests...  here is why:   Driving with my headlights
> on, I took off down the street to warm up the engine.  It got bad...  really
> bad. Pretty much the car would idle with no load on it, touch the gas pedal or
> put it in gear and it would die.  Giving it a few minutes gave me a tad more run
> time, and it seemed like it was happier when the headlights and hazards were
> off.  I can be sure of that though, since it go really bad, really fast.  The
> car will not run now, so those types of tests are out.
> I should be able to run the voltage regulator test though, just by turning
> over the engine... shouldn't I?

The key test can be done with the engine off. So do this first.

The engine has to be running to do the voltage test. It is best if everything is 
warmed up, but you can still do this cold. You have to get the engine running 
up to medium RPM. Replace the VR if the voltage won't go above 13.5V

You can help, the test, by putting a charger on the battery for awhile before 
you do the test, but you have to take it off while you do the test.

The fact that running the headlights seems to make it worse, seems to be 
pointing in this direction. Do your idiot lights both come on when you turn the 
key ON and then go out when the engine starts?

Jim Adney, jadney@vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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