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Re: [T3] Distributor Plug Wires....

On 26 Oct 2005 at 0:45, J. Jonik wrote:

> Thanks. But...the ENDS of the three plug wires are now
> gone. Searched them for little numbers but...no luck.
> All three are now spliced using wire sections, w/ the
> skinny connectors, from the Parts Room.

Then  you'll have to go to the ECU end of the wires and use an 
Ohmmeter to figure out which is which.

> * What performance effects if dist. plug wires are in
> wrong spot, or not really connected?

Depending on how badly they're mixed up, it will either run poorly, 
or not run at all.

> * How to test if they are going to right number in
> Control Unit or not?...there being no color code or
> little numbers on the wires.

Trace using the Ohmmeter, then read the number off the ECU end of the 
wire, or count from the end of the ECU connector.

>   When cleaning up and tuning up the other day, THREE
> wires just casually BROKE from their plugs. It took no
> violence at all to break them.  On last legs.  Two
> from the Distributor Plug, and the one on Condensor.
> Condensor easy to replace, of course.
>  Question then is....will a PARTIALLY,
> connected-by-a-thread wire WORK...or just partially
> work?

The single strand will probably work fine until you're driving home 
late one night in a cold rain. Fix it now, while you're home and can 
do it right. Strip the wire, solder, and cover with heat shrink.

>  I think ALL wires ought get a good Tug Test to see if
> they are really together on all wire strands doing
> their job.

That's reasonable, as long as you don't get carried away. A lot 
depends on how YOU define a "good" tug.

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

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