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Re: [T3] Distributor Plug wires...

On 27 Oct 2005 at 16:14, J. Jonik wrote:

> * Shrink wrap. Is all shrink wrap okey doke for HOT
> engine areas? Or are there different types of wrap?

Just the usual heat shrink tubing, not the same as shrink wrap. It's 
fine in any area where an insulated wire would be okay. Just don't 
lay it across an exhaust pipe.

> * Relatedly, haven't shopped around yet but...there
> MUST be Electric Tape that's also used in HOT areas.
> Right? Regular electric tape almost melts as it
> unravels and gets sticky.

The unraveling and sticky mess is why I don't recommend tape.

> * And...if one distrib plug wire is in wrong place,
> no harm from switching back and forth to see which
> position makes car preform better? I get sort of
> hiccup going into First and Second...and have to be
> Very Perfect on Clutch to avoid that, as it is now.
> Is that a sign of Wrong Wire Placement?

I don't think there is any way you can actually do harm this way, but 
it's really not that hard to pull the ECU out, pull the plug out of 
it and figure out exactly which wire is which with an Ohmmeter. If 
you don't have an Ohmmeter, buy one. You can get cheap ones for less 
than $10 now and you'll be glad you did.

> * Will finally have to learn Ohmmeter. Thanks. I have
> one...w/ no battery. No Instruction Manual either. On
> Line maybe?

Just get 2 batteries, one for the DVM and one to measure, and a known 
resistor and play with it.

> PS: Speaking of electronics in engine compartment,
> once in a moonless desert out west, before I turned
> on a flashlight to check for what's wrong, I had the
> car running, engine compartment open...and lo and
> behold...it was like the Aurora Borealis...really
> cool lights flickering over and up and down my
> Ignition Wires.

New wires probably won't make any difference. This is capacitively 
coupled and is the same with new wires. It's likely that your spark 
plug gaps were too wide or the plugs were worn out.

I've seen that, too. In my case it was damp and drizzly out. Moisture 
seems to make it show up more.

>    One way to check for Time to Buy New Ones, eh?
>  What else can be maybe seen by watching engine run
> in the dark?

That's the only thing I've noticed in the dark.  ;-)

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

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