Hello, I'm Jason. I will do my best to answer your question quickly and accurately using the information you have provided.
ok, there are a couple of things that can be causing this. Have you done any recent work to the car?
ok, and do you happen to have a list of the Pxxxx codes that you have seen?
No, I had them written down but lost the paper. They were low rpm and engine miss fire though. Also has not given a code or check engine light for a long time.
I have a feeling that you have a bad crankshaft position sensor, as they often won't leave behind a fault code, but when they fail, they fail when hot, and they interrupt spark
it lives behind the oil filter, near the transmission bellhousing
Ok. I notice when I turn the engine it tries to run, so I think Im getting a spark but dies. My thought was throttle body.
well, there's also a possibility of a cracked coil allowing spark to escape, but this typically is noticed more when it's damp out
Also before this started the car would not start in the rain or humid days.
ah, that's getting more to the issue
let's get an ignition coil on there
do not use an aftermarket coil though. OEM, Beru or Bremi
I did check the coil pack and it looked ok but maybe I should replace anyway. Car has 175,000 miles on it.
all ABA-engine VW's will need a coil by that time. All of them
I've replaced hundreds, but trust me on the brand. No off-brand, no Karlyn, no Huco.
Does Bosch make one?
let me check.....
I don't believe so, no
ecstuning.com has good ones
thanks. Any other quick diagnostics I can do that would rule out other problems?
well, with crank sensors not leaving codes, and the other codes not being helpful other than misfires, I think we can be confident with this being the first, and likely last step
Ok. Thanks a lot.