hi, i have a 96 jetta 2.0 and i am having trouble getting the timing set correctly.
the car started to bog down at acceleration, then the next day i noticed it was doing the same thing at constant speed on the freeway. Then next time i started it it started then died. Engine light was on with code P0341.
I checked the timing belt
and it was in good condition, but loose enough that i could spin the tensioner by hand.
I replaced the belt and tensioner. i aligned the cam timing OT mark with the OT mark on the plactic thing, I lined crank using the 0 on flywheel, pointed rotor at notch on distributor. with all those lined up I couldnt get the intermediate shaft marks correct. As i understand it, 2 of the 4 holes in crank sprocket should be at 6 and 12 o'clock with the round mark just to the left of the 6 oclock hole, and the OT on intermediat shaft should line up with arrow on lower timing belt cover, is that correct? Those marks would not line up for me.
with the other set the car started and was running. I turned it off and cleared engine codes then ran tests again and engine light was not back on but it gave me the cam position sensor error again. i started it about 4 times and left it running for a few minutes, then it suddenly died. i checked timing marks and cam shaft was off by about 3 teeth. i lined it all back up and it still wont start and after trying cam is off 3-4 teeth again. engine turns over but wont start.
i reset it all again a third time, and replaced the distributor and it still wont start. it sounds like it wants to but it just wont do it.
any idea whats going on?
im getting very frustrated with this.