<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Josh Fryauff: MAF sensor? Easier if your still under warranty, they are not cheap!<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
That was one of my (many) symptoms when my MAF went. I would definitely say that would be worth checking out.
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by db: LZ did it throw any codes? If so did you get them? Also what kind of octane do you run? 87, 88, 93+?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
your desciption of the problem is not very detailed. if the engine races before the car moves then its in the trans. if the car just dogs bad when starting out its probably a fuel or air problem. Does it hesitate only when it is starting out or does it hesitate everytime you hit the gas pedal? try to narrow it down to certain circumstances and you'll be able to narrow the possibilities of what the problem is.
I have been asking this question for a while, but it seems that no mechanic in the tri-state area can figure it out...so if anyone is up to the challenge here is the deal...
When I hit the gas pedal on my 2001 Cabrio there is sometimes a delay from when I press the petal to when the car actually goes. And when is goes it goes... I have had people plug in computers, clean out the transmission fluid, change plugs, filters...no one can find a problem, but they do feel a problem when driving. The VW Dealership is not helping me much, in fact i think they just like charging me for letting me know there is a problem. Does anyone have any ideas...or is anyone up to a challenge. Thanks!!
My guess would be you have a clogged injector(s). Try some fuel injector cleaner, pick it up at your local Auto-Zone or Pep Boys $2.99. Worth a shot, looks to me you covered most of what I would recommend changing.
Mass Ariflow Meter, it meters the amount of air entering the engine. It is very accessable, and easy to change, it's located at the exit of the air box.
Is the car struggling in low rpm's, but once reving/accelerating does it smooth out? I would suggest coil pack if it always limpy, but if not the MAF sounds right. It might just need a cleaning! You can either purchase some 91% electrical grade isopropyl alcohol, or a spray cleaner from the dealer (part# ZVW805001).