I have a 1988 vw jetta. Since ive bought it about a month ago it has always fired right up and ran good. The car was *not very skilledly* lowered. Mostly in front of car I believe but car only, sits about id say 2 inches off ground. And does bottom out occasionally like on pot holes or bumps in road. But what happened is I was driving n everything was fine. Then I dont know if is related but I accidentally hit a pot hole with front passenger wheel. Few seconds later kinda heard a thumping sound reminding of a flat tire. Which car already has its little sounds it makes so I dint immediatly worry bout the noise. That noise actially stopped like 5 seconds later and car sounded like it normally does again considerin its missin the back half of the exhaust. But maybe 2 or 3 seconds later it started running VERY rough. Sputterin I may say? I tried pumpin gas pedal to try n like jus pump thru it but even if I got it, to 4000 rpm it was still shakin and running very rough. Like intstead of smooth soumdin was like glub glub glub glub! And wouldnt hold rpms they kept trying to drop. I was comin up to red light so, i, pushed clutch in to start slowing down. Soon as I pushed it in rpms dropped to 1000 and car shut off. I tried restarting but it would just spin like it was tryin but not firing. I thought maybe gas gauge broke n I ran out but gauge said 1/8 tank. So I went n bought bout 2 gallon gas n put it in to try n start it. It still just spins with the occasional glub or glub glub like its tryin to fire but jus wouldn't run. So then I thought dead battery from tryin to start it without gas because it does spin but dont fire up n run. But key in ignition door alarm is a lot quieter than usual after a ring or two it gets real quiet and kinda scratchy soundin. So I hooked jumpers from another car to mine to try and jump it. Every time I try it it either jus spins still or gives a couple glub glubs like trying to fire than right back to just spinning. If I immediately try it again it will jus spin but if I wait a min or two then try again while cords still attached I might get a couple glubs then right back to just spinning. Any ideas wat could b wrong?
Saturday, November 26th, 2011 AT 1:39 AM