1993 VW fox misses and bogs down. Causes traffic back up

Tiny
YESHUASCHOSEN
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  • 1993 ALL OTHER MAKES ALL OTHER MODELS
My 93 VW FOX has a 1.8 engine has less than 60,000 miles.I've had it a year. Recently it developed a bad fuel leak while I was driving it home from work.I was fortunate my car didn't catch on fire.I noticed it started missing and was low on fuel. Below the empty mark.I saw I was out of gas & pulled over at a nearby gas station.I bought 10.00 worth gas not knowing it would leak right out.(I didn't shut off the engine for fear it wouldn't start back)
Soon I noticed the fuel on the road behind me when I looked in my rearview mirror. The car was missing very badly.I pulled over. Called a tow truck and had it towed in to a nearby shop.
The mechanic said he found a fuel line that had been against the manifold. This caused it to develop a leak. He repaired the leak but when I went to pick up my car I still had to put fuel back in my gas tank. It idled and missed badly when I started it. When I asked why it still missed the mechanic claimed it was because the car had ran out of gas. He claimed it would get better.
The miss smoothed out after my husband found a few air line hoses loose on the car and re-attached them but it still had a miss.I have had to drive this car as it is. Unfortunately the miss has gotten worse it seems. The mechanic who worked on my car claims it needs the injectors cleaned now but denied taking any air lines loose.
I smell gas occassionally when I drive my car. It still misses too. I had to pull over once because I had traffic backing up behind me. It doesn't miss every day.I drive 18 miles one way to work 5-6 days a week. I have noticed it has started missing in the same general area.10 miles from my home.I always warm my car up about 10 minutes before I drive it but I don't know if the miss is because the car is warmed up or not. It has occured when I was driving uphill and accelerating at speeds above 50 mph. Sometimes if I don't try to force it to take gas and allow it to slow down on its own, give it less fuel. It will smooth out. My hus. Could it be the fuel pump?My mechanic says its the injectors.I do smell gas sometimes. Why do I have a problem now and not before the leak?
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Monday, February 19th, 2007 AT 1:12 PM

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Tiny
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Theoretically speaking. Most modern day fuel injection system.99.9999% place fuel pump inside the tank. Safety and emission reason. It push fuel rather than external pump that pull fuel from the tank. Now. Since pump push. Most manufacture use the submerged gas volume to cool off the fuel pump.I don't have much encounter with VW but we've seen late model chevy and ford burnt a fuel pump down when it ran empty. Now.A simple volume and pressure test will verify if it is faulty or not. As far as the shop that repair ur line. Take ur car to a church to fix it b4 u take it back to them. This guy can't even verify a repair b4 they give u the car back and try to sell u an injectors serive.I tell u what. Anything such as injector wave form, pressure test or 5 gas can verfy bad injectors. Why don't u ask em what test they've done and why they conclude bad injectors. If I were u.I won't even take my bicycle thats make in china back to that shop. Good luck. Find a reputable
ASE certfy repair shop
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Monday, February 19th, 2007 AT 10:37 PM
Tiny
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If you smell fuel and it misses, look at the injectors to see if one is externally leaking. If it is bleeding pressure externally it wont perform properly and is yet another fire hazard
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Tuesday, February 20th, 2007 AT 7:55 AM

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