1998 Volkswagen Golf Drove through large puddles, is my car

Tiny
ZALIM
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  • 1998 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 181,000 MILES
Hi,

I accidentally drove through large puddles on Christmas Eve and my VW Golf stalled as I was turning into the grocery store. It scared me to death as the person behind me could have slammed into me. I had my car towed to the dealer who eventually identified that an ignition coil was cracked and didn't react well to getting wet. They are recommending I replace it ($400).

I have been reading on the Internet about the damage water causes and now I am very worried about what I've done - I can't sleep. Did I destroy a $15K car in 2 seconds?

The VW mechanics seem to believe that replacing the cracked coil should solve my problem, but I can't help worry that I caused permanent damage to my car that they can't see. Is that possible?


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Sunday, December 28th, 2008 AT 10:18 PM

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Tiny
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Hi there,

If the engine is cranking over and not firing, this could well be the coil problem, if you ingest water into the cylinders this is when you can do a lot of damage, but normally the engine will not even turn over, make sure that they check the induction for water replace the air filter if it has been wet, I would not worry to much, as I feel that its just an ignition problem you have.

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Monday, December 29th, 2008 AT 1:49 AM
Tiny
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Thanks very much. I will ask them to do that.

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Monday, December 29th, 2008 AT 8:15 AM
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